Series in which British families are given a look at life in Australia ahead of possible migration.
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Parker Family 12x25
Stephen Parker has long held a dream of living in Australia, but his wife Marta wants to stay in the UK. They met six years ago, and Marta left her home in Bulgaria to be with Stephen. The couple married in 2014 and are now happily settled in the UK, with baby William arriving a year ago. But now Stephen wants to move to Australia. He grew up in Birmingham but moved to the coast and took up surfing. He has now taken a career break to spend more time with his family, but the lure of the surf is calling to him once again. Marta has had something of a change of heart too and believes now might be the best time to think of a move. But she has grown very close to Stephen's family and taking William away from the only close family he now has would be very tough. A week on the coast near Melbourne gives them a chance to see what life would be like for them if they moved.
Santa Clara Family 12x24
Since meeting, Persephone De Magdalene and Debbie Santa Clara have shared a dream of emigrating. Their main motivation is a better work-life balance. Debbie is a doctor and worked up to 80 hours a week, so it fell to Persephone to put her academic career on hold in order to keep family and home life going. As a gay couple, they want acceptance and tolerance and believe New Zealand is a more attractive culture and society for same sex couples. The time is right for a trial week. If they were to go now it would dovetail perfectly with the children moving from primary to secondary school as well as Debbie neatly reaching the end of one training period. The children have a close relationship with their father but he has given his blessing to a move. A trial week gives them a sense of the life they could have and afford in New Zealand.
Jones Family 12x23
Claire and Jason Jones from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales have decided it is time to find out if Australia really is the land of their dreams, for them and their two little boys. Claire caught the Australian bug at an early age when her aunt emigrated as a Ten Pound Pom. She made it sound so magical that Claire's family thought about making the move themselves, twice! The first application fell at the visa hurdle, but the second time a certain gentleman got in the way! Claire had just met Jason and had fallen in love. They've built a happy life in Wales with their two boys, a nice house and good jobs. But recently the weather and relentless lack of any sort of work/life balance has begun to get to Claire. She has just seven days to show Jason the sort of life they could have, and afford, if they located to Brisbane.
Walters Family 12x22
Zoe Whylie has fought hard to build a life for her family and wants to give them the lifestyle she never had. She feels her children are growing up too fast in the UK and thinks Australia could be the answer, but her eldest child is fighting her all the way? Meet the Whylie family from Halifax West Yorkshire. Mum Zoe, 15-year-old Courtney, her sister Taylor, nine, and youngest of the family, little brother Harley who's eight. Zoe is a social worker in Bradford - a job she adores. But she still dreams of better, and thinks Perth will give them that. She has planned and saved for four years, and Australia could now become a reality. There's just one problem, daughter Courtney. She doesn't want to go and Zoe won't make the move without her. A trial week in the capital city of Western Australia sees mum desperately trying to stay positive.
Parsons Family 12x21
When Jessica Choux moved to England from France and got married to Matt Parsons, she thought her life would settle down in England. She soon discovered that her fireman husband harbours a passion for moving to Australia, and having 15-month-old Stanley hasn't dampened it. At one time, Jessica was almost convinced to give it a go, but life took a serious turn and a series of tragic events brought any plans to a halt. Matt lost three close relatives in a short period of time. Yet what initially put paid to the Australian dream had also brought it back sharply into focus as Matt realised that life is short and he needed to seize each and every moment. In a trial week in Melbourne, they check out where they might live, what jobs they could get and whether they would be able to afford the lifestyle Australia offers.
Atkin's Family 12x20
Ever since Roz and Chris Atkins got together six years ago, talk of New Zealand has been a constant and sometimes sensitive subject. It's a passion that all started when Roz visited New Zealand 17 years ago. She promptly fell in love with the weather, people and its laid-back lifestyle. But Chris believes his wife is chasing something that probably isn't there. Her memories are being filtered through the rose tinted spectacles he believes she is wearing. With Chris settled in a good job, and their two young daughters Lucy and Sarah loving life in Bracknell in south east England, he thinks they should be going nowhere. Mum and dad may be on different pages, but as the trial week approaches, Chris is prepared to give it a go. What if the tables turn when they get out there? Might Rossindra get the wobbles about moving, with cautious Chris ending up loving it?
Cook Family 12x19
Single mum Felicity has dedicated her life to raising her daughter Lucy in the UK. Not that she regrets a minute of it as Lucy now has a wonderful relationship with her father. Now Felicity wants to return back to her roots down under. But Lucy is adamant this is her mum's dream - not hers. Felicity was born in New Zealand and then as a teenager moved to Australia to work. Something of a free spirit, she moved to London to follow her Buddhist calling. But living for ever in the UK was never part of her intended life plan. With Lucy almost grown up at 18, and Felicity in her late fifties, Felicity is desperate to head back home to Australia to be closer to her family - before it's too late. But she can't bear the thought that soulmate Lucy might not come with her, and she has a week to convince Lucy this dream of hers is one they can share.
Thom Family 12x18
The military Thom family is desperate to settle down in their forever home. The only problem is dad Kevin thinks it should be close to his nearest and dearest in his Scottish hometown, while mum Lori has her heart set on Australia. There are also sons Niall, who is 11, and Lochlan, who is 18 months. Lori and Kevin met in the RAF in 2005. Originally the one wanting to move, Kevin's latest posting to RAF Lossiemouth has been a return home to friends and family, but Lori has never thought of north east Scotland as being where she should put down her roots. It's not only Kevin who is stalling. Niall has settled into his fifth school in almost as many years. An added plus for the two boys is having their grandparents nearby for the first time. As for Kevin, the idea of leaving his parents is virtually unthinkable. Could a week in Melbourne convince the whole family to move?
Kelly Family 12x17
The Kelly family from Aberdeen love the outdoor life Scotland gives them - weather depending! They now wonder whether New Zealand could offer such a lifestyle all year round. On the face of it Gilan and Holliehave it all - a nice big house, a successful outdoor adventure business and an especially loving extended family. Now in their late 20s, however, they're asking themselves whether they're living to work or working to live. Together they have decided that New Zealand could be the answer. But with their two boys reaching a crucial school age and baby number three on the way time is of the essence.
Myburgh Family 12x16
Young Albie Myburgh is the apple of his parent's eyes. He has a rare genetic disorder, fragile X syndrome, which causes developmental problems that his mum and dad believe lessen in the warmth of the sun. Togive him the best possible chance, Jayne is determined to take her young son to Australia - a place she has yearned to live in for a long time.