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Brookside repeats break record for STV Player after huge demand

The classic soap has been streamed over 1 million times.

simon o'brien as damon grant , ricky tomlinson as bobby grant and sue johnston as sheila grant, brookside
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Classic Liverpool-set soap Brookside has broken records on STV Player, reaching over 1 million streams since its launch.

At the start of this year STV confirmed it would be rerunning the show, with the first episodes dropping on February 1. The decision has proven to be a popular one, with more than 130,000 users having watched at least one complete episode.

The record was previously held by mystery series Blood, which launched in August 2022 and stars Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar.

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The nostalgia for the show hasn't come as a shock to Brookside alumni either. "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," said Alex Fletcher, who was part of the show for 13 years.

"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."

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Originally broadcast on Channel 4 from 1982 to 2003, Brookside was known for airing groundbreaking storylines, including the first pre-watershed female same-sex kiss aired on British TV.

"We brought Brookside back to screens because we knew there was still a deep affection for the series from viewers across the country, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the extent of the response since relaunching the show last week," said Richard Williams, Managing Director of Digital, STV.

"It’s testament to the immense talents of the writers and actors involved that viewers are still flocking to the show in their droves, four decades after it originally started."

Brookside streams on STV.

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