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Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown lead new BBC One drama Ten Pound Poms

Filming is taking place in Australia on the six-part drama which has been written by Danny Brocklehurst and is being produced by Sex Education producers Eleven.

Ten Pound Poms follows a group of Brits as they leave dreary post-war Britain in 1956 to embark on a life-altering adventure on the other side of the world. For only a tenner, they have been promised a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life by the sea in sun-soaked Australia.

But life down under isn’t exactly the idyllic dream the new arrivals have been promised. Struggling with their new identity as immigrants, we follow their triumphs and pitfalls as they adapt to a new life in a new country far from Britain and familiarity.

Annie and Terry Roberts, played by Faye Marsay and Warren Brown are at the heart of the drama as they try to make the best of the situation for their family. But the poor living conditions at the migrant hostel and local attitudes towards immigrants test them in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

They aren’t the only people at the hostel avoiding the truth. Kate, played by Michelle Keegan is a young nurse who arrives without her fiancé and will do whatever it takes to try and rewrite her devastating past.

Bill, played by Leon Ford, has lost his family business back home and is so desperate to prove he’s living the Australian dream that he’ll stop at nothing in order to get a lifestyle he can’t sustain. Teenager Stevie, played by Declan Coyle, comes from a troubled background and hopes to use this new adventure to escape his oppressive father.

Meanwhile, Ron, played by Rob Collins, an Indigenous Australian war veteran, struggles with feeling like an outsider in his own country.

Speaking about the new drama, writer and creator Danny Brocklehurst said "Ten Pounds Poms demands an ensemble cast that we are always rooting for, actors we love and want to succeed. I am thrilled to have found those actors. It is a delight to welcome so much exciting Australian talent as well as working with the brilliant Faye and Warren for the first time. This is my third outing with the wonderful Michelle Keegan and I'm positive we will make another winner together."

Joining Danny Brocklehurst on the writing team are Ryan Griffen, Smita Bhide and Ava Pickett with Jamie Stone and Ana Kokkinos directing and Executive Producers Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell for Eleven, Tommy Bulfin for the BBC and Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Australian streaming service Stan and Olivia Trench as co-Executive Producer.

Starring alongside Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown will be Australian actors Rob Collins, Leon Ford, Declan Coyle, David Field, Stephen Curry, Hattie Hook, Finn Treacy and Emma Hamilton.

Ten Pound Poms will air on BBC One

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