British convicts have been sent to Australia as punishment for their crimes. As they try to live their new lives, they have to live with the new rules. The soldiers also have to adjust.


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Series cast summary:
Orla Brady ...  Anne Meredith 7 episodes, 2015
Ewen Bremner ...  Reverend Johnson 7 episodes, 2015
MyAnna Buring ...  Elizabeth Quinn 7 episodes, 2015
Ryan Corr ...  Corporal MacDonald 7 episodes, 2015
David Dawson ...  Captain Collins 7 episodes, 2015
Ned Dennehy ...  Letters Molloy 7 episodes, 2015
Brooke Harman ...  Housekeeper Deborah 7 episodes, 2015
Cal MacAninch ...  Sergeant Timmins 7 episodes, 2015
Joseph Millson ...  Major Ross 7 episodes, 2015
Nicholas Moss Nicholas Moss ...  Spragg 7 episodes, 2015
Adam Nagaitis ...  Private Buckley 7 episodes, 2015
Genevieve O'Reilly ...  Mary Johnson 7 episodes, 2015
Russell Tovey ...  James Freeman 7 episodes, 2015
Julian Rhind-Tutt ...  Tommy Barrett 7 episodes, 2015
Joanna Vanderham ...  Kitty McVitie 7 episodes, 2015
David Walmsley ...  William Stubbins / ... 7 episodes, 2015
David Wenham ...  Governor Arthur Phillip / ... 7 episodes, 2015
Isabelle Estelle Corbusier Isabelle Estelle Corbusier ...  Miley Mathers 7 episodes, 2015
Clement Hicks Clement Hicks ...  Convict / ... 7 episodes, 2015
Jordan Patrick Smith ...  Private Mulrooney / ... 5 episodes, 2015
Rory McCann ...  Marston 4 episodes, 2015
Bianca Rudman Bianca Rudman ...  Sarah Parkinson 4 episodes, 2015
Ayesha Fraser Ayesha Fraser ...  Laurie McVitie 2 episodes, 2015
Nig Richards Nig Richards ...  Convict 2 episodes, 2015
Patricia Winker Patricia Winker ...  Female Convict 2 episodes, 2015


British drama created by Jimmy McGovern. The seven-part serial is inspired by events in the eighteenth century when Britain established a penal colony in Australia. Written by Clive Richards

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5 March 2015 (UK) See more »

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Banished See more »

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The seven-part serial first aired on 5 March 2015 on BBC Two and was inspired by events in the eighteenth century when Britain established a penal colony in Australia. See more »


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Good Historical Drama, although devoid of controversial subjectivity
17 July 2015 | by luke-eberhardtSee all my reviews

I have to be lucky I was exposed to Australian history at quite a young age even for it to be taught in a fascinating manner. I have since maintained a healthy passion for Australia's Colonial History in particular, mainly between the first fleet of 1788 and pre-1901 federation anything before then was Indigenous culture and outsiders Exploration.

'Banished' is particularly inspired by historical events after the landing of the first fleet, and really examines the life and times of the convicts and naval authority of the Penal Colony that would become known as Sydney.

I can honestly say the overall quality of the series was really impressive. There's enough compelling drama and insight into the lives of the convicts and settlers, mostly fighting for survival and civil rights and disobedience challenging the authority. I also loved the genuine sense of historical authenticity reflected in the series' production design, costumes and aesthetics along with some fantastic performances from a talented ensemble cast I admire.

Although the series merely mentions the presence of 'Natives'. It absolutely doesn't show it, which is questionable due to the local Aboriginal tribes feeling the political upheaval of the British Colonists settling on their land. Aborigines now more refer to the First Fleet's colonization as an 'invasion'. I do have enough respect for screenwriter Jimmy McGovern who created this show, along with many other respectable screen writing credits. Even after developing 'Redfern Now' which focused on the lives of Aborigines in Modern Australia he would've had some sense to delve deeper into pressure of the colonist's conflicts with the Aborigines faced at the time.

However, I did really enjoy the series for what it is. If you enjoyed this I recommend 'The Timeless Land', 'The Term of His Natural Life' (1983), 'Against the Wind', 'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant' and the more recently critically acclaimed miniseries 'The Secret River'.

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