Brookside has become the fastest show to hit 1 million streams on STV Player just one week after its debut.
Originally aired on Channel 4 between 1982 and 2003, the beloved soap on the lives of the Brookside Close residents is now available to watch on the free streaming service.
Last February 1, the first ten episodes of the series were added to STV Player's catalogue and more will follow, making STV the first platform to air the Liverpool-set soap.
Since the beginning of the month, the show has been streamed more than 1 million times, with about 130,000 users having watched one full episode or more. The previous record was held by Blood, a psychological mystery series starring Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar and launched on STV Player in August 2022.
Following the news of the record-smashing viewership figures, one of its stars, Alex Fletcher — who played Jacqui Dixon on Brookside and is now on Hollyoaks — has reflected on the success of the soap.
"It doesn't surprise me at all. I'm delighted and proud as punch that viewers' loyalty and love for the show still remains after all these years," Fletcher said in a statement.
"People grew up watching Brookie, and that's why it's so nostalgic. It was real life and it told real stories, all of which were – and still are – so relatable."