British actress Michelle Keegan is heading to Australia to star in big-budget BBC and Stan co-production Ten Pound Poms
Streaming giant Stan has announced that British actress Michelle Keegan will lead a top-line cast for its blockbuster Stan Original Series ‘Ten Pound Poms’.
The Our Girl star, 35, will play a British immigrant in the big-budget BBC co-production, which is being filmed in New South Wales.
The six-part series dramatises the famous Assisted Passage Migration Scheme, which brought more than a million people to Australia after World War II.
Streaming giant Stan has announced that Michelle Keegan (pictured) will lead a top-line cast for its Stan Original Series ‘Ten Pound Poms’, a co-production with the BBC
Game of Thrones actor Faye Marsey and Warren Brown from BBC crime series Luther play a married couple who come to Australia in 1956 after paying just £10 for their passage out.
The Australian government promise the family a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life Down Under, far away from dreary post-war England.
But the couple soon discover the grim reality of migrant life as they battle the poor living conditions in a hostel for ‘New Australians’, as well as prejudice.
Also in the hostel is Kate (Keegan), a young nurse desperate to rewrite her devastating past after arriving in Australia without her fiancé.
Warren Brown (pictured), from BBC crime series Luther, portrays a young husband who comes to Australia in 1956 after paying only £10 for the passage out
Meanwhile, Australian actor Leon Ford will play a new arrival struggling to survive Down Under after losing his business back in England.
Declan Coyle from SBS series The Family Law also stars as a teenager trying to escape a dysfunctional family relationship.
Rob Collins of Mystery Road also appears in the drama as an Indigenous war veteran who feels like an outsider in his own country.
Game of Thrones actor Faye Marsey also stars in the British-Australian TV series
Other cast members include The Castle’s Stephen Curry, rising star Hattie Hook and Emma Hamilton of The Tudors.
The limited series was created by BAFTA winner Danny Brocklehurst (Ordinary Lies) who says the show will ask questions about ‘success and failure, identity, parenthood and belonging’.
The Australian government launched the so-called ‘ten pound pom’ scheme to bolster the country’s population, which was only 7.4 million in 1947.
When the APMS ended in 1982, Australia was home to 15 million people.
The Assisted Passage Migration Scheme brought more than a million people to Australia after World War II. (Pictured: The SS Orion that brought hundreds of ‘new Australians’ Down Under)
Meanwhile, 25 per cent of Britons who joined the scheme returned home.
Danny Brocklehurst describes the series as a ‘bold character piece’.
‘Ten Pounds Poms is about what it means to start again, to be an outsider in a new land,’ he said.
Keegan (pictured with her husband Mark Wright) will play a young nurse desperate to rewrite her devastating past after arriving in Australia without without her fiancé
Leading the production team is Joel Wilson, Executive Producer of British company Eleven, the makers of Sex Education.
‘It is a huge privilege to be working with Danny,’ he said.
‘We are both deeply passionate about the stories of the hundreds of thousands who took part in the assisted migration scheme.’
Australian writer Ryan Griffen, whose credits include Cleverman, will help write the series, alongside Smita Bhide (The Indian Detective) and Ava Pickett (Brassic).
Jamie Stone (Doctor Who) and Australia’s Ana Kokkinos (Fires) will direct.