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Ten Pound Poms

My late parents knew an eccentric travel agent who was involved in the £10 scheme to attract white British people to Australia.

I can recall a visit to the docks to see sad faced immigrants rejecting one life for another. This was the force behind BBC One’s latest drama.

It featured one family from Stockport – the husband and father (Warren Brown) gets work digging holes but encounters abuse, rejection and even a murder attempt from the local work force.

The excellent Michelle Keegan plays a nurse but, whilst she conformed with BBC’s diversity policy, would she not have fallen fail of the White Australia one?

She has a secret, to which she used subterfuge to gain access to the record department, and perhaps all will be clearer in future episodes.

I found it, though slow-paced in parts, excellent drama and a welcome change from period drama and clever detectives on mobiles which is the normal staple Sunday fare.

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About Bernadette Angell

After cutting her journalistic teeth in Boston USA, Bernadette met and married an Englishman, whom she followed back to London. Two decades and three children later, they divorced. She now occupies herself as a freelance writer (credits include television soaps and radio plays) and occasional amateur gardener. More Posts