Calverley newsagents set to feature in Kay Mellor BBC drama The Syndicate
A newsagents in Calverley is set to feature in the new series of Kay Mellor drama The Syndicate.
Calverley News was taken over by owner Nilesh Chhaganlal Mistry 48, in 2018 with his wife Preeti, son Jai and daughter Ujjaini.
Since then, it has become a community hub in the area, providing locally sourced products.
Nilesh, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, said he was amazed to be approached by a location scout for major BBC drama The Syndicate in the summer of 2020.
The fourth series of The Syndicate – written by Kay Mellor, who previously created dramas Band Of Gold, Fat Friends and In The Club – is a six-part “cat-and-mouse” thriller, set between Yorkshire and Monaco.
Believing it would be a 'fantastic' opportunity for his shop and customers, Nilesh agreed for the premises to be a potential location to feature in the series.
Much to his delight, Kay Mellor and her crew visited the shop to look at the sustaniabily for filming.
Just weeks later, Nilesh was called and told the shop had been chosen to feature in the drama.
He said: "In my mind this would be a fantastic opportunity for the shop, the community and my family to be part of something special.
"I put all the stops out to make a good impression.
"I thought this is brilliant for everyone concerned to be part of a major TV production and to help everyone take their minds off the coronavirus.
"Week after week, the production company arrived at the shop to do whatever they do as it reached the crescendo of August when filming was going to start.
"It was interesting to see it all happen and how from start to finish and how they changed the house and shop from what it was to what it ended up being.
"It was great to see the locals engaging and taking interest in the filming.
"For two weeks we were treated to a real life production on our door step."
The filming took place over a two week period in August.
Nilesh had to take the difficult decision to close his shop during the filming process.
But he believes the feature would be a huge occasion for the community, who have been buzzing to see the finished production.
Nilesh added: "Closing the shop for the two weeks was a massive decision as it was my livelihood, but on the grand scheme an easy one to make.
"It gave a release to the locals and something else to think about.
"I guess everyone's a winner."
Series four of the show is set to begin on March 30.