‘The Syndicate’ & ‘Band Of Gold’ Writer Kay Mellor Dies
British Screenwriting Legend Was 71
Kay Mellor, the writer of British dramas such as The Syndicate and Band of Gold, has passed away. She was 71.
“It is with great grief that we announce the untimely and abrupt departure of our dear friend, mentor, and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday 15 May 2022,” her production business, Rollem Productions, said in a statement. We have lost a great legend and a wonderful talent. We respectfully request that you respect the privacy of your family and friends.
Mellor was most familiar for his roles in the BBC drama The Syndicate, which they recast for ABC as Lucky 7 in 2013, and the ITV dramas Girlfriends and Band of Gold. She also wrote Fat Friends, which was one of James Corden’s debut programs.
Industry’s Reaction on Mellor’s Death
This morning, the industry reacted with astonishment and sympathy, with many people posting tributes on social media. Mellor was “devastated” by the news, and one producer who worked with her on independent production projects described her as “a champion” and “full of life.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer said that he is horrified and heartbroken to read about Kay Mellor’s terrible passing. Moreover, he explained that Kay was a brilliant writer and the driving force behind many of America’s most popular television series. With powerful female characters typically taking center stage, she wrote with such heart, empathy, humor, and passion.
The actor, comedian, and campaigner Lenny Henry remarked that Kay Mellor’s death was devastating news to him. Further he added that on The Syndicate, he had the pleasure of working with her and found her to be tremendously creative, witty, and intuitive. Also, he informed that she knew exactly what she wanted and how to get the finest performance out of us as actors. Everyone will miss her so much. He also Condolences to her loved ones.