BBC, Stan buy more Ten Pound Poms

BBC, Stan buy more Ten Pound Poms

By Michael Pickard
February 1, 2024


The BBC is returning down under for a second season of period drama Ten Pound Poms.

Michelle Keegan (Fool Me Once), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones) and Warren Brown (The Responder) will all reprise their roles from season one, which debuted in 2023 and told the story of 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 season will follow nurse Kate Thorne (Keegan) and the Roberts family (led by Marsay and Brown) into 1957, 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?

New characters will also be introduced, 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 season two are Australian actors Rob Collins (Mystery Road) as Ron, Leon Ford (Elvis) as Bill, Declan Coyle (Long Black) as Stevie, Stephen Curry (Hounds Of Love) as JJ, Hattie Hook (Savage River) as Pattie, Finn Treacy (The Portable Door) as Peter, Emma Hamilton (The Tudors) as Sheila and Cheree Cassidy (Underbelly) as Marlene.

Season one of Ten Pound Poms was awarded two Golden Nymph awards at the 62nd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival for Best Series and Best Actor, for Warren Brown’s portrayal of Terry.

Ten Pound Poms is written and created by Danny Brocklehurst (Fool Me Once, Ordinary Lies, Brassic) and is made by Eleven (Sex Education, Red Rose) for BBC One and iPlayer, in a coproduction with Stan who air the series in Australia.

Executive producer for the BBC is Gaynor Holmes, and Cailah Scobie and Donna Chang are executive producers for Stan. Joel Wilson, Olivia Trench and Jamie Campbell also executive produce for Eleven, and Sophie Williams will co-executive produce the series.

Danny Brocklehurst also executive produces. The producer is Karl Zwicky. Joining Brocklehurst on the writing team is Ryan Griffen (Cleverman) alongside Smita Bhide (The Indian Detective).

Season two is directed by Ana Kokkinos (Fires, The Hunting) and Tom McKay (Jerk, Bloods). Sony Pictures Television (SPT) will distribute the series worldwide. Curio Pictures is providing production services in Australia.

Filming begins in Australia in mid-February.

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