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'Ten Pound Poms': BBC series renewed for Season 2

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Michelle Keegan (L) will return to star in "Ten Pound Poms" Season 2. Photo courtesy of BBC

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Ten Pound Poms will return for a second season on BBC One.

BBC announced in a press release Thursday that it renewed the historical drama for Season 2.

Ten Pound Poms is created, written and executive produced by Danny Brocklehurst, also known for creating the Netflix adaptations of Harlan Coben's Safe, The Stranger and Stay Close.

Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown will return to star as Kate Thorne, Terry Roberts and Annie Roberts, a group of Brits who move to Australia in the wake of World War II.

Season 1 premiered in May and was one of the U.K.'s biggest new dramas of 2023, drawing 7.7 million viewers in 28 days.

"The positive viewer response to Ten Pound Poms was a true delight. We tapped into a little-known part of our recent history and told stories which reflected the realities of the real Poms that made the trip," Brocklehurst said. "I couldn't be more thrilled to be teaming again with the BBC, Stan and Eleven to continue our characters' adventure down under."

Season 2 picks up "after a challenging first year in Australia" and follows Kate (Keegan) and the Roberts (Marsay, Brown) "into 1957 in their adventure down under, as they are determined to make this new country everything they hoped it would be for a fresh start."

The season will introduce new characters, including "the Skinner family, fresh off the boat from Ireland and the unscrupulous landlord Benny Bates."

Rob Collins, Leon Ford, Declan Coyle, Stephen Curry, Hattie Hook, Finn Treacy, Emma Hamilton and Cheree Cassidy also star.

Filming on Season 2 will begin in Australia in mid-February.