The woman who turned her life into TV gold:

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reveals how Kay Mellor had experience of so many women's worries 

from teen pregnancy to money troubles to battles with her weight

Kay Mellor was unafraid to take any secret from her own life, 

no matter how private, and transform it into compelling drama.

With her wild and ruthless imagination, the screenwriter behind The Syndicate and Band Of Gold

who has died suddenly aged 71 — used her teenage pregnancy, rocky marriage,

money worries and struggles with her weight as inspiration for her sensational TV series.