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If the job that you do is on the list of those in short supply in Australia, you are under 45 and you are thinking of emigrating then the Australian government will help to fast track you through the immigration procedure. The BBC has found 20 such families and offers them a chance to sample life Down Under for a week to help make the decision. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Interesting show on immigration, but too much fluff
4 January 2009 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Have you ever considered emigrating to Australia? If you have, and if you're interested to learn how others have fared, you will probably find this show interesting and useful. Otherwise you'll be bored and possibly annoyed by its format.

But first things first: the show follows a British family to Australia. First they interview them, ask them about their reasons for the decision to emigrate, their hopes and dreams, and so forth. Then they are given the choice of three possible lifestyles: beach, country or city living. Once they decide they're flown over to Australia where they check out the scene - work, houses on offer, entertainment, food & drink. In the end they must decide whether Australia is for them - this happens by popular vote.

The format of the show is quite rigid and the show never strays from it. This is particularly annoying as the host, Nadia Sawalha, uses pretty much the same dialogue from episode to episode, and then there are the recurring little info clips that are shown every once in a while - they too are the same with each episode and may make up 10 minutes out of the 40 or so minutes of the entire program. It's quite annoying, really, and you get the impression they are putting this in as filler footage. But other than that, the show is quite interesting (particularly the family members' reaction to all things Australian) and the BBC pedigree guarantees high production value.

If you're willing to overlook the annoying rigid format and some of the fluff (recurring dialogue & footage) you've got a decent and informative show on your hands.

So, if you're seriously considering emigrating to Australia, watch it. If you're not, then I'm sure you'll have better things to do with your time (unless you're hopelessly bored, that is).


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