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Historic auction house under spotlight as filming starts on new drama

Leeds, 16th January 2012 – An historic Leeds auction house came under the spotlight this week when it was used as a location for a major new BBC drama written by Yorkshire writer Kay Mellor.
Scenes for The Syndicate, a five-part drama which follows five workers at a Leeds cut-price supermarket who jointly win The Lottery, were filmed at Hepper House, East Parade, a Grade II purpose-built auction house built in the mid 19th century which is currently empty and available to buy or lease.
The Syndicate, which stars Timothy Spall, who appeared in acclaimed feature film, The King’s Speech and Joanna Page, from TV series Gavin and Stacey, is due to be shown on BBC One later this year.
Brett Wilson, who is co-producing the series with Kay Mellor, said: “We chose to film a scene in Hepper House because it’s such a wonderful building, with the geography and fabric of the interior space being perfect for the city centre home of one of our main characters. It was an ideal location.”
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.
Kay Mellor said: “I was inspired to write it after a friend of mine was told she was losing her job. With a mortgage to pay and outstanding debts her only hope was to win the lottery. It made me think how many people were thinking the same. As cuts hit hard we're left with only a dream of six numbered balls deciding our fate - what strange times we are living in! Its both funny and tragic; a perfect recipe for great drama."
Tom Brammeld, senior surveyor in the National Office Agency Team at the Leeds office of property consultants, Jones Lang LaSalle, which is marketing the premises, said: “We’re delighted, but not surprised, that Hepper House will feature in The Syndicate as it is among the most distinctive and characterful properties in Leeds city centre."