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Thursday, 10 October, 2002, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
In pictures: 20 years of Brookside
Channel 4 soap Brookside is to be axed from its prime-time evening slot, 20 years after it first appeared on TV screens.

BBC News Online looks back on the storylines over two decades of the Liverpool-based soap.

When Brookside began, Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners was number one in the UK charts
When the soap began in November 1982, as part of Channel 4's opening line-up, it was praised for breaking new ground.

In 1991 the 1,000th episode took a turn that shocked viewers
Viewers complained when Terry Sullivan's wife Sue and baby Dan were pushed to their death from scaffolding

Jimmy Corkhill, played by Dean Sullivan, has put his family through traumatic times in the soap
Jimmy Corkhill has been a drug dealer, a failed teacher, seen his marriage break-up and has had a mental breakdown

The kiss was dropped from the teatime omnibus edition
Beth Jordache's on -screen lesbian kiss with Margaret was perhaps Brookside's most remembered moment

Mandy Jordache went on trial with her daughter Beth, who was sexually assaulted by her dad, and who helped her bury the body
In 1995 battered wife Mandy Jordache knifed her husband Trevor to death and buried him under the patio

The Free Beth Jordache campaign ran for weeks
Mother and daughter were jailed for murder - Beth died in prison before the campaign to free her succeeded

Claire Sweeney played Lyndsey Corkhill
When Lyndsey Corkill and then her mother came out as lesbian, viewers complained storylines were too sensational

Brookside Close has been seiges, murders, rapes and mad cults over the years
What next for Brookside Close? - the 20th anniversary edition is on 2 November after it has moved to a single weekly episode


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