Brookside is a now defunct British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The series began on the launch night of Channel 4 on 2 November 1982, and ran for 21 years until 4 November 2003. The series was produced by Mersey Television and it was conceived by Phil Redmond.
Brookside became very successful for a number of years and is notable for its tackling of realistic and socially challenging storylines. It was at its most popular in the 1980s and the early 1990s. From the mid-1990s it began raising more controversial subjects 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, as well as a powerful domestic abuse storyline resulting in murder. The series caused an uproar when it featured a storyline featuring a consensual incestuous sexual relationship between two sibling characters during 1996. Brookside was also the first British soap to feature an openly gay character when (Gordon Collins) came out in 1985, and it was also the first to depict serious drug addiction with a number of different characters.
Although the series had a long and successful run, by 2000 its viewing figures were in terminal decline and low ratings eventually led to its cancellation in July 2003. The final episode was broadcast on 4 November 2003 and was watched by around 2 million viewers.
Victoria is convinced that she was responsible for Mark's death, but Darren also feels guilty about it. Mick is relieved when Gemma regains consciousness, and Lindsey is disappointed when accommodation is all that Shelley wants to offer her.
Nathan persuades Rose to cease her involvement with the "Millennium Club". Max offers to become a partner in Susannah's business. Rachel names her baby, but refuses to let Ron have it adopted by a local newspaper.
Jackie is short-staffed at the petrol station, but Tim is looking for work. Sinbad wants to find new tenants for his house, and Mike and Rachel want to move out of Anthea's - but they can only afford the rent if Katie moves in with them too. Jimmy talks to the press about his arch, and Victoria insists that Darren tells Charlotte about her.
After reading the local newspaper, Jimmy fears that everyone is going to think he is some kind of nutter. Max doesn't react in the way Susannah expects when she offers him a job. Victoria insists that she and Darren go to Mark's funeral as a couple, and tries to force him to choose her over Charlotte.
Mike and Rachel announce a date for their wedding, but Ron is more concerned about not being invited to Cuddington Hall. Jerome's attitude to Nikki changes when the letter she wrote to him from Madeira finally arrives. Tim is not sure he can convincingly impersonate Emily's father.
When Ron takes Anthea on an "unofficial" visit to Cuddington Hall, no-one is ever going to forget it.......
Jackie helps out, and Max dresses up, at Emma's birthday party. Tim points out the tiny flaw in Emily's plan to withdraw cash using the credit card and PIN number that have been sent to the bungalow. Ron needs to find temporary accommodation, but where will he end up? Katie's quest for justice gives Nathan the reason he needs to sack her.
Jackie offers Lindsey a job at the petrol station, but she turns it down, and wants Jimmy to take his arch down. Gemma is expelled from her school, Susannah regrets sleeping with Max, and Ron manages to conceal his presence from Sinbad, but leaves himself with a slight problem.......
When he discovers that Lindsey has been reduced to accepting Jackie's offer of work at the petrol station, Mick pays her in pennies. A council official visits Jimmy, and tells him the arch will have to come down. Emily and Tim discuss further scams, and Ron manages to escape from the broom cupboard.......eventually.
Emily wants Tim to wine and dine her, and give her some flash jewellery. Mick confronts the headmistress of the school over her expulsion of Gemma and the more lenient treatment given to a white pupil with a wealthy father. Frustrated at living in the same house as her ex, Victoria tries to seduce someone else in the same situation.
Katie and Jacqui have a massive argument, which may put an end to their long friendship. Lindsey tells Mike a secret, Victoria reaches the end of her tether, and one of the residents is about to take delivery of a pile of horse manure - but who is going to end up right in it?
When they attend his lecture, Ray and Jessie suspect something is wrong with Jimmy. Gemma is annoyed by Mick's determination to stick to his principles. Rachel prepares to tell Jacqui some bad news, and Emily plots revenge.
Jacqui is angry to hear that Rachel no longer wants her to be one of her bridesmaids. Gemma makes a dramatic threat when Mick insists that she goes back to Brookside Comprehensive. Sinbad tries to make progress with Andrew, and Tim and Emily prepare for a night of passion.
Katie is astonished by who she sees at the bridal fair. Emily is determined to continue a life of crime, and she and Tim have a narrow escape at Susannah's. Shelley is waiting for love to find her, but has someone in mind.
Jacqui and Rachel discover their weddings are scheduled for the same day, Katie and Deborah argue, Mike finds it difficult to look after Beth, and Lindsey lashes out at Max when he offers her a shoulder to cry on.
Victoria finds someone new to talk to at Mark's wake, which does not go entirely as planned, as a fight breaks out. The Shadwicks convince Ray to stay, and Max and Lindsey forget that Susannah has a talent for jumping to the wrong conclusion.
Darren gets some devastating news, Ron arranges to move Mike and Rachel's wedding to another date so that it doesn't clash with Jacqui's, and Mick is visited by a woman he was hoping he would never see again.......
Mick's relationship with his children is threatened again, but he steps in to help when the chef at "The Shelf" quits. Ray parks his caravan on the Close, and an amusing evening tea at the Shadwicks' looks likely, as Tim makes it his mission to impress Jessie.
Mick is devastated by Gemma's plans. Lindsey invites Shelley for a big night out, but her plans are thwarted when Shelley asks Jackie to come with them.
Leo tries to persuade Gemma to change her mind. Darren and Victoria fight with their feelings, and each other. Jacqui may have found a solution for the wedding nightmare.
There are broken hearts in the Close as Gemma moves out, and Jacqui calls off her wedding to Nathan. Meanwhile, Emily continues to live dangerously.
Susannah comforts a distraught Mick and offers him a job at "The Shelf". Paula warns Lindsey off Shelley. Nathan tries to persuade Jacqui to think again, while Deborah plans to trap Max.
Max feels used and abused, as Deborah, upset at being rejected by him, tells tall tales to Susannah. Emily and Tim plan to steal a car, and Jimmy takes matters into his own hands.
Mick feels like a pawn in a game between Max and Susannah, Shelley makes a meal for Lindsey, Jackie says she will leave Jimmy if he doesn't abandon his latest project, and the punters at "Bar Brookie" are in for a very big surprise.......
In a special double-length episode, the Dixons are shocked by the behaviour, and identity, of the new owner of "Bar Brookie". Tim and Emily find a new venue for their bad behaviour, Mick and Susannah get steamed up, and Shelley makes a declaration of love.
Shelley tells Lindsey that she is in love with a mystery married woman. Jackie finds it very difficult to cope with Jimmy. Susannah wonders if she could still be in love with Max. Dave's charm impresses the ladies of the Close, but who will be first in the queue?
Things start to heat up between Max and Susannah again. Jimmy reaches breaking point, Katie tries to make Jacqui to admit that she has feelings for baby Harry, and Bev decides it is time to spice things up at "Bar Brookie".
The Cuddingtons visit the Close, and Ron's attempts to impress them with a meal lit by plastic candelabra don't entirely succeed. Then he takes them to the "Topless Night" at "Bev's Bar"....... Max is in for a shock, and Jimmy's world starts to crumble around him as Lindsey, Jackie and Jessie take down his boards.
Jacqui tells Ron what she thinks of him humiliating her yet again, and he walks out on her. Leo is surprised to learn that Mick's new girlfriend is Susannah, Max has to decide whether to leave the Close for good, and Bev has big plans for a St Patrick's Day celebration.
Dave has something for Victoria, and Darren is very worried about her. Jessie discovers that someone has been using Greg's credit card, and Katie desperately tries to stop Jacqui from leaving Liverpool.
Darren is driven to take drastic action. Emily is on the warpath. Celebrity guests are due to arrive for the grand re-opening of the parade, but not everything goes according to plan.
Jimmy first day of a new career at "Bigger Burgers" goes badly. Darren anxiously awaits Victoria's response to his proposal. Jacqui and Max panic when Harry stops breathing, and Bev is concerned when she discovers Shelley is a lesbian.
A distraught Max turns to Jacqui for a shoulder to cry on, while Susannah believes he has abducted Harry and Emma. Jackie and Bev feel uncomfortable when left in the company of Shelley, and Rachel's dumplings turn into no laughing matter for Ron.