Museum of Liverpool to celebrate Brookside’s 30th anniversary

Soap fans will be able to attend a host of free events in Liverpool this weekend, including a talk from Brookside creator Phil Redmond

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a scale model of Brookside Close or hear Dean Sullivan reminisce about taking Cracker for his walkies, you’ll want to get yourself along to the Museum of Liverpool this weekend.


On Sunday 4 November the museum is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Channel 4’s fondly-remembered Liverpudlian soap opera Brookside with a day of events and talks from actors and writers who worked on the show.

Between 1pm and 2:30pm Brookside creator Phil Redmond will be taking part in an In Conversation session, joined by actors Dean Sullivan and Claire Sweeney (who played Jimmy and Lindsey Corkhill in the soap) and writer Peter Cox, who scripted 227 episodes of Brookside.

Visitors will also be able to tour the museum’s Writing Liverpool exhibition (from 11am to 3pm), which explores how the city’s turbulent history inspired its greatest writers and includes props from the set of the soap, including the Brookside Close sign.

A “Brookside Crafternoon”, held between 2pm and 4:30pm, will offer families the chance to help make a miniature model of Brookside Close, and there’ll be opportunities for fans to share their memories of Brookie throughout the day.

Phil Redmond, who is also Chairman of National Museums Liverpool, said: “It’s quite unbelievable that it’s been 30 years since Brookside came to life on our screens and I am now old enough to be a museum exhibit!

“We always tried to make the programme as real as we could within its fictional setting and the outstanding quality owed a lot to the writers, actors, staff and crew who took that special magic that Liverpool provides and made a great programme.

“Dean, Claire and Peter were all long-standing contributors and there until the final episode, so it will be great to have this day and share an afternoon of reminiscence and nostalgia to mark what would have been its 30th anniversary.”

All events are free to attend, but be quick if you want to see Phil’s In Conversation session. The museum’s expecting that particular event to be especially popular, so admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Brookside, which ran for 21 years between 1982 and 2003 on Channel 4, was one of Britain’s most popular soap operas during the ‘80s and ‘90s. Set in Liverpool, the show was renowned for its controversial storylines and famously featured the first on-screen kiss between two lesbian characters to feature in a TV soap. During its time on air, Brookside helped launch the careers of such notable talents as Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston and Anna Friel.

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