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Jimmy McGovern Creating BBC2 Series on First Australian Convicts

10 April 2013 1:01 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Almost as soon as it was established as a British outpost, Australia became a giant prison for all manner of serious and petty criminals. This has provided lots of fodder for Australian storytellers over the years, most recently seen in Twitch favourite Van Diemen's Land (pictured).Now the gaolers and wardens feel it's time to face up to their bizarre social experiment, or at least make a popular TV series about it. So they will, with BBC2 announcing that BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jimmy McGovern is writing an 8-part drama about the first convicts transported from Britain to Australia in 1787. According to The Guardian:McGovern said: "In 1787 Britain banished its petty thieves, whores, orphans and highwaymen to Sydney Cove - a place so hot and barren and hostile that very...

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