As placements are about learning through experience, the support of the team on set of The Syndicate and Screen Yorkshire’s Beyond Brontës team were paramount. While working with the 2nd AD Rachel Armitage, Bethany explains she learnt “way more than a base runner would normally do which has been useful for future experiences.” She also thanked Beyond Brontës for, “the kick start [it] gave me into the TV industry… The Beyond Brontës scheme really did do wonders for me and I am so thankful for all of your workshops and support.”
Since her experience, Bethany has found consistent work in the industry, both on the second series of Gentleman Jack and the new Channel 5 Anne Boleyn series. In the interview, Bethany emphasises that networking was key: for example, her locations role on Gentleman Jack came about because of a conversation with the security guards on The Syndicate set. “Everyone is important…and just be nice and friendly!” is her advice for other new entrants.
Filming for the series was supported by Screen Yorkshire’s film office team, who sourced locations and crew. The series premieres on Tuesday 30th March at 9pm on BBC One. From the pen of BAFTA award-winning Leeds writer Kay Mellor (creator of Band of Gold, Fat Friends, In The Club and Girlfriends) and set between Yorkshire and Monaco the ‘cat-and-mouse’ thriller is peppered with the comedy, pathos and high-drama audiences have come to expect from The Syndicate.
Visit the programme page and watch online: BBC One – The Syndicate, Series 4, Episode 1