Frank Rogers (Brookside)

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Frank Rogers
Brookside character
Portrayed by Peter Christian
Duration 1987–93
First appearance 1 December 1987
Last appearance 5 November 1993
Classification Former; regular

Frank Rogers is a fictional character from the British Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, played by Peter Christian. The character made his first on-screen appearance during the episode broadcast 1 December 1987 and remained in the show for six years, being killed off in the episode aired on 5 November 1993.

Development[edit]

Frank lorry driver who has been promised a desk-job but fails to gain the promotion.[1] The breakdown of their marriage deeply effects their youngest daughter Katie Rogers (Diane Burke). Burke told the Liverpool Echo's Peter Grant that "as the youngest daughter of Frank and Chrissy Rogers, [Katie] had a lot on her plate."[2]

Frank later enters a relationship with Lyn McLoughlin (Sharon Power). He has to fight off unwanted advances from Lyn's sister Bev McLoughlin (Sarah White).[3] Frank's departure storyline saw him killed in a car crash caused by a "drug-crazed" Jimmy Corkhill (Dean Sullivan).[4] The accident happens as Frank drives to his wedding reception with his new wife Lyn McLoughlin (Sharon Power).

Fellow character Tony Dixon (Mark Lennock), who travels as Frank's passenger in the front seat, is in a coma for three months before dying. Lyn, who was sitting in the back, escapes uninjured.[4]

Storylines[edit]

The Rogers family arrive and rent number 7 Brookside Close from Harry Cross (Bill Dean). Frank is promised a desk job at his lorry firm but they do not offer him the position. He travels to London to sort the problem out but his lorry is stolen and he faces disciplinary action. Frank decides to upscale and buys the more spacious number 5 and the family move-in. Frank attends a funeral where he meets Lyn. The pair form a close bond and begin a relationship. After Lyn becomes pregnant and to pair marry. Frank drives to his wedding reception with Tony as a passenger. Jimmy drives his car while under the influence of cocaine and causes a car crash. Frank dies shortly after arriving in hospital, despite the attempts of the hospital staff to revive him. Tony dies in hospital three months later, and at Tony's funeral, Jimmy confesses that he caused the crash.

Reception[edit]

Frances Traynor from the Daily Record named the crash that caused Frank's death one of the show's "most controversial plotlines".[5]

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