Poms in Paradise now showing on ITV

Stuart Snell is one of the migrants featured
on Poms in Paradise. (Image: ITV)
Poms in Paradise is a new prime-time television show that follows Brits who've chosen to move to Australia's Gold Coast. The series started last week and is currently being shown on ITV1.

You can catch the first episode on ITV Player, with episode 2 showing this Wednesday, 18 May at 7:30PM on ITV1 and next week's episode showing on Wednesday, 25 May at 7:30PM on ITV1.

The series is similar to Wanted Down Under, in that it gives an insight into the Australian lifestyle and what life is like for Brits who've made the big step of applying for an Australia Visa and have emigrated Down Under.

The first episode featured 31 year old Stuart Snell, a Brit who moved to the Gold Coast and has who has dominated the Surf Life Saving event for the past two years (a beach sport competition which combines Iron Man challenges and life guarding skills).

Speaking on the differewnces between life in Australia and his native South Wales, Stuart said: "When I was doing it back in Wales it was quite difficult, it was cold it was miserable, putting on a wetsuit to paddle in the water, whereas here we walk down in our togs, and surf’s up."

The programme also featured Marcus, Lorraine and their daughter Sky who made the move to Australia a year ago. They wanted a change of lifestyle and now have a waterfront house. However, even they do the same jobs as in the UK (with Marcus working as a builder and Lorraine as an accountant), they revealed that they are £10,000 better off in Australia.

- Tom Blackett is Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.