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A compelling drama from the Emmy award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern. In 1787 Britain banished its unwanted citizens – orphans, petty thieves, prostitutes and highwaymen – to Sydney in Australia. They found it to be so hot, barren and hostile that very few Englishmen wanted to set foot there. Yet these rejects, overseen by a small number of British officers and marines were expected to establish a colony. Somehow, in spite of famine, drought, escapes, hangings and floggings, the colony thrived. This drama shows how a group of misfit characters established a new society, following their friendships and love stories, their struggles and successes.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||It is 1788 in New South Wales, and dawn is breaking over the ramshackle camp where British convicts and their masters are waking up to another dangerous day.||59:20||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||Freeman must tackle bully Marston, who is persisting in stealing his food. Drastic action is required.||59:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||The marriage of Elizabeth and Tommy is blessed by Reverend Johnson. Kitty continues to suffer the attentions of Major Ross.||59:20||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Mary Johnson shares her past sorrow with the insightful convict Anne Meredith as the camp waits for news of Freeman.||59:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||To everyone's amazement Freeman is alive, and Major Ross is deeply affected by a personal loss.||59:18||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||Rebellion is in the air, and Tommy's headstrong behavior risks all Elizabeth's plans for the future.||59:17||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||James Freeman faces the most difficult decision of his life. With the prisoners far outnumbering the soldiers, what will the outcome be?||1:00:06||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTrailer||New world. New rules. Check out the trailer for this story of survival set in the founding of the Australian penal colony in 1788.||1:32||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBehind the Scenes||Behind the scenes of the compelling drama based on the founding of Sydney.||6:11||Free||View in iTunes|
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Fiction vs Truth
The description of this movie is a lie and a insult, to say that the Australia was desolate and unlivable is a slap in the face of the millions of human beings who lived there happy for Thousands of years before the banished came to there land and ripped there lives and land from them.
Good but cancelled after 1 season
Ignore the negative reviews! This is a period piece not about the delicacy of Jane Austen, but about a penal colony and the gritty conditions that banished prisoners of both sexes endured. Women were not treated with gentility. This piece of fiction, based on factual events will appeal to anyone who appreciates an excellent, well-constructed period piece but is not expecting flowers and love-songs. It's a shame it was not renewed. BBC shuts down many decent programs too quickly (THE PARADISE).
Can't wait for Season 2
Half of the bad reviews don't have anything to do with the actual show. I'm a working mom of 3, and I couldn't wait to sneak away just to watch a few minutes of this well acted and intense show. Great plot. Real life situations for that time period. Real struggles. I can't wait for Season 2.