BBC confirms second series of hit drama Ten Pound Poms

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The BBC has announced that hit drama Ten Pound Poms will return for a second series, with Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown all set to reprise their roles.

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Ten Pound Poms is written and created by the BAFTA award-winning Danny Brocklehurst and is made by Eleven for BBC One and iPlayer, in a co-production with Stan, which airs the series in Australia.

Series one of Ten Pound Poms was one of the UK’s biggest new dramas of last year, launching to a 28-day figure of 7.7 million viewers.

It followed a group of Brits leaving dreary post-war Britain to embark on a life-changing adventure on the other side of the world.

After a challenging first year in Australia, the new series will follow nurse Kate Thorne (Michelle Keegan) and the Roberts family (led by Faye Marsay and Warren Brown) into 1957 on their adventure down under, as they are determined to make this new country everything they hoped it would be for a fresh start.

Will Kate, Terry and Annie finally get a slice of the Australian dream they were promised?

Series 2 – new characters

Series two will also introduce some exciting new characters, including the Skinner family, fresh off the boat from Ireland and the unscrupulous land-lord Benny Bates.

But will these new characters bring some sunshine into our returning characters’ lives… or just more drama?

Also returning for series two alongside Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown are Australian actors Rob Collins as Ron, Leon Ford as Bill, Declan Coyle as Stevie, Stephen Curry as JJ, Hattie Hook as Pattie, Finn Treacy as Peter, Emma Hamilton as Sheila and Cheree Cassidy as Marlene.

Writer, creator and executive producer Danny Brocklehurst said: “The positive viewer response to Ten Pound Poms was a true delight.

“We tapped into a little-known part of our recent history and told stories which reflected the realities of the real Poms that made the trip.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be teaming again with the BBC, Stan and Eleven to continue our characters’ adventure down under.”

Executive Producer and Co-Founder of Eleven Joel Wilson said: “I fell in love with Australia last season, so I’m delighted to be heading back there with Danny, Faye, Michelle and Warren to reunite with our fabulous director Ana and our wonderful cast and crew, as well as welcoming director Tom McKay into the fold.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, said: “We’re delighted to take BBC viewers back to Australia for more sunshine with Ten Pound Poms series two.

“With Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown returning to lead the cast, and some fantastic new characters and stories from the brilliant Danny Brocklehurst, there’s so much more for our ‘Poms’ to discover Down Under…”

Ten Pound Poms is produced by Eleven and is a co-production between Stan and BBC and on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK.

Filming begins in Australia in mid-February. Ten Pound Poms series one is available to stream in full on BBC iPlayer.