The Syndicate: Rose

“Humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things which are worst for them.”

J.K. Rowling

Today, a visit to series 2, episode 3 of The Syndicate, BBC1’s drama about five members of a lottery syndicate who win an awful lot of money.

In this episode, Rose, a member of the lottery syndicate at a hospital in Bradford, gets in trouble with the law after claiming benefits fraudulently for nine years. Can her recent win help her?

And it turns out that Mandy, battered wife and nurse, is hiding her husband in the cellar.

I like the way that every episode in this series replays the same night – the night of the win – as seen from the different perspectives of the five members of the syndicate, revealing the various secrets of the characters one at a time. It’s a nice concept, and Alison Steadman is great as Rose, an old woman with bad knees longing for better days. And it’s quite nice to see a drama that doesn’t see money as a kind of magic wand that can make everything better. In fact, in the world of The Syndicate, it can hardly make anything better, and often causes more problems than it solves.

On an unrelated note – I am in slight despair that The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has finished. How on earth am I going to procrastinate now?


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