Gavin and Stacey actress Joanna Page to star in new sitcom, The Syndicate!

by Lynn Connolly

It’s been revealed today that former Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page – who’s married to Emmerdale actor James Thornton – is to star in a new sitcom about a national lottery winner.

In the new show, which is entitled, The Syndicate, Joanna plays the role of supermarket worker Leanne who, along with some of her co-workers, wins the lottery jackpot, making them all rich overnight.

The show, which will air on BBC1 next year, will also star Timothy Spall in the role of Bob, who finds that money can’t buy everything. Timothy of course previously starred in Auf Weidersehn Pet.

Written by Kay Mellor – Gaynor Faye’s award winning writer mum – What’s On TV magazine report that Kay 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!

“It’s both funny and tragic; a perfect recipe for great drama.”

And Ben Stephenson, who is the BBC controller of drama commissioning, added, “Kay Mellor effortlessly creates such wonderfully rich characters and the fine cast will bring that warmth and heart to the screen.”

Filming is expected to being this week in Leeds.

I can’t wait to see this show. I love Joanna Page, so it’ll be great to see her on-screen again, but I haven’t given up hope of a new Gavin and Stacey Christmas special! I so hope Ruth Jones and James Corden get on that ASAP!

For now, let’s take a look at Joanna in full on Stacey action…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.