DVD Release: The Syndicate, Series 1

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: DVD $39.99
Studio: Acorn Media

The Syndicate scene

Timoth Spall leads his store staff in The Syndicate.

The popular British television drama The Syndicate, Series 1 makes it U.S. DVD debut just as Series 2 premieres on BBC TV in its native England.

Created by Kaye Mellor, the series follows five cash-strapped supermarket employees bracing for their store’s imminent shutdown as their lottery pool wins big. It seems like a godsend—but the “syndicate” soon learns that good fortune can come at a high price as the unlikely millionaires walk the tightrope between ruin and reward. Each of the five episodes in Series 1 is centered on a different employee: Brother Stuart (Matthew McNulty) and Jamie (Matthew Lewis) are haunted by a crime of desperation; store manager Bob (Timothy Spall, Life Is Sweet) faces a daunting health crisis; reserved Leanne (Joanna Page) finds her past catching up with her; and kindhearted Denise (Lorraine Bruce) endures a troubled marriage.

In February 2013, ABC-TV announced it had ordered a pilot for a US remake to be named Lucky 7. The remake is expected to replicate the original show’s format, with each episode focusing on a different character and each season following a new group of characters

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.