Former stars of Channel 4 soap Brookside are backing an internet campaign to bring out a “Best of” DVD.
An online petition already has more than 4,500 fan signitures and now previous cast members are calling for episodes to be re-released including, Dean Sullivan, Louis Emerik, Suzanne Collins, Bryan Murray and more.
Gritty storylines included Soaps first lesbian kiss and the murder of wife-beater Trevor Jordach who was buried under the patio.
The last episide was aired in 2003 after 21 years on TV screens. Brookside launched the careers of Jennifer Ellison, Ricky Tomlinson and Anna Friel.
Now past stars from The Close say a whole generation of Soap fans have missed out and are calling for Channel 4 to bring out a box set.
Dean Sullivan, who played lovable rogue Jimmy Corkhill, said: “I would love to be involved in any initiative to keep the Brookside name alive.”
Lynsey McCaffrey who starred as Ruth Smith added: “It’s great news regarding the Brookside DVD campaign its great to hear that Brooky hasn’t been forgotten!
“I was brought up watching it as a child so the show is very close to my heart.”
And Steven Fletcher who played Ste Murray said: “I believe that there is probably still a massive audience of hardcore brookside fans out there who would love to have access to some, if not all of the episodes that went out over the 21 years it ran for.
“For me working on the show was such a great experience and a fantastic form of training infront of a camera, it brought alot of opportunity to actors in the city and made headlines for its groundbreaking storylines.
But there’s confusion over who actually owns the rights to the Scouse Soap Opera. Creator Phil Redmond owns the name “Brookside” but Channel 4 are not clear if they own the show.
Brookie fan Lee Brady from Liverpool & Danny Burton from Essex both came up with the idea of running a Campaign to get Brookie released onto DVD after a visit to the close in 2007.
Lee, 23, said: “Our aim is to get anything onto DVD really, we would love Box sets, spin-offs, Classic episodes, The Best of Brookie.
“All other soaps have DVD’s of Classics out on sale, They have Crossroads, Corrie classics to buy on DVD. Why not Brookie? Brookside was probably the Biggest ground breaking soap of all time. Brookside done everything first but it seems to be last bringing out a DVD.
I grew up watching Brookie, and for me Brookside is regarded as an academy of excellence, not just for its behind-the-scenes teams, but for the sheer volume of acting talent that has come and gone through its doors over the 21 years, To support their Campaign please go to www.brooksidefans.webs.com.”
Brookside launched on November 2nd 1982, on the first night of Channel 4. The show re-invented British soap by filming entirely out of studio on a Liverpool housing estate – especially built for the serial. As well as launching many unknown actors into television stardom it also was a host to many star names from the world of serial including Emergency Ward 10’s Jane Rossington, Crossroads’ Stephen Pinder [pictured in the Birmingham soap right] and EastEnders’ Hilda Braid to name only a handful.
Since the Liverpool cul-de-sac-set soap left Channel 4 screens soap opera’s have become big business on DVD. The UK’s first daily soap Crossroads has 21 volumes of episodes running from 1965-1979 currently on sale, plus two box sets, Emergency Ward 10 – which last aired in 1967 – has three volumes of ‘best of’s’ on sale, Coronation Street and Emmerdale both have volumes of classic episodes spanning the decades while the Australian imported Grundy Produced sagas of the 1970s and 80s, such as The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H, also have renewed life on DVD in the UK.