Following the success of the 30th anniversary Brookside DVD, fans of the long running Channel 4 soap are campaigning for more.
The first DVD release, Brookside: Most Memorable Moments, has reportedly sold well for the broadcasters commercial venture – 4DVD – with classic episodes such as Sheila Grant’s rape, Mandy Jordache stabs violent hubby Trevor to death, Jimmy Corkhill on drugs and the 1998 gas explosion proving a hit with fans of the soap which departed UK screens almost a decade ago.
The campaign to get the Liverpool based serial on DVD began six years ago by Lee Brady, with over 5,000 signing the petition by the summer of 2012 – just before the announcement was made that Channel 4 was to mark the shows 30th anniversary with a DVD.
The sixteen episodes over the two disc set has now left fans wanting more. The Brookside Facebook and Twitter has been regularly noting comments from fans who would like a volume two.
With the great sales and with so many messages/comments we’ve decided to launch a new campaign for a Memorable Moments Volume Two DVD. There are so many other great storylines which could be included in a future release, all of which should go down in history and be remembered. – Lee Brady
With it believed the original release has made a reasonable profit, it surely shouldn’t be too hard to get Channel 4’s 4DVD to unleash more memorable storylines from the ground breaking saga.
Brookside launched on Channel 4’s first night on air, November 2nd 1982, running for 21 years. The show changed how soap opera in the UK handled dramatic storylines and made household names out of many of its cast including Anna Friel, Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson and Amanda Burton.
Devised by former ATV writer Phil Redmond the series was set on a Merseyside cul-de-sac telling the everyday story – and sometimes not so everyday – of those who lived on or visited the estate. By 2003 however the show’s ratings had dwindled and Channel 4 believed the show was out of place in their schedules. Many felt the ratings decline was down to the channel moving the programme around to accommodate sport while cheaper lifestyle and reality programming could pull in reasonable ratings at half the cost of a soap opera.
It’s hard to look back and pin an exact date on when this happened but we probably began to sense it at Brookside sometime in the mid-1990s, ironically when the Jordache saga, and Brookie itself, was at its height. The storyline aroused so much interest that one of the US networks sent a news crew over to investigate what we Brits were ‘pioneering’ in primetime TV. Yet, it was the lesbian kiss… that got almost as many headlines.
This probably signalled the fundamental shift in direction for C4. The social remit was going to be replaced by the quest for ratings. Primetime was going to be more like the US.
What I dubbed ‘Mary Poppins TV’: don’t upset the kids or frighten the horses.
Both Brookside on C4 and Grange Hill on the BBC were casualties of the same thing, a changing media landscape that witnessed an onslaught of so-called reality TV that is, in reality, as planned and produced as any drama. – Redmond told The Big Issue magazine last year.