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This First Look At Ten Pound Poms Shows Michelle Keegan In A Whole New Light

The actor takes centre stage in BBC One’s hotly-anticipated period drama.

by El Hunt and Sophie McEvoy
Michelle Keegan as Kate in Ten Pound Poms

If you’re a fan of Sex Education, step right this way. Eleven, the production company behind Netflix’s raucous teen drama, is heading up a brand new drama for the BBC, starring Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan. Set in Australia, the show follows a group of disenfranchised Brits who leave behind 1950s Britain to follow the sun-rays down under. But once there, they discover that starting over the other side of the world isn’t always straightforward. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming six-part series, Ten Pound Poms.

Ten Pound Poms Plot

According to a BBC synopsis: “Ten Pound Poms follows a group of Brits as they leave dreary post-war Britain in 1956 to embark on a life-altering adventure on the other side of the world. For only a tenner, they have been promised a better house, better job prospects, and a better quality of life by the sea in sun-soaked Australia. But life down under isn’t exactly the idyllic dream the new arrivals have been promised. Struggling with their new identity as immigrants, we follow their triumphs and pitfalls as they adapt to a new life in a new country far from Britain and familiarity.”

The show takes its name from the slang term used to describe the British migrants who moved to Australia and New Zealand after World War II. On its own, “pom” is another colloquial nickname for people from the UK – and “ten pound” refers to the fee that migrating Brits would pay to move there (in today’s money, that’s equivalent to about £265).

Ten Pound Poms Cast

Heading up the cast, Michelle Keegan plays Kate, a nurse who decides to migrate without her fiancé. She stars opposite Game Of Thrones’ Faye Marsay and Luther’s Warren Brown, playing a couple called Annie and Terry. Here, they discover that reality doesn’t always match up to expectation. Australian actors Rob Collins, Leon Ford, Hattie Hook, Stephen Curry, Declan Coyle, David Field, Finn Treacy, and The Tudors’ Emma Hamilton round out the cast.


Ten Pound Poms focuses primarily on Annie and Terry, who “try to make the best of the situation for their family, but the poor living conditions at the migrant hostel and local attitudes towards immigrants test them in ways they couldn’t have imagined.” Annie and Terry find common ground with other Brits living in the hostel, like Kate, former business owner Bill, a teen called Stevie, and Rob, an Indigenous Australian war veteran.

Ten Pound Poms Release Date

There’s no concrete release date for Ten Pound Poms just yet, but filming took place in Australia last year. Ahead of revealing her role in the show, Keegan has been teasing fans with cryptic snaps of her adventures in Sydney, and has been in the country since mid-May.


Speaking on Loose Women earlier in June, Keegan’s partner Mark Wright admitted that switching to a long-distance relationship during shooting has been hard. “‘It’s tough… with Australia, it’s a lot of flying,” he said, adding that the couple try to see each other every three weeks. “If you’re in love and in a happy relationship you will be happy to see each other. You have to learn that you’ve been together for a long time and not seen each other in three weeks so it’s exciting at first but then it goes back to being a 10 year relationship.”