Sir Phil Redmond hints at potential Brookside return after Grange Hill film news

Grange Hill creator Sir Phil Redmond has dropped a huge hint that soap classic Brookside could be making a return to our TV screens.

The legendary TV producer created Brookside, which ran on Channel 4 from 1982 to 2003, as well as popular soap opera Hollyoaks and children's TV classic Grange Hill.

Speculation about a Brookside reboot has been growing for years, but Phil Redmond seemed to hint at its return in a recent interview about the launch of a new Grange Hill film, saying to the BBC: "I've also got all the old Brookie crew and Hollyoaks gang saying they'd love to be in it.

"So who knows if we're gonna do Grange Hill this year, perhaps we'll go to Brookie next and Hollyoaks the year after that."

Brookside was set in Liverpool and followed the lives of the families living on the Brookside estate, including the Corkills, the Grants and the Dixons.

It launched the careers of huge actors including Claire Sweeney, Dean Sullivan, Ray Quinn and Jennifer Ellison, as well as featuring some of the city's best loved stars including Sue Johnston, Michael Starke, Ricky Tomlinson and Eithne Browne.

The soap will also celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, which is the perfect time for Brookside to make a come back, but Phil Redmond has said that nothing is confirmed for the programme to return just yet.

He said: "We couldn't possibly say at this stage," adding: "It's its 40th anniversary later in the year, how about that?

"The whole world seems to be going back to the 80s, so why not?"

Although plans for its return have not been confirmed, plenty of the soap's stars have previously commented on its potential reboot and the impact of its hard hitting storylines.

Appearing on Loose Women in 2018, actor Louis Emerick, who played Mick Johnson, said: "The city has changed now, after 15 years.

“There’s a thousand more stories you can tell."

Actress Claire Sweeney, who played Lindsey Corkhill, also added: "The only thing is it was so pioneering with its storylines and so edgy.

"Nowadays a lot of the soaps are touching on those storylines, so I don’t suppose it would be as shocking any more if it came back."

If the soap did come back, fans have already shown their love for a potential reboot of the programme, with many taking to social media following the star's appearances on Loose Women.

One said: "Yes I wanna see it back on the box. It was my favourite soap," while a second said: "About time you repeated Brookside, millions of us want it."

A third added: "Would love to see Brookside back on telly."

Even Liverpool born Killing Eve actor Jodie Comer has said she'd love to see the soap back on TV, telling the Liverpool Echo: "I used to get in the shower, wash my hair and sit in front of the fire with my nan and watch Brookside – and eat spearmints.

"I wish I could watch Brookside now. They need to make a comeback."

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