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First look at BBC’s new Michelle Keegan-starrer Ten Pound Poms

Michelle Keegan as Kate, BBC

The BBC has released first look images of its forthcoming Michelle Keegan-led drama Ten Pound Poms.

The drama, which follows a group of emigrants escaping the drab post-war North for a new life in Australia, is penned by Brassic scribe Danny Brocklehurst and produced by Eleven, which was recently behind the cult Bolton horror hit Red Rose.

Stockport-born former Coronation Street star Keegan takes her place in an all-star cast that also features Shameless’ Warren Brown and Middlesbrough-born star of Game of Thrones and Black Mirror Faye Marsay alongside an Australian cast including Chopper star David Field.

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Finn Treacy as Peter, Hattie Hook as Pattie, Faye Marsay as Annie and Warren Brown as Terry
Finn Treacy as Peter, Hattie Hook as Pattie, Faye Marsay as Annie and Warren Brown as Terry

The six-part series follows the fish-out-of-water Brits as they embark on their new lives after being promised a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life by the sea in sun-soaked Australia, and all for the princely sum of a tenner. Naturally, this being a TV drama things don’t go quite as smoothly as they might have hoped.

The drama centres on Annie (Marsay) and Terry Roberts (Brown), who are trying to make the best of the situation for their family despite the poor living conditions at the migrant hostel and far-from-welcoming local attitudes towards immigrants.

Marsay and Brown
Marsay and Brown

If that all sounds eerily familiar rather than a historical tale, they’re joined by put-upon nurse Kate (Keegan) who has headed down under alone in search of a better life and hoping to erase her past.

Michelle Keegan as Kate, BBC
Michelle Keegan, BBC

Gaynor Holmes executive produces for the BBC and Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Stan with Joel Wilson, Olivia Trench and Jamie Campbell executive producing for Eleven. Scottish BAFTA winner Jamie Stone directs, and is also the grandson of Mastermind legend Magnus Magnusson for the trivia-minded.

Ten Pound Poms is coming soon to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and Stan in Australia, with transmission date TBC.

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