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Girlfriends and Band of Gold Writer Kay Mellor Dies Aged 71

Kay Mellor in 2010.

Kay Mellor in 2010.

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Kay Mellor, who wrote hit series including ITV's Girlfriends, Band of Gold and The Syndicate, has died aged 71, it has been announced.

Leeds-born Mellor, who was also best known for penning series including Fat Friends which aired from 2000 until 2005 and was turned into a musical, died on Sunday.