The Syndicate 1 Season 2012

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Devastated that her husband has moved out, Denise sets out to win him back, but Leanne worries that her plans are too radical. Meanwhile, the police question Stuart further about the robbery, and Bob's brain scan reveals an abnormality.

Starring:
Lorraine Bruce, Cameron Prudames
Runtime:
55 minutes
Original air date:
April 3, 2012

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    1. Episode 1 What starts as a typical day for five supermarket employees ends with a birth, a robbery, an assault, and a windfall that profoundly alters their lives. Assistant manager Stuart, broke and staying at his mother's house with his pregnant girlfriend, hatches a plan with his brother, Jamie, to get some quick cash.

    TV-NR 55min March 27, 2012
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    2. Episode 2 Devastated that her husband has moved out, Denise sets out to win him back, but Leanne worries that her plans are too radical. Meanwhile, the police question Stuart further about the robbery, and Bob's brain scan reveals an abnormality.

    TV-NR 55min April 3, 2012
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    3. Episode 3 Bob reevaluates his life and relationships after getting his test results back. Stuart confides in Bob about the robbery and looks to Leanne for comfort. The group locates a surgeon in South Africa who may be able to help Bob, but he hesitates.

    TV-NR 55min April 10, 2012
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    4. Episode 4 Stuart and Leanne share an intimate moment at Bob's party, after which Leanne panics when she discovers her daughter missing. Stuart's efforts to help Leanne cause a rift with his girlfriend, Amy, who takes extreme measures to exact her revenge.

    TV-NR 55min April 17, 2012
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    5. Episode 5 Jamie feels invincible now that he's rich, but he soon finds that his shady past can still wreak havoc on the present. Leanne faces consequences for her actions, Stuart wrestles with his romantic desires, and Bob takes a long-overdue honeymoon before his surgery.

    TV-NR 55min April 24, 2012

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Genres Drama
Director Syd Macartney
Starring Lorraine Bruce, Cameron Prudames
Supporting actors Matthew Lewis, Matthew McNulty, Joanna Page, Timothy Spall, Katherine Dow Blyton, Laura Carter, Christian Contreras, Nichola Dixon, John Elkington, Juliet Ellis, Wayne Foskett, Amy Beth Hayes, Clare Higgins, John-Paul Hurley, Hannah John-Kamen, Helen Kay, Judy Parfitt, Lily Pickering
Season year 2012
Network ITV Studios
Executive Producer Polly Hill
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NyiNya TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2013
"The Syndicate" is not for anyone, just for those of us who enjoy a fairy tale, broken hearts, broken dreams, happy endings, and thick Northern England accents. Set in the rather grim industrial city of Leeds, the five-episide mini-series tells us about five ordinary, mostly decent, working class individuals, all employees of the same discount supermarket, who form a lottery syndicate.

Their future seems a bit bleak, the supermarket has been acquired by a larger chain and all five face redundancy, that horrible British euphamism for out of a job and up a creek. Each character accepts the news differently...some with stoicism, others with panic, some are driven to acts of desperation. This is soap opera manipulation at its best, and within the first 20 minutes, I was hooked.

Just when things look especially dodgy for all concerned, lightning strikes and The Syndicate's lottery numbers come up. Each member wins one million pounds, about $2.5 million...a lot of money, especially if you've been struggling to make ends meet as a supermarket checker.

The money certainly does change everyone's life, mostly in good ways, but this would not be a soap opera if bad things didn't happen to good people. We have brain tumors, love affairs, broken hearts and broken marriages, secrets revealed, family sundered and families united, the whole wonderful schmear. I admit, I tend to be a pushover for stuff like this, but the story is very well done, the performances are subdued, genuine and effective.

Being a British television series, the characters actually look the part. Some are attractive, some are not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 23, 2013
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If this was a novel, it would be a bestseller, then adapted into a mini-series.
The Syndicate, a grocery lottery ticket buying group, wins. How will millions change 5 lives, and those closest to them. It's what we ask ourselves while scratching tickets, or checking numbers, praying for THE BIG WIN. This 2012 TV series vividly details the price of wealth. Kudos to the writer (also sometimes director, producer) Kay Mellor.

The Syndicate is a character study extraordinaire. You become enraptured with 5 leading roles, plus people close to them. Viewer emotions may include hate, love, endearment, despair, disdain, and more. You WILL be moved. The lucky winners: Brothers Jamie (Matthew Lewis- Harry Potter) & Stuart (Matthew McNulty- Lark Rise to Candleford); Leanne (Joanna Page- Love Actually); Denise (Lorraine Bruce); and Mgr Bob (Timothy Spall- King's Speech). Series filled with star actors.

SDH SUBTITLES optional for five 54min hard-pausing-between episodes.
_ _ _ Episode #1 Right Buy U Mkt is bought out, workers financially strapped. Mgr Bob is ill. Brothers, desperate for cash, take matters into their own hands. Toss in Amy's (Amy Beth Hayes- hot) preemie birth, assault, and a huge lottery win, and were off an adventure.
_ _ _ Ep #2 Denise's hubby walks leaving her with a sick Mam (Judy Parfitt- Call the Midwife). Obese Denise spends winnings on a body do-over to lure hubby back during the Tom Jones singing of "She's a Lady". He returns for the money, but with a huge surprise. Bob's health worsens. Police investigate the market robbery suspecting an inside job.
_ _ _ Ep #3 Stuart visits Bob, confessing a truth Bob suspected. Bob's live-in Annie (Katherine Dow Blyton) finds a So. African Dr who might save Bob's life, but again Bob has his own surprise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Rexford on November 20, 2013
A superbly acted, engagingly written snapshot of a few days in and around the benefactors of a winning lottery ticket, this is a short story of character introspective, ruptured normalcy and the very human frailties that emerge when the fantastic collides with the mundane.

Does money make one's life better? The answer is unforgivingly in the hands of each of 5 winners, and for better or worse, is dictated by their own priorities in life. This is not new stuff, but it is probably one of the best depictions of this oft-told tale of rags-to-riches, realized with modern day sensibilities.

There are a couple of very touching moments, and it could have come off rather treacle if not for the outstanding work of the director and all of the actors, causing one to really feel for the moments and not just view them. It is short, bittersweet, and well worth viewing.

"The Syndicate" will not leave you without questions, but it will give you a hard and fast drive through a richly compact arrangement of the ever-lasting tug-and-pull of family and friends, obligations and options, right and wrong...and the impact wealth can have on the same. Watch it and enjoy the ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ammons on January 28, 2014
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I got hooked on this show during the first episode. Just had to see how it all concluded. Try It; you might like it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MMG on January 8, 2014
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I really enjoyed this series. The characters were well developed and engaging. I tend to watch shows on my Kindle before going to bed. This show was entertaining and suspenseful without the graphic violence and sex scenes found in many series.
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