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The Syndicate 2021 Where is filmed? Locations seen in the BBC drama

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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 18:00:00 +0100

From Monte Carlo to Ilkley Moor, here's everything you need to know about the filming locations featured in The Syndicate

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From Monte Carlo to Ilkley Moor, here’s everything you need to know about the filming locations featured in The Syndicate.

Anthology drama The Syndicate returns to BBC One tonight after a six-year break, with Kay Mellor treating fans to another lottery-based storyline set in the north of England.

Series four, which features the likes of Neil Morrissey, Joe Sugg, Taj Atwal, Kym Marsh and Mark Benton in The Syndicate cast, follows a group of low-earning kennel workers in Yorkshire who pool their funds each week to play the lottery.

When their local newsagent, Frank tells them they’ve won a few hundred pounds, they’re pleased, but soon become suspicious when Frank shoots off abroad.

Filmed in both Yorkshire and Monaco during the pandemic, the cast formed a bubble in order to complete the project – although writer Kay Mellor has revealed that she originally planned to shoot in Las Vegas.

“Once it became apparent how serious things were getting with COVID, I started to get worried about America.

Because of their COVID rate being so high, but  also the added complication of the American elections.

“I had been to Monaco probably only two years previously, so I’d remembered it and remembered the casinos and hotels and how you feel when you’re there…poor basically,” she added.

“And I thought to myself, ‘Actually, Monaco feels more relevant.’”

Here’s everything you need to know about the filming locations featured in The Syndicate series four.

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Various scenes in The Syndicate’s fourth series were shot on The Chevin – a ridge on the south side of Wharfedale in West Yorkshire’s Leeds.

The summit looks over the town of Otley, where filming also took place.

Show creator Kay Mellor, who grew up in Leeds, wanted series four to be set in a market town, saying, “There were parts of Yorkshire I wanted to touch on, like Otley and Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale.

The area is so beautiful but not many people shoot there.

“I’ve shot a lot in Leeds…I wanted to show off somewhere else.

That’s why I picked The Chevin and Ilkley Moor and all round there.”

The Bradford village of Burley in Wharfedale features in The Syndicate, with a number of scenes shot in Grange Park.

The parish, located within the Wharfedale valley, is home to just over 7000 people and situated between Otley and Ilkley.

West Yorkshire’s Ilkley Moor is a location used in The Syndicate series four, with the picturesque landscape featured throughout the show.

Located between the towns of Ilkley and Keighley, the moor rises to 402 metres above sea level and drops steeply towards the village of Ben Rhydding.

Ilkley Moor is known as the inspiration for the Yorkshire anthem On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at as well as the place of an alleged alien sighting in 1987, according to The Yorkshire Post.

The Syndicate’s fourth series also features various scenes in the market town of Otley, where the show’s kennels are set.

Popular Leeds tourist spot Otley Market Place appears in the series, located at a bridging point on the River Wharfe.

The town is best known for its bridge, which dates back to 1228, Wharfemeadows Park and as a filming location for ITV’s Emmerdale, Heartbeat and DCI Banks.

In episode two, we watch as Frank (Neil Morrissey) places a number of wild bets at a Monaco casino – a scene filmed inside the iconic Monte Carlo Casino.

The gambling and entertainment complex, which dates back to 1863, has served as a filming location for a number of James Bond films, including Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye, while 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve was also shot at the casino.

Katherine Rose Morley, who plays Keeley Sanderson in the series, revealed that her favourite scene to film took place in the Monte Carlo Casino.

“It was about 4:30am and I had a real pinch me moment.

We’re in a global pandemic, but I’m in Monaco and they’ve opened the casino just for us.

It’s so grand and opulent and we’re just little old us.

I really did have a moment of feeling really lucky and grateful.”

The Syndicate’s fourth series sees newsagent Frank (Neil Morrissey) deciding to stay in a five-star hotel – The Hotel Metropole.

The luxury hotel, which was built in 1889, features in a number of scenes, with Morrissey saying his favourite filming moments took place there.

“We obviously didn’t get to stay overnight, but just filming there was a great experience.

We were filming in this amazing suite and I did a scene in the bath.

It’s a really glamorous bathroom and I’ve got chocolates on the side of the bath, a glass of brandy in my hand and my character’s dog is setting there next to me, which was all very nice!”

The Syndicate airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm. Looking for something else to watch? Find out what’s on with our TV Guide.

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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 18:00:00 +0100

The fourth series of Kay Mellor's BBC One drama stars Corrie's Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn to name a few

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The fourth series of Kay Mellor’s BBC One drama stars Corrie’s Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn to name a few

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If you're looking for a new show to fill your Tuesday evenings, you need look no further.

The Syndicate is returning to BBC One for its fourth series tonight (March 30) featuring an all-new cast.

The Kay Mellor drama last aired five years ago while the first series aired back in 2012.

The brand new fourth series will see the new group of characters who work at a local kennel called Woodvale Kennels in Yorkshire.

But the owners of the kennels soon announce they're planning to sell off the company to a big chain causing panic among the hard-up staff

However, the workers, who pool together to play the lottery each week, discover they have won the lottery with local newsagent Frank giving them the news worth around £27million.

But when the jackpot is claimed by someone else, they realise their winning ticket has been stolen.

The official BBC synopsis reads: "When the owners of Woodvale Kennels announce they are selling the business to a large corporate chain, the staff are devastated to realise they may well be out of a job.

"This is disastrous news for Keeley, Jake, Roxy, Gemma and Colette who all depend on their pay to get them from one month to the next.

"As the staff’s future is thrown into question, the weekly lottery looks like the only lifeline to gambling addict Keeley.

"So when she checks the ticket with local newsagent Frank and the machine goes off she is ecstatic!

"But is everything as it seems and will our syndicate get what’s rightfully theirs?

"Set between Yorkshire and Monaco, we see our kennel workers spend every last penny they own to see justice done."

And the cast is full of familiar faces so let's take a look at who's who and where you have seen them before

Neil Morrissey has joined the cast as Frank Stevenson while Gaynor Faye plays Cheryl Armitage, Frank’s fiancée.

Cheryl owns the newsagent where Frank works and where the syndicate have bought their lottery tickets for the past three years.

As for the actors themselves Neil will be known for his roles in Men Behaving Badly, Waterloo Road, Unforgotten and Line of Duty to name but a few.

Fans will recognise Gaynor from a whole host of roles including most recently in Emmerdale where she played Megan Macey from 2012 to 2019.

Before that, the 49-year-old Leeds actress, who is the daughter of The Syndicate's creator Kay, also appeared in Playing the Field, Fat Friends, and starred in the stage adaptation of Calendar Girls.

Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn takes on the role of Georgina Clarke in her first major role since leaving the ITV soap.

The 27-year-old Rochdale actress played Sinead Tinker from 2013 until 2020 when the character tragically died from cervical cancer which she discovered while pregnant with her first child with Daniel Osbourne.

And Katie's former Corrie co-star Kym Marsh also make an appearance as Donna Sanderson, also in her first acting role away from the cobbles after playing Michelle Connor for 13 years.

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Joe Sugg also makes his acting debut in The Syndicate.

The YouTuber, who plays Roxy's 'flaky boyfriend' Sam, landed his first TV role after starring in the West End musical Waitress which came after he made it to the Strictly final in 2018 with now girlfriend Dianne Buswell.

Also among the cast is Line of Duty's Taj Atwal as Roxy Varma, The Inbetweeners star Emily Head as Colette, and Mark Benton, known for a plethora of roles including in Waterloo Road and Northern Lights, plays Graham Woods.

Grey's Anatomy and Criminal Minds actress, Liberty Hobbs also stars as Gemma Hepworth, Vera actor Kieran Urquhart plays Jake Thackerty and Katherine Rose Morley, who has also appeared in Vera as well as The Mill, Last Tango in Halifax and Call the Midwife, takes on the role of Keeley Sanderson.

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– March 30, 2021
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