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BBC to show lottery drama

The BBC are to broadcast a drama series about a National Lottery-winning syndicate.

The corporation have commissioned five episodes of The Syndicate, which follows a group of colleagues working at a Leeds supermarket who manage to avoid redundancy following a huge lottery win.

The rags to riches tale features Auf Wiedersehen, Pet actor Timothy Spall, Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page and Lark Rise to Candleford’s Matthew McNulty.

Made by Rollem Productions, the series has been written by Kay Mellor, who has previously written A Passionate Woman and The Chase for the BBC as well as Fat Friends for ITV.

Mellor said: “I was inspired to write it after a friend of mine was told she was losing her job. With a mortgage to pay and outstanding debts her only hope was to win the lottery.

“It made me think how many people were thinking the same. As cuts hit hard we’re left with only a dream of six numbered balls deciding our fate - what strange times we are living in! It’s both funny and tragic; a perfect recipe for great drama.”

The show will be on screens in 2012.
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