Births...

by the "Brookside Expert "

In presenting the following list of "Brookside" births, the following criteria have been adopted:

- there must be a specific episode at the beginning of which we know the character has not yet been born, and at the end of which we know they have been;

- the character born must have ultimately been seen on-screen, although not necessarily in the episode in which they were actually born.

So the list cannot include any of Barry Grant's offspring - neither the unseen Stephen, born to Fran Pearson in 1992, nor his two unseen daughters later born to his equally unseen wife Pam. It must also exclude Harriet Cross/Haynes (born in episode 427, died in episode 428, never seen), and Debbie McGrath's son Simon (born August 1988, but not seen on-screen until the following Christmas).

There are, then, only FOURTEEN true "Brookside" births - and here are the episodes "when a child was born".....


1 Episode 230 (T 08-01-85 "Baby Grant") - to Sheila Grant [Sue Johnston] and Bobby Grant [Ricky Tomlinson], a daughter, CLAIRE GRANT [Amy Lynch].

2 Episode 642 (W 21-12-88 "Sacked") - to Sally Haynes [Roberta Kerr] and Kevin Cross [Stuart Organ], a son, TIM HAYNES.

3 Episode 718 (W 06-09-89 "Mummy Doll") - to Sue Sullivan [Annie Miles] and Martin Howes [Andrew Hall], a son, DANIEL JOHN SULLIVAN [Sam Evans].

4 Episode 1106 (F 05-06-92 "Deep Breaths") - to Sammy Daniels/Rogers [Rachael Lindsay] and Owen Daniels [Danny McCall], a daughter, LOUISE FRANCES DANIELS/ROGERS [Kimberley Beer, Mariella Brown].

5 Episode 1150 (W 16-09-92 "Stained") - to Lindsay Stanlow/Corkhill [Claire Sweeney] and Gary Stanlow [Andrew Fillis], a daughter, KYLIE STANLOW/CORKHILL [Jessica Allen, Hannah Dowd].

6 Episode 1350 (M 27-12-93 "Strong Feelings") - to Bev McLoughlin [Sarah White] and Mike Dixon [Paul Byatt], a son, JOSH McLOUGHLIN [Adam McCoy, Jack McMullen].

7 Episode 1451 (F 19-08-94 "Pushing") - to Patricia Farnham [Gabrielle Glaister] and Max Farnham [Steven Pinder], a daughter, ALICE FARNHAM [Anna Norbury].

8 Episode 1635 (F 13-10-95 "New Baby") - to Mandy Jordache [Sandra Maitland] and Sinbad [Michael Starke], a daughter, RUTH SWEENEY [Rhiannon Wright].

9 Episode 1915 (T 08-07-97 "Out He Pops") - to Jackie Corkhill [Sue Jenkins] and Jimmy Corkhill [Dean Sullivan], a son, WILLIAM JAMES CORKHILL [Jack Mythen, Matthew Faran, Jack Lewis Davies].

10 Episode 2108 (F 11-09-98 "The Big Push") - to Jacqui Dixon-Farnham [Alexandra Fletcher] and Max Farnham [Steven Pinder], a son, HARRY FARNHAM.

11 Episode 2165 (W 20-01-99 "Babysitting") - to Susannah Morrissey/Farnham [Karen Drury] and Max Farnham [Steven Pinder], a daughter, EMMA FARNHAM.

12 Episode 2313 (F 31-12-99 "Unveiling") - to Rachel Jordache [Tiffany Chapman] and Mike Dixon [Paul Byatt], a daughter, BETH DIXON.

13 Episode 2848 (S 31-05-03 "Dropping") - to Katie Rogers [Diane Burke/Debbie Reynolds] and Nic Howard [James Sarsfield] a daughter, SOPHIE.

14 Episode 2911 (T 28-10-03 "Timing") - to Rachel Dixon [Tiffany Chapman] and Mike Dixon [Paul Byatt], a son, MICHAEL DIXON.


If, however, DATES of birth are instead considered, the list looks very different. There appear to have been nineteen characters whose dates of birth have been "set in stone" (albeit stone which may have been "wrapped in paper" with contradictions in other episodes!!) by means of clear, unambiguous dialogue or documents, coffin-plates etc. seen on-screen:

1 HAROLD CROSS [Bill Dean] - 7th August 1918 (Episodes 440 and 708)

2 EDNA CROSS [Betty Alberge] - 4th March 1920 (Episodes 319, 408 and 604)

3 GLADYS CHARLTON [Eileen O'Brien] - 30th June 1944 (Episode 2077)

4 RON DIXON [Vince Earl] - 25th December 1947 (Episodes 876, 880, 1191, 1349. 1799, 1875 and 1990)

5 BEL SIMPSON [Lesley Nightingale] - 22nd November 1952 (Episode 1925)

6 JIMMY CORKHILL [Dean Sullivan] - 14th November 1955 (Episode 862) ....AND 13th November 1951 (Episode 1017)

7 ALISDAIR FINNEGAN [Freddie Boardley] - 14th February 1953 (Episode 2390)

8 SINBAD [Michael Starke] - 26th January 1957 (Episodes 1059, 1677 and 2404)

9 MICK JOHNSON [Louis Emerick] - 12th March 1958 (Episode 902)

10 BARRY GRANT [Paul Usher] - 4th June 1959 (Episode 1277)

11 DIANE MURRAY [Bernie Nolan] - 30th March 1964 (Episode 2772)

12 DAMON GRANT [Simon O'Brien] - 29th February 1968 (Episode 140)

13 ROD CORKHILL [Jason Hope] - 27th May 1968 (Episode 945)

14 LITTLE JIMMY CORKHILL [George Christopher] - 26th March 1974 (Episodes 2135 and 2319)

15 LOUISE MITCHELL [Jenny Hesketh] - 21st July 1975 (Episode 711)

16 BETH JORDACHE [Anna Friel] - 18th August 1975 (Episodes 1543 and 2402)

17 LUKE MUSGROVE [Samuel Hudson] - 10th March 1978 (Episode 2161)

18 JOSH McLOUGHLIN [Adam McCoy, Jack McMullen] - 25th December 1993 (Episode 1350)

19 BETH DIXON [uncredited performer] - 1st January 2000 (Episode 2313).


There are also nine characters who have been revealed to have been born on a specific date...although the year of their birth has not been revealed:

1 RONNIE WILLIAMS [Claire Robinson] - 9th February (Episode 655)

2 LOUISE HOPE [Lisa Faulkner] - 26th March (Episode 1984)

3 ROGER HUNTINGTON [Rob Spendlove] - 2nd April (Episode 43)

4 SYDNEY HUNTINGTON [Bert Gaunt] - 2nd April (Episode 43)

5 GRACE HARDWICK [Ruth Holden] - 6th April (Episode 640)

6 PETRA TAYLOR [Alexandra Pigg] - 10th July (Episode 73)

7 MADGE RICHMOND [Shirley Stelfox] - 30th July (Episodes 439 and 448)

8 MR. DAVIS [John Owens] - 10th October (Episode 267)

9 NIKKI WHITE [Michelle Byatt] - 1st December (Episode 978)


Additionally, there are well over a hundred episodes in which the YEAR of a character's birth is unambiguously revealed, but without enough evidence to reveal their precise date of birth, even to a specific month. At least SIX further characters share with Jimmy Corkhill the dubious distinction of having been born on at least two entirely separate occasions!

================================================================

MARRIAGES...

by the "Brookside Expert "

In this list of "Brookside" marriages, the following simple criterion has been adopted: there must be a specific episode at the beginning of which we know the characters wre not married, and at the end of which we know they are. We do not, however, necessarily need to see any of the actual ceremony on-screen. On this basis, in twenty-one years of "Brookside" there were twenty-four marriages:


1 Episode 179 (T 17-07-84 "Omen") - ALAN PARTRIDGE [Dicken Ashworth] married SAMANTHA DAVIS [Dinah May], at the second attempt!

2 Episode 383 (M 30-06-86 "Rice") - NICHOLAS BLACK [Alan Rothwell] married HEATHER HAVERSHAM, formerly Huntington [Amanda Burton].

3 Episode 500 (T 11-08-87 "Ready") - JONATHAN GORDON-DAVIES [Steven Pinner] married LAURA WRIGHT [Jane Cunliffe].

4 Episode 677 (W 12-04-89 "Till Death Us Do Part") - GERALD FALLON [Bryan Matheson] married MONA HARVEY [Margaret Clifton].

5 Episode 708 (W 02-08-89 "Sue And Terry") - TERRY SULLIVAN [Brian Regan] married SUE HARPER [Annie Miles].

6 Episode 821 (F 10-08-90 "Wedding Bells") - BILLY CORKHILL [John McArdle] married SHEILA GRANT [Sue Johnston].

7 Episode 956 (F 21-06-91 "There For Her") - GARY STANLOW [Andrew Fillis] married LINDSEY CORKHILL [Claire Sweeney].

8 Episode 1016 (T 08-10-91 "New Beginnings") - OWEN DANIELS [Danny McCall] married SAMMY ROGERS [Rachael Lindsay].

9 Episode 1124 (F 17-07-92 "Minor Hiccup") - ROD CORKHILL [Jason Hope] married DIANA SPENCE [Paula Frances], at the second attempt!

10 Episode 1319 (F 15-10-93 "Decisions") - MAX FARNHAM [Steven Pinder] re-married PATRICIA FARNHAM [Gabrielle Glaister].

11 Episode 1327 (W 03-11-93 "We're Gonna Be Late...") - FRANK ROGERS [Peter Christian] married LYN MATTHEWS [Sharon Power].

12 Episode 1763 (W 07-09-96 "Poor Jules") - NAT SIMPSON [John Sandford] married JULES BRADLEY [Sarah Withe].

13 Episode 1870 (W 02-04-97 "Mick And Elaine") - MICK JOHNSON [Louis Emerick] married ELAINE DAVIES [Beverley Hills].

14 Episode 1923 (F 25-07-97 "Christian and Rachel") - CHRISTIAN WRIGHT [Phillip Dowd] married RACHEL JORDACHE [Tiffany Chapman].

15 Episode 2083 (T 21-07-98 "What's The Occasion?") - MAX FARNHAM [Steven Pinder] re-married SUSANNAH FARNHAM [Karen Drury].

16 Episode 2138 (T 17-11-98 "He Said I DO") - PETER PHELAN [Sam Kane] married LINDSEY STANLOW [Claire Sweeney].

17 Episode 2237 (W 07-07-99 "Bad Stomachs") - RON DIXON [Vince Earl] married ANTHEA BRINDLEY [Barbara Hatwell], at the second attempt!

18 Episode 2376 (F 26-05-00 "I Do") - MIKE DIXON [Paul Byatt] married RACHEL JORDACHE [Tiffany Chapman].

19 Episode 2472 (W 03-03-01 "Motherly Advice") - RAY HILTON [Kenneth Cope] married JESSIE SHADWICK [Margi Campi].

20 Episode 2493 (T 20-02-01 "Matrimony") - FRED GONZALEZ [Richard Calkin] married BEV McLOUGHLIN [Sarah White].

21 Episode 2524 [F 04-05-01 "Concealer") - TIM O'LEARY [Phillip Olivier] married EMILY SHADWICK [Jennifer Ellison].

22 Episode 2581 (F 14-09-01 "Wedding") - MAX FARNHAM [Steven Pinder] married JACQUI DIXON [Alexandra Fletcher].

23 Episode 2834 (S 26-04-03 "Getting Married") - MARTY MURRAY [Neil Caple] remarried JAN MURRAY [Helen Sheals].

24 Episode 2910 (T 28-10-03 "Giving") - RON DIXON [Vince Earl] married BEV McLOUGHLIN [Sarah White].


But if the question is instead answered in terms of "when" weddings took place, based on clear dialogue or on-screen documents - excluding many which can only be tied to one of two adjacent years by virtue of more vague comments such as "We've been married for x years" - there are (only?!) fifty-two which have been specifically revealed to have occurred in the years (or, more rarely, months, or on dates) given:

1 Harold Cross and Edna - 1937 (ep 203)

2 Albert/Arthur Brogan and Julia Roberts - June 1949 (ep 1650)

3 David Crosbie and Jean - 1954 (ep 1740)

4 Bobby Grant and Sheila - September 1958 (ep 96)

5 Paul Collins and Annabelle Harvey - 1958 (ep 643)

6 Frederick Wainwright and Hilary - 1959 (ep 1903)

7 Billy Corkhill and Doreen Brogan - 12th April 1967 (ep 677 - contradicting ep 570, which revealed that they married in 1966)

8 George Jackson and Marie Jones - 1968 (ep 99)

9 Ray Hilton and Renee - 1969 (ep 2302)

10 Jimmy Corkhill and Jackie Walker - 2nd December 1971 (eps 1026 and 2851)

11 Ollie Simpson and Bel Pattison - 1972 (eps 1906, 1908, 1909, 1918, 1945)

12 Ron Dixon and D-D O'Farrell - 12th August 1972 (ep 1132)

13 Eddie Banks and Rosie McGee - 1973 (ep 1717)

14 Trevor Jordache and Mandy Dutton - 21st April 1973 (ep 1242)

15 Joey Musgrove and Niamh O'Brien - 1974 (ep 2171)

16 Greg Shadwick and Margi Benson - Feb 1976 (ep 2284) / June 1976 (ep 2205) / 1978 (ep 2127) ....oh dear!

17 Geoff Brindley and Anthea - 1980 (eps 2148, 2150)

18 Gavin Taylor and Petra Jones - 1982 (ep 34)

19 Roger Huntington and Heather Haversham - 1982 (ep 99)

20 Alan Partridge and Samantha Davis - 1984 (ep 179)

21 Timmy and Rose Thurley - 1985 (ep 227)

22 Max Farnham and Susannah Morrisey - 1985 (ep 1901)

23 Nicholas Black and Heather Haversham - 11th July 1986 (ep 383)

24 Jonathan Gordon-Davies and Laura Wright - 1987 (eps 489, 500, 509, 604)

25 Gerald Fallon and Mona Harvey - 1989 (ep 677)

26 Terry Sullivan and Sue Harper - 5th August 1989 (ep 708)

27 Max Farnham and Patricia Crosbie - September 1989 (ep 841)

28 Ralph Hardwick and Lana Costello - 1990 (ep 775)

29 Billy Corkhill and Sheila Grant - 10th August 1990 (eps 820, 821)

30 Gary Stanlow and Lindsey Corkhill - 21st June 1991 (eps 2102, 2105)

31 Owen Daniels and Sammy Rogers - 8th November 1991 (eps 1008, 1012, 1016)

32 Rod Corkhill and Diana Spence - 17th July 1992 (ep 1122)

33 Max Farnham and Patricia Farnham - 1993 (ep 1319)

34 Frank Rogers and Lyn Matthews - November 1993 (ep 1308)

35 Martin Cathcart and Georgia Simpson - 1995 (ep 1734)

36 Nat Simpson and Jules Bradley - 7th August 1996 (ep 1748)

37 Mick Johnson and Elaine Davies - 1997 (eps 1866, 1870)

38 Christian Wright and Rachel Jordache - 26th July 1997 (eps 1902, 1923)

39 Max Farnham and Susannah Farnham - 1998 (eps 2083, 2240)

40 Tracy Corkhill and ? - 1998 (eps 2114, 2117)

41 Julia Brogan and ? - 1998 (ep 2117)

42 Peter Phelan and Lindsey Stanlow - 13th November 1998 (ep 2132)

43 Richard Rogers and Sammy Daniels - December 1998 (eps 2146 and 2851)

44 Brian and Mandy Dutton - 1999 (ep 2212)

45 Ron Dixon and Anthea Brindley - 1999 (eps 2237, 2251, 2322)

46 Mike Dixon and Rachel Jordache - 27th May 2000 (eps 2330, 2340)

47 Ray Hilton and Jessie Shadwick - 2001 (ep 2472)

48 Tim O'Leary and Emily Shadwick - 2001 (eps 2523, 2524)

49 Fred Gonzales and Bev McLoughlin - 2001 (ep 2493)

50 Max Farnham and Jacqui Dixon - 14th September 2001 (eps 2574, 2575)

51 Marty Murray and Jan Murray - 2003 (ep 2834)

52 Ron Dixon and Bev McLoughlin - 2003 (eps 2910, 2911)


More from the Brookside Expert "............

Other Brookside facts.......