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!?