get on a plane, gran all this weepy granny on the sofa stuff is pretty stupid :blow your noses and fly out there, mum 'n dad. They're not going to Mars. karinhere7:45am Wed 3 Feb
anybody ever NOT stay ? Have yet to see the first family who does NOT stay Down Under, boringly predictable. karinhere7:34am Wed 3 Feb
terry My scentiments exactly taylor12:48pm Thu 13 Feb
APP. (absolutely pants programme) how many episodes of this drivel are there going to be? will they move to austrailia?, wont they move to austrailia? can they afford it? how will grandma and grandad cope? jimmys about to get a promotion at topps tiles andwont budge but ultimately gets won round by his nagging wife in the end. im on the edge of my god damn seat.id rather sit here in my pants and watch dom littlewood acting like a feared reputable hard nut at 9.15 in the morning. terrys trancsendent terrines9:48am Thu 13 Feb
Where is Nicki filmed? Why is Nicki always filmed at some fab location - as far as I can tell Palm Cove near Cairns or Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach)? I may be wrong. But she never goes to any of the locations where the families may end up living - this is supposed to be "reality TV" not Fantasy Island! Australiaphile7:01pm Mon 27 Jan
not what people think son a gas engineer british gas trained .qualifications do not travel has to take a 6 month course to bring him up to aus standard ,they got it wrong on the program. house prices are also a lot dearer,as is the cost of living ,not as rosy as they let you belive spanners10:09am Mon 13 Jan
Weeping from back home I Hate the weeping friends and family videos on the show, everybody should realise that is the hard bit. Some people haven't even left their home town and all the Fam live down the road. Don't go i would advise them! In spite of this i love the show and can't wait for the 2013 revisited as all families seemed to uproot and leave. Peja3:51pm Tue 26 Feb
Cliched droning, nasal, slow talking presenter is so patronising to the viewers intelligence. And then lets all have a good ole weep whenn they show a video from back home. The producers must really think we are morons. CardinalBiggles11:30pm Thu 7 Feb
hugh family episode ive just seen the episode and was touched and moved by it,a big well done all the best for the future you were great again well done des parker 2:32pm Tue 5 Feb
hugh family episode ive just seen the episode and was touched and moved by it,a big well done all the best for the future you were great again well done des parker 10:03am Tue 5 Feb
exchange rate when was 600.000 aus dollars worth 315,000 uk pounds, how old is this dave3:27pm Thu 11 Oct
GO! Anywhere is better than Herne Bay CAs2:50pm Wed 3 Oct
Rubbish Total Clap Trap ,lazy cheap tv and what they going to do if they get something to really cry about. stuart4:50pm Sun 30 Sep
Nicci Chapman Oh Please can't the BBC get someone who is not so "in love with themselves", do you clone them. Plus I can't understand a word she says, she's so nasel. Next series can you get someone else, but not louise from sftw. hard to understand9:40am Fri 20 Jan
Wooden top If the BBC make another series, can they get a replacement for MS. Chapman?.I'm sure she can find another use for her arms beside waving them around all over the place,& If I hear another cliche "a house to aspire to", "leaving friends & family" etc, etc. I shall scream. Can't the producers find a presenter with personality? It's a blessing she's never with the families, too depressing. The format of the earlier shows was much better. welsh april4:09pm Thu 29 Sep
Perth. No Anti Social behaviour LOL lhg 3:24pm Fri 12 Aug I hope you have plenty of money as it's super expensive to live in Perth and as for your comment of no anti social behaviour, that is one of the reasons I left Perth after living there for 40 plus years the crime rate is horrendous. Beeper1:20pm Wed 17 Aug
to glamorised (11 sep) Went to Perth in Aug 2010 to activate our visas. Absolutely lovely place!! We will be going there permanently end of 2011. It's very clean, no anti social behaviour, the aussies are very friendly to the Brits (as a lot of them are ex Brits anyway). Anything is better than Kettering, Northants!! Don't let anything stop you from living your own lives!!!!!! lhg3:24pm Fri 12 Aug
@ hoppity Stop with your damn spamming of the website i will not mention.
You are fooling no-one with your bulls*** story.
I have seen that website quoted on at least 12 comments.
Your traffic drive is not going to last long. Dave Clifton5:33am Mon 3 Jan
upfront Families who make the massive decision to emigrate need 100% backing from their folks back home,no weeping down the phone,it's your problem not theirs,they need to get on with it.Just prioritize saving up to go and see them flying granny12:28pm Tue 27 Jul
The Jones family from series 1 & revisited Hi we are the Jones family from series 1 on WDU my husband is the carpet fitter/floor finisher, we have now been in Oz for over 2 years and loving the life, although you still have to work as hard as you did in the UK, even harder as your starting from scratch, but we are happy with the decision we made to move here. At present the BBC are filming friends & family in the UK (messages) before coming over to film us in October. Always said to them that they need to do follow ups as most of these shows don't do it, so your left wondering if they stayed in Oz or went back to the UK.
Any way should be on January again I guess, happy watching
www.goldcoastrelocations.com.au hoppity2:46am Sat 19 Sep
Series 4 Hi Slinky, thanks for that. It would be good if you could find out any more as I've come accross another couple in the same boat. Just the reasons really cos we know its not happening. thanks again, Peders. Peders3:35pm Fri 10 Jul
Peders - This might be true Hi again, I had a conversation with a few friends the other night over a bottle of wine or 2,3,4,5 - I'm sure you get the picture and one of my friends had looked into us and WDU series 4 and she had read somewhere (and she will let me have details when she finds it), that there will NOT be a series 4, they couldn't get the money or something like that, if that's true then I don't feel too bad about it! slinky malinki1:36pm Mon 6 Jul
Us too Hi Slinky,
really sorry to hear that, the reason I asked was because we too got to the camera interview stage and just like you we never heard anything even though we were also told that we would hear either way. But hey ho, life goes on, we'll just have to try and get down there under our own steam. Good luck Slinky and all the best for your future plans, Peders. Peders3:55pm Sun 5 Jul
NOT HEARD A THING! Well, the interview went well (so e thought) apart from my daughter telling me she was bored with the interview and wanted to play out, straight into my microphone, so they heard that bit, they said we wud hear before the end of May either way and well it's now July and we still haven't heard either way, so we will ASSUME that we haven't been chosen for the show. Slinky Malinki3:57pm Wed 1 Jul
WDU re: slinky malinky Slinky Malinky-how did you get on with your interview? peders1:38am Wed 27 May
no regrets we moved to Adelaide 2007, I was 37, hubby was 43, daughter was 8. we wish we had done it years ago, not enough space to tell you how amazing it has been - for all of us. we haven't looked back and never will. life is what you make it!!! Addy3:23am Wed 1 Apr
We applied for Series 4 Hi, we have aplied for series 4 of WDU, me, my husband, 8 year old rugby union daughter (yeah she plays full contact rugby as well - the only girl on the team) and our 3 year old son (the terror - not terrier), we submitted our application online at firstname.lastname@example.org, waited and nothing hapened, this was January 09, then in February the guys (researchers) sent us a full online aplication form (all official of course) so we filled it in and sent it back. Then 2 weeks ago the reasearchers rang for extra info, mainly about family and friends, but they wanted to speak to me and my hubby seperately (which they did on different days) and we were told that if we were successful we would hear by the end of April 09. We want to go to New Zealand. The next step in the shows selection process is that they visit your home with a camera a) to see how the kids react on film and b) to see if (as a family) we can be video genic (if there is such a phrase). We were told by WDU that over 200,000 people apply to get onto the shows, so fingers crossed and good luck to anyone else trying to get on with series 4. Slinky Malinki6:34pm Mon 30 Mar
Sense of identity If you have children past toddler age, please think carefully before you uproot them. Imagine what it will be like starting school with a "funny" accent, where everyone else has known each other for years. They rarely touch upon school in this programme. My parents were what I've seen referred to as "ping pong poms". I was taken to NZ as a baby, brought back here at 12, taken to NZ again at 14 and eventually left NZ never to return permanently in my 20s. Now I have a husband and young family who are adamant they wouldn't like life in NZ. I'm very unsettled in the UK but was always a "pom" in NZ and never felt entirely accepted there either. What I'm trying to say is that however fantastic your destination, and NZ is a more innocent place to grow up, while you think you're making a better life for your child you may be inadvertently messing them up in the long term. Nowhere woman10:38am Tue 24 Feb
Families What really annoys me about this programme is when the families are watching the DVD of opinions of friends and families from home.These comments usually have a big impact on the decision made to stay or immigrate. It seems to me that these people are so selfish to let them go. They've lived their life, why can't they let people live theirs? In these modern times, there are things called planes, emails and telephones. And for those who use the excuse of friends and families as a reason to return to the UK, can't you make new friends? Isn't that the idea of immigrating, new life, new experiences? I've immigrated to the UK ten years ago from a hot sunny place with no close family. Although i've missed them I've coped and have met new friends and utilise modern technology to keep in contact. If you feel you're not going to cope, don't go on the programme annoyed10:26am Thu 29 Jan
I'm not surprised most are voting for UK this series I am disappointed with this series it is clear from the background the presenter is in Australia even when the families have gone to New Zealand. Why are they not matching the families to more compatible jobs and housing, most of the time they seem to have a better life in UK regarding houses and jobs. I lived in Christchurch New Zealand for 10 years and know there are some fabulous houses and lifestyles there and then the families are sent 50ks out in the sticks to be in the country when in fact they only need to be 5 miles from the city to be in the country. Also one woman who worked in the University in UK missed the chance of trying the Uni in Christchurch because she wanted the City option and the Uni is in the city anyway but was under the country option. I am sure she would have enjoyed that job more. The researchers need to do more research or use people that know what they are talking about, I'm available haha., kiwi10:19am Tue 27 Jan
WDU Info See comment on Sat 10 Jan below. )Great to hear your reviews. If you want to read more info/opinions on Wanted Down Under visit britishexpats.com website and look for Wanted Down Under...incase you missed it...
By the way Hi Adam 'Cloudy' Robinson Jenny1:20pm Sun 25 Jan
How to apply for the show? Hiii, myself and my family want to start the process of moving to Australia. We have been watching Wanted down under everyday and wondered how we would apply for the show. So if anybody knows how please could you let me no!! Thanks Demi8:49pm Thu 22 Jan
If it aint broke don't fix it! The latest series format is nowhere near as viewer friendly as the earlier ones presented by Nadia Sawalha. Why is there no interaction between Nicki Chapman and the families? More time needs to be spent on the 3 choices of area to visit before letting the FAMILY choose, not the BBC. Why have they messed with this? m4martini8:16am Wed 21 Jan
GREAT SHOW! ***********I am looking to move to Perth around 2012 and this show (and all others about living abroad in Aus or US) are/is great!
Its inspiring, I am just not the type that can live with the weather and the general 'indoors' type of lifestyle in the UK. I love UK for what it is, how fair, helpful and democratic this country is to us but I just wish the weather was better.
I wish everyone who moved there or are moving there good luck. It'd be gret to hear more abour people who have moved there and hear what they prefer and general opinions about the journey of change. Maverick4:00pm Sun 18 Jan
Presenter I much prefer Nadia too! She comes across as a lot more fun and warmer than Nicki does on screen. Interesting, you only ever see Nicki presenting the links between filming, she's never actually with any of the families. Is she being a diva about appearing alongside regular members of the public I wonder?! What's the point of employing someone just to do the links - you may as well just use voiceover! Danni3:40pm Fri 16 Jan
Presenter I much prefer Nadia Swahallia as the presenter for Wanted Down Under. She is far more natural than Nicki Chapman. Come back Nadia - we miss your smiling face. Mo5:53pm Mon 12 Jan
Hughes Family - Wanted Down Under Mon 12.01.09 @ 9.15am Hi
My family (husband Dave, Rhiannon 12 and Rhys 6) and I are on the new series 3 of Wanted Down Under on Mon 12 Jan 09 @ 9.15am. We all had the experience of a lifetime, see what we decided. Jenny10:51am Sat 10 Jan
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Brainy Brian7:05pm Tue 9 Dec
series 4 now full up bob7:00pm Tue 9 Dec
wondering heyah me and my family have applied for season 4 can anyone tell me when they get back to you and if it is right to send the email to email@example.com or summit as we were guided by a site linked form the bbc Becksozzie3:50pm Sun 7 Dec
Positive Ozzies I have lived in Australia for 3 years & there is no way I would want to return to the UK. If you are positive & realistic you can make it big in OZ. Life is about people & the people in OZ are much friendlier than the English - I have driven the whole place my opinion not just based on Melbourne or Sydney :-). Chief1:46pm Fri 28 Nov
I'm on the 2009 series! Hello, myself and my family are appearing in the new series of Wanted Down Under which will air some time in January 2009, there has been rumour that the programme is now concentrating on New Zealand - NOT TRUE, my family were sent to Brisbane. There is rumour that the BBC do not follow up on families after they have moved out there - NOT TRUE, there is a follow up show called Wanted Down Under REVISITED. The last rumour, possibly the biggest, is that Nadia Suwalha is no longer the presenter for the show - TRUE!!! Nadia did not sign up for the 2009 series, it is infact the lovely Nicki Chapman (the female one) I hope i have answered some of your questions, and look out for the Robinsons! I'll be on there! much love, Adam. x Cloudy2:14pm Fri 31 Oct
BORED when is this program guna get off the tv? phill T3:44pm Mon 22 Sep
THINK I got pregnant while on a working holiday in Australia. My husband and I agreed to come home so that our child would know their grandparents and vice versa. I know the U.K has it's problems but guess what so has Australia. I had a fantastic relationship with my grandparents and want my children to have the same. I want them to have a relationship not just get the odd e-mail, card and letter. Nothing can replace having your family around you. You have to consider everyone's feelings before making such a huge life changing step. Suzanne2:40pm Fri 19 Sep
Think twice, then think again! i visited Australia, and to be honest, it would be nice for a holiday, but living there. NO, think twice! ben4:46pm Thu 18 Sep
I have lived in Australia I have just returned from 2 years in Melbourne. Great place. Great people but even with the beautiful weather, lifestyle and beaches it meant nothing without my family. Hence i have come home. There's no place like home.... daisy5:40pm Tue 16 Sep
glamourised?? Do you think this programme is glamorised to make it look alot better than it really is?? We are thinking of emmigrating to Perth, but im worried that its not as nice as this programme makes out??? What are peoples thoughts??? pinkangel1:08pm Thu 11 Sep
Who Cares? My girlfriend was forced to move by here parents. Much against her will.
I am still a little bitter about it, as this program does state in pretty much every sentence, the weather is great, but for me there is no way the weather is a good enough reason to emigrate to the other side of the world!
my girl friend ofter complains about being taxed to much and its cheapish to get there but thinking about coming back [to the uk] is so much harder because of house prices difference and cost of flights.
She says its been the worst time of her life and if anyone wanted to do it you would have to be 100% sure because unless you are well off there is no going back.
As for me i love England; the culture, the night life ect. and knowing its home and always will be.
p.s. If this show really has to be on TV please get a new presenter. SC1234:05pm Fri 5 Sep
what about the missing hidden extras? We raised our family in Australia and my wife is Australian. It's a great country but so is the UK. I wish there was reality in the programmes. The main appeal seems to be sunny weather and beaches. Believe me,both lose their early appeal soon enough and they are replaced by the reality of now we are here we cannot just live for beaches and the sun.They are fragile criteria to be basing decisions on. More important are relationships and family values-will they match up? What about all the hidden costs? Becoming part of the local culture etc and leave the uk mindset behind as it isn't really appreciated. Ask the hard questions and dig deep for what it will cost for your interests especially return trips to uk with kids.Sorry,i don't rate the programme highly. It is churned out for general public consumption as entertainment.It doesn't spell out reality. j munroe6:53pm Tue 2 Sep
please help if anyone can tell me nadia swalha's email address please because then i can tell her why we want to emigrate if you would be so kind i will spread the word to anyone who wants to emigrate so please help down under fan 12:57pm Mon 1 Sep
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