Thursday, November 17, 2016

'The Syndicate: All Or Nothing' DVD Review

Hazelwood Manor is family home to the Lord and Lady Hazelwood (Anthony Andrews and Alice Krige) and has been the family home since the 18th century. Unfortunately the family is in debt to the tune of 6.5 million pounds and the once stately home is now in need of repair and the staff is down to five people. The cook is Julie Travers ( Melanie Hill). The OCD gardener is Godfrey Watson (Lenny Henry). The maid is Dawn Stephenson (Elizabeth Berrington) and her daughter Amy (Daisy Head). The manageress is Sarah Travers (Cara Theobold).


The lines between upstairs and downstairs has always been rather thin but when the servants win the lottery of 40 million pounds it really turns everyone's world upside down. Lord Hazelwood has suffered a stroke but he still has all his faculties. It's his wife who still thinks that life is grand. In other words she knows how to spend money. There just isn't that much too spend but she does find ways to do it. Her son Spencer (Sam Phillips) is also somewhat a thorn in everyone's side because all he wants to do is sell the manor and get while the getting is good. You would think that if a person won that large a sum of money they would quit working and go live in paradise but the staff don't do that. They stay and help turn things around or at least they try. The laughs are real and the show does hit some good points, and to be honest it really is worth watching. 

Acorn is bringing this wonderful show to DVD on November 15th, 2016.  The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This is definitely one that you must pick up and have in that DVD personal library. The story is enjoyable and simply a delight to watch. So take the time and see what might happen one day to you if you should be lucky enough to win that lottery. Enjoy.