Brezhnev

Brezhnev

The movie Letter to Brezhnev was truly a family affair for the creative Clarke clan of Merseyside. Brookside scriptwriter Frank Clarke wrote the screenplay and his sisters Margi and Angela both played leading roles in the highly acclaimed production. The 1985 romantic...
Brookie To Corrie

Brookie To Corrie

It’s surprising how many stars have swapped the suburban driveways and gardens of Brookside for the cobblestones of Coronation Street over the years. Some are well known like Sue Johnston, who played Sheila Grant on Brookside before becoming landlady Gloria Price in...
Corrie to Brookside

Corrie to Brookside

It’s surprising how many stars have swapped the cobblestones of Coronation Street for the suburban driveways and gardens of Brookside. Oldham actress Nicola Stephenson, Rochdale-born Anna Friel and Rovers Return barmaid Sue Jenkins all started on the Street before...
Brookside ’93

Brookside ’93

Just over 25 years ago this month, the cast of the TV soap Brookside lined up with its creator Phil Redmond to launch a £100,000 charity appeal for Barnardo’s. At the time, the serial was at its dramatic zenith. Abusive husband and father Trevor Jordache had been...
Summer Wine

Summer Wine

The much-loved TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine may have been set in West Yorkshire, but most of its stars were born and bred in Manchester. No less than seven of the major characters, ranging from the redoubtable Nora Batty to war veteran Walter ‘Foggy’ Dewhurst,...
Bread

Bread

It’s amusing to reflect that one of Liverpool’s most famous TV comedies was based on a bit of cockney rhyming slang. The show was Bread – and it ran on BBC1 from 1986 to 1991 with an audience of 20 million viewers at its peak. The humour revolved around a Dingle...