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was a British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The
series began on the first night of Channel 4 on 2 November 1982,
and ran for 21 years until 4 November 2003. Produced by Mersey
Television, it was conceived by Phil Redmond who also devised
Grange Hill (1978–2008) and Hollyoaks (1995–present),
which has taken
Brookside's place as
Channel 4's programme in the "Top 4" British soaps, alongside
EastEnders, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale.
Brookside became notable
for its tackling of realistic and socially challenging storylines
and was most popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. In the mid-1990s
it began raising more controversial issues under the guidance of
new producers such as Mal Young and Paul Marquess. It is especially
well-known for broadcasting the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on
British television in December 1993, as well as a storyline
featuring a consensual incestuous sexual relationship between two
sibling characters during 1996. Although the series had a long and
successful run, by 2000 its viewing figures were in decline and low
ratings eventually led to its cancellation in 2003. The final
episode was broadcast on 4 November 2003 and was watched by around
2 million viewers.
Brookside differed from
other serials because it was filmed in real, brand-new houses, in a
real cul-de-sac, situated of Deysbrook Lane in the North West city
of Liverpool. Built by Broseley Homes, the houses were custom built
in an attempt by the producers to add to the show's realism. In
early 1982, Mersey Television, with Phil Redmond at the helm,
bought 13 houses altogether, 6 of which would be seen on-screen as
sets. The remaining 7 properties housed administration, post
production and canteen facilities for the cast and crew. Phil
Redmond was particularly enthusiastic about purchasing an entire
'close' of houses, partly as a means of achieving the desired
realism of
Brookside, but also in
order to maintain total control of his creation

This is the complete 1996 season on 32 dvds.
Discs come in white paper sleeves with no label or artwork.
No refunds due to ease of copying but will replace defective