Brookside has finally been released on DVD following a five-year-long fans’ campaign.

It’s now 30 years since the first episode of Brookside was shown on Channel 4. The soap launched the careers of Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson, Anna Friel and Amanda Burton. And to celebrate, fans can finally relive their favourite episodes of the Liverpool-based soap with the release of Brookside: Most Memorable Moments on DVD.

It has taken a five-year campaign, led by fans Lee Brady and Dan Burton, to get this DVD compilation released.

After Channel 4 axed the soap in 2003, it looked like it would be lost in the archives for ever.

But Lee and Dan launched a website petition in 2007, which has been signed by more than 5000 Brookie fans wanting to see the soap again.

“I’m really chuffed that the campaign for the DVD has been a success,” says Lee. “I have to thank all of the fans and cast who supported us since 2007 when we started the campaign. It’s been really hard to get noticed, but we kept going and we did it for the fans and the cast, but also for myself. I am a huge Brookside fan! The hard work has paid off! Can’t wait to see it myself!”

The DVD set includes 16 classic episodes including the murder of Trevor Jordache, the terrifying 1985 siege, Sheila Grant’s rape, the infamous lesbian kiss and the helicopter crash that destroyed Brookside Parade.