Deaths...

by the "Brookside Expert "

Here is the full checklist of EVERY character seen in twenty-one years of "Brookside" that has been killed off.

The simple criterion for inclusion is that the character MUST HAVE BEEN SEEN ON SCREEN. Those that have only been mentioned, but have never actually appeared, don't count (eg. baby Harriet Cross/Haynes, Jackie Corkhill's father, Jerome's father Frank, Ray's first wife Renee....). Nor does the helicopter co-pilot who was HEARD calling for help, but not actually seen...

So here goes, in order of disappearance....


1 ARTHUR "COMMIE" CLARKE [Peter Kerrigan] - ep 11 (T 07-12-82 "Intervention") - Heart attack.

2 GAVIN TAYLOR [Daniel Webb] - ep 28 (W 02-02-83 "He Was Younger Than Me") - Brain haemhorrage.

3 PETRA TAYLOR [Alexandra Pigg] - ep 130 (W 25-01-84 "Bad News") - Suicide in Llandudno.

4 GRACE HARDWICK [Ruth Holden] - ep 214 (W 14-11-84 "Falling Out") - Pneumonia following a fall.

5 KATE MOSES [Sharon Rosita] - ep 289 (M 08-08-85 "You Two Must Go Now") - Shot by maniac gunman.

6 JOHN CLARKE [Robert Pugh] - ep 289 (M 08-08-85 "You Two Must Go Now") - Suicide of maniac gunman.

7 EDNA CROSS [Betty Alberge] - ep 298 (T 03-09-85 "Depressed") - Following a stroke.

8 MARILYN [Rat] - ep 340 (T 28-01-86 "Privatisation) - Shot dead by Barry Grant after being hired at great expense to carry out a photographic assignment for Damon.

9 TERESA NOLAN [Ann Hadyn-Edwards] - ep 394 (T 05-08-86 "Poor Teresa") - Suicide by drowning (ferry into the Mersey).

10 NICHOLAS BLACK [Alan Rothwell] - ep 430 (T 09-12-86 "Too Many Memories") - Heroin overdose / hypothermia.

11 LUCKY [Dog] - ep 455 (M 10-03-87 "Our Lucky Night") - Run over by a car. Definitely not her lucky night.

12 DON CRAWFORD [John Atkinson] - ep 466 (T 14-04-87 "Ti Amo") - Asbestosis.

13 JOE PRITCHARD [Richard Davies] - ep 467 (M 20-04-87 "Pride And Guts") - Unexpectedly, reasons undisclosed.

14 DAMON GRANT [Simon O'Brien] - ep 529 (M 23-11-87 "Complications") - Stabbed in York.

15 LAURA GORDON-DAVIES nee Wright [Jane Cunliffe] - ep 541 (M 04-01-88 "The Gift Of Life") - Staircase fall, mostly caused by unexpected electrocution.

16 COUNCILLOR ALEC REDFEARN [James Garbutt] - ep 558 (T 01-03-88 "Speechless") - Old age/boredom while listening to a Harry Cross speech.

17 URSULA [Elizabeth Morton] - ep 586 (T 07-06-88 "No Contest") - Killed by, or on the orders of, Sizzler, for losing his favourite bathrobe.

18 ROMMEL [Dog] - ep 642 (W 21-12-88 "Sacked") - Poisoned as a result of chewing cuddly toy seals. Couldn't have read the warning.

19 "WORZEL" THE TRAMP [uncredited performer] - ep 654 (M 23-01-89 "Starting") - Discovered dead by PC Rod Corkhill.

20 CAR DRIVER [uncredited performer] - ep 675 (W 05-04-89 "Glasses") - Car crash, attended by....PC Rod Corkhill.

21 VICTOR [Nigel Bradshaw] - ep 675 (W 05-04-89 "Glasses") - The driver of the other car in the crash, he too passed away following a long conversation with....PC Rod Corkhill.

22 ARTHUR EDWARDS [uncredited performer] - ep 677 (W 12-04-89 "Till Death Us Do Part") - Unknown, but quite possibly nagged to death??

23 THE WOMAN IN THE SUPERMARKET CAR PARK - ep 693 (W 07-06-89 "Degsy") - Heart attack - neither the presence of Dr Choi nor Alison's horrible car rug could save her.

24 MRS SMART'S GOLDFISH - ep 721 (M 18-08-89 "Smartening") - While investigating the disappearance of one of his chief inspector's mother-in-law's cherished pets, PC Rod Corkhill accidentally fatally fried another one....

25 TONY HAMPSON [Alex Mousley] - ep 728 (W 11-10-89 "Killed?") - Joyrider in car crash, following police chase.

26 FRANCIS KAVANAGH "KAV" [Nick Lamont] - ep 728 (W 11-10-89 "Killed?") - Joyrider in the same car crash, same police chase.

27 JAMES MARKHAM [Tom Mannion] - ep 780 (M 09-04-90 "Kite Flying") - Car crash. Actually, the police were after him too, only not as close.

28 LIAM RILEY [Adam Sunderland] - ep 793 (W 23-05-90 "I'll Jump") - ....and he did. Off a roof. Suicide.

29 COUSIN DON CORKHILL [Bernard Merrick] - ep 834 (M 10-09-90 "It's Not!") - Following a pub brawl, thought to have more seriously involved Billy....

30 JANE HARPER [Ann Beach] - ep 846 (M 08-10-90 "Eyesores") - In a car crash.

31 SATAN [Dog] - ep 970 (W 24-07-91 "Defenceless Animals") - After biting a policeman (PC Rod Corkhill....so he really should have known better).

32 SUE SULLIVAN nee Harper [Annie Miles] - ep 1001 (F 04-10-91 "Over The Edge") - Fall from scaffolding onto concrete.

33 DANIEL SULLIVAN [Sam Evans] - ep 1001 (F 04-10-91 "Over The Edge") - Same fall, same scaffolding, same concrete....

34 CYRIL DIXON [Allan Surtees] - ep 1038 (M 30-12-91 "Unsaid") - Massive heart attack, possibly brought on by excessive womanising.

35 GRAEME CURTIS [David Banks] - ep 1049 (F 24-01-92 "Feelings Of Guilt") - Murdered in prison, according to Barry - and he should know - although a verdict of suicide was later reached.

36 NICK McLOUGHLIN [Don Hall] - ep 1115 (F 26-06-92 "Act Of God") - Heart attack, possibly as a result of road rage.

37 TREVOR JORDACHE [Bryan Murray] - ep 1250 (F 07-05-93 "No Turning Back") - Manslaughter by kitchen knife.

38 CLIVE CROSBIE MP [Phillip Bond] - ep 1325 (F 29-10-93 "Avoiding") - Suicide by exhaust fumes.

39 FRANK ROGERS [Peter Christian] - ep 1328 (F 05-11-93 "You Caused This") - Following a car crash.

40 TONY DIXON [Gerard Bostock / Mark Lennock] - ep 1368 (M 07-02-94) - Following the same car crash.

41 DON McATEER [Freddie Boardley] - ep 1447 (W 10-08-94 "Lost Cause") - Drugs overdose in prison.

42 SIMON HOWE [Lee Hartney] - ep 1481 (F 28-10-94 "Driven Out") - Assisted in-car suicide.

43 KENTUCKY (Chicken) - Ep 1529 (T 14-02-95 "In Hiding") - Became blood and feathers overnight for reasons unknown....

44 NUGGET (Chicken) - Ep 1529 (T 14-02-95 "In Hiding") - ....Ron thought that Cracker may have been responsible....

45 BUTTIE (Chicken) - Ep 1529 (T 14-02-95 "In Hiding") - ...."Buttie" couldn't prove it....

46 HAM PIE (Chicken) - Ep 1530 (W 15-02-95 "United Front") - ....The unidentified chicken-killer struck twice more the next night....

47 FRIED RICE (Chicken) - Ep 1530 (W 15-02-95 "United Front") - ....but still avoided detection.

48 GARRY SALTER [Stephen Dwyer] - ep 1539 (W 08-03-95 "Splashing Out") - First plague victim, fell into swimming pool.

49 GEORGE MANNERS [Brian Murphy] - ep 1541 (T 14-03-95 "The Right Moment") - Second plague victim / terminal greed.

50 AUDREY MANNERS nee Snodgrass [Judith Barker] - ep 1545 (W 22-03-95 "Taking The . . . . ") - Third plague victim.

51 BETH JORDACHE [Anna Friel] - ep 1601 (W 26-07-95 "Worn Out") - Hereditary heart condition.

52 BEN [Rat] - ep 1607 (W 09-08-95 "Checked Out") - Killed by Polly the cat....little suspecting the fate that awaited her.

53 CAROLINE LEWIS [Louise Ironside] - ep 1656 (F 01-12-95 "More Rent") - Of AIDS, caught from Simon.

54 KIEV [Chicken] - ep 1657 (T 05-12-95 "Dead As A Doornail") - After eating an organic meal which Bev had made for Ron.

55 POLLY [Cat] - ep 1680 (F 26-01-96 "She's Dead") - Victim of bullets through the Corkhills' window.

56 SHANE COCHRANE [Richard W Norton] - ep 1682 (W 31-01-96 "Dead Important") - Overdose of uncut heroin.

57 LITTLE JIMMY CORKHILL [George Christopher] - ep 1816 (F 29-11-96 "Time's Up") - Shot by drug dealers.

58 MATTHEW FARNHAM [Gareth Ryan Jones] - ep 1872 (M 07-04-97 "Nothing We Could Do") - After a car crash.

59 EMILY FARNHAM [Victoria Bennett] - ep 1873 (T 08-04-97 "Terrible News") - After the same car crash.

60 GLADYS CHARLTON [Eileen O'Brien] - ep 1911 (T 01-07-97 "Please Stop Breathing") - Suffocation.

61 CRACKER [Dog] - ep 1992 (T 30-12-97 "Get Rid Of Her") - Reversed over by a van.

62 CANDY [Dog] - ep 2040 (T 14-04-98 "Is It Kylie?") - The only victim of the parade gas explosion.

63 MARCUS SEDDON [Matthew Brenher] - ep 2105 (F 04-09-98 "Let Him Go") - Fell from a cliff.

** RUFUS CARMICHAEL [Jimmy Gallagher] - Hit by huge flying boulder then squashed under falling, flammable, industrial oil drums [ but only in the unbroadcasted special episode ("Friday The 13th") - so he doesn't really count]

64 BETTY McLOUGHLIN [Barbara Ashcroft] - ep 2153 (M 21-12-98 "Easy Lay") - Unexpectedly, reasons unknown.

65 SUSAN CLARKE [Lindsey Dainty] - ep 2159 (T 06-01-99 "Shocks") - Drugs overdose.

66 GREG SHADWICK [Mark Moraghan] - ep 2259 (F 27-08-99 "Last Fling") - In the Millennium Club explosion.

67 JASON SHADWICK [Vincent Price] - ep 2260 (T 31-08-99 "I Want My Dad") - In the Millennium Club explosion.

68 VICTOR THE VICAR [Alec Monteath] - ep 2268 (F 17-09-99 "Conclusions") - Gangland assassination.

69 JOSH CARTER [Paul Barnhill] - ep 2286 (F 29-10-99 "Worst Nightmare") - Set himself on fire for Hallowe'en.

70 MRS WILCOX [uncredited performer] - ep 2309 (W 22-12-99 "Terminal Illness") - Er....terminal illness.

71 MARK WILCOX [Dugald Bruce Lockhart] - ep 2312 (Th 30-12-99 "Please, Thank You, Goodbye") - Staircase fall, not necessarily due to motor neurone disease and/or suicidal thoughts.

72 MINTY [Dog] - ep 2354 (W 05-04-00 "Real Effort") - Driven over by Ray. (How many viewers wished, at the time, that he had driven over Anthony instead??)

73 ALASDAIR FINNEGAN [Freddie Boardley - making a unique second appearance on this list!!] - ep 2383 (W 14-06-00 "Nothing More") - Gangland assassination.

74 ROSE FINNEGAN [Amanda Noar] - ep 2383 (W 14-06-00 "Nothing More") - Gangland assassination.

75 CALLUM FINNEGAN [Gerard Kelly] - ep 2389 (W 28-06-00 "Differences") - Shot by Dave Burns.

76 SUSANNAH FARNHAM nee Morrissey [Karen Drury] - ep 2444 (F 03-11-00 "That's Life") - Staircase fall, caused entirely by the wearing of defective high-heeled shoes. Not Max's fault at all. Oh no.

77 CLINT MOFFAT [Greg Pateras] - ep 2526 (W 09-05-01 "Bang Out Of Order") - Shot while not burgling Ron's house.

78 KITTY HILTON [Jean Heywood] - ep 2654 (W 06-03-02 "Upping Sticks") - After a stroke.

79 IMELDA CLOUGH [Billie Clements] - ep 2660 (W 20-03-02 "Taking The Plunge") - Drowned.

80 MRS TUCKER [uncredited performer] - ep 2682 (Th 09-05-02 "Self-awareness") - Natural causes, not even Dr Parr could save her.

81 ROB DEXTER [Paul Swinnerton] - ep 2709 (W 10-07-02 "Late") - Threw himself under a train - suicide.

82 DIANE MURRAY [Bernie Nolan] - ep 2764 (Th 14-11-02 "Drop") - Crushed by a falling helicopter.

83 PILOT [Hands of uncredited performer] - ep 2764 (Th 14-11-02 "Drop") - After failing to prevent his helicopter from crashing.

84 EMILY O'LEARY nee Shadwick [Jennifer Ellison] - ep 2801 (S 08-02-03 "Dead") - Following months in a coma after jumping from a window before she was pushed.

85 ALAN GORDON [John Burton] - ep 2817 (S 22-02-03 "Discipline") - After falling into a concealed quarry.

86 DEBBIE GORDON [Annette Ekblom] - ep 2862 (S 03-07-03 "Escaping") - In a car crash.

87 GREG SINNOTT [Neil Anthony] - ep 2895 (T 23-09-03 "Controlling") - Shot by a drug trafficker in Rotterdam.

** TERRY GIBSON [Greg Milburn] - Impaled [ but only in the unbroadcasted special episode ("Unfinished Business") - so he doesn't really count].

88 MICHAELSON [Paul Duckworth] - ep 2914 (T 04-11-03 "Destroying") - Hanged.


So in twenty-one years, the "Brookside" death count can be summarised as follows:

- 72 humans [or 74 if Rufus and Terry are included]

- Six dogs

- Six chickens

- Two rats

- A cat

- And a goldfish!!

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Abortions.....

In 21 years of "Brookside", we met TEN characters who had an abortion:


1 PETRA TAYLOR [Alexandra Pigg]

In episode 53 (T 03-05-83 "Gossip"), her sister Marie [Anna Keaveney] revealed that Petra had had an abortion at the age of 14, and that she did so because Marie told her to. She had become pregnant by an un-named lad of the same age who "just went too far".


2 TRACY CORKHILL [Justine Kerrigan]

After becoming pregnant by Barry Grant [Paul Usher], Tracy revealed in episode 803 (W 27-06-90 "B----!") that she had had an abortion. Neither Barry nor his mother were impressed....


3 BEV McLOUGHLIN [Sarah White]

Even before we ever met Bev, her sister Lyn [Sharon Power] revealed a little of her history in episode 1194 (M 28-12-92 "Threatening Behaviour"). Bev had gone "off the rails" when her father died, became pregnant at the age of 14, had an abortion without telling anyone, and ultimately confessed after collapsing in school. Later, in episode 1278 (M 12-07-93 "Scared"), Bev herself revealed who was responsible for getting her pregnant on that occasion - it was a bloke who had been working on the school extension....


4 LEANNE POWELL [Vickie Gates]

Leanne became pregnant by Paul Howard [Will Mellor] in episode 1174 (W 11-11-92 "Passion Wagon"); and D-D Dixon [Irene Marot], who was also present at the conception (!!), arranged for her to have an abortion, which took place in episode 1204 (W 20-01-93 "Will It Hurt?"), a few days after Leanne's 16th birthday. When Mr and Mrs Powell [Michael Atkinson, Lisa David] found out about it in the next episode (1205 - F 22-01-93 "A Different Light"), they weren't pleased with anyone....


5 GEORGIA SIMPSON [Helen Grace]

After becoming pregnant by her brother Nat [John Sandford], Georgia had an abortion in episode 1827 (T 31-12-96 "Full Circle"). Her parents had even more reason than Leanne's to feel somewhat disappointed when they found out about it a few episodes later....


6 KATRINA EVANS [Anne-Marie Davies]

After becoming pregnant by Jason Shadwick [Vincent Price], Katrina had an abortion in episode 2071 (T 30-06-98 "What You've Done") - unlike any of the others so far, with his support and financial help!


7 JESSIE HILTON [Margi Campi]

In episode 2085 (F 24-07-98 "New Life Growing"), Jessie revealed that before she had met her first husband, Tommy Shadwick, she had become pregnant by her first love, Tony Fitz (to whom she had been engaged at the time), on 21st April 1956. [Both of these men who used to be Jessie's life were, incidentally, mentioned again a few more times later on, although she -- or someone?? -- became a little confused in episode 2642 (W 06-02-02 "Priorities All Wrong"), when she claimed that her first love was "Tommy Mac"!!]


8 ROSE GANNON [Nuala Walsh]

It was first revealed in episode 2219 (W 26-05-99 "Difficult To Find"), and mentioned again on several other occasions, that the sister of Joey Musgrove [Dan Mullaney] had had an abortion at the age of 15. (This may have been part of the reason that Rose and her husband ultimately brought up one of Joey's children...but did anyone really care? PLEASE don't make me go back and check....)


9 VICTORIA WILCOX [Patricia Potter]

After being disloyal to Darren Roebuck [Timothy Deenihan] by becoming pregnant by Dave Burns [Simon Chadwick], Victoria had an abortion in episode 2363 (W 26-04-00 "Something Internal").


10 ADELE MURRAY [Katy Lamont]

With the support of her father and elder brother - if not the rest of her family - 15-year-old Adele had an abortion in episode 2552 (T 10-07-01 "It's Done"). Leo Johnson [Steven Cole] had been responsible for getting her pregnant in episode 2509 (F 30-03-01 "Copped Off").


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