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'Brookside' stars delighted with 30th-anniversary DVD release

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Brookside Close - 1990s

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Brookside stars have spoken out in appreciation of the soap's 30th-anniversary DVD release.

A Brookside: Best Storylines compilation appeared on Play.co.uk's website earlier this week, bringing to an end a five-year campaign to get classic moments released on disc.

Suzanne Collins, who played the downtrodden Nikki Shadwick between 1998 and 2003, told the Liverpool Echo: "It is living proof dreams can come true.

"I am immensely proud of Brookside. I loved every single minute of it. It seems like millions of years ago now but I am blessed to have met some of the most amazing people - they are like my family."

She continued: "I was a girl in college when I joined the cast. I thought I would end up teaching drama - I did not think I would do it professionally. I signed up for two episodes and I went on to be the last voice on the close. It will be nice to show it to my daughter Mya - her teachers used to watch it."

Meanwhile, Louis Emerick - taxi driver Mick Johnson on the show - credited superfan Lee Brady for campaigning for the DVD since 2007.

"I must admit Lee was on the case for five years, so I was beginning to think it may never happen.

"But when I went down to the close with him in March I thought, 'It's got to be now or never'. And it's come off.

"It is nice it will be out this year for the 30th anniversary. It is a chance for people to remember just how good Brookside was.

"There were so many great storylines, you could fill a box set with them. It will be interesting to see which storylines it includes and who is going to make that call."

Watch Brookside's famous lesbian kiss scene below:

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