Stan releases trailer for new drama Ten Pound Poms, premiering on May 15
Michelle Keegan plays a British nurse trying to rewrite her devastating past in 1950s Australia in a trailer for new Stan drama Ten Pound Poms
The limited series, which will debut on the streaming platform from May 15, dramatizes the famous Assisted Passage Migration Scheme, which subsequently brought over a million people to Australia WWII.
The preview features actors Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones) and Warren Brown (Luther). They play a married couple, The Roberts, who come to Australia in 1956 after paying just £10 for their departure.
The Australian government promises them a better home, better job prospects and a better quality of life Down Under, far away from gloomy post-war England.
But soon the family discovers the grim reality of migrant life as they struggle the poor living conditions in a hostel for ‘New Australians’, but also prejudices.
Stan has released a spectacular trailer for his new drama series Ten Pound Poms
The limited series, which premieres May 15, dramatizes the famous Assisted Passage Migration Scheme, which brought more than a million people to Australia after World War II
The trailer begins as Annie (Marsay) and Terry (Brown) arrive in Sydney.
But instead of enjoying the glamor of their new town, the authorities send them into the bush.
The couple, along with other recent arrivals, are housed under primitive conditions in a migrant hostel.
Although Terry is a qualified builder, the only work he can get is digging trenches. He soon finds himself in a fistfight with a local tough guy, played by David Field.
At one point, Terry seems ready to return to England, but Annie begins to fall in love with her new country. “I’ve never felt so alive in years,” she tells him.
Other scenes show Terry befriending Ron (Rob Collins), an Indigenous Australian war veteran, struggling to fit into white society.
The Australian government promises them a better home, better job prospects and a better quality of life, far away from the gloomy post-war England. But the family soon discovers the grim reality of migrant life as they battle poor living conditions at a hostel for ‘New Australians’.
At one point, Terry seems ready to return to England, but Annie begins to fall in love with her new country. “I’ve never felt so alive in years,” she tells him
Also featured in the trailer is Michelle Keegan (Our Girl), who plays a nurse desperate to rewrite her devastating past after arriving in Australia without her fiancé.
The Australian government originally enacted the ‘ten pound pom’ plan to bolster the country’s population, which was only 7.4 million in 1947.
When the APMS ended in 1982, Australia had a population of 15 million. Twenty-five percent of Britons who had joined the scheme returned home.
The new Stan Original Series Ten Pound Poms premieres May 15 Stan