The Syndicate viewers go wild as they spot FOUR legendary soap stars in new BBC drama including Kym Marsh

BRAND new BBC drama The Syndicate kicked off tonight and thrilled fans as it featured FOUR big soap stars.

The gritty Kay Mellor drama tells the tale of a group of Kennel workers who win the lottery together.

However, before they can scoop their winnings, a cunning shopkeeper (Neil Morrisey) steals the jackpot ticket and runs off to Monaco.

But it wasn't just the gripping storyline that got viewers talking.

The show featured three former Coronation Street stars and one ex Emmerdale actress.

First to pop up was Corrie's Kym Marsh, who was known for playing barmaid Michelle.

In The Syndicate she plays leading character Keeley's mum.

Kym was joined in the episode by two fellow actresses known for their work on the cobbles.

Katie McGlynn and Gaynor Faye also both had roles in the show.

Joining these soaps stars was former Emmerdale star Emily Head, who plays one of the jackpot winners.

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to share their excitement.

This fan said: "I haven't seen Kym Marsh on telly since this morning. Love her. Impeccable on screen."

While this one commented: "Blimey, is this what happens to ex Coronation Street actors?"

Another said: "How many soap stars are on this show?!"

This fan was thrilled: "Corrie's Michelle and Sinead back together!"

Each series of The Syndicate tells a different story about a different group of people winning the jackpot and how it affects their lives.

Although the story does ring true for some lottery syndicates, the series isn't based on a real-life story.

The show is created and written by gritty drama writer Kay Mellor.

In the first season, it is set in a Leeds supermarket, in the second, a public hospital in Bradford, and the third a crumbling stately home near Scarborough.

Catch the next episode of The Syndicate next Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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