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Old 09-08-2007, 23:39
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I was looking on Youtube earlier at Brookside, saw the ending of the last ever Brookie! (Again!)
does anyone else out there wish they would bring back Brookie.
There was also a video of what it looks like now, (well on 9th June 07)
All the house's are still there, so there is no reason not to bring it back.
I am off now to watch The Lost Weekend, it's got me in the mood for a Brookie fix!!!
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Old 09-08-2007, 23:42
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All the house's are still there, so there is no reason not to bring it back.
Well, there is, because they're being done up and sold off. The show was god awful from around 2000 onwards anyway.
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Old 09-08-2007, 23:44
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Well, there is, because they're being done up and sold off. The show was god awful from around 2000 onwards anyway.
I watched every single Brookie, I have to admit when they started messing around with the times to did go a bit silly, but it was class!
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Old 10-08-2007, 00:18
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Just imagine if they showed Brookside and Hollyoaks from the beginning on E4.

Get rid of Friends I say.

Brookside at 8pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Five days a week and the Omnibus at the weekends. Saturday and Sunday

Only In my dreams.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:09
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Please not more soaps

You must get about 15 hours of soaps every week nowadays.
Plus a dozen or so reality shows each week.
What I'd prefer is some well filmed,well acted,quality looking,unpredictable,orginal drama at primetime hours for once.Or maybe even some sitcoms produced that are funny!
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:21
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There have been rumours recently that Virgin 1 will show it when it launches in the Autumn.

I'm not sure whether there is any truth in that though, we'll have to wait and see I think.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:30
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I was a big Brookie Fan in it's heyday, but sadly some of the best characters are no longer with us, like Julia Brogan [the actress who played her passed away. RIP]

"I'm nearly finished Mrs Farn-ham".
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:46
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I was a big Brookie Fan in it's heyday, but sadly some of the best characters are no longer with us, like Julia Brogan [the actress who played her passed away. RIP]

"I'm nearly finished Mrs Farn-ham".
Julia was classic.

I loved Brookie in its heyday but it really went downhill. And C4 just stopped caring about it.

All it needed was some strong new characters, some new writers and a new producer (Redmond ran out of ideas, he gave the go ahead on more and more ludicrous storylines, his ideas were tired and exhausted) and it would still be with us today. It was popular enough for a time and had a loyal following, it had brand loyalty a bit like Corrie and EE but maybe not as much as them and if it had improved then I'm sure the ratings would have gone up a bit. But, in the end, C4 just didn't want it.

A great series though and I'd love to see some classic episodes from the 80s and 90s released on DVD. The only problem is I'm not sure if they'd be a market for them as the last DVD they did didn't sell very well and its been off air for so long now. Having said that the Crossroads DVDs do okay and there's a difference between the last DVD they did (the one about Tinhead and Steve) and a DVD of classic episodes from the good old days.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:34
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anyone know what happened to any of the characters ?
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:09
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anyone know what happened to any of the characters ?
You can see Sinbad hamming it up in Corrie.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:20
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All it needed was some strong new characters, some new writers and a new producer (Redmond ran out of ideas, he gave the go ahead on more and more ludicrous storylines, his ideas were tired and exhausted)
Redmond WAS the new producer! He took over from Phil Marquess in 2002, clearly believing as the creator he could save the show. Instead he made it worse.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:32
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I agree it had it's time. It really was classic stuff in the 80's and early 90's - easily the best soap made.

I stopped watching it probably about 2000 or so. It shouldn't be revived. It was nice to see some of the cast in Mobile recently on ITV, there were a lot of good actors in Brookie that just do theatre and stuff now (Eithne Browne is quite often on the Radio in Liverpool etc) so was Simon O Brien until he f***'ed it up ! - (links : http://digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=603319 and http://www.how-do.co.uk/files/simon-obrien.mp3 )
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:43
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Oh No Thanks ...lol
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Old 10-08-2007, 13:02
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Brookside was OK in its heyday through the 80s to the mid 90s, but it did go downhill quite badly. I don't really think they could go back on it now.
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Old 10-08-2007, 13:40
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Yes! I loved Brookie - used to watch it all week and on Saturday's too
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Old 10-08-2007, 14:28
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It went to the dogs after the Lindsay Corkhill/gun/gangsters thing and never really picked up from there.

No, don't bring it back. I'd far rather remember the great days of Bobby, Sheila and Damon, rather than see it come back as a pale shadow of what it was.

RIP Brookie. Let's let it rest.
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Old 10-08-2007, 14:33
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Yes! I loved Brookie - used to watch it all week and on Saturday's too
Me too, take a look at it now on Youtube. All the houses are still there so they could bring it back if they wanted to.
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Old 10-08-2007, 14:48
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Me too, take a look at it now on Youtube. All the houses are still there so they could bring it back if they wanted to.
I've already said that they can't- they've been sold off.
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Old 10-08-2007, 14:51
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^ I'm sure they could make the owners an offer they couldn't refuse. Or just build a copy somewhere else.
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Old 10-08-2007, 14:55
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Though why should they bring back a dead show? They'd be better off coming up with a new, fresh idea.
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Old 10-08-2007, 15:03
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There doesn't seem to be any fresh ideas left. Jim'll fix it brought back, Bullseye brought back, Beadles About to be brought back ...

But apparently when Neighbours leaves the BBC there is a whisper that a new Scouse drama/soap may fill the gap. I've heard on the radio (and I think DS had a headline too) that producers who were with Mersey TV are involved. Would be a good idea. I agree that there are just too many soaps - but that slot on BBC1 is made for a daily drama.
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Old 10-08-2007, 23:08
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Redmond WAS the new producer! He took over from Phil Marquess in 2002, clearly believing as the creator he could save the show. Instead he made it worse.
Phil Redmond was the creator of brookside (along with Grange Hil and Hollyoaks) - he was around a lot longer that Phil Marquess.
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Old 10-08-2007, 23:32
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^ I'm sure they could make the owners an offer they couldn't refuse. Or just build a copy somewhere else.
The houses are all empty. I don't live too far and ended up there about a month ago on a bike ride with my son. Was able to ride round the close - all gardens overgrown and looking very run down.
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:06
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There doesn't seem to be any fresh ideas left. Jim'll fix it brought back, Bullseye brought back, Beadles About to be brought back ...
Jim'll Fix It was on a channel which is hardly in the mainstream, Bullseye ditto. If Harry Hill's about to bring Beadle's About back, god help the poor sod.

Rehashes of past hits never come to any good IMO.
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Old 13-08-2007, 15:12
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Ah Brookside - Lisa Faulkner, Jennifer Ellison, Claire Sweeney, Anna Friel, Justine Kerrigan, Gillian Kearney - the only reasons for watching Brooky - especially Lisa Faulkner!
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