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Brookside proves a hit for STV

There have been more than 14m streams of Brookside since STV revived the Lime Pictures soap last year.

In Scotland, the show was streamed more times than Coronation Street and Emmerdale across the year.

Lime Pictures remastered all episodes of the soap, after STV ordered a repeat of its entire 2,915 run.

With 5 episodes released every Wednesday, so far 280 shows have gone on the STV Player, amassing a total of 14.4m streams, equivalent to 5m hours of viewing.

“I am thrilled that so many people have been watching Brookside again on STV Player after all these years,” said Sunetra Sarker, who played Nisha Batra.

“I’m so proud to have discovered my acting career through this incredible, groundbreaking soap from back in the day, and still have so many fans of the show reaching out to remind me how important Brookside remains.

STV revealed that 70% of Brookside streams on the STV Player came from outside of Scotland. 10% of all viewers were from Liverpool and it’s also very popular in the Isle of Man – the average STV Player viewer on the island has streamed 68 episodes of the show.

“I am super proud that after all these years, Brookside is still in high demand. It’s brilliant to know we still have a huge fan base – proved by the show being streamed by millions!” said Alex Fletcher, who played Jacqui Dixon.

“The positive reaction around the Brookie re-runs has blown me away, but its success doesn’t shock me as it’s so nostalgic for people. We told gritty, down-to-earth stories through relatable characters. With less choice of channels back in the day, people were more invested in what they watched so it’s even nicer to know that Brookie is still holding its own, even with all the choice that’s out there now.”

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