Hedworth/Romaine Family Wanted Down Under


Hedworth/Romaine Family

Series in which British families explore the idea of moving to Australia or New Zealand. Jimmy and his partner Sharday spend a trial week in Melbourne.


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Teenage dreams are hard to beat.

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But if yours involved

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packing up and moving to Australia,

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how hard would you try to make it come true?

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Especially if your partner just isn't interested

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in living on the other side of the world.

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Jimmy Hedworth's desperate to return to the country

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that's stolen his heart.

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There's no negatives in my head about moving over there at all.

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But homebird Sharday isn't quite so positive.

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I'm ying, you're yang, that sort of thing.

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When a trial week down under shows her the reality of Aussie living...

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I couldn't see myself living here.

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..will it take Jimmy closer to his dream

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or push his relationship to breaking point?

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It upsets me that the bond

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between me and Jimmy is breaking down.

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It might be 10,000 miles away,

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but Australia remains the top destination of choice

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for Brits looking for a one-way ticket

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to a better life abroad.

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A warm climate, strong economy,

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and stunning natural scenery are just some of the draws.

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Around 2,000 miles north to south

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and almost 2,500 miles east to west,

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it's the world's largest island,

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and as big as the dreams it holds.

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Since visiting Australia in

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his teens,

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Jimmy Hedworth could think of nothing else but moving there.

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Now a dad,

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he's more determined than ever to give his young family

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the lifestyle he dreams of.

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But it'll take more than the promise of some sunshine

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to win over partner Sharday,

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a self-confessed homebird, who's never ventured outside of the UK.

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Now Jimmy has one week in which to persuade Sharday

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the grass could be greener on the other side of the world.

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The journey begins with over 20 hours in the air,

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flying from London to Melbourne via Dubai and Sydney.

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And first-time flyer Sharday's relieved

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when they finally touch down.

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I've been worrying that the flight's going to go wrong,

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and we're all going to...

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..die!

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THEY LAUGH

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Baby Maia was more laid-back.

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Eight months old and she just sort of took everything in her stride.

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Jimmy's already thinking about the task in front of him.

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This week, I need to convince Sharday

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it's the right move for all of us.

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I need to convince her that my job will provide us

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a dramatically different lifestyle to what we've got back in the UK.

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And he knows there could be pitfalls ahead.

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This week is going to be one of our biggest weeks as a couple.

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To me, it's either we're together or we're flying back, not.

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Back in the UK, Jimmy Hedworth,

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partner Sharday Romain and baby daughter Maia

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live in Nottinghamshire along with Jimmy's family.

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The couple are proof opposites attract.

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I'm outgoing, Shard's not too outgoing.

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I love sport, Shard hasn't got any interest in sport whatsoever.

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-I hate sport!

-Here she is, tea's here, love.

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Want some tea.

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I like spending money on clothes.

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-It works out.

-Yeah.

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But it works. We're good.

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THEY CHATTER

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One thing they definitely don't have in common

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is Jimmy's passion for Australia.

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It's one of those visions

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where I just think the grass is definitely greener.

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There's no negatives in my head about moving over there at all.

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Jimmy talks about moving to Australia every day.

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He's just nonstop talking about it.

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It's driving me crazy.

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Jimmy's been obsessed with moving down under

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ever since visiting the country

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with his dad and brother ten years ago.

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Everything about it was just perfect.

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I just thought, "This is where I want to be."

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But Sharday, who's never even been on a plane before, is sceptical.

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He went out there when he was a child.

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A lot of things change.

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And you don't know what it's going to be like.

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I don't think anywhere's that great.

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Sharday's reluctance is also fuelled by the knowledge she'd need consent

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from her oldest daughter's dad

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before she could up sticks and move her to the other side of the world.

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But for Jimmy, the first challenge

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is getting Sharday to see the country's potential.

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And that could prove easier said than done.

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I need to convince a person that's never been on a plane before

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to move to the other side of the world

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which I don't think is a small task.

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Currently working round-the-clock as an electrician

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while Sharday stays at home with the baby,

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Jimmy believes moving could help bring

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his young family closer together.

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I'll be at work at like, I don't know, might be half nine at night,

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ten o'clock at night, I've got Shard ringing me, like, in tears.

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It's one of those things

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where you want to be around more for your kids.

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You want to be around more for Shard.

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Because I'm here all day within these four walls with the kids

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and it is draining emotionally and physically, like draining.

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Can I have a chicken tikka masala, please, with pilau rice.

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He hopes higher wages in Australia

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will help them afford their own home.

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And while she's grateful for Jimmy's family's support,

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that's a move Sharday would welcome.

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It gets quite tough, living here.

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I'll probably cry once every couple of days.

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-You're beautiful this evening, babe.

-Thanks.

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There's times when I get wound up.

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And I just think, right.

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I'll do a few more hours at work

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to try and get us out of the situation a lot quicker.

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And then again, that causes tension, you see,

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because she needs me in the house doing stuff to help her.

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The couple agree changes need to be made

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if they're to secure a future together.

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And for now, Jimmy's pinning all his hopes on Australia

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being the country they should call home.

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I've put it on the pedestal that this is the answer.

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And if it's not the answer,

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then I don't know what is the answer

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to make our family unit a lot happier.

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To find out if Australia can give them

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the lifestyle Jimmy's been dreaming of

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AND keep him and Sharday united,

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the family is spending their trial week in Melbourne,

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capital of the state of Victoria.

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To reach their temporary base,

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they head to the northern suburb of Gladstone Park,

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around 12 miles from central Melbourne.

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Home for the week is a spacious four-bedroom rental property.

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But what will Sharday think of her introduction to Aussie living?

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It's modern. I like it.

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Actually, I really like it.

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-It's nice.

-BABY CRIES

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Ah, do you not like it?

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Don't cry!

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But baby Maia is not so sure.

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She's all right, really.

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Hopefully, inside will be to everyone's taste.

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This is all right, Shard, nice hallway.

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I think the hallway's quite narrow.

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Jimmy needs Sharday to be open-minded

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if the next seven days are to go his way.

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Meanwhile, baby Maia has got him wrapped around her finger.

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I'm not sure if we can have this room now, Shard.

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I think she's made herself quite at home, hasn't she?

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-She's claimed it.

-Saying, "No, Dad, you're not having this bed."

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With Maia safely sleeping,

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the couple check out the rest of the house.

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And Jimmy wastes no time getting straight to the point.

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Do you think somewhere like this would convince you to move?

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Yes and no.

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It is nice, but I couldn't see myself living here long-term.

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The week ahead could see Jimmy's dream

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AND his relationship with Sharday

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pushed to the brink.

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In the UK the family are living in Jimmy 's parents house

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in the village of East Leake,

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while they save to buy a home of their own.

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It is cramped.

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Communal living area between five adults and two kids isn't great.

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We've got three bedrooms upstairs,

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we've kicked my brother down onto the sofa.

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-Things are...

-It's very cramped.

-Cramped at the minute.

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But it's not just a lack of physical space.

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I just tiptoe around everyone else

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not being able to say what you want to say

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because you don't want to cause a rift and everything.

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So what would they like from a place in Australia?

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It's got to be within a very close distance to a golf club.

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Definitely four beds,

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just in case someone wants to come over and stop.

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Or if we want to have another.

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No, we're not having another child.

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No, OK, that's dealt with.

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As long as we have a good living area downstairs, then I'll be happy.

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Just somewhere for the kids to run around.

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With a maximum budget of £270,000...

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..Jimmy hopes to find a home Sharday will be happy with.

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The house is essential, to have, you know...

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-Right.

-..right for Shard, more so than me.

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To find out what kind of house they could have,

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we'll show the family three properties,

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two on budget

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and a third which could be their dream home.

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Only after they've seen each one will they find out its value.

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That's a nice house.

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I don't like it.

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While baby Maia is looked after by a childminder,

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the couple head for the town of Sunbury,

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around 25 miles from central Melbourne.

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It's a popular area for families looking for affordable housing.

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I do like this neighbourhood.

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-It's nice.

-I think the best thing about it...

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Everything's well kept.

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Yeah. I was just about to say that.

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Will this three-bedroom home get their search off to a good start?

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-Nice.

-It is nice, isn't it?

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Bit steep!

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Oh, I'm quite scared to get out of the car!

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With high hopes, they head indoors.

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A lot lighter than the one we're stopping in, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-So I'm already impressed.

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First impressions are good,

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but will the positivity continue

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in the open-plan kitchen-living area?

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This is nice, Shard, I think.

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The living room is quite small.

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It's a lot more room than we've got

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at the present time at Mum and Dad's!

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So I mean, maybe we're just getting a bit greedy for space now

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cos everywhere seems like it's got that...

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Yeah, but you want it to be perfect if we're going to move.

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Sharday could prove hard to please, but perhaps the garden area

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will get her seal of approval.

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This is a nice outdoor living space, Shard.

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Lovely. I don't like this table being here.

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Well, we can change the table, Shard, can't we?

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That's not a massive thing.

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Back inside it's Jimmy's turn to be picky

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when they check out the main bedroom.

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Master bedroom.

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Front of the house.

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Not sure how I feel about that.

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What about the en-suite?

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Oh, that's picked up a little bit.

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-Quite big as well.

-Yeah.

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And I like the natural light that comes in from the big window there.

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-Tiny little bedroom.

-It is quite small.

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Just a small room, isn't it?

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This isn't big enough for what I think we need.

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I don't know, maybe it's a bit of an anti-climax for me,

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I thought there'd be a bit more.

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After the start, this is not doing it for me.

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No.

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The bedrooms haven't measured up and the discovery of a small closet

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leaves them both confused.

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What's this?

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Surely not another bedroom!

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THEY LAUGH

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Doesn't sound like this is the property

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for either Jimmy or Sharday.

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It's a nice house but it's not our house.

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No. It's not our house.

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But is it within their budget of up to £270,000?

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I wouldn't be happy paying more than £215,000.

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I think it's going to be more 230.

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Do you want to have a look?

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256.

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I'm really not happy with that.

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It might be within budget, but it's still not a hit.

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For what this is, for that price...

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-..it's not great.

-Not great at all.

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We need a pick-me-up after the last one.

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Yeah.

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Jimmy 's campaign to convince Sharday

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to make the move is off to a shaky start.

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Hopefully, the next property

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will give them the space they're after

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at a price they are willing to pay.

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-Ah, look at that little park.

-Yeah.

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That's good.

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It's on the Highlands Estate in the suburb of Craigieburn.

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With nearby schools and playgrounds, it's a perfect area for families.

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I think that's like a community area, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Your little cafe...

-Everyone just goes there.

-Yeah.

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And with large parts of the estate still under construction,

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it also promises more value for money.

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But will the chance to check out a display house

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help cement Jimmy and Sharday's opinions?

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What do you think to that, Shard?

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-Building site?

-It would be in there.

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If it was finished to the standard of the rest of the estate,

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I'd be happy living by it.

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Hopefully, inside can build on their optimism.

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Oh, Shard, look at that.

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The whole reason why I want to move here is for an entrance like that.

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It's wide, it's nice, but...

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..I'd like it bigger.

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No harm in dreaming big, Sharday.

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But there's still more to see.

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Master bedroom.

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This is what I'd be looking for.

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This house could be a better fit for them.

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His and hers sink.

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-I like that.

-Like that a lot.

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Mine will be tidy, yours will be messy!

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-Shower's massive.

-Love that shower.

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Absolutely love that shower.

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It's big enough for both of us.

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THEY LAUGH

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Hopefully, the rest of the house is as good.

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Fingers crossed, Jimmy.

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Next up, the kitchen-living area.

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The living area is fantastic.

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I'd probably put the sofa back a little bit more.

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But that is, that's brilliant.

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That is nice.

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An extra sitting room causes some debate.

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I wouldn't use it for this purpose, I'd use it as a diner.

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I like this for the fact that you could say, you two,

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get yourselves in there.

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Then that would make this room just another room for them to mess up.

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I think we'll have to disagree on this one.

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Well, I'll be the one tidying up, so for me,

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I'd like to keep it one space at a time!

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Sharday might have the trump card there, Jimmy.

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What about the outdoor area?

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I think with the finish on this house, I mean the astro grass,

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it provides a bit more.

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What about the kids are barefoot? It's quite hard to step on.

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The garden isn't child-friendly enough for mum, Sharday.

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But with up to £270,000 to spend,

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the couple are still curious to find out how much the house costs.

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I think 270.

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I think, a bit beyond the higher end.

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I'd be happy paying something like 265 for this.

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OK, do you want to turn the card?

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261!

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I was close.

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It's within budget...

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..and less than Jimmy expected.

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Can you see the grin on my face?

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-Yeah, I can, I can.

-We could live comfortably at that.

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We couldn't get a three-bedroom semi in Nottingham...

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-Oh, no.

-..for something around that figure.

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This is nice, isn't it?

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This is a very nice estate.

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Things are looking up for Jimmy.

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To see the final property of the day,

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the couple head for the suburb of Doreen,

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just 20 miles from central Melbourne.

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I wonder if it's this one, there?

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-Do you think it is?

-No.

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-No.

-It's too posh.

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It's too big for us.

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Sitting in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges,

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and surrounded by pockets of farmland,

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the area is more rural in feel,

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so could be perfect for bringing up a young family.

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-What if it's this one?

-I hope so.

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Satnav is saying it's here.

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-I think we're here.

-Let's have a look.

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We think this spacious four-bedroom house could be their dream home.

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But will Jimmy and Sharday agree?

0:17:200:17:23

-Ah, Shard.

-This has got that same sort of,

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wow factor to it, hasn't it?

0:17:260:17:27

Yeah. I like this more.

0:17:270:17:29

-Shall we go and have a look around?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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So far, so good.

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But will the location of the master bedroom be a hit or a miss?

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Another bedroom in the front of the house.

0:17:380:17:40

You're not too keen, are you?

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I'm not keen on it. Because it's not there in the UK, it's something odd.

0:17:420:17:46

I quite like it because it's different.

0:17:460:17:48

You like it, I don't.

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I'm ying, you're yang, that sort of thing.

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Glad he's cleared that up.

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What about the en-suite?

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Oh, wow.

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-That's nice.

-Like a two-person shower, two-person bath.

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Surprised the toilet isn't a lot bigger, really!

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-A two-person toilet!

-A two-person toilet!

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Moving on, the open-plan living area has plenty of room for feasting.

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-Wow.

-That is massive.

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-It is.

-That dining room table,

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you would have to send a flare up at the other end

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to know that someone was there, wouldn't you?

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-I'd feel like Henry VIII.

-It's lovely, though.

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You look like him!

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THEY LAUGH

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But will the kitchen be fit for a king?

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This is a nice kitchen area, Shard.

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Compared to this bit, it's quite small, do you not think?

0:18:330:18:36

Yeah. I think I would have a smaller dining area.

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However, it's not a small kitchen, is it?

0:18:380:18:41

-Oh, no.

-You've got enough room there,

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with that little island they've put in.

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And they soon discover there's more elbow room in the living area

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than they first thought.

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-Ah, Shard.

-Wow.

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Look at this.

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What a man space this is!

0:18:570:18:58

-I mean, you could...

-I love how you've got it in your head

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that it's going to be man space!

0:19:020:19:03

Can you imagine watching the Masters on this?

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-It would be great.

-It wouldn't be on.

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I wouldn't allow it!

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Now my dreams are crushed,

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-we'll go and have a look at something else!

-OK.

-Thanks.

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One dream at a time, Jimmy.

0:19:130:19:15

What a nice outside space this is.

0:19:150:19:18

The only thing I would say, there's no grass.

0:19:180:19:20

-No.

-I'd want grass for the children.

0:19:200:19:24

Jimmy's hoping an outdoor oven might win Sharday over.

0:19:240:19:27

Look at this, Shard. That's a big selling point.

0:19:270:19:30

Yeah, but you wouldn't use it!

0:19:300:19:32

It's like the kids' channels on the TV, I don't use them either, but...!

0:19:320:19:35

You make me get them!

0:19:350:19:37

Joking aside, Jimmy agrees it might not be perfect.

0:19:370:19:41

Two adults sharing a glass of red wine

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on that little patio bit, fantastic.

0:19:430:19:46

-But we're having two kids.

-Nothing for the kids.

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I love the rest of the house, but the garden's not ideal.

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It's not quite their dream house,

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but Sharday and Jimmy are still interested

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to know how much it would cost

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and, more importantly, whether their maximum budget of £270,000

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would be enough to buy it.

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I think it is 350.

0:20:040:20:07

I think it's going to be about 373.

0:20:070:20:09

Do you want to flip it over?

0:20:090:20:11

-No, I'll let you do this one.

-OK.

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318.

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-Well, that's a pleasant surprise, really, isn't it?

-Mm.

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That's almost £50,000 over budget.

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-That's still expensive.

-It's expensive...

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-But not as much as what we thought.

-No.

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It may not be achievable right now,

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but the couple don't seem to be put off.

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With the right job and salary for Jimmy,

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it could be something to aim for in the future.

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All in all, the day has given them valuable insight into how far

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their money might go in Australia.

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Property one was within budget but the lack of space,

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especially in the bedrooms, left the couple

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feeling short-changed.

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Still within budget,

0:20:570:20:58

property two offered more for their money

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but the small back garden didn't cut it with Sharday.

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And while property three had the wow factor inside,

0:21:040:21:08

outside was a let-down for Sharday and Jimmy

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and its price tag put it out of reach for now.

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So with all things considered,

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how will the couple decide between homes in the UK and Australia?

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After a day of viewing properties, it's now time to vote.

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-Australia.

-Undecided.

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What? How come?

0:21:290:21:30

We've had such a good day.

0:21:310:21:33

-Are you going to cry?

-I'm thinking about it.

0:21:330:21:35

We viewed some nice properties,

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but I think they're more like show homes,

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as in just for adults, it's not kids friendly.

0:21:400:21:43

You want that family feel to the house.

0:21:430:21:45

Everything has got its own little place.

0:21:450:21:47

There needs to be, like, toys everywhere...

0:21:470:21:50

OK. I understand what you're saying.

0:21:500:21:52

That means I've got the rest of the week

0:21:520:21:54

to convince you and do some work.

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Yeah, you do. You've got your work cut out.

0:21:560:21:58

I'm disappointed, but, obviously, hopefully...

0:21:580:22:01

There's more, isn't there?

0:22:010:22:02

-..you'll be convinced by the rest of the week.

-Yeah.

0:22:020:22:05

Australian property hasn't sold Jimmy's dream to Sharday,

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so he knows he'll have to put in more effort in the week ahead if he's to

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stand a chance of getting the life he wants.

0:22:220:22:24

Back in the UK, spark Jimmy works with electricity networks.

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My job at the minute is a cable jointer,

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and that deals with any electrics

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from generation pump to your customer meter box.

0:22:370:22:41

I enjoy my job a lot.

0:22:410:22:42

Work for a good company.

0:22:420:22:43

Working 55 hours plus per week

0:22:450:22:47

allows Jimmy to double his basic salary of £28,000

0:22:470:22:51

but his relationship with Sharday isn't benefiting as much as

0:22:510:22:55

his bank balance.

0:22:550:22:56

I can hear it in her voice when she is disheartened

0:22:560:22:58

and I've rang her up at five o'clock saying,

0:22:580:23:01

"This is going to be a late one, Shard."

0:23:010:23:03

How do you save for the house as first-time buyers and a young family

0:23:030:23:07

when you don't want to put the work in?

0:23:070:23:09

Desperate to do the right thing,

0:23:090:23:11

Jimmy hopes working down under can

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afford him both the salary and family time he needs.

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Over in Australia, it's essential to find the right work-life balance.

0:23:180:23:22

That's the whole driving force behind the move, for me.

0:23:220:23:25

Jimmy knows the opportunity to explore career options in Australia

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could make or break his dream of moving.

0:23:330:23:36

We are pinning our hopes on me being able to find good work that pays

0:23:360:23:39

enough to support the family out here.

0:23:390:23:42

We've arranged for him to meet up

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with expat and field operations manager Duncan Whitfield

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at an electricity supply company in the city of Ballarat.

0:23:490:23:53

Hi, I'm Duncan Whitfield.

0:23:550:23:57

-How are you? Jimmy.

-Jimmy, pleased to meet you.

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Welcome to Powercor Citipower.

0:23:590:24:01

After a quick health and safety chat,

0:24:010:24:03

they head to the dispatch area where Jimmy's foremost concern is if his

0:24:030:24:07

skills will be recognised.

0:24:070:24:10

From what I've seen of your CV, you would need to requalify here.

0:24:100:24:13

It's not a great start.

0:24:130:24:15

But Duncan is quick to point out upskilling won't take long.

0:24:150:24:18

Typically, we employee a jointer,

0:24:180:24:21

he works under supervision while you do the training.

0:24:210:24:24

We do that in-house.

0:24:240:24:26

There is no cost to the employee.

0:24:260:24:27

Typically, when we do this with people, it takes six weeks to two months.

0:24:270:24:31

That is really positive.

0:24:310:24:33

Relieved, Jimmy asks about work hours,

0:24:330:24:36

hoping he'll be able to cut down on his UK working week.

0:24:360:24:40

The basic standard hours is 37.5 per week.

0:24:400:24:42

Yeah.

0:24:420:24:44

Most people do at least 46.

0:24:440:24:46

For special cases, if we are working on a big shutdown,

0:24:460:24:49

it could go up to 55 hours a week.

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It is entirely up to the individual's choice,

0:24:510:24:53

whether they do the work or not.

0:24:530:24:55

That is a positive thing.

0:24:550:24:57

Jimmy is impressed.

0:24:590:25:00

Meanwhile, keen to find out about the Australian education system for

0:25:000:25:05

the children, Sharday is visiting a primary school in Craigieburn,

0:25:050:25:08

north of Melbourne.

0:25:080:25:09

-Hi, Sharday.

-Euan Hughes, principal.

0:25:110:25:12

How'd you do?

0:25:120:25:14

This one's chirping a lot.

0:25:140:25:16

Principle Euan Hughes invites her to join a class of six-year-olds

0:25:160:25:20

and their teacher, Sarah Lancaster, as they learn about farm animals.

0:25:200:25:24

What are some names we could come up with?

0:25:240:25:27

-This is Sharday.

-Hi, Sharday. Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

0:25:270:25:30

We are off to the farm in a couple of weeks and the chicks are all about our life cycle.

0:25:300:25:35

I like how it's so hands-on.

0:25:350:25:37

-I love it. Cos we got to actually watch one hatch.

-Oh, really?

0:25:370:25:41

That is part of their learning journey.

0:25:410:25:43

Things that they'll remember forever now.

0:25:430:25:45

And the proof is in the pudding.

0:25:450:25:47

A chat with little Archie and Evie confirms how much the children

0:25:470:25:51

are enjoying the lesson.

0:25:510:25:52

-Do you like going here?

-Yes.

0:25:520:25:54

-Are the teachers nice?

-Yes.

-Really nice?

0:25:540:25:56

-Yes.

-Good. What's your favourite thing at the school?

0:25:560:26:00

My favourite thing is learning about the farm.

0:26:000:26:04

Where are we starting over here?

0:26:040:26:06

At the ones? All right.

0:26:060:26:07

Let's go. Nine and two.

0:26:070:26:09

Next, Sharday speaks with teacher Michelle Tedeschi about the school curriculum.

0:26:090:26:14

Our school, in particular, does have a high expectation.

0:26:140:26:17

We like to think that all of the strategies and things

0:26:170:26:21

that we are teaching,

0:26:210:26:22

they are coming from those lower years and then just being

0:26:220:26:25

built upon.

0:26:250:26:26

Back at the electricity supply company,

0:26:280:26:31

Jimmy asks the burning question.

0:26:310:26:33

Figure wise, on a basic salary, what would that be?

0:26:330:26:37

37.5 hour week, around £40,000, you would earn for that.

0:26:370:26:41

That's a...

0:26:410:26:42

Well, £12,000 more than what I'm on back at home.

0:26:420:26:46

Most people do the second option, which is roughly 46 hours a week.

0:26:460:26:52

That would equate to around £52,000.

0:26:520:26:56

And then for the top option, 55-hour week or thereabouts,

0:26:560:26:59

probably close to 70,000.

0:26:590:27:02

That is, literally, unbelievable.

0:27:020:27:04

It's a brilliant result for Jimmy,

0:27:040:27:06

providing he can actually find a job.

0:27:060:27:08

I think you have a good chance of finding work in Victoria.

0:27:080:27:11

I would encourage you to apply.

0:27:110:27:13

Duncan, I can't say how happy this day has made me.

0:27:130:27:15

It's not hard to guess how the card will fall when it comes to Jimmy's

0:27:150:27:18

choice between work in the UK or Australia.

0:27:180:27:22

After an interesting work day, it's now time to vote.

0:27:220:27:24

Australia!

0:27:260:27:27

After the workday check today, I feel over the moon.

0:27:290:27:33

This sort of news is only going to

0:27:330:27:34

be positive for the rest of the family.

0:27:340:27:36

Ecstatic how his day has gone, Jimmy can't wait to meet up with Sharday.

0:27:390:27:44

-Tell me about your day.

-It's been good.

0:27:440:27:46

The school is good...

0:27:460:27:47

-Yeah?

-The kids love it.

0:27:470:27:49

They love the teachers, they love the food, they love the playground,

0:27:490:27:53

they love life.

0:27:530:27:55

-How was your workday?

-Fantastic.

0:27:550:27:56

It only takes six weeks to...

0:27:560:27:59

-To train?

-..to get my gaps filled in and here is the best part...

0:27:590:28:02

What's the wage?

0:28:020:28:03

The wage is a £12,000 increase on a basic week.

0:28:030:28:08

I voted Australia again today.

0:28:080:28:09

-Yeah.

-Career day for me has been so good.

0:28:090:28:13

But we are only halfway through.

0:28:130:28:14

So we've still got loads more to find out.

0:28:140:28:17

I agree. I agree, but...

0:28:170:28:19

..you would do well to knock me off

0:28:200:28:22

where I'm at at the minute. I just need you to...

0:28:220:28:24

-come to that level.

-To climb up.

-Yeah.

0:28:240:28:26

Jimmy's feeling fully charged after learning he can earn more

0:28:350:28:39

and work less in Australia.

0:28:390:28:41

Giving him back the family time he's been missing out on.

0:28:410:28:45

But for it all to work out,

0:28:450:28:47

he still needs to get Sharday as excited about the country as he is.

0:28:470:28:53

Hopefully, a taste of the Australian lifestyle he's been enthusing about

0:28:530:28:57

will be enough to fuse their thinking.

0:28:570:28:59

Making the most of their time together and the Aussie sunshine,

0:29:020:29:06

the family head out to Brimbank Park in North Melbourne.

0:29:060:29:10

Why are you getting on it?

0:29:100:29:11

After a leisurely stroll,

0:29:110:29:13

dad Jimmy can't resist trying out the seesaw with baby Maia.

0:29:130:29:16

-Look at her little legs.

-I can see her face.

0:29:160:29:19

Hee-hee-hee!

0:29:200:29:22

-She's a bit worried.

-She doesn't know what to do.

0:29:230:29:25

She's, like, "Shall I cry? Shall I smile?"

0:29:250:29:28

-Or both.

-Or both.

-THEY LAUGH

0:29:280:29:30

It's been a week of ups and downs

0:29:300:29:32

with Sharday yet to cast her first vote

0:29:320:29:34

for Australia.

0:29:340:29:36

So are you starting to come round?

0:29:360:29:38

A little bit, but not too much.

0:29:390:29:41

You don't have to kill my hopes, you know. You can say, "Yeah."

0:29:410:29:44

OK. Yeah, definitely moving, yeah.

0:29:440:29:47

-That was sarcasm.

-Oh, right, yeah.

0:29:480:29:50

But Jimmy has high hopes more quality family time will be enough to sway

0:29:530:29:57

Sharday and, over lunch, reminds her what the move is all about.

0:29:570:30:01

It's the ability to be able to do this in the weather...

0:30:030:30:05

-Oh, yeah.

-And the climate, isn't it?

0:30:050:30:07

-I don't think we've ever had a picnic, ever.

-We haven't.

0:30:070:30:10

Maia? Ah!

0:30:150:30:17

And it wouldn't be a family day out without ice cream.

0:30:170:30:21

Have I got any on my face?

0:30:210:30:23

It's soon clear how much they're all enjoying a taste of Aussie living.

0:30:230:30:27

You've got that...

0:30:270:30:28

My nose smells great.

0:30:300:30:31

Of mint and cheesecake.

0:30:310:30:33

The chance to chill out together also reinforces how little time

0:30:330:30:37

they get to spend as a family back home...

0:30:370:30:40

Three more of them and you'll get there.

0:30:400:30:42

..and allows Sharday to contemplate the reality of emigrating.

0:30:420:30:46

If we are coming to Australia, then it is starting off from square one,

0:30:460:30:52

having to uproot everyone over here would be a big deal.

0:30:520:30:57

With Jimmy's work hours back home putting strain on their relationship,

0:30:570:31:00

the couple agree they need change.

0:31:000:31:03

It upsets me that the bond between me and Jimmy is breaking down.

0:31:030:31:08

We are trying to find what we can do to bring that spark back again.

0:31:080:31:11

For me, if we can make the move, the stress will be lifted.

0:31:110:31:14

The fact she's voting undecided

0:31:140:31:16

means to me that she is trying to consider

0:31:160:31:17

the things that are being presented to her.

0:31:170:31:20

But Sharday will need to see more before she can commit.

0:31:200:31:24

I need to see that the kids are going to be happy,

0:31:240:31:27

that's my main concern.

0:31:270:31:29

I just need to see that over here is going to be ten times better

0:31:290:31:33

than what we can get in the UK.

0:31:330:31:35

The couple will soon have to decide where their family's future really

0:31:350:31:38

does lie but, for now,

0:31:380:31:40

will the day have done enough to see both Jimmy and Sharday choosing

0:31:400:31:44

lifestyle in Australia over the UK?

0:31:440:31:47

After lifestyle day, it's now time to vote.

0:31:470:31:49

-Australia.

-Undecided.

0:31:530:31:55

There is no surprise with that whatsoever for me.

0:31:550:31:58

What are you after? What is going to say, "Right...?"

0:31:580:32:00

I don't know. I don't know.

0:32:000:32:02

But when you see it, you'll know?

0:32:020:32:04

But, yeah, when I get that feeling of, "this is great,"

0:32:040:32:08

then I'll pick here. I can't put a finger on why.

0:32:080:32:11

I just keep on thinking there's nothing that's going to be good enough

0:32:110:32:14

to show you to say, "Yeah, this is going to be for us."

0:32:140:32:17

A second undecided vote from Sharday has not gone down well with Jimmy.

0:32:240:32:28

With only days left to convince her to buy into his dream,

0:32:290:32:32

he is now hoping a look at their potential finances in Australia will

0:32:320:32:37

be enough to increase her enthusiasm for a move.

0:32:370:32:39

Right, here we go, Shard...

0:32:410:32:43

..the truth.

0:32:440:32:45

While baby Maia is sleeping, the couple sit down to crunch figures.

0:32:460:32:50

To help, we've provided a breakdown of living expenses,

0:32:500:32:53

starting with their weekly food shop.

0:32:530:32:55

Peppers are £2.13 more expensive.

0:32:560:33:00

-Just be getting one pepper then.

-Yeah, they're going to have to come out of the shopping, aren't they?

0:33:000:33:04

Ready meals, £2.40 more expensive.

0:33:040:33:07

Mind you, I think with me being home earlier...

0:33:070:33:10

-Yeah.

-..we wouldn't have to do so many ready meals anyway, would we?

0:33:100:33:13

A tot up of the sums reveals they'd spend just £6 more on food every week.

0:33:130:33:19

-I thought it would be more. Way more.

-I'm happy you're being so positive.

0:33:190:33:22

It's a step in the right direction.

0:33:220:33:24

Next, the couple look at mortgage costs,

0:33:240:33:26

basing repayment figures on the second house they viewed.

0:33:260:33:30

£583 worse off, plus your shopping, to start off.

0:33:300:33:34

Adding up.

0:33:340:33:35

Jimmy is hoping the other monthly bills might help him rebalance the books.

0:33:360:33:40

Fuel costs, this is more my work than anything, is 400 in the UK.

0:33:410:33:46

And, then, that's minus £74 in Australia.

0:33:460:33:50

I can buy a gas guzzling monster.

0:33:500:33:52

-A truck.

-Yeah, like a truck.

0:33:520:33:54

Despite the higher mortgage,

0:33:550:33:57

the sums reveal they'd only be paying around £170 more every month

0:33:570:34:02

and when they take into account Jimmy's potential to earn over £600 more,

0:34:020:34:07

things don't look bad at all.

0:34:070:34:09

-That's a lot of money.

-Are you smiling?

0:34:100:34:13

My face is going to crack.

0:34:130:34:15

Good to see you smile.

0:34:150:34:17

That's, like, based on a 60-hour week back in the UK.

0:34:170:34:20

This is a 46-hour week that he told me.

0:34:200:34:22

-So less.

-I'd be earning this money on.

0:34:220:34:24

-Yeah.

-That is incredible.

0:34:240:34:26

-Yeah.

-I'd be spending more time at home with the kids.

0:34:260:34:29

And considering I'd be working less, and earning more, I think...

0:34:290:34:34

..I'm on the next plane.

0:34:350:34:37

When they subtract their outgoings,

0:34:370:34:39

the figures show they'd be around

0:34:390:34:41

£200 better off in Australia every month.

0:34:410:34:44

But, surprisingly, Jimmy doesn't look impressed.

0:34:440:34:48

-Are you not happy?

-No, not really, no.

-Why not?

0:34:480:34:52

I just thought it would be more.

0:34:520:34:53

I thought with the wage increase going up massively,

0:34:530:34:55

the petrol bill coming down...

0:34:550:34:57

I thought I would have seen a bit more of my money, that's all.

0:34:580:35:01

-I think it's good.

-It's been an interesting exercise,

0:35:020:35:06

so when it comes to choosing between finances in Australia and the UK,

0:35:060:35:10

what will the couple decide?

0:35:100:35:12

After an up and down reality check day, it's now time to vote.

0:35:120:35:16

-Undecided.

-Australia.

0:35:200:35:21

I pick Australia and then you pick undecided.

0:35:230:35:27

Based on £209 a month, I can't see us doing the move.

0:35:270:35:33

Wouldn't you rather be here in Australia, earning more,

0:35:330:35:36

than over in the UK?

0:35:360:35:37

I'd still be better off but it's £209 a month better off. You know?

0:35:370:35:42

-Is that not enough?

-It's not enough for me.

0:35:420:35:44

But I'm happy you voted Aussie!

0:35:440:35:46

I voted Australia and you've done...

0:35:460:35:49

-It's your first one of the week!

-I know. And you're not sure!

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The finances have fallen short of Jimmy's expectations,

0:35:560:35:59

leaving him questioning his own dream.

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And in a turning of the tables,

0:36:020:36:04

Sharday's now lodged her first vote for Australia.

0:36:040:36:07

But as they sit down to watch messages from loved ones,

0:36:070:36:11

will her new-found optimism be short-lived?

0:36:110:36:14

Here we go.

0:36:160:36:17

TOGETHER: Hi.

0:36:190:36:21

Hi, it's Dina, Nanny.

0:36:210:36:23

I hope you're having a good time out there and enjoying yourself.

0:36:230:36:26

James is the live wire.

0:36:260:36:29

He can be a little bit unpredictable, so I hope

0:36:290:36:31

Australia's ready for him.

0:36:310:36:34

Shard, she is very soft-hearted,

0:36:340:36:37

she'll please others more than please herself at times.

0:36:370:36:41

Yeah, I'm proud of her. Very proud of her.

0:36:410:36:43

He's always been kind of keen to go to Australia and, obviously,

0:36:450:36:48

with his family now, I think it would really help him to go

0:36:480:36:51

and settle down and, hopefully,

0:36:510:36:53

make a good life for him and the family.

0:36:530:36:56

If they moved to Australia,

0:36:580:37:00

I'm going to miss my daughter and the grandchildren and Jimmy very,

0:37:000:37:03

very much.

0:37:030:37:04

Probably more than they will know.

0:37:050:37:07

If they really do move to Australia, I'm going to miss them.

0:37:080:37:11

There will be a huge hole.

0:37:110:37:13

We are such a close family

0:37:130:37:15

that it will seem very, very strange.

0:37:150:37:17

I'd miss him quite a bit, actually.

0:37:170:37:19

I mean, I've had 24 years of him next to me,

0:37:190:37:22

so for him to be on the other side of the world all of a sudden will be a big shock.

0:37:220:37:25

I'd love them to stay here, in my heart of hearts.

0:37:250:37:27

I don't want them to go.

0:37:270:37:29

It would leave a big hole in my life if they moved halfway around the world.

0:37:300:37:35

But then, again,

0:37:350:37:36

you know...

0:37:360:37:37

..life is life at the end of the day.

0:37:390:37:41

Wherever she is, I'll still be her mum and I'll always be there for her

0:37:410:37:44

and the children and Jimmy.

0:37:440:37:46

I'm really hoping that you choose the UK but I totally understand if

0:37:470:37:52

Australia gives you more options and a better life.

0:37:520:37:56

Decision time, now, I suppose,

0:37:560:37:58

but all I'd say is, if it's going to

0:37:580:38:00

better you staying out there, then don't come back.

0:38:000:38:04

We are really supportive of whichever option you want to choose

0:38:040:38:07

and we'll be seeing you either way, whether it's in Australia or back here.

0:38:070:38:10

So just make the right choice for you.

0:38:100:38:13

I'll miss the whole lot of you, really,

0:38:150:38:18

but it's not my life, it's your life.

0:38:180:38:20

And you've got to do what you feel is best for the family, James.

0:38:200:38:25

So just make the right decision.

0:38:250:38:26

We are going to miss you so much.

0:38:280:38:30

But I wish you all the best.

0:38:310:38:34

I'm just going to miss you. But good luck on your voyage.

0:38:340:38:36

Love you to bits.

0:38:380:38:39

Pff.

0:38:400:38:42

SHE CRIES

0:38:430:38:47

It's all right.

0:38:470:38:48

Dad only said one thing and that got me.

0:38:530:38:56

I knew it would.

0:38:560:38:57

I don't think my mum would fly over here as much as your family would.

0:38:570:39:02

Then I see her upset and she never said anything.

0:39:020:39:06

She's not said a lot about that before, has she?

0:39:100:39:12

She's right though, you do always look after others before yourself.

0:39:150:39:19

But you got to stop looking after everyone else, you got to start looking after us.

0:39:230:39:27

Sharday's been undecided about her future in Australia for the biggest

0:39:330:39:37

part of the week.

0:39:370:39:38

And messages from home haven't helped as she now fears her family

0:39:380:39:43

may never make the trip to visit if her and Jimmy do decide to move.

0:39:430:39:48

As their trial week draws to a close,

0:39:480:39:50

are the odds on Jimmy's dream coming true less than favourable?

0:39:500:39:54

Before her trial week in Australia,

0:40:000:40:02

Sharday had never travelled outside of the UK and seven days living on

0:40:020:40:07

the other side of the world has left her fearful for the future.

0:40:070:40:10

I feel majorly under pressure,

0:40:120:40:14

as Jimmy's got his work and that sorted out but with me it's more

0:40:140:40:19

about the kids and whether or not my family are going to come and visit.

0:40:190:40:24

It's mixed emotions really.

0:40:240:40:26

A lot to think about.

0:40:260:40:28

Despite being the driving force behind the dream of emigrating,

0:40:280:40:32

it hasn't all been plain sailing for Jimmy either.

0:40:320:40:35

My emotions through the week, I sort of rose up on property day,

0:40:350:40:38

it peaked at job day when I found out the wage,

0:40:380:40:41

and, then, I sort of sunk a little bit on the reality check day.

0:40:410:40:46

But I think, overall, I think I know that if we are better off,

0:40:460:40:51

it can only be a positive thing.

0:40:510:40:52

Adding to both their concerns is the custodial issues they could face

0:40:520:40:56

with Sharday's older daughter, which they know would make a move difficult.

0:40:560:41:00

If Shard wants to come to Australia,

0:41:000:41:02

then we've got massive problems with how we are going to approach

0:41:020:41:06

that subject, so it isn't a done deal if Shard votes Australia.

0:41:060:41:10

Sharday needs to be certain it would be right for the whole family.

0:41:100:41:13

I want to know 1,000% that it's going to be the right choice for all of us.

0:41:160:41:21

So, as their last vote approaches,

0:41:210:41:24

the pressure's on to make a decision that will benefit everyone.

0:41:240:41:27

It's not a vote for my dream,

0:41:270:41:29

it's a vote for this is what I think our family needs.

0:41:290:41:34

Sharday knows her final choice could destroy her relationship too.

0:41:340:41:39

I don't want to split us up as a family unit but if I feel that's

0:41:390:41:45

the right thing to do, then I'll have to do it.

0:41:450:41:47

With the stakes so high,

0:41:480:41:50

the couple now have to choose which path they'll take.

0:41:500:41:53

Will it be Australia or the UK?

0:41:530:41:56

After a fantastic week in Australia, well, for me anyway,

0:41:570:42:01

it's now time to do the final vote.

0:42:010:42:02

-Australia.

-Undecided.

0:42:120:42:15

I knew you'd do it.

0:42:150:42:16

I didn't think you was going to pick Australia.

0:42:160:42:19

Because back when we were doing the pricing, and that,

0:42:190:42:22

I thought you were going to be undecided.

0:42:220:42:25

I think what made me decide was after watching the friends and family video...

0:42:250:42:29

That they'll be happy knowing that what...

0:42:290:42:31

That they would back me to do what I thought was right.

0:42:310:42:34

For me, I need to think about it a bit more.

0:42:340:42:38

I know we've got stuff to sort out.

0:42:380:42:39

But I think voting undecided isn't a no,

0:42:410:42:43

so that means your mind isn't made up.

0:42:430:42:45

I just need more time to think, that's all it is.

0:42:450:42:49

I need a little bit more time than you to think everything through.

0:42:490:42:52

I respect that.

0:42:520:42:53

Despite giving it his best shot,

0:42:590:43:01

Jimmy's efforts to sell Australia to Sharday haven't paid off

0:43:010:43:06

as she can't bring herself to commit to the idea of moving.

0:43:060:43:09

There could be lots more discussions ahead but wherever the family go on

0:43:090:43:14

to call home, we wish them all the very best.

0:43:140:43:17

Jimmy has been dreaming of a move to Australia ever since he visited the country in his teens. Now with a young family, he believes he would achieve a better work-life balance there.

Jimmy is hoping a week in Melbourne will convince his partner Sharday, who has never left the UK, that their future lies down under.