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The Syndicate (BBC) [DVD]

Timothy Spall , Joanna Page    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Joanna Page, Matthew McNulty, Matthew Lewis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BBN1V6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



There's an easy-to-aspire to piece of thinking at the heart of the BBC's drama series, The Syndicate: what if you won a lottery jackpot? And more to the point, what if you were part of a synidcate that won the jackpot, bring in millions, and turning five lives completely around in the process?

That's what happens here, as a group of workers at a Leeds-based discounting supermarket find that their numbers come up. Amongst those suddenly with riches beyond their wildest dreams? There's the always-wonderful Timothy Spall, excellent here as Bob, the manager of the supermarket. Credit to goes to Gavin And Stacey's Joanna Page, who plays a single mother who initially finds that hardship has been removed a little.

The Syndicate is a drama series primarily, albeit not without dashings of humour. But what makes it particularly work is the humanity at the heart of it. In spite of the premise, there's a true feel at the heart of the series, and it's relatable drama, too.

Much of the credit for that must go to writer Kay Mellor. Her previous work has included Fat Friends and Band Of Gold, and across the five episodes of The Syndicate, she expands the drama beyond its original gimmick as such, into something far more compelling.

Well-written and excellently played, The Syndicate is quality British drama, with a bunch of characters it'd be no hardship to meet again. --Jon Foster

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Syndicate is a brand new five-part drama for BBC One which follows five workers at a cut-price supermarket in Leeds whose lives are turned upside down after they jointly win the lottery, going from facing redundancy and battling the present economic downturn to having more money than they ever dreamt of. Timothy Spall plays supermarket manager Bob, whose newfound wealth cannot mask his persistent health problems. Joanna Page plays single mother Leanne, who although welcomes her financial freedom, is worried about the consequences that the win will bring. They are joined by their supermarket colleagues - dog-loving Denise, played by Lorraine Bruce (Dalziel And Pascoe, Benidorm), and brothers Stuart, played by Matthew McNulty (Five Days, Lark Rise To Candleford, Single Handed), and Jamie played by Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter). The Syndicate is written by Kay Mellor, whose previous critically acclaimed dramas include: Band Of Gold, Playing The Field, Fat Friends, The Chase and A Passionate Woman. ...The Syndicate - 2-DVD Set

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best British Television Show I have ever seen 17 April 2012
By hennez
Outstanding. This is not really a comedy show but at times it makes me giggle. This programme is epic and is filled with gripping suspense, tension and many tears. The show is incredibly realistic and deals with people in tough times. The show left me shouting at the TV when I watched it because of its sly, funny, unpredictable and kind characters. The show is well directed and each episode will leave you gasping for the next. The show is simply OUTSTANDING and is highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 18 Nov 2012
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Anything that Timothy Spall is in will be good I presumed! I was right. A great mini series that I missed on the TV. Shows how money can alter your life for better or worse and also who you can really trust. Would make an ideal stocking filler. Prompt Amazon service once again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good storyline, played well. 21 Jun 2013
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A very good light drama, well played by an excellent cast. It shows that sex
scenes and swearing aren't always necessary,when the storyline is good and so
are the players. Every now and then a little jewel like this comes up, I'm glad
we still have writers of the calibre of Kay Mellor. Well done all round
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Syndicate (BBC) [DVD] 12 Dec 2012
By Drew
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Title 'The Syndicate' BBC [DVD].

All emotions here - I LOVED it and wish there would be a follow-up any time soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT DRAMA 27 Nov 2012
By alistar
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Fabulous British Drama as we all dream of what we'd do if we won the lottery, it shows the other side of it when you do.....brilliant acting and very gripping series. Loved it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 April 2012
This is a brilliant dvd funny yet sad and true to life and only goes to show money doesn't always buy happiness for everyone
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Episodes CUT to pieces... 15 Jun 2012
By haz1987
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I really enjoyed this show so was looking forward to buying it on dvd, unfortunately on the dvd each episode is missing almost 10 minutes of scenes for reasons unknown. Very unhappy as i paid good money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Syndicate 11 July 2012
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this is a brilliant series, the acting is marvelous and it looks at the lives of all the syndicate winners, i think it is a tong in cheek look at the dream many people have about winning the lottery. it has very funny parts and heartbreaking parts. i found watching it on the TV compelling viewing and i have enjoyed watching it again on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast
These videos on the Syndicate stories give you an idea what could happen if you are in a syndicate. the stories are really good and I enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Marie Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
this is not as good as I thought it was going to be. I have watched series 2 which is much better than this
Published 10 months ago by Chris Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Syndicate Series 1
I chose this rating as it is the most appropriate. Best serial i have seen in ages and great actors in it. I have recommended it to all my friends and work colleagues.
Published 12 months ago by Nicole Kidman
4.0 out of 5 stars the original winner
A great drama with five very different back stories and what followed when the money takes an effect on there lives
Published 12 months ago by Lee David Haxell
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
Good family viewing kept you interested throughout with each different story from all the characters, Would recommend this as compulsive viewing.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs L A Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars How would you act if you won millions of pounds?
This is a well acted and believable story of a group of individuals who win a large lottery pot. How they react and the problems it causes or more accurately it reveals in their... Read more
Published 12 months ago by BRUCE L. MANSFIELD
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A truly interesting series which one can identify with in one way or another. Went on to watch and buy the second series.
Published 12 months ago by poodlegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as Birthday Present.
My husband and I have just enjoyed the second series of the Syndicate shown recently on TV. I have bought this first series for his birthday, I have found it great, hope he enjoys... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gladwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars good sevice
good service dvd brand new in good condition worth the money all round value for money will buy again when needed
Published 13 months ago by karen connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it now
Fascinating look into the joys and pitfalls of lottery win and the problems it brings, Timothy Spall's acting is outstanding and makes the whole series believable?
Published 13 months ago by Ray Wright
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