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See-Saw Films and Rsj Films are teaming to produce the period drama series "Banished" for the new premium channel BBC First.

"Cracker" and "Redfern Now" writer/producer Jimmy McGovern is penning the seven-part series which centers on events in the 18th century when Britain established its penal colony in Australia.

The ambitious series follows the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the marines that guard them and men who govern them.

David Wenham ("300") plays pragmatic idealistic Governor Arthur Phillip who wanted to turn the ramshackle settlement of Sydney into land of opportunity.

Joseph Millson ("Holby City") plays Major Ross, a man who thinks the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist. Russell Tovey ("Looking"), Myanna Buring ("Ripper Street") and Julian Rhind-Tutt ("The Hour") play convicts.

Dan Percival ("Death Comes To Pemberley") and Jeffrey Walker ("Jack Irish") are directing. Filming begins »

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