The Syndicate

The Syndicate S4 filmed at Ilkley Moor - L to R - Sam (Joe Sugg) and Roxy (Taj Atwal). ©BBC/Rollem Productions

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Kay Mellor’s critically acclaimed The Syndicate is returning to the small screen with its latest tale of a workplace dealing with the unexpected drama that accompanies a lottery win. As with the previous series, The Syndicate begins with the unsuspecting employees of a relatively ordinary Yorkshire workplace, in this case a kennels, who’s lives are about to be turned around by a single ticket:

The employees of Woodvale Kennels are initially panicked when the owners announce they are selling the business to a large corporate chain – putting all their jobs at risk. With the income they depend on to get them from month to month looking uncertain, the syndicate are at least relieved to have the £500 they just won in the lottery. That is until they realise that their local newsagent may have duped them out of a much larger sum – £27 million to be exact! What follows is an intense game of cat and mouse which takes our misfit Kennel crew out of their everyday Yorkshire and into the glamour and excess of Monaco.

The Syndicate series 4 - Picture Shows: Cheryl (GAYNOR FAYE), Frank Stevenson (NEIL MORRISEY) - (C) Rollem Productions - Photographer: Jean Louis Paris

The series features a talented main cast including Emily Head (The InbetweenersEmmerdale), Taj Atwal (Line of DutyIn The Club), Katherine Rose Morley (ThirteenLast Tango in Halifax), Kieran Urquhart (The North Water, Vera) and Liberty Hobbs (Greys Anatomy) in her UK debut as the titular syndicate. Neil Morrissey (Line of DutyUnforgottenGood Karma Hospital) shines as the double-crossing newsagent Frank alongside Gaynor Faye (Calendar Girls, Emmerdale) as his long suffering fiance Cheryl.

With popular British YouTuber Joe Sugg (Waitress, Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon), Mark Benton (Shakespeare & Hathaway, The Halcyon), Emmerdale), Katie McGlynn (Coronation Street, Waterloo Road), Kym Marsh (Your Money and Your Life, Coronation Street), Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies, Coronation Street) and Lorraine Bruce (The Syndicate, White Gold) in supporting roles.

Kay Mellor behind the scenes of The Syndicate Series 4

There were parts of Yorkshire I wanted to touch on, like Otley and Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale. The area is so beautiful and not many people shoot there... I show it off because I want people to say "Where's that? Oh, that looks gorgeous.' I want to say 'It's beautiful up here. It is actually beautfiul and not all pigeons and flat caps

Kay Mellor, Writer & Director

Filming Locations

Throughout her career Kay Mellor has shown a passion for showcasing her home region of Yorkshire and Series 4 of The Syndicate is certainly no exception!

Filming took place across the region and showcased the variety that Yorkshire has to offer. The production filmed at Leeds’ Prime Studios and on location at the Majestic Hotel Harrogate, Oakwell Hall and areas around Leeds, Otley & Ilkley, including the picturesque Burley in Wharfdale and Otley Market.

Behind the scenes of The Syndicate S4 at Ilkley Moor. ©BBC/Rollem Productions

The Syndicate Series 4 is a Rollem production for Britbox in North America and the BBC, comissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and produced by Josh Dynevor (Get Even, Girlfriends). Directing was split between Dominic Leclerc (The A WordBabs) and writer & executive producer Kay Mellor (GirlfriendsIn The Club). Other executive producers include Yvonne Francas (Our Girl, Death in Paradise) for Rollem Productions and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

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