Danny Brocklehurst

Michelle Keegan to return as Ten Pound Pom in second series of hit BBC period drama

Michelle Keegan holds a child's shoulders in 50s period clothing

Nicknamed Ten Pound Poms after the £10 processing fees, the first series saw them leave post-War Britain in search of a better job and quality of life, but soon learn of a much harsher reality.

The second series will re-join the Poms a year on in 1957, with Keegan's (Fool Me Once) nurse Kate Thorne and the Roberts family (led by Marsay, Game of Thrones, and Brown, Luther) still seeking the sun-soaked Australian dream they were promised.

Michelle Keegan, Faye Marsay and Warren Brown to go down under in new drama from the creator of Brassic

Set in 1956, Ten Pound Poms will star Michelle Keegan (Brassic), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones) and Warren Brown (The Responder) as a group of Brits escaping dreary post-War Britain to pastures new in Australia.

For just ten pounds, they have been promised a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life by the sea in the sunny down under. But when they arrive, they soon realise that they have been sold a dream.

Sheridan Smith begins filming ITV drama No Return

Created and written by Danny Brocklehurst, No Return follows Kathy (Sheridan Smith), her husband Martin (Michael Jibson), their son Noah (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and younger daughter Jessica (Lily Sutcliffe), on an idyllic all-inclusive luxury holiday in Turkey. 

Kathy and Martin are ready to use the holiday to spend much needed time together to reconnect, but they soon become involved in a living nightmare. 

ITV commissions new drama No Return starring Sheridan Smith

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The four-part series has been written by RTS-Award winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic).

No Return follows Kathy (Smith) and Martin who are enjoying a blissful holiday in Turkey with their son Noah and younger daughter Jess. Unbeknownst to the family, a horrific ordeal is about to tear their worlds apart.

Brassic co-creators discuss how Joe Gilgun turned his colourful past into a hit TV show

Brassic, a tale of Lancashire lads on the scam, is a madcap comedy with a sensitive side. The Guardian called it “a hilarious, warm, brutal melange”.

But it is not, as Gilgun was at pains to point out at a packed event, miserable: “Any show that represents the working classes is fucking miserable. Some of the happiest people I know are working class; some of the smartest lads I know are working class.”

Sky commissions series two of Brassic

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Brassic, co-created by Joe Gilgun (Preacher) and Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless), follows a group of working-class friends as they try to navigate life in a Northern suburbia as their teenage years of scamming and bribing finally start to catch up with them.

Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) is a Lancashire lad who suffers with bipolar disorder and is best friends with street smart Dylan (Damien Molony).

New Sky comedy Brassic shines a light on British Northern working classes

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Gilgun stars as Vinnie, a jack the lad with a solid group of childhood friends, but a case of bipolar disorder.

Speaking about tackling such a personal issue Gilgun commented, “Bipolar is a big part of my life. We want to show that you can have mental health issues and in some cases live a productive, exciting life, full of adventure.”