Phil Redmond devised the idea for this Liverpool-based soap in 1982 and audiences have been hooked ever since.

Brookside includes plots that are hard hitting, gritty and often controversial. Not a soap for the faint hearted!

Watching the after effects of domestic violence unfold behind the door of No. 10 Brookside Close was one story that had a whole nation glued to its t.v. set for over three years.

Its characters come and go but the plots go further than some might expect, from euthanasia to incest - the public interest just keeps on coming. Often accused of being a "shock factor soap" the producers insist that if the public is prepared to deal with these issues on the news, they should be prepared to see it in its true light through drama.

Not one character has stayed from the beginning of the Scouse soap, but hundreds have lived in the ill-fated close.

Genre: Soap

Main Cast

Paul Broughton
Eamon Boland
Image for Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
Timothy Deenihan
Simon Chadwick
Image for Claire SweeneyClaire Sweeney
Sue Jenkins
Dean Sullivan
Paul Byatt
Sarah White
Ben Hull
Patricia Potter
Karen Drury
Michael Starke
Helen Sheals
Kerry Peers
Sean Harrison
Paul Usher
Image for Anna FrielAnna Friel
Richard Norton