BBC One dramas In The Club and The Syndicate, from prolific writer and producer Kay Mellor, are being put “on hold”; with no decisions being made on their fates for the foreseeable future.
“Of course I’d love to do another series of In The Club and The Syndicate but they are on hold for now”, Kay Mellor said in a statement released today.
The move to press pause on both shows is the result of Mellor and her production company Rollem Productions securing a new commission from BBC One for six part drama Love, Lies And Records – which follows the personal life of a registrar in Leeds. “It’s lovely to be working on a fresh idea and I’ve got all the support from the BBC”, Mellor added. “They seem to trust me to just get on with it and then will dive in with a brilliant note or thought.”
The Syndicate, which follows the lives of a group of ordinary people who hit it big with a lottery jackpot, aired three seasons on BBC One between 2012 and 2015. An anthology series, the cast and setting changed each season and across its run featured such cast members as Timothy Spall, Daisy Head and Lenny Henry. A US adaptation, Lucky 7, was produced for ABC in 2013, but was cancelled after only two episodes.
Pregnancy drama In The Club focusses on various couples who bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies. The series, which wrapped its six episode second second on BBC One back in June, stars, amongst others, Hermione Norris, Tara Fitzgerald, Jill Halfpenny, Katherine Parkinson, Will Mellor, Jonathan Kerrigan, Christine Bottomley, Luke Thompson, Taj Atwal, Sacha Dhawan and Hannah Midgley.
Both In The Club and The Syndicate are produced for BBC One by Rollem Productions – the indie set up by Kay Mellor in 2000. In addition to being the lead writer, Mellor also served as executive producer alongside the BBC’s Independent Commissioning Editor Liz Kilgarriff. Yvonne Francas initially served as series producer on both shows before being bumped up to executive producer on In The Club for the second season.