EXCLUSIVE: BBC One has renewed their drama series The Syndicate for a third season of six episodes. Due to series creator Kay Mellor’s busy schedule with her new BBC series In The Club, the third season of The Syndicate will enter production in 2014 and is expected to air on BBC One in 2015.
Created by Kay Mellor, The Syndicate follows the lives of a group of ordinary people who hit it big with a lottery jackpot. The show’s first season revolved around the workers of a supermarket in Leeds, while the second season followed a syndicate of five lowly paid hospital workers at St Anthony’s in Bradford who won a life changing £72,000,000 to share between them. The show’s third season will feature a new group of winners. The drama series is produced by Rollem Productions and will be shot in Yorkshire. The executive producers are Poly Hill and Kay Mellor.
The renewal comes after the second season of the series averaged an audience of 6.3 million viewers and wrapped its run with a series high of 6.7 million viewers/25% share. This is proving to be a bumper year for Mellor and her production company. In addition to recently securing a commission from BBC One for In The Club, a US remake of The Syndicate titled Lucky 7 has also been picked up to series at ABC.
“This is a very exciting time for me with Lucky 7 (the American remake of The Syndicate) shooting in the US”, said Kay Mellor. “I’m delighted that the BBC are showing such faith in me as a writer and Rollem as an independent production company based in Yorkshire. It’s the first time I’ve been in a situation that I have a body of work ahead of me that will take me through the end of 2015.”