Wanted Down Under – New Series from the BBC

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Wanted Down Under from the BBC

Wanted Down under is a new TV series being aired by the BBC in the UK. I’ve not seen any of the episodes myself but it sounds pretty damn interesting and I’d love to hear from anyone back in the UK who has seen this program.

Wanted Down Under is touted as a 20 part TV series where the shows producers take people who are thinking of moving to Australia, out to Australia for a week.

The families spend the week getting to know Australia, the lifestyle and some of the challenges such as job and house hunting (the latter of which is something we know a lot about). They are even given the opportunity to partake in regular common Aussie activities such as “petting kangaroos” !

Before we moved out here to Australia, we watched a similar series called “A Place Down Under” which followed the early life and times of families who had recently moved to Australia.

In the main, I found that A Place Down Under followed the emotional journey associated with such a big move (relationship issues etc) but one thing I loved about the program was the fact that it was the first TV show I’d seen that gave us a great glimpse of what living in Australia is actually like.

I hope those of you who got the chance to watch Wanted Down Under got as much out of this series as we did of similar programs.

I say for those of you who got a chance because for some reason the program was aired every week morning at about 9:15am! As the program seems be covering the journey of skilled migrants, it’s surprising that the BBC decided to choose such an odd time slot (when most skilled folks would be grafting away at work).

The production of such a big (and likely expensive) series is quite a bold move by the BBC but I wonder if there are more ‘moving to Australia’ type programs starting to appear on TV.

It could just be that you may be becoming more aware of the existence of such programs because of your own interests in moving to Australia

Another one of life’s little mysteries I guess!?

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Susan Buffington

It seems to me that the production of this series is deliberately excluding the black race altogether. I’ve been watching and noticed that there’s not a single African person in the whole series. So, what message does this send? Are there no African people in Australia? Is prejudice prevalent there. The BBC has always been equal in the past. But after watching this I’ve begun to rethink. What message does this send to my interracial children? To all my ethnic friends? Are we welcome in Australia?
Just posting my observations..

Dave Jones

Having watched all the previous series and also enjoyed two wonderful holidays in Australia in the last 5 years we are left a little disappointed by the new series, so far. It would seem from the first three episodes that the families have too much baggage in the UK to really want to make the move and are not being given the same opportunities as previous candidates. I think some them are just on the series for a cheap holiday. In the other series they had the option actually visiting the different locations, potential properties, jobs and other ex-pats. This… Read more »


hi guys

we are on the new series of wanted down under and the first family to go to tasmania, we loved it and in the new year will begin the visa process.


glad you had a great time.is there a contact number for applying for the show or any further details?we have started the process for our visa to perth and cant wait.all the very best in the future love amanda x


Hi we were the Jones family on the first series of Wanted down Under and the revisited, my husband is the carpet fitter. We have been in Oz for over a year now and are all loving the life Oz has to offer us. My husband works as a self employed floor finisher (carpet fitter) and I have set up a relocation company called gold coast relocations http://www.goldcoastrelocations.com.au helping other migrants moving to the Gold Coast area of Queensland. We have all settled as a family and would just like to say to anyone thinking of doing the process to… Read more »

mr robert lee / jan gibbs

we love the program we are also thinking of moving out there as i have a big family downunder would love to find out more about relocation to austrailia.
we have four young children both good job’s.


My family and I are looking into moving to Perth. My husband is a Finance manager and we have two children 4 & 6. We would love to experince going for one week to test run so we are waiting for your call! We have watched several episodes and feel the programme targets the key areas everyone wants to know about. However there is never any follow up episodes. To see if people have really moved or chose to go home would provide people with even more info and prove that Oz really is the place we all think it… Read more »

Emma Jones

Hi, i have been watching this programme now everyday for the past week. Me and my family are hopefully emigrating to Australia and are currently awaiting our visa. At first i thought the programme was really interesting and good advice for people thinking about emigrating. However, i now find it rather repetative. The show doesn’t actually tell you alot about the more useful things to know for example the Skilled Occupation List, full medical examinations including chest x rays and blood tests, the costs of medicals and visas as well as police checks, the cost of removals to australia (a… Read more »

Jemma Kneale

Hi Paul, my partner Frank and I are planning to go in January also, and we would like to speak to other brits too!

feel free to get in touch via email jemmashemma@hotmail.com

Panna Parmar

Hi, After watching your show on the BBC, this made me realise that there maybe another part of the world where we would like to possibly settle. Me and my husband are a newly married couple and often we have spoke about emmigrating to another country. (Canada was our main goal) This program gives us the opportunity to give it a chance before we have children and commiting to a mortagage. My husband is a professional Graphic Designer and I am currently unemployed after being made redundant from my job where I worked for 8 years. I believe this would… Read more »

Mirren Martha Lowman George Lowman

Hello, My husband and I love the series Wanted Down Under. We were £10 Poms in 1971, with our son Terry. We stayed at Glenelg Hostel South Australia, until we had a house at Christie Downs. Australia was and is the land of opportunity, as long as your prepared to work, We are forever grateful to Australia, for making us the people we are. George was a plasterer and I was a Nurse Assistant, we achieved much in the three and a half years we lived in OZ. Some of our friends are still in Australia and have done well.… Read more »

Paul Smith

Hi ive just watched your programme on bbc im goin in january and im wondering if u could put me in contact with people who are goin or are there so i get to know people especially british people thank u


Hi Adam,

Thankyou for sharing your families story with us, I shall look out for the ‘Robinsons’ episode! I love the programme & I cant wait to get my family to Australia.

I have written many emails to the show trying to apply, but didnt recieve so much as a ‘thankyou for your email’!

Mayby they had anough applicants? But I still think it was a little rude not to even reply!

Kind Regards, Kelly.


I have watched both series of Wanted Down Under and they hav definately given myself and family very itchy feet. What with all the happenings going on in this country it makes me feel scared for me, my children and our future in this country so cant wait for the new series!!! Maybe this time next year we will be there


Martin Wilson

Who plays the music on the show and what is it called please?

Adam Macleod

Hello, my name is Adam, i’m from Northamtonshire. My parents are appearing in the next series of Wanted Down Under, as they are looking to move out there in the next 18 months. My mum grew up as an Australian after her family emergrated as part of the ‘£10 poms’ exercise in the early 1960’s, which was a huge plan to fill jobs, and improve the population/economy with a big influx of foreign people. My mum’s parents unfortunately split up 12 years after the move, and her mum decided to leave during the middle of the night, and come back… Read more »

michelle flood

ooooppps i forgot, i have narrowed it down to perth or gold coast(i know a huge differance) if you have any advice or information that might help me decide would be greatly apprieciated.

michelle flood

hi mark its me again.thanx for advice about using the visa agents.if i were to start the process on my own where do i start,(who do i get forms from?) is it true that you need a lot of money to be elligable? we are going to get rid of all debts in the mean time and my partener has started training to be a plumber/gas man. Also do you think it would be wiser to get married before we start filling in forms for visas as we were going to get married when we got to oz. would be… Read more »

Rosemary Browell

my husband and I have been looking into living in Australia, we have 4 young daughters and would really like for us all to visit so they could see what it is like.There ages are 12, 9, 8and 4. I went there in 1990 and always hoped to go back , now with the thought of living their would be really good. Hopefully we will be considered for this and look forward to hearing from you. sincerely Rosemary Browell

hello i am a 29 year old hairdresser who has a young family and am seriously considering re locating to australia have just recieved my first bit of paperwork for my long journy ahead of us!!
realise that its a long process and thats if you get accepted, but its such a big gamble when you have never been there!! have watched the show wanted down under lots and would like the opp to apply to go on the show can you help?? please thanks


Hiya my name is hollie and im a 14 year old girl and my parents really want to move to austallia and im having second thoughts i have been watching your show every day and trying to get an upside to moving there byh watching other peoples thougts and reactions i would really like the chance for me and my family to appear on your show to see if it would give me a better out look to moving there because i want to see if i would really miss my family and friends and see if it would be… Read more »

michelle flood

well said mark.

Steve Fischer

I thought that England had STOPPED sending convict and criminals to Australia. Stay where you are!

michelle flood

hi poppy, have you thought why do they all end up going back though.i think its because they know where their better off…..

poppy Hurst

Are BBC licence payers, paying for this program or is it the Australian immigration board. I hope the latter. We didnt hear so much about people wanting to emigrate to Australia when we had a tory government supported by the press. Of course the papers want to sound off they dont like labour governments in the UK, dont be misled the UK has a lot to offer, thats why thousands of Aussies are living here!!!

Jay D

Hello! I’m a third year University student based in Birmingham and after a trip to New Zealand i fell in love with the place and know that i want to live there….I can’t stop thinking about it!! Anyway i’ve been watching the series which does seem to offer good help and many things to think about in terms of moving to Australia/New Zealand (as it also covers NZ)….Especially the fact of leaving family and friends behind. However i find the programme is too produced and it’s almost the same programme everytimg you watch it (but thats probably my Media &… Read more »


Hi Mark thank you byour website was very helpful. for the past 7 years i have been looking high and low for options to go to melbourne having lived there in the past….but it seems so hard….:-( our only option there is through a job sponsor….Mark would you be able to tell me if you know of any websites that deal with employer sponsorships? any help advice will be much appreciated. Thank you


michelle flood

also the guy who wants copies to show his wife.if you go to http://www.bbc/iplayer you can watch all this weeks at least anyway.

michelle flood

hi its me again.also what areas are the most popular at the moment?or is the poll very current?

michelle flood

sorry to all about my appaling spelling.X

michelle flood

hi mark.well im just obsessed with the program.dont miss it.i lived in NZ for a year when i was 15 yrs old and got bitten by the bug and have felt empty since i left and swore to raise my children thier when i had them.well i now have 2 kids 10 & 6 yrs and until now have just plodded along and just surpressed my longing to go back,until now.the program has reawakened the longing to go back,and ive just convinced my partener that its the best thing for all of us.but am now considering austrailia insted because i… Read more »

Hannah Sweeney

Hi my name is Hannah, I am a qualified nurse and work within a busy a/e department in the midlands I have been considering moving to Australia for the past 2 years, and have been watching Wanted Down Under and you could give me the opporunity to discover more about the Country I would like to work in. I have considered both Perth and Brisbane, but this is only due to what i have seen and read about the areas and the AE departments within these cities. I would be grateful for any opportunity you could give me in trying… Read more »

hi my name is lori i am 30 years old and really interested in taking in part in your programme. i am a qualified nurse and my husband is trained builder. we have two children and seriously thinking of moving to austraila in the near future i would really appreciate if you could contact me regading taking part in your programme
thank you mrs lori hubbard



For the previous post, about halfway up by natalie Feb 13th 2007. The music is by Air and is called ‘All i need’

Sorry bit late :(

Sandra D

Hi yeah have watched the program over the holdiay period. was very taken aback by it.

We met lots of cousings from Melbourne in the Summer, and have been seriously considering a move.

With three children, the future here is looking bleek. Alot of oppurtunities for them in Aus.

would love to appear on program to test drive before making decision final.

Karl,Jackie,Abigail,Euan Morgan

We watched the program on 16/17-1-08. It was iteresting to watch as my brother(Not seen for 26 years) and nephew returned to NSW the beginning of January. He said we would love it over there, we know it would be a big step but as the UK is getting worse ,we are definitly thinking about it so programs like this are very helpful

Dale,Denise,Liam Browne

We applied to appear on the show during your last series, we did get one reply from you and then never heard anymore. We are anxious to visit Australia before we make the move and feel that your expertise would be an asset to us. The show is very informative, which is what you need when you are planning a big move like this.

vikram pathak

i would also like to be part of wanted down under, how can i get onto the show, id love to test drive australia before moving


paula leatherbarrow

how can i become a contestent for the program we would love to try before we take the big step

Lee Pike

This programme is about families potentially moving to Australia or New Zealand. It does show the families’ decisions that they need to consider when making such a major move but they are essentially a vehicle for both the Australian and New Zealand tourist board, accentuating the positive in everything. I am currently trying to get a visa to work in New Zealand as I have a job already lined up, but because I have a medical condition, it is proving to be a VERY pains taking process. This programme fails to mention what the immigration requirements are for undertaking such… Read more »

emma basham

how do you get on to wanted downunder, we have the visa just want to be put in right direction ??


Where I could get a copy of the series on Wanted Down Under 2007???

thank you all!!!!


Please could you let us know where we could get a copy of the series on Wanted Down Under 2007. We live as ex pats in Australia and have heard about it and would love to see.

Sarah, thanks for taking the time to post here. I think the program has gone down very well (taking into account the number of comments).

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