The BBC has confirmed the highly anticipated return of the acclaimed drama “Ten Pound Poms” for a second series. The stellar cast, including Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay, and Warren Brown, is set to reprise their roles in the BAFTA award-winning show created by Danny Brocklehurst. The series, produced by Eleven for BBC One and iPlayer, is a co-production with Stan, the Australian broadcaster.
The first season of “Ten Pound Poms” emerged as one of the standout new dramas in the UK last year, amassing an impressive 7.7 million viewers within 28 days of its launch. The narrative revolved around a group of Brits seeking a new life in post-war Australia, offering a captivating portrayal of their transformative journey.
In the upcoming series, viewers can expect to follow the adventures of nurse Kate Thorne (Michelle Keegan) and the Roberts family (Faye Marsay and Warren Brown) as they venture into 1957 Australia. Determined to make a fresh start, they confront the challenges of building a life in their adopted country. The question remains: will they achieve the Australian dream promised to them?
Adding intrigue to the storyline, the second series introduces new characters such as the Skinner family from Ireland and the enigmatic landlord Benny Bates. The audience is left to wonder whether these fresh faces will bring sunshine into the lives of the returning characters or simply more drama.
Joining the returning cast members, Australian actors Rob Collins, Leon Ford, Declan Coyle, Stephen Curry, Hattie Hook, Finn Treacy, Emma Hamilton, and Cheree Cassidy are set to enrich the series with their performances.
Writer, creator and executive producer Danny Brocklehurst says: “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 says: “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, says: “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…”
Stan Chief Content Officer, Cailah Scobie says: “We look forward to partnering with BBC and Eleven and the incredible creatives who produced an outstanding and compelling first season. Ten Pound Poms is another example of Stan’s commitment to authentic Australian screen stories, which resonate with audiences across Australia and around the globe. We are so excited to welcome back our beloved characters alongside the new cast in their search for the Australian dream.”
The first season of “Ten Pound Poms” received accolades, winning two Golden Nymphs at the 62nd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival for Best Series and Best Actor (Warren Brown as Terry).
Filming for the second series is scheduled to commence in Australia in mid-February. The initial season is available for streaming on BBC iPlayer.