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  1. Amaroo

    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    'WDU Revisited' finishes tomorrow. It has to be bad when the BBC have to go back 5 years for a programme. The one good thing about this repeat series is that it has not been on anywhere near peak time television. As previous post, what is the point of showing only 5 to 10 minutes of 'did they or didn't they'. The programme needs a total rethink if they are going to do anymore.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    Think the present series is well past its sell by date now and it shows with no people commenting. Showing 'WDU' of 4 or 5 years ago updated to 'WDU Revisited' are really of little interest when 2/3 rd's of the programme is of the first visit. But, for the BBC it is cheap television.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    If you read this Jenny Hughes and family. Watched the WDU revisted with you. The first part of it was on your first trip and the last 15 to 20 minutes was the update and just how hard you found it in more ways than one. The having to return to UK 5 days after arriving and all the trials and tribulations along the way. Listeneing to you both this morning life seems to be good but it has been and still is to some degree some way off what you want it to be. Looking at the park sign I presume you are in Maitland. Been there on my many trips down and spent many happy hours in the Hunter Valley up as far as Walcha and staying on the coast at Nelsons Bay and especially Fingel Bay and down through Newcastle. You are possibly the first family as far as I am concerned who has told it how it actually is, what you wanted in Oz and how things have worked out. I wish you well in your new life in Oz.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    Re 'UpsideDownMan' and his comment of 'rather than scoff at the participants'. I do not think anyone and me included is scoffing those who appear in WDU. For myself I post as I see the programme and the participants. This current series I think only two families seemed to have any idea about Oz. The rest seemed to have never been to Oz or done any research prior to the WDU jolly at the UK tax payers expense and were to some extent clueless and expecting Shangri-La. As previously posted, we all know that WDU is edited to make each episode viewable with possibly 3 times of what is shown going in the waste bin. If everyone agreed there would be no need for, "Thread: Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!". As a regular visitor to Oz for 6 months at a time every 18 months I have over the last 13 years seen just how expensive Oz has become. Good luck to those that do take the plunge, settle and enjoy a better life in Oz than UK. Some do and some don't.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    Just watched the 'WDU Revisited' with Justin and Sharon Coe in NZ. The distinct impression given by Sharon Coe was that come hell or high water she was going and would have even gone on her own leaving all her family in UK. A very selfish lady and her husband it indicated was only going for the sake of the children. WDU is not dissimilar to 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and 'Big Brother', there is possibly more left on the 'cutting room' floor than is ever shown. All the programmes are edited simply to attempt to make programmes that are watchable. Re 'Starlight7' and the comment, 'I guess the fact that it is still going means it is successful and what people want'. I would suggest for the BBC it is more to do with it being cheap television to make. As are the cooking, DIY, 'Don't Tell the Bride' and like programmes. Compared to plays and the like they are cheaper to produce so they are all churned out year after year.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    Watching the show this morning I thought as the eldest daughter did that the parents (whether they realised it or not) were putting undue pressure on the children.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    The McGrath/Jackson family on this morning. Sorry but a lady who 'wants to work with the flowers in the bush' and 'study bush flowers'. I don't think there is too big a calling for that type of work in Oz. Nor really for him who reconditions computers. In his chat with the man the salary quoted was not anything to get excited about nor the meagre £125,000 they have for a property. As 'Debz101' posts, seems little research if any has been done prior to landing in Brisbane even though the lady had been round Oz years ago. Good luck to them because this family I think will need all they can get if they go.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    The couple this morning seem to be the first or maybe second couple that had any idea of what Oz was all about other than it is hot, sunny and a warm sea. That said, today's family had been before and to some degree knew the lie of the land as they say. In all honesty one cannot help but 'tar everybody with the same brush' or almost all, by their comments in each episode as they are so repetetive.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    UpsideDownMan;1936083505]You make some fair points; for example, I accept that viewers make judgements and comment on what they see. Of course they do. But my issue is derived from the fact that they are doing so *only* on the basis of what they see. We don't form judgements in real life on this basis; we think things through and take into account other observations and experiences from which we reach a considered position. So I don't see why it should be allowed to happen here and that I have or may be judged on this basis is not something I will allow to go unchallenged, particularly if the judgements are unfair or derisory. That you're able to recognise conflict in the situation as a deliberate common theme of the programme is to your credit. It would be good if you and others could follow that lead, apply some lateral thinking and recognise that the participants may not be as clueless as some of the more crass comments suggest. (And yes, whilst the families do benefit from a BBC funded opportunity to visit to Australia I refer you to my previous comment on the commercial success of the programme whilst wondering about relevance)
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    The format of WDU has since it first aired has changed quite dramatically. We started off at the Australian High Commission in London and now we start at the arrival airport in Oz. The family no doubt surrounded by camera crew, producer, director etc telling them what to do and what not to do. We the television viewer judge and pass comment on what we are shown after I would suggest very careful editing by the producers. It goes without question that more film lies on the cutting room floor than we ever see. Whether what we see reflects each families experience only that particular family know as each will be different. To some degree the impression given is that the BBC seem to select in the main families who have some that want to go and some that do not. To make a watchable programme they want conflict in there somewhere. Only occasionally do we get a family that are totally open to the possibilities of emigrating to Oz. Again one gets the distinct impression that a lot of the families have not got a clue about Oz and seem to have done little or no research but simply rely on this visit. They seem to think its like 'Neighbours' or Home and Away'. This current series has highlighted how some families seem to be out of touch with reality in what they expect in Oz compared to where they are coming from and what they have in UK. The silliest part of WDU is the dvd of those back home telling those in Oz to have a good time but come back to the UK. The 'waterworks' by those in Oz and those in UK is pitiful considering they will all be back together not long after. This series being shown is I would suggest about 9 months old now so prices will have changed yet again. As a regular visitor to Oz over 12 years for about 6 months at a time I noticed from my first visit in 1999 to my last just how much the cost of living has risen. I had a couple stay with me for a month not too long ago who were from Sydney. They were very surprised that one of the few things they found more expensive in UK was beef. Other than that all they checked out in ASDA was cheaper here even down to the Oz named wines available in both countries. The families are fortunate that they get to see Oz as potential emigrants, all organised by the BBC and all funded by the television license payer (us the public). Oz is a great country without doubt with the climate possibly a major factor. But it is not a cheap place to live anymore.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    This morning's episode though about New Zealand was to date the best so far. A couple who were not at either end of the 'Am going and Not going' spectrum. They looked at their possible dream like none have to date in this new series. Everything was looked at logically and discussed calmly with no tantrums by either one. They quite openly discussed what they could do, could not do or might be able to do. Unlike some of the previous programmes there was no visit after their return to home to find out if they were going or if it was on hold. Hopefully we will find out on a 'WDU Revisited'.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    "We got a trip to Australia fully paid for us which allowed us to see if we liked it and could make the move realistically for us."--- Good luck to you but it is the UK tax payer that funds these jollies through the television license be it for a serious look into emigrating or I suspect in odd cases looked on as nothing more than a freebie.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    This sounds like the 'Phil Spencer Down Under' programme on Channel 4. If it is and it is like the others it is far more informative than WDU. Possibly because he grew up there and knows what he is talking about unlike Nikki Chapman who I understand never meets the people in Oz.
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    Warning - rant on new Wanted down under!

    As Graham from Hull. I feel sorry for Brendan Morby as his wife Angela appears to say with or without him she is taking her girls to Australia. She was domineering from start to finish and had obvioulsy 'brainwashed' their daughters into agreeing with her. It is a hell of a decision Brendan has to make be it to go under sufference or see his family split. No doubt we will find out through this web site or in a WDU Revisted sometime in the future.
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    Wanted Down Under - New Series on TV Jan 2012

    Certainly not intentional to upset anyone, I simply wrote as I saw the programme. I don't doubt that to many people they would be understandale with no problems. The mother indeed was easier to understand, the husband was only at times understanable and their little boy I could not understand a word. I think it depends what part of the country one comes from as to how they understand someone from somewhere else. To someone like 'Scottishstacey' I would expect them to be crystal clear. As some families who have appeared in the programme over the years have posted at varying times on WDU,PiO and on other web sites what we the viewer sees is what the BBC want us to see regardless. I wish the Godfrey's well, I love Oz and visit for 6 months at a time as and when.
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