Zoe Mehra dreams of a new life in Sydney. Though there is well-paid work for painter-decorator husband Peel, will that be enough to tempt him? Presented by Nicki Chapman.
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Hello and welcome to Wanted Down Under,
the show that catapults a British family right across to the other side of the world
to help them make the biggest decision of their life.
Peel and Zoe Mehra have big dreams for baby Archie
and they all include the sun, sand, sea and surf Down Under.
But the reality of house-hunting in Australia comes as a great shock.
-We could move in here...
-It is, but us, we'd have to spend money on it.
I'd want to modernise the kitchen and bathroom.
And have they really thought about how their move
to the other side of the world would affect their loved ones?
I think we'd miss Archie more than anything in the world. He is lovely.
He's my world, he really is.
It's just really hard.
So will their idea of the Australian dream tempt the Mehra family to go where they're Wanted Down Under?
With the economy competing with the weather for the gloomiest forecast to the UK, it's not surprising that
the Mehras are tempted by the sunny blue skies of Australia.
If you're under 45 and with a skill that's in demand, you could be packing your bags
for a new life Down Under, but what goes into making such a massive, life-changing decision?
We've put the dreams of 20 more British families on the line,
as they face the reality of a new life Down Under.
But, after just one week, they'll have to vote -
do they stay in the UK or do they move to Australia?
Peel and Zoe Mehra and baby Archie are about to leave their home in Warwickshire to discover
if Zoe's long-held dream of moving the family to Australia could become a reality.
It was my decision to move to Australia, because
I went travelling there after I was a graduate from university and it just seemed so relaxed and so calm.
Everybody just seemed so less stressed than they are in England.
While Zoe's heart is set on a move Down Under,
she's got to persuade Peel, who's yet to be convinced about leaving the UK behind.
As a self-employed painter and decorator,
he works six days a week just to make ends meet, leaving little time to spend with his new family.
For me, working six days is a necessity, really.
I could do with spending more time with Archie, because by the time
I get in from work, especially if I've been to quote jobs,
it's usually anything between 6pm and 7pm sometimes, and he gets to bed at 7pm, so I do miss out a lot.
I'd really like us to be able to spend some time outdoors and maybe
do some different, fun things together as a family, because Peel doesn't get a chance to do that here.
The eldest of three girls, Zoe would be leaving her close-knit family,
who all still live in her parents' pub in a nearby village.
I would find it really hard to say goodbye to my family and friends.
My family have been fantastic ever since I've had Archie. My mother was there at the birth.
She loves him dearly and I think it would be really hard for me to take that away from her.
It's... There isn't words to describe how she feels about having him in her life,
erm...but...I've got to do this... for my family now.
She'd say she doesn't rely on them, but they're always there for her.
If we went there, I think she'd miss them a lot more than she'd tell you.
Peel's family connections are even closer to home.
Peel's very close to his family.
We've got his mother living with us, so we see her every day
and he takes very good care of her and looks after her really well.
To be honest with you, she's quite against it.
I've mentioned to her that we're gonna go on this trip
as more of a recce than anything else, to see how we get on.
-I haven't put into concrete that we might actually go.
I don't know whether he would come back and look at his mother and think, "I can't leave her."
With so much at stake, Peel would have to be absolutely convinced before agreeing to such a big move.
I'd like to say I could do it, but I'm not very impulsive.
I'd need to be totally won over to do something like that.
Will Australia live up to Zoe's memories
and will Peel fall in love with it enough to give up his life in the UK
and start again Down Under?
I don't really want to spend the rest of my life here, if I'm honest.
I would actually like to end my days in Australia - or I think I do at the moment.
The Mehra family have so much to think about in considering a move to Australia.
To help them discover whether it can live up to their expectations,
we gave them a trial run of life in Sydney for one week.
We have three different lifestyles for the family to sample -
one in the country, one in the city and one on the coast,
each with an offer of a job and a brand-new way of life for them to enjoy on their budget.
First, let's take a look at the country lifestyle.
Sydney's countryside is full of exciting wildlife and there are
plenty of parks to work out in, walk your dog, even play golf.
For around £300,000 to £400,000,
you could buy a spacious, chic and quirky three-bedroomed home.
Heck, there are even converted churches in the country!
This option comes with a painting job at a small family company.
Stuart Dopper is keen to tell us more.
My mum does all our paperwork and office duties.
My dad basically does nothing but stand around, drink coffee, eat biscuits and yell at the boys.
Myself and the boys always love the challenge
of drinking a new Pommy under the table when they arrive.
Give us a call when you're out here. We look forward to seeing you soon.
So that was the kind of lifestyle they could expect in the country,
but what might be possible in the city on their budget?
Sydney is a whirlwind of colour and glitz.
From the imposing Opera House to the Harbour Bridge,
there's plenty to do and see.
Apartment living will keep you immersed in the metropolis -
but, be warned, this city ain't cheap.
A sizable family flat will set you back around £300,000.
This city-based decorating company specialises in commercial jobs
and comes with a basic salary of £20,000.
John Carlachi is the state manager.
There can be two to 22 painters on any project,
which instils a great sense of camaraderie in our organisation.
Apart from the wonderful climate Sydney offers, there are a great range of things to do.
In fact, only on the weekend, I took my family out on the river for a bit of fishing and some swimming.
If what I've talked about today interests you, give us a call.
It looks like they could shape up pretty well in the city, but what about a new life on the coast?
Sydney's glorious coastline is known the world over.
Offering so much to do, from surfing to paragliding,
these sunny beaches are perfect for the whole family.
Although apartment living will keep you on the coast,
affordable family homes, priced between £300,000 and £350,000,
are a short drive away.
A painting job at this award-winning decorating company
will earn you a base salary of around £25,000.
Boss Marek, originally from Poland, specialises in prestigious waterside properties.
I'm looking for all the time new members and, whenever I know
it's someone coming from England, is giving already big credit for him.
So, Peel, if you're really good, as I think, just give me a buzz.
There's plenty of work here and definitely we can make a good deal.
I'm waiting for you.
So there's the countryside of New South Wales,
with its wide-open spaces for all the family,
or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney, with its beautiful harbour,
or the coast, with its golden beaches and sparkling surf.
Three very different possibilities for our family to try, so which one did we decide would suit them best?
Zoe's dream is to live by the sea, so we've
chosen the coastal option in Sydney for their trial week in Australia.
22 hours later, they emerge on the other side of the planet at Sydney Airport.
With high hopes for the week ahead, Zoe and Peel are raring to go.
Our family are staying in the beachside suburb of Coogee in a two-bedroom apartment.
Wow, look at the view!
Look at that!
With stunning ocean views.
-It's unbelievable! It's breathtaking, actually.
I didn't expect it to be like this. It's brilliant.
-Do you like it?
Ahh, even Archie's loving the view.
The apartment occupies the ground floor of a larger house, but Peel
can't take his eyes off the view.
Plenty of light. We've got a good view as well.
That's what you're here for, the view. It's beautiful.
I think you like, Arch.
The flat only has two bedrooms, but even
a small apartment like this in Coogee will cost around 600,000,
or roughly £300,000.
It's beautifully finished, but it's the view that's the star attraction.
-See yourself here?
-YOU could definitely. You're already here, aren't you?
Dragging themselves away from the window for a minute,
it's time to take stock.
The places we stopped are so far flung, it really made me think we're a long way from home.
When you get to Bangkok and you've got another eight hours, I was like, "Crikey!"
When you're looking at that map changing on the plane, it really sinks in how far away you are.
Which reminds them why they're here and what the priorities are for the week ahead.
It needs to be financially viable, as much as I'd love to do it.
-As much it's a dream of mine, it has to be financially viable.
-You don't want to come here and be broke.
Naturally, Zoe's vision of a new life Down Under
includes her ideal house.
Possibly a beautiful view like this.
Obviously, this is a very expensive view.
A pool, open-plan new-build...
Yeah, that'd be it.
You do remember what property we've got to sell?!
I know, but that's the dream property, and then I suppose you work downwards.
But is their dream of a home near the beach realistic, with Sydney house prices?
There's a lot to reflect on
and tomorrow they'll find out if they could afford to live here.
In the UK, Zoe and Peel live in a three-bedroom detached house
on a small estate in central Warwickshire.
Inside, it's a showcase of Peel's decorative skills.
However, a growing family and rising mortgage payments
mean he has to work six days a week to maintain their lifestyle.
Zoe's dream is to live by the sea
but, in Sydney, a beachside property is the ultimate address
and comes with a price tag to match -
the nearer to the beach, the higher the cost.
So, using the Mehras' budget of £150,000 as a deposit,
we've lined up three houses for them to view
within 20 minutes of the beach.
The first is in the popular suburb of Belrose.
This three-bedroom home is on the market for 750,000.
That's around £370,000, depending on exchange rates.
Estate agent Joshua Keefe is there to greet them.
Nice to meet you.
It's a typical Aussie bungalow and could do with
a bit of updating, but somehow I don't think
that's what Zoe has in mind.
She's been dreaming of a modern, open-plan new-build.
It's nice but it's dated, isn't it?
Yeah, it is a bit. It's nice and light, though, isn't it?
Yeah, but it would need some... modernising, I think.
It's other people's taste. You've got to put your own stamp on it.
There's a second living room overlooking the garden
and leading out to a big deck, but Zoe's looking unimpressed.
-Not too much lawn to cut...
The garden's small and there's no pool, and even this property,
with all its shortcomings, would mean taking on a huge mortgage.
It's 750, isn't it? I think we're
kind of looking more at 550 or something.
It depends what we sell ours for, doesn't it?
So you just don't know. But it is very nice.
Their dream of mortgage-free living is impossible
if they want to live this close to the beach.
-This is obviously what you're getting for your money, isn't it?
-This is still out of our price range.
If this is 750, what's what you're gonna get for what we're looking at?
-I suppose it depends on salaries...
-We want to work less hard, don't we?
Yeah, that's the idea.
Zoe is shocked at the high price of this property
and tackles estate agent Joshua.
Is this area quite an affluent area?
Cos it seems, to be fair, this house is probably a little bit out of our price range.
We've most probably got about 500, haven't we?
500, 550, yeah.
Being close to the beach and everything, it's ideal for families.
Basically, when you look at this home, you're getting a home
that you don't have to spend anything
and it's ready to move straight in.
-I tend to disagree that it's ready to move in to.
-You could move in it.
It is, but, for us, we'd have to spend money on it.
I'd want to modernise the kitchen and bathroom, which are the main things that are costly.
She's looking at a property really that we haven't got to change the kitchen and bathroom.
If this property was more modern and had a new bathroom and kitchen,
obviously there would be a higher price.
The reality of Sydney house prices has left them feeling deflated.
Let's see if the next property picks them up.
It's in the same area, and is on the market for 720,000,
or about £360,000.
It's slightly cheaper
due to the fact that it's a smaller plot on a main road.
Spirits are immediately lifted.
The modern funky interior is much more their style.
This is nice.
This is more what I was thinking about. It's beautiful. Open plan.
There's a spacious living area.
Nice dining area.
And an open-plan kitchen.
The bright and airy first bedroom is downstairs.
This is nice. This has got the en-suite bathroom as well.
It's quite vintage-looking.
There's even something to remind them of home.
I like the fact that you've got stairs to go up to, as well.
-No, I didn't fancy a bungalow.
Upstairs is the light-filled master bedroom.
I love all the whole whitewashed effect.
-It looks quite beachy, doesn't it?
-Yeah, it does.
And a colourful children's room.
Look, Arch. Little baby's room. Look at that carpet.
Have a little rest on there.
Oh, this is sweet.
Nice big room.
It's much better than the last property, isn't it?
It is. Much more appealing to us.
-I wonder why it's cheaper?
-Maybe it's because it's on a main road.
OK, the main road is not ideal,
but is this more the kind of place they're looking for?
I could definitely see myself living in a house like this.
It's quite a quaint, modern little place, quite pretty.
It is the sort of thing I envisaged.
Has this house restored their hopes of finding a home in Sydney?
It's still not my idea of what I wanted.
But I think what I'm looking for we're not going to be able to afford, realistically.
I think from the views that I have in my mind of what I would like
as a perfect Australian home... are unrealistic.
Yeah, I think the prices are higher than what we were expecting.
It's back to earth with a bump.
They love the house, but not enough to double their mortgage.
Zoe and Peel's idea of the perfect Aussie home is a modern new-build
with a garden and preferably a pool.
Property number three may not have the pool, but it is new-ish.
This four-bedroomed house is the most expensive yet.
At 790,000, or nearly £400,000,
this would be something to aspire to.
They would both need to work if they were to afford the hefty mortgage.
But they could move straight in.
Oh, this is nice.
Nice and airy, isn't it?
Nice area to dine, which is what we haven't got at home.
-Oh, wow, look at the garden.
-It's much bigger, isn't it?
-I like the kitchen as well.
-It is the best one we've seen, definitely, isn't it?
This house is ticking all the boxes.
Could it be Zoe's dream home?
Oh, wow, this is lovely.
It's got a balcony on each side.
I can't believe how big this bedroom is.
You could only dream of a bedroom like this at home.
The four bedrooms are upstairs, and all with plenty of room.
Nice big bedrooms, aren't they? They're all good-sized bedrooms.
Oh, yeah. You can't believe it, can you?
Some even have views of next door's pool.
I didn't notice that.
-We'd have to make friends with them, wouldn't we?
At this price, you'd have to,
because it would be a stretch to build your own.
It's really nice, isn't it?
You'd never afford it straight off. You don't want a 150-grand mortgage.
That's double what we've got now.
Come here to be better off, not worse off.
Zoe's got that faraway look in her eye.
But she's not going to let go of her vision that easily.
If we upscale in the UK, we'd end up having a bigger mortgage, regardless.
And we would never, ever, get anything like this in the UK.
Not as beautiful, and the grassland as big as this.
-You can only afford what you can afford, Zo.
-I know, but...
This one's out of your bracket.
By a long way, I would say.
A hell of a long way.
Tap your dad up when we get back!
Get him to sell a corner of the pub.
Well, a girl can dream,
but it would mean they'd both have to bring in a decent wage.
The price of Sydney property has been a huge shock.
Property one was too old.
Property two was on a busy road.
And the third house was way out of their reach.
So, how will they vote on property?
Which is the best, the UK or Oz?
My vote for houses in Australia based on what we've seen today...
And my vote is...
I'm looking for a pretty much brand-new house, something we don't have to do any work to,
something that's got a pool, and I don't think that we're going to find that for
anything that we can afford to pay in and around Sydney, so...
it's just, er...too much.
With houses in Sydney proving far more expensive than expected,
it's vital that Peel finds work to help pay the bills.
But how easy would that be?
Peel's spending the day with
a local painting and decorating company
to compare his work in the UK with how it could be Down Under.
He meets the boss, Marek.
Having moved to Sydney from Poland ten years ago,
Marek now runs a busy decorating business,
and is always on the lookout for skilled tradesmen to join his team.
I'm looking for the good painters.
If you are one of them, definitely I won't let you go back to England.
Marek introduces Peel to site foreman Keith.
At last, a chance to meet a local.
-This is Keith, the foreman on the site.
-How are you doing, mate?
-How are you doing?
-That's a local accent! Where are you from, Cardiff?
Cardiff boy, born and bred.
Maybe not! Marek leaves them to it, and Peel starts quizzing Keith about life Down Under.
I've been over here now for two years.
-It's great stuff. Really enjoy it.
-You have got the old environment, haven't you?
-The weather's beautiful. The start of spring.
-20-odd degrees today.
Is that my paint there? What are we doing?
We just want to tidy up these.
While Peel gets to work, Zoe's doing some job research of her own.
If they're going to afford the beachside lifestyle of their dreams,
both of them will need to work.
In the UK, Zoe's studying photography, and she'd love to turn this passion into a career.
She's meeting professional photographer Justin McIntosh to get some advice.
So, you want to be a photographer someday?
I would like to, yeah.
Well, welcome to the studio.
While Justin shows Zoe around the studio, Peel wastes no time
in asking Keith about work prospects in Sydney.
Looking at work's important to me. I want to know what it's like.
-There's plenty of work over here.
-That's what I was going to ask.
-There really honestly is.
If you're willing to work, you'll never be out of work.
-What are the wages like?
-I'm probably earning roughly around 1,200-1,500 bucks, dollars, a week.
-1,500 a week?
-Yeah, 12, 15.
Really? So, over 600 quid, then?
Roughly round about that, about five and a half, six hundred.
That's roughly £31,000 a year, about the same as Peel earns in the UK.
We're coming here so I don't have to work six days a week, and we can spend more time with the little one.
We're called the Tradies.
-Seven till 3.30, and hopefully an early finish on a Friday.
That's just the kind of work-life balance he's looking for,
and Keith's convinced that Peel should give Australia a go.
You've got to give yourself a chance. You've got to give it a go.
You worry that if you don't like it then you've sold up at home.
Well, you've got the other dilemma.
If you don't come over here, you're always going to be thinking about it. "Why didn't I do this?"
But if you come here and give it a try and it doesn't work out for you, you've tried it.
Keith's certainly giving Peel a lot to think about.
Keith, I'm done, mate.
You are, are you?
-Time for a break. Or a smoke-o, as they call it over here.
Back at the photography studio, Zoe is picking up some valuable tips from Justin.
So, this is one of my wedding albums.
This is up at the Hunter Valley, which is a wine-growing region not far from Sydney.
I like the fact that it's all so candid and so natural.
When you're looking back at your wedding photos, you can actually see what your day was like.
These days, you can't just be average.
You have to strive to be better than that.
Having a thick skin helps, because you will get clients who won't like your work.
And you have to...
evolve and work around...
And how would you deal with that?
If you've done an album for somebody, say, and they are really not happy?
I don't just present the album to them and say, "Here it is."
Prior to this, we have had several meetings designing an album and planning an album.
So it's never a complete...
The finished product
at this stage is not a surprise.
So, Zoe's learning a lot, too.
Back at work, Peel continues to grill Keith on his inside knowledge.
It did throw me, the prices of the houses, the ones we saw yesterday.
Like you said, the high sevens, 800,000. It's not the kind of budget we were looking at.
We wanted something modern, but not spending that sort of money.
The place I am, Prospect, a new housing site there has gone up,
-and I'm sure you can buy houses there for less than 400.
-So they're new builds?
-They're new builds.
-So what would you be looking at there for 400 grand?
A three- or four-bedroom house.
-That sounds good. So, 400,000 Australian?
That's encouraging. Affordable housing could make all the difference.
Peel wants to know everything, and you can't blame him.
We're talking about moving to the other side of the world.
It's just such a big thing. There's so much to think about. You're bringing your whole life here.
It's a massive move. It's a life-changing one.
But you've got to treat it as an adventure as well.
Give yourself a minimum of two years. Give yourself two years.
Keith's enthusiasm for life Down Under seems to have struck a chord with Peel.
But how is Zoe getting on back at Justin's studio?
He's lent her a camera, and she's putting what she's learnt into practice.
Photo session over, Zoe's got some great shots.
But she's thinking about Peel.
If he doesn't find that work fulfils his expectations, the move could be in jeopardy.
I'm feeling quite apprehensive about his work experience going well today.
It is going to be a huge deciding factor to him, whether it goes well.
If it goes well, then brilliant, it's a few pluses in my corner.
But if it doesn't, then...
we won't be coming.
So, how will Peel vote on work?
Does he prefer his job at home or could he see himself working here in Oz?
It is a close-run thing with money and stuff, but...
I think the sunshine sways it for me, so my vote for working, UK or Australia...
It swung it for me a bit talking to Keith, because he's an expat.
You find out a lot more from people there who know what you're going through, thinking about moving.
I think he put me at ease a bit, about the house prices and stuff
and what he's looking to buy and how much money he's earning, so...
And obviously, if you do it yourself, you could earn even more.
So it's all right. It is all right.
It's a big gut wrench, though, but...maybe it will be better.
That's one for Zoe. Is Peel beginning to see
the advantages of life Down Under?
Peel and Zoe hope that a move Down Under would offer them
the outdoor lifestyle they dream of.
They've been blown away by Sydney's coastline.
And Peel was pleasantly surprised by his work experience.
But Sydney house prices were a huge shock.
-You can only afford what you can afford, Zo.
-I know, but...
This one's out of your bracket, by a long way.
And how would they cope when the reality of moving to Australia kicks in?
I want this so much, I really, really want to come, but I don't know whether I can leave my family.
I really don't.
For Zoe and Peel, making this decision is proving the biggest challenge of their lives.
The Mehras want to spend more time together as a family,
and are hoping a move Down Under will help them achieve this.
But what exactly does the Aussie lifestyle have to offer?
Sydney's beaches are studded with spectacular coastal walks,
and this one between Coogee and Bondi is right on their doorstep.
As they take in the view,
Peel spots a cunning way of reducing their mortgage.
That's a cracking piece of real estate, isn't it?
-Fair play. He looks happy, though, doesn't he?
-Yeah, I know.
You won't get insurance on that place, mate.
It's a spectacular walk, but how does it compare to an afternoon in Warwickshire?
It's a free thing. You've got to utilise it, haven't you?
It's put there by nature.
It doesn't cost you anything to walk down the beach.
To have it on your doorstep, to fully appreciate it, make the most of it.
Like we used to grow up kicking a football around, he could grow up down the beach doing it.
But would Peel really want Archie to grow up as a little Aussie surfer with no attachments to the UK?
You have to teach him about his roots, where he's from.
You can't just forget. It's a bit like me with Mum and Dad.
When India were playing cricket,
if India were playing England, I'd always want England to win.
But if India were playing someone else, then I'd want India to win.
He'll be the same, I think. Which one he chose for his first team, it's up to him, really!
As long as they've got three lions on!
The idea of, erm, living in Australia has become more of a...
a realistic conversation now, and it's kind of hit home more as to...
-our thoughts...of coming over here and...
-It's not just a dream now, you can have a look.
No, if we'd made the move and we were sat here, and it was just the three of us, it's frightening,
cos it's just the three of us.
Yeah, but if you've come that far, if you've made that move, you'd be sitting here happy.
Because we'd both have to do it 100%, or not at all.
I couldn't go on it 50-60%, cos it wouldn't work.
You've got to come here and like...
you've got to block out what's at home, not think about it too much, think about what's ahead,
and not when you're gonna see your family and friends again.
Cos it might not be for a while.
The reality of leaving family on the other side of the world
is a major issue for both Peel and Zoe.
But it's not like you're never gonna see these people again.
Oh, no. But you can't expect people to come and see you.
-It's a helluva long way, Zo.
-Opportunity for a free holiday, they'll come!
It's also what it costs them to get here and stuff. It's not like you're going to Devon.
You've just got to bite the bullet, deal with the homesickness at the start, cos you're gonna get that.
No, I'm not feeling homesick. I don't know, I just...
I think, if we came, I'd deal with it better than you.
Yeah, you must probably would.
But I think if we came all this way, I think we would...
I know I would make more of an effort to...
take it all in, try and spend more time together as a family.
Australia's great outdoors is living up to Zoe's memories,
and Peel seems to like it, too, so how will they vote on lifestyle?
We've done the walk from Coogee to Bondi, we've seen the ups and downs of the hills and the cliffs,
and we've looked at Bondi Beach, seen a bit of the outdoor life.
So my vote for Britain or Australia would be...
And my vote will be...
The Mehras' week on the Sydney coastline is nearly at an end -
has life Down Under lived up to their expectations?
It's been an amazing time, we've had a fantastic time.
And I just think to myself, this is what I want, I want to do this.
But, whilst they love it, they can't forget who they'd be leaving behind.
For Peel it's his mother, who's already told him that she doesn't want them to leave.
She told me not to move,
not for her own reasons, nothing selfish about it.
Cos she's done it. She moved from India to England in '65 or whatever, and she said don't do it.
But that's her personal opinion. She loved India, she wishes she'd stayed there.
Peel is torn. He loves the UK, but the week has opened his eyes to the possibilities of a life Down Under.
I don't know. It gets a bit dreary, doesn't it, at home?
-The winter's long and the summers are bad and...
But now it's Zoe who's troubled by leaving the UK behind.
It's a huge, huge step.
What I'm concerned about is possibly...
uprooting us all and then me getting terribly homesick.
To the point where - Peel has already said this - I don't want to be here any more.
And not being able to go back to our country purely because we can't afford it.
We wouldn't be able to, cos what we'd sell our house for...
That's why I think we should never sell immediately, we should rent
for at least 12-18 months to see whether we can settle here.
If you do it, you do it, that's it. You can't just...
Cos you're kind of half-heartedly going into it if you rent your house.
No, I don't... I totally disagree.
You're just giving yourself a lifeline, you're not half-heartedly going into it at all, I disagree.
I think you're just making sure that you're doing the right thing. You don't...
You don't buy a flippin' £20,000 car without test-driving it, do you?
That's like somebody staying with their ex-partner on the side until they're happy with somebody else!
-It's not. I think it is.
If you can afford to keep your house on rent, fine, but we can't.
Well, no-one said it was going to be easy.
With so much to consider, it's not surprising that tempers fray.
So, a week of ups and downs for the Mehras,
but now it's time to face the emotional cost of leaving the UK.
Here are some messages from their loved ones back home.
First up are Peel's friends Steve and Winchie.
Hi, Peel, Zoe and Archie, how are you doing?
Hope you're having a fantastic time.
And we're missing you lots and lots.
Hi, Peel and Zoe.
Zoe, Peel and Archie, I definitely will miss you.
I, er, hope you're enjoying your stay in Australia.
Zoe's always been adventurous, and she said,
"Mum, I'd love to emigrate to Australia, that would be my dream."
She doesn't ever judge you, erm, she's just been an amazing friend to me.
She's a calming influence on me, I think, which I need at times.
We laugh at the same things, we have the same sense of humour and stuff.
She's my eldest daughter and I've always been very close to her.
Archie's lovely, he really is lovely, and I think we'd miss Archie
-more than anything in the world, you know.
one of those things, isn't it? You know, but he is lovely, he's my world, he really is.
If Zoe, Peel and Archie left to go to Australia there'd be a gaping hole in the family.
Erm, currently I couldn't see the family being the same if they went.
She's probably my best friend so I wouldn't have anyone to hang around with as much as I do with her.
I would miss her, we'd both miss her, wouldn't we? We'd miss Peel.
Mainly Archie, cos it's the, er...
We're gonna miss probably the most interesting part of his life,
as he gets to two or three, when they start developing.
When they're little babies, you, er...
It's the attachment forms when they're two or three,
when they start growing, so if they go we'll miss all that.
Thinking about Mum, I don't quite know.
I've never broached it, and said to her,
"How do you feel about the fact that they may go permanently?"
You know, and...
So I'm not dead sure how she'd be. I'm not quite sure how she'd be about it, because...
I know she wouldn't want to stand in their way, that's 100% definite.
But it's just working out what would be best for her and how we'd care for her again.
I probably wouldn't want them to go because I would miss them dearly.
And I don't think I could, you know, sort of... have them not in my life any more.
With Zoe, I'll just miss...
Well, I'll miss everything. Everything. Erm...
It's just knowing that each other's there.
It would be in the back of your mind, because it's just gonna be the three of them.
They've got no support out there, and that's kind of important.
If I had the opportunity to tell Zoe that I didn't want her to go,
I would tell her, but I think I'd be rather selfish.
So I know that if we did say that we didn't want her to go,
we'd put a stop on her dream, which we wouldn't want to do.
I think we'll really miss Peel, Zoe and Archie
around birthday times, our children, their children,
Christmas is always special having everybody around.
I hope you've had a fantastic time, we look forward to hearing how the trip's gone.
Love to you all, I love you all very much, give Archie a big kiss for me.
See you, Peel.
Give that Archie a great big hug and a kiss from us.
-And from the kids!
-And from the kids, yes, they will really miss him!
-See you soon. Bye!
So I will miss you, but whatever decision you make,
it's purely down to you and I hope you make the right one.
Of course we'll miss you. We'll miss you, Peel and Archie.
Archie is our life.
But it's your decision, Zo.
And I'm sure you'll make the right decision at the end of the day.
That was intense, wasn't it? Are you all right?
Yeah, I suppose.
Hearing what people have just said on there has really made me
wonder whether I can do it.
Because...I'm so close to my mum and my dad,
and I'm so close to my sisters. My dad's an amazing person,
I don't know whether I can imagine my life without him, really.
Which is really hard, because I know he's not gonna be around for ever, but...
When that happens, it happens, and there's nothing you can do about it.
But I am forcing these feelings and emotions upon myself, just by moving across the other side of the world.
It's just really hard.
Ah, bless her.
My sisters are just... I'm so close to my sisters.
It's an impossible decision.
I want this so much, I really, really want to come,
but I don't know whether I can leave my family, I really don't.
-Stupid, isn't it?
-Yeah, you can't have both, though, can you?
You've kind of got me thinking about...really thinking seriously about leaving now, you know?
So you just have to...
If it's gonna work and it's what we're gonna do,
and we find somewhere we can afford that we're happy with,
you're gonna have to do that.
The Mehras' trial week in Australia has been a mixture of highs and lows.
Sydney's scenery worked its magic on Peel, to Zoe's delight.
Moving to Australia would have to include life by the beach,
but they simply can't afford it.
You're not gonna upscale your mortgage where you can't pay it.
This one's out of your bracket, by a long way!
With such a huge decision to make, the debate can get heated.
You're half-heartedly going into it if you rent your house.
-No, I totally disagree.
-You're not committed!
-But you're just giving yourself a lifeline.
Peel has the responsibility of his mother to consider,
and Zoe was rocked by the heartfelt messages from friends and family.
It's the final vote.
Will they choose to stay in the UK or move to Australia?
OK, we've had a great week here in Australia in Sydney and Coogee.
We've seen and done a lot of things, experienced different things.
And we've had a lot to take in, to be honest.
There's a couple of things that still worry me about Australia and a couple of aspects of things at home.
So purely based on that at the moment, my vote is for...
And my vote is...Australia.
Oh, dear! It looks like the Mehras are split!
-Like I said, we need to think about stuff. I'm not...
I like a lot of the things here, a lot of things are brilliant, and...
We need to sort out finance-wise what we can afford, how much our house is gonna be worth,
cos if it's not worth enough we can't do it.
And also need to sort out personal stuff at home with regard to Mum,
and I've got to speak to my brother before I can make any decisions.
I can't resolve all the problems of things that are going on on the spin of a card.
-How can you not want to live here, look at it, it's beautiful!
-I didn't say I didn't, darling.
I can't just spin a card and make everyone jump.
That's not gonna happen, is it? We're not just going to go, "Let's all jump on a plane, we're going."
-I know. So I don't want to give you...
-I still thought that you would have voted Australia,
you've said so many things, "I like this, I like that..."
-Yeah, I do!
-And then you still voted the UK. What is so great in the UK?
I only voted the UK cos I can't resolve all the problems yet, that's all.
I'm happy with where we are, we need to find somewhere where we can live.
We can't afford to live here.
We'd be like that bloke living on the cliff.
If he'll move, we'll be all right.
I'll never park me van there!
I thought he would vote Australia, I really did think he would.
Why don't we give Archie the deciding vote?
Fancy a spin, son?
Zoe is massively disappointed.
She's come to terms with the difficulties, but Peel is not convinced.
What a terrible dilemma for them both.
It's been a week of pros and cons for the Mehras.
While Peel feels he can find the right job, both he and Zoe
were sorely disappointed at the cost of property in Sydney.
So for now there's no telling where the future lies,
as they're split on whether to move where they're Wanted Down Under.
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Zoe Mehra has dreamed of a new life down under ever since she went travelling there after university, but she must persuade husband Peel that their future would be brighter if they emigrated. They spend a trial week in Sydney, where painter-decorator Peel finds there is plenty of well-paid work. Will it be enough to tempt him?
Presented by Nicki Chapman.