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Brookside fans believe soap predicted the coronavirus pandemic

Brookside had a virus storyline in 1995

Brookside fans believe the show predicted the coronavirus pandemic back in 1995.

Channel 4 soap Brookside ran from 1982 until 2003 and the show was well known for its out-there storylines.

Plots included a brother and sister incest storyline, a helicopter being gunned down into a petrol station and a mysterious killer virus.

Brookside fans believe soap predicted the coronavirus pandemic
Residents stared to panic when people got a mysterious illness (Credit: Channel 4/Lime Pictures)

In this storyline, the virus only seemed to affect Brookside Close and the cul-de-sac was put under quarantine until the issue was resolved.

However it wasn’t without casualties as three residents died.

While some characters listened to the social distancing rules, other did not. Sadly it wasn’t a happy ending for everyone.

Characters who didn’t survive the storyline were garage owner Gary Salter, Audrey Manners and George.

Brookside fans believe soap predicted the coronavirus pandemic
Three residents died as a result of the virus (Credit: Channel 4/Lime Pictures)

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At the time, the virus storyline seemed one of the more far-fetched. But with the current coronavirus pandemic, it now seems very close to home.

Fans David Flynn reminded everyone about the plot on Twitter.

On a Digital Spy forum, fans also remembered the storyline.

One wrote: “Did Brookside predict coronavirus?”

A second commented: “Funny, I watched these episodes only a few months back and even now thought it was too absurd. And then coronavirus hits and shows the show was way ahead of its time.”

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Coronavirus

Unlike Brookside, the coronavirus has affected more than just a cul-de-sac. Across the world, hundreds and thousands of deaths have been recorded from the deadly bug.

Currently the UK is in lockdown. People have been advised only to leave their homes for essentials and if they are a key worker.

At the time of writing there are 165,221 recorded cases of coronavirus in the UK. There have been 26,097 deaths.

Did you used to watch Brookside? If so, do you remember the virus storyline?

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