British actor Michelle Keegan stars in BBC and Stan Original Series co-production Ten Pound Poms
British actress Michelle Keegan heads to Australia to star in BBC and Stan Original Series co-production Ten Pound Poms on a big budget
Streaming giant Stan has announced that British actress Michelle Keegan will lead a top cast for their blockbuster Stan Original Series Ten Pound Poms.
The 35-year-old Our Girl star will play a British immigrant in the big-budget BBC co-production, which is currently being shot in New South Wales.
The six-part series dramatizes the famous Assisted Passage Migration Scheme that brought more than a million people to Australia after World War II.
Streaming giant Stan has announced that 35-year-old British actress Michelle Keegan (pictured) star of Our Girl will lead a top cast for their blockbuster Stan Original Series Ten Pound Poms, a co-production with the BBC
Game of Thrones actor Faye Marsey and Warren Brown from the BBC crime series Luther star together as a married couple, the Roberts, who come to Australia in 1956 after paying just £10 for their passage.
The Australian government promises the family a better home, better job prospects and a better quality of life Down Under, far away from gloomy post-war England.
But the pair soon discover the grim realities of migrant life as they battle the poor living conditions in a hostel for ‘New Australians’ and prejudice.
Also at the hostel is Kate (Keegan), a young nurse desperate to rewrite her devastating past after arriving in Australia without her betrothed.
Warren Brown (pictured) from the BBC crime series Luther stars as a young husband who comes to Australia in 1956 after paying just £10 for the crossing
Meanwhile, Australian actor Leon Ford plays a newcomer struggling to survive Down Under after losing his business in England.
Declan Coyle from the SBS series The Family Law also stars as a teenager trying to escape a dysfunctional family relationship.
Mystery Road regular Rob Collins also stars in the sprawling drama, as a native war veteran who feels like an outsider in his own country.
Game of Thrones actor Faye Marsey also stars as Warren Brown’s wife in the series
Other protagonists include Stephen Curry of The Castle, rising star Hattie Hook and The Tudors Emma Hamilton.
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 connectedness.”
The Australian government originally undertook the so-called ‘ten pound pom’ plan to bolster the country’s population, which stood at just 7.4 million in 1947.
When the APMS ended in 1982, Australia had 15 million people.
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Meanwhile, 25 percent of Britons who joined the scheme have returned home.
Danny Brocklehurst describes the series as a “bold character piece.”
“Ten Pounds Poms is about what it means to start over, to be an outsider in a new country,” he said.
Keegan plays Kate (Keegan), a young nurse desperate to rewrite her devastating past after arriving in Australia without her betrothed. Photo: Keegan Mark Wright at the BAFTA Awards in London in May 2022
Heading the production team is Joel Wilson, executive producer of the British company Eleven, makers of Sex Education.
“It’s a tremendous privilege to work with Danny,” he said.
“We are both very passionate about the stories of the hundreds of thousands who took part in the assisted migration program.”
Australian writer Ryan Griffen, whose credits include Cleverman, will participate in the writing of the series, along with Smita Bhide (The Indian Detective) and Ava Pickett (Brassic).
Jamie Stone (Doctor Who) and Australian Ana Kokkinos (Fires) will direct the series.