Brenton Wanted Down Under


Brenton

British families try life down under. Daryl thinks moving to Australia would give him and his family the perfect life. However, he is nearly at the age limit for getting a visa.


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What if your dream to uproot your family to move

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to the other side of the world for a new life came crashing down?

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Daryl Brenton knows exactly what he wants from a new life down under.

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Nice big detached house, at least four bedrooms, somewhere where I could escape, swimming pool.

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-Nice.

-That would be on my wish-list.

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But wife Jenny doesn't quite share his dream.

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If it wasn't for Daryl wanting to go it's not something that I'd be considering now.

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She's determined to give Daryl's dream a reality check.

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Swimming pool looks really nice.

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It doesn't look very nice to me. There's fish in there. My kids won't be going in there.

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Making dreams come true costs hard earned money.

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The property is in the region of £170,000.

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I'm not happy with that. Absolutely no way. I'm not prepared to give my home away.

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And it's not just about bricks and mortar.

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When Jenifer first mentioned Australia, I said, "Why don't you just rip my heart out?"

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Jenny may be torn but Daryl won't let anything stand in his way.

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If I vote for Australia and Jenny votes for England...we split up.

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Will this be a fairy tale with an unhappy ending?

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Australia is still the most popular country of residence for Brits moving abroad.

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But although they may be tempted by the sun, sea and sand almost one-third return home every year.

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The Brentons are going to be pushed to the limit

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as they try out life in Australia for one week.

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At the end of it they will have to make one of the hardest decisions of their lives.

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Whether to stay in the UK, or to move down under.

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The Brentons currently living the town of Castleford in West Yorkshire.

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PE teacher Daryl shares a home with Jenny and their two children,

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three-year-old Bruce and daughter Jeannie, who is one.

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Daryl has a vision of a perfect life down under.

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A dream scenario for myself would be a nice house near the sea, good job, more quality time with the kids.

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I think it was my idea but Jenny has supported me all the way.

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Got to do, haven't we, if it's what you want to do.

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I'm very scared. I don't like flying.

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I don't like creepy-crawlies and I think about it constantly.

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Not just for me, it's people that we are going to leave behind.

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Daryl would be leaving his 16-year-old son from a previous relationship.

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Obviously, my oldest son Stuart, it's going to be really difficult,

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it were a really difficult just telling him we were thinking about going.

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But it's Jenny's ties with loved ones that could prevent the move.

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I rely a lot of my friends and family, a lot.

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As much as I love Daryl I do confide in my friends a lot.

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I think I'm going to miss not having somebody other than Daryl there to talk to about things,

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especially if we are finding it difficult, we're having a difficult time,

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that I've got nobody to have a moan about him to really!

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As Daryl's approaching the age limit for obtaining a visa, they are running out of time.

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We've got to give this a go. It's now or never. If I don't go now I'm going to be too old.

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The last thing I'm going to do is stand in his way

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but we've got a good life here, you know, we are giving up a lot.

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It's not as if we are thinking of just buying a house in France, or moving to Europe,

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it's the other side of the world.

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Their week down under will either bring Jenny onside, or shatter Daryl's dream.

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So where in Australia should they go?

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It's Daryl's occupation as a PE teacher that would get them into

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Australia and fortunately his skills are in demand across the country.

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The Brentons could go to Darwin, Australia's most northern capital

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with a population of just 125,000 people.

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Having come from a small town in the UK the family might find that coming here

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offers them a more relaxed, urban lifestyle.

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The problem is thousands of Australians are migrating here for

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just that, so the house prices have soared in recent years.

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Almost twice what they were five years ago.

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And with a smaller economy, isolated from the rest of the country

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the job market is weaker and the cost of living higher.

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Perhaps in contrast, a bustling southern metropolis like Melbourne

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could offer them the better opportunities and higher pay.

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As Australia's second largest city, and number one in the country for sports,

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Daryl couldn't find anywhere more suitable to get started as a PE teacher.

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But although family incomes are higher than the national average, house prices are booming.

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This place, costing £320,000 is way over Daryl and Jenny's budget.

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Maybe further west,

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a smaller city such as Adelaide could offer a cheaper alternative for the Brentons.

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Incomes are lower than the national average but house prices are also lower.

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As Adelaide is a popular destination for Brits emigrating,

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Daryl and Jenny should feel less homesick here whilst they find their feet.

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Three good options there for Daryl and Jenny, each of them at life changing.

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So where shall we send them?

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We decided that Melbourne would be best for the Brentons trial week Down Under.

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Whilst property prices are high, there are more affordable suburbs out of town

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and as Australia's sports capital, Daryl should find it easier to get a job in a school that offers

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both decent salary and good facilities to teach PE.

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Hold it at the white line, and back.

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But will his skills match up to Aussie standards?

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I think his methods are pretty basic.

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And what if they are too ambitious when searching for the dream home?

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I would have to go back to work for us to afford it and also just to live.

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Daryl wants to move so much even his son won't stand in his way.

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I wish they'd stay in England, I'd get to see them more but...

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Nowt I can really do.

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But ultimately, he needs his wife Jenny onside.

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Lots of things make me want to stay the UK.

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It's familiar, I know what I'm doing there, I've got my friends,

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my family based there, it's one of the most biggest life-changing decisions

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I've ever had to come to terms with.

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Not quite sure which way we're going to go.

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There'll be discussions, talk about it, then I get my own way.

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Simple as that.

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Daryl may be confident, but is he understanding just how far this is for Jenny?

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They fly from Manchester via Dubai,

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spanning a distance of nearly 11,000 miles.

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The Brentons touch down in Melbourne having had a long time to think about the daunting week ahead.

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Been getting more excited, more apprehensive, more excited, things whizzing round my head.

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I knew it was going to be a long journey but boy,

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it really hit home.

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It is the other side of the world.

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And especially when my dad took us to Manchester Airport the other day, it made us all sort of think

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it won't be, "Goodbye I'll see you next Saturday," it'll be, "Goodbye for quite a long time."

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That's quite hard, that.

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Jenny's dad were choking up, and this is just like a reconnaissance having a look round,

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it did bring it home to both of us to see him really choking up.

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Family back in the UK is already weighing heavily on their minds,

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but as they journey to the house they're staying in,

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Daryl soon starts fantasising about their dream home.

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In an ideal world, the house would be nice big detached house, at least four bedrooms.

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That would be ideal.

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-Swimming pool, that would be on my wish-list.

-Yeah.

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Somewhere where I could escape, a room for the kids, where they could play, a pool room maybe.

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I think that would be the one for me.

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-Pink roofs, do you like it?

-Look at this lovely house.

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This cosy three bed bijou bungalow situated in a prime a beachside location

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and priced at £375,000 it's way over the Brentons' family budget.

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Shall we have a look in here?

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Hopefully they'll like it.

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It's not as big as I thought though. What do you think?

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It's all right, it's a reasonable size.

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We've not seen the other bedroom yet, have we?

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-Still not as big as I expected.

-No. It's not.

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I'm just not sure it's as big as I expected. Definitely not as big as I would have expected.

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Oh dear, I don't think it's as big as Daryl expected(!)

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If we could afford this place I would not buy it. Simple as that.

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No.

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Not up to standard.

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Not up to standard at all.

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But hopefully there will be some nicer properties

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which we can afford.

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Back in the UK, Daryl and Jenny own a four bedroom semi-detached house

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in the town of Castleford in West Yorkshire.

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If they sell up for a good price they could have a potential budget of £250,000.

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The Brentons have their heart set on a spacious home with a pool in Australia.

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But will they have enough money to pay for it?

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Property in Melbourne is pricey, so it's vital they look around.

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If they were to live in the city

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Daryl wouldn't have to commute to work.

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Central town houses are desirable but prices can hit

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the million-dollar mark and there is no room for a pool.

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Even if Daryl and Jenny took out a massive mortgage

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they'd struggle to afford a place like this

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so they may prefer to find somewhere slightly cheaper out of town.

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Coastal living is by far the most popular in Australia

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as young families crave that perfect life by the sea.

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But house prices have boomed in recent years.

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10 minutes' drive from the beach properties like this market for around £375,000,

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so way over the Brentons' budget.

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But that's what they'll have to pay if they want spacious home with the dream pool.

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Melbourne's rural suburbs are a more affordable option

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for a growing family like the Brentons.

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So we decided to show them three properties around this area.

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Hopefully they'll be able to find their perfect place within their £250,000 budget.

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It would mean a longer commute to work for Daryl, but it could be a sacrifice worth making.

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As Jenny is so unconvinced about a move, finding the right home that means everything to her.

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The perfect situation for me, if we decide to go to Australia,

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is to just have a nice house in the suburbs.

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If we had a pool, that would be the icing on the cake.

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Hopefully we get a lot more for our money out there.

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Property one has four bedrooms and is bang on budget at £250,000.

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It boasts the Aussie pool Jenny dreams of. Daryl prays it will win her over.

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-Let's look at this house.

-Look.

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It looks like an active family lives here, love, doesn't it?

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This is his first chance to show Jenny what Australia's all about.

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It's...it's obviously been used.

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-It's not...to my...

-It's nice.

-It's nice enough but it would need

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this maybe sanding down and re-varnishing.

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But this is what I like. I like the sink, like I've got at home, looking into the garden, which I do like.

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Let's have a look-in this bathroom.

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That's a titchy little bath.

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Mind you, with the weather and everything we'd be more inclined to get showers, won't we?

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I wonder if there's another bathroom.

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Never really sure, are you, what you're getting.

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-This looks like the family bathroom.

-Yeah.

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Fear not, there is somewhere else the Brentons can wash.

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-Good lad.

-Walk down the steps.

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They finally discover the main feature of the house.

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What's that? Do you know what that is?

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-A river.

-A river?

-A fish pond maybe.

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It's a swimming pool. It looks really nice.

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It doesn't look very nice to me in all honesty, it looks filthy,

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absolutely filthy.

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That looks like a pond, I think there's fish in there if I'm honest.

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-My kids wouldn't be going in there.

-The dead bird don't help.

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I suppose it doesn't. I wonder how deep it is.

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-Get in it and have a see.

-I might have a paddle in it.

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Jump in. I think it might need a clean before I get in!

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Darryl's trying to see the funny side, but he knows his hopes of convincing Jenny are sinking fast.

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Bruce, come and look at this, a tree house.

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So what are the Brentons' final thought on this deluxe pad and pool?

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The kids seem to like it. It's more to do with the kids, isn't it?

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It's definitely a nice size, the area looks nice and quiet.

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It's got everything we asked for really.

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-It has.

-It just needs that work.

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It's hardly meeting up to their idea of a dream home and their budget could be limiting.

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Daryl really hopes Jenny will fall in love with the next property.

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It's essential the Brentons get value for money and new developments in Australia offer just that.

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This four-bedroom display home is on the market for around £250,000,

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so again, on budget.

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But will it win Jenny over?

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I love it!

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Oh!

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Daryl?

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My gosh!

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-I can't believe it.

-This is lovely.

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Everything you want.

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-Straight out.

-There's two sitting areas as well.

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So much room.

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Al fresco dining.

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That's what we're coming here for, sitting outside, barbies.

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I'm speechless. I can't...

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I feel like I could cry.

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I could just stop here now, never mind going home!

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The house is amazing.

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But I suppose it's like anything else, I'm not saying the novelty would wear off,

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but everything is shiny brand new at the minute and when we were living here,

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there's the dirty washing to get done and the house to be cleaned, you know,

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it will not always feel like that.

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It's a massive step.

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It's got to be the right step for us, moving to Australia, we are giving so much up.

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Jenny is proving a hard nut to crack but he's got

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one last chance to show her a home that could sweep her off her feet.

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Property three is over budget at £350,000 but it's an example of

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what they could achieve if Daryl and Jenny were to work full-time.

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It has more land

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than they could ever hope for and plenty of space for a pool,

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if this doesn't knock her off her feet then nothing will.

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-Big garage. Look at the size of that.

-It looks nice and new.

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Let's look to see what's in here then.

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Wow, this is my favourite part, the walk-in wardrobe bits.

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-I like the long corridor with all the art work.

-It's nice.

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Open-plan area.

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This is nice, this is really stylish.

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Wow. I can't believe we could be living in a house like this.

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That's if we can afford it.

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This place must be...

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At the top of our budget, if not above it.

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This is a lovely house.

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Daryl and Jenny would love to live in a home like this but they'd have to make sacrifices for it to work.

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For Daryl and I to really consider buying a house of this standard,

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I would have to go back to work.

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For us to afford it and also just to live.

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We're coming out here to have more time as a family

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and if Jenny's at work, I'm at work, it kind of defeats the object.

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We'd have to talk about it.

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Really think about it, because this is a really lovely house, in a lovely area.

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Daryl seems more keen for Jenny to work than she does.

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But her mind is already made up.

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I don't think it would be the right time to come out and get a job straight away.

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So on that basis I think, and affordability, we'd certainly go with property number two,

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but things may change depending on what happens with Daryl and earning.

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What he's going to be earning.

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And also the cost of living, we need to have a look at that and see if it is affordable.

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After their day house hunting, Jenny is seriously worried about money.

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But will it affect her property vote?

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We've seen three very different properties today, lots to think about but we're going to vote for...

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BOTH: ..Australia!

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The Brentons have had their first glimpse of life down under and although Jenny may have

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voted Australia for homes, can she really leave everything she knows and loves behind?

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I'm worried about Jenny being alone,

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I'm hoping she will make friends quickly but it will be at the back of my mind

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that I'm not being too selfish, I'm not bringing her to Australia just because I want to go.

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My major concern is getting homesick and maybe feeling a little bit isolated

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and just a bit worried about if the children are poorly, and Daryl's at work,

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just having the support that I'd get from my friends.

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It was a long trip here, it sort of did make us realise

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how far away from home that we actually are.

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Daryl Brenton's desperate to move his family down under,

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but his wife Jenny's ties with home could make this move impossible to handle.

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I will miss her loads and loads and probably you would not be able to express it in any sort of way.

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It'll just be a huge void.

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I do need my friends around me, not having anybody out here,

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having a friendship with somebody, does feel a little bit scary.

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Her resolve is tested when they meet a British family whose Australian dream is coming to an end.

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We've decided after two and a bit years to head back.

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What do you think made you feel like that?

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I think it was the thought of being away from everybody forever.

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It's Daryl's profession as a sports teacher that will give the Brentons their entry visa to Australia.

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His work means everything to him, and unless he can find a fulfilling career down under

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his dream will be shattered.

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Back in the UK, Daryl earns around £40,000 a year and he's worked to get to the top.

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Quite high up in the ladder as it is, I'm head of a department,

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so being told what to do by someone else I think may be a difficult,

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a difficult thing for me to be able to take.

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Feeling slightly nervous and slightly apprehensive, to be fair.

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He's arrived at a secondary school in Melbourne to meet his Australian equivalent.

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Hi, Daryl. Welcome to Mackinnon. I'm the head of department.

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-Do you want to come in and we'll show you around?

-Thank you very much.

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It's artificial grass.

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We've got three tennis courts.

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So you've got a soccer pitch on the top...

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All very well but Daryl's got one thing on his mind.

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If I'm getting the job easy, a job as a head of faculty or department,

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do they come up or do you work your way up?

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Work your way up, I'd say.

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You tend to yes, work your way up a bit.

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That's exactly what Daryl didn't want to hear.

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How about we do some teaching? We've got a year nine badminton class.

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-Want to a take part in that?

-I'd love to, yes. Thank you.

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Daryl's putting on a brave face for the sake of his new Australian pupils.

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-Try to listen, it does help. You understand, yes?

-Yes.

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It would be nice if you talked to me, not him though. OK. Thank you.

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Boss Steve is keeping a watchful eye.

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Daryl's invested years to get where he is, but can he really make a go of it down under?

0:21:250:21:33

Meanwhile, Jenny has taken the children to the park.

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I've been thinking about my family and my friends a lot this week.

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It's hard because I absolutely love it here.

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And I just wish we can have this life here with them alongside us.

0:21:430:21:50

She's meeting up with fellow mum, Dana, to find out more about making friends down under.

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One of my main concerns is if Daryl's working, he's going to be

0:21:550:21:59

there like Monday to Friday and I'm not going to be working, so I'm just thinking about filling my days.

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I'm leaving my friends behind, so it would be nice to meet some other people.

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Yes. There's a mother's group that gets organised through the government

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and you all meet at, there's usually a local community centre or something

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and that's a good way I guess, to meet other mums and kids.

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Yes. I do that at home.

0:22:190:22:21

Jenny seems to be settling in at last, but her mind soon turns to Daryl.

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The worst-case scenario with Daryl would probably be being on a basic teacher's wage.

0:22:260:22:31

I know he wants to be the head of a department.

0:22:310:22:35

Try not to use your slang words, I don't understand any of those.

0:22:350:22:39

English lesson over, Daryl gets on with his warm-up.

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One arm, big circles forward.

0:22:420:22:44

Oh, come on! Australians, please.

0:22:440:22:47

Boss Steve is keeping very quiet.

0:22:470:22:49

Anybody shout out what muscle we're stretching?

0:22:490:22:52

Hamstring. Very surprised you didn't know the muscles we were stretching.

0:22:540:22:58

I would've expected them to know, especially in year 10, as it is.

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Daryl is having a frustrating day. Maybe it's time for some good old-fashioned British discipline.

0:23:020:23:07

If I can run in and catch it, you're going to do two press ups.

0:23:070:23:11

Press-ups?

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Is that a OK, is that fair?

0:23:120:23:14

3, 2, 1.

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Go!

0:23:170:23:19

Two press-ups, Alex.

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3, 2, 1.

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Go!

0:23:280:23:30

Two more press ups, Alex. You weren't quite fast enough.

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-This Aussie speed that's legendary, Alex needs to work on it.

-Not sure about the push-ups.

0:23:330:23:38

You're going to have kids with big arms by the end, I think but no, he's doing really good, really good.

0:23:380:23:43

Well, Steve appears impressed, but what do the pupils think?

0:23:430:23:48

I think his methods are pretty basic.

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That's fantastic.

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We don't usually do press-ups here, so...

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He told me off, but it's all good.

0:23:550:23:58

It's gone very well.

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The kids were enthusiastic.

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Very much like kids in the UK.

0:24:020:24:06

Daryl's enjoying himself at last but there is one burning issue jeopardising a move.

0:24:060:24:11

Daryl would probably find it a little bit difficult,

0:24:110:24:14

just the fact that from a head of department you're obviously used to to being in charge of your staff...

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Whereas I set the routines and rules and people work to my rules,

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it might be difficult, me following rules and I might have to adapt.

0:24:230:24:27

This is a huge decision. Going back to a standard teaching role

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is just not a career setback, it's also a drop in salary.

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So how will he vote for work?

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My vote is going to have to be...

0:24:370:24:40

Sitting on the fence on this, I'm afraid.

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Can't make my mind up yet.

0:24:430:24:45

Daryl is unconvinced about his work prospects down under.

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He needs to consider the impact of a lower wage.

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If this move to Australia is going to come off,

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the Brentons need to weigh up whether they can actually afford to live there.

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We've prepared a comparison of their UK and Australian living costs.

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So salary, back home, round about 43,000...

0:25:090:25:13

-Yes.

-...English pounds.

0:25:130:25:15

But that's as head of department.

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Down under, he'd have to take a standard teaching role.

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34,000.

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That would be a bit of a drop, wouldn't it?

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We are a little bit down in the bottom line.

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Daryl's lower salary has hit them hard.

0:25:280:25:31

I'm in flux, I don't really know what's going to happen.

0:25:310:25:34

But how about the costs?

0:25:340:25:36

Gas and electric at 110.

0:25:360:25:38

-That's a saving already.

-We spend more than that, I guess.

-We do, yes.

0:25:380:25:42

-In Australia, we're all going to have to have health insurance at £90 a month.

-Crikey.

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Council tax is slightly less. 65.

0:25:480:25:50

Look at that.

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The price of beans and sausages, that's unbelievable.

0:25:530:25:56

I'm quite shocked at that.

0:25:560:25:59

-This is a big one, groceries.

-That's something we've got to look up.

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After crunching the numbers, what's the final result?

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Expenditure could be a couple of hundred pounds better off.

0:26:060:26:11

That sounds good to me.

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Sounds good but we don't know about wages, do we?

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We don't. The thing is,

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we don't know till we get there and start living the life, we won't know till then, will we, I suppose.

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It's time to vote.

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Based on the cost of living in Australia and the UK, we're going to vote for...

0:26:260:26:32

Australia!

0:26:320:26:33

That's all very well, but the Brentons mustn't forget the most important financial factor -

0:26:330:26:38

if they can't sell their UK house for a good price, their Australian dream could be over.

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Back in West Yorkshire, the Brentons own a four-bedroom semi,

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which they bought in 2007 for £200,000.

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Both Daryl and Jenny now believe it to be worth around £220,000.

0:26:530:26:59

We've arranged for two estate agents to give a more recent evaluation.

0:26:590:27:05

It's a nice spacious hall, but it would benefit from a fitted carpet just to finish it off.

0:27:050:27:10

Unusual use of a sitting room!

0:27:180:27:20

It's a good-size master bedroom with a bay window.

0:27:220:27:25

Still with an original fireplace there.

0:27:250:27:28

Nice room. Lovely en suite.

0:27:340:27:37

Got everything you'd need.

0:27:370:27:39

I think this property is a lovely property.

0:27:390:27:42

It's nice and spacious inside,

0:27:420:27:44

it's got everything you'd want and a good street to be on.

0:27:440:27:46

I would suggest marketing it around the £210,000,

0:27:460:27:50

with possibly selling it at nearer the 185, 190, I think.

0:27:500:27:56

That's a lot less than Daryl and Jenny paid for it,

0:27:560:27:58

but there may be worse to come.

0:27:580:27:59

It's been well modernised basically, but one or two areas to attend to.

0:27:590:28:04

In my opinion, the present value of the property

0:28:040:28:07

is in the region of £170,000.

0:28:070:28:10

Mmm.

0:28:140:28:15

Well, that's a bit less than I expected.

0:28:190:28:21

That's a lot less.

0:28:210:28:23

A lot less, the second one, certainly.

0:28:230:28:25

The Brentons have spent time improving their

0:28:250:28:27

UK home and were expecting a return on their investment.

0:28:270:28:31

Discovering it's worth £50,000 less than expected is a huge blow. They're not impressed.

0:28:310:28:38

I don't think that's realistic, personally, and I'm not happy with that.

0:28:380:28:41

-No.

-Not happy with that, sorry.

0:28:410:28:44

-170 is way too low.

-No way, that's too low.

0:28:440:28:46

They dream of buying a large, spacious property with a pool

0:28:470:28:51

but with this valuation, the Aussie fantasy may never become a reality.

0:28:510:28:56

We've got to start again over here in Australia, and obviously

0:28:560:28:59

we want the best property and the best life that we can have in Australia.

0:28:590:29:03

In order to do that, we need the money behind us.

0:29:030:29:06

Realistically, I think 195 would be as low as I could go on the house.

0:29:060:29:11

I wouldn't go any lower than that.

0:29:110:29:13

-195 would be a bargain for whoever got it.

-We're not giving it away.

0:29:130:29:18

195 is actually less than what we paid for it three years ago, where we bought the property for 200.

0:29:180:29:24

So, I'm not prepared to give my home away.

0:29:240:29:27

Finding out their home has dropped so massively in value is a huge blow to the Brentons' expectations.

0:29:300:29:37

But if you thought they were giving up on their Aussie dream, you'd be mistaken.

0:29:370:29:43

Melbourne's world-renown botanical gardens extend over 90 acres.

0:29:430:29:48

And thanks to the hot climate, can be enjoyed all year round.

0:29:480:29:52

What I like about Australia is, people generally seem to lead

0:29:520:29:56

a much more active and healthy outdoor lifestyle.

0:29:560:30:00

It just appeals to me, to be outside in the fresh air, in the sunshine.

0:30:000:30:05

It'll give us a really good quality of life, especially for the kids, really.

0:30:050:30:10

Yeah, it's beautiful.

0:30:100:30:12

Jenny is trying her hardest to embrace Daryl's dream of life down under.

0:30:140:30:19

But deep down, she's worried about what that would mean for her.

0:30:190:30:23

I would say the grass is more considerably greener in Australia but it's like with everything else,

0:30:230:30:28

it still needs tending to and caring and mowing.

0:30:280:30:31

I am thinking hard about it, this is just a visit.

0:30:310:30:34

If we do decide to move to Australia, it'll not be like this every day,

0:30:340:30:37

Daryl's going to hopefully be working Monday to Friday, maybe I'm at home with the kids on my own.

0:30:370:30:43

I have been thinking about my friends and family a lot lately.

0:30:450:30:48

That sort of dawned on me a little bit,

0:30:480:30:50

that I'm not going to have that social side, friendships whilst I'm here.

0:30:500:30:54

It's going to be hard times ahead of us if we do decide to move.

0:30:540:30:58

Considering both lifestyles, the UK and Australia, I think we're going to have to vote for...

0:30:580:31:05

-Australia!

-Australia!

0:31:050:31:07

Australia!

0:31:070:31:10

But is Jenny putting on a brave face to keep Daryl happy?

0:31:100:31:16

If you moved to the other side of the world, one of the

0:31:190:31:22

hardest things to cope with is the pain of leaving loved ones behind.

0:31:220:31:27

As Daryl has a 16-year-old son from a previous relationship, this is going to be very tough.

0:31:270:31:35

We've prepared some messages from friends and family back home.

0:31:350:31:39

Hi, everybody. Hope you're having a really good time in Australia. Everybody's missing you lots.

0:31:390:31:43

Hi, Jenny, Daryl.

0:31:430:31:44

Hi Bruce and Jeanie. I hope you've had a fantastic time.

0:31:440:31:49

Daryl is very dry, he's very witty,

0:31:490:31:52

he's good fun and he's a good laugh.

0:31:520:31:55

I would describe my dad as...

0:31:550:31:57

He's pretty serious but sometimes he can be funny, and

0:31:570:32:02

he's just a nice person to be around.

0:32:020:32:05

Jennifer's a mini version of me.

0:32:050:32:07

She's very devoted to the children and she's very devoted to Daryl.

0:32:070:32:10

And she works very hard in the house as well.

0:32:100:32:12

She's a joy to have as a daughter.

0:32:120:32:15

I'd describe Jenny as a very nice and warm person.

0:32:150:32:19

She likes to laugh a lot and keep the kids happy.

0:32:190:32:23

When Jennifer first mentioned going to Australia, I was a bit surprised

0:32:230:32:26

and I just said, "Well, why don't you just rip my heart out?"

0:32:260:32:29

Because first thoughts were that we weren't going to see

0:32:290:32:33

the grandchildren grow up.

0:32:330:32:35

I might have upset her

0:32:350:32:37

with my reaction to this trip.

0:32:370:32:41

I think so much about the grandkids, it was just, to me, a natural reaction.

0:32:410:32:45

When he first told me he might be moving to Australia, I was very shocked and...

0:32:460:32:51

Very shocked, because it came out of the blue to me and I didn't know anything about it.

0:32:510:32:56

Yeah, I think he's going to miss me. I hope he does!

0:32:560:33:00

There will be a void if they go. We're so used to seeing them all.

0:33:000:33:03

We've seen them grow up, basically, and you do miss that.

0:33:030:33:07

-We're going to miss that.

-We really are going to miss them.

0:33:070:33:09

It really goes without saying.

0:33:090:33:12

I will miss her loads and loads, and probably you would not be able to express it in any sort of way.

0:33:120:33:19

You know, like, this much. It will just be a huge void.

0:33:190:33:24

Being able to just drive down to her house and come and see her and the children.

0:33:240:33:29

It won't be the same, but that's something that we've just got to

0:33:290:33:32

come to terms with if they do decide to go.

0:33:320:33:35

I think it'll be harder leaving Stuart. I mean, he's a growing lad.

0:33:350:33:39

I think he'll miss going out for a drink with him

0:33:390:33:42

and playing a little bit of sport with him.

0:33:420:33:45

What I would miss most about them moving is just coming up to talk

0:33:450:33:49

to them and see them, and missing out on Bruce and Jeanie growing up.

0:33:490:33:53

I wish that they'd stay in England because I'd get to see them more, but...

0:33:530:33:58

-Nowt I can really do.

-If you do decide to go,

0:33:580:34:01

then we'll back you wholeheartedly, but we will miss the grandchildren.

0:34:010:34:05

I must say that.

0:34:050:34:07

We want you to go for all the right reasons.

0:34:070:34:09

We're really going to miss you.

0:34:090:34:11

But good luck and hope you go for it.

0:34:110:34:14

I just wanted to say that you should follow your hearts' decision, and I'm sure it'll be the right one.

0:34:140:34:20

I'll see you when you get back.

0:34:200:34:21

-You all right?

-Yeah, fine.

0:34:260:34:29

Just quite touched by what Stuart said.

0:34:290:34:33

-Yeah.

-Really touched.

-Everybody - what everybody said.

0:34:330:34:35

Yeah.

0:34:350:34:37

Any tears?

0:34:390:34:40

-Just a few.

-Well, it's... You know.

0:34:430:34:47

It's...

0:34:470:34:50

I don't know. It's like they've told us how much they think of us and...

0:34:500:34:54

-Make it all a bit more real?

-It does, yeah.

-A bit more reality.

0:34:540:34:57

Back at home you don't say that every day to people.

0:34:570:35:01

"You're a massive part of our lives," and...

0:35:010:35:04

You know people love you and that.

0:35:060:35:08

You just don't sort of say it every day, do you?

0:35:080:35:10

You know, as much as I love Daryl and everything, I do need my friends.

0:35:100:35:14

I think, not having anybody out here, having a friendship with

0:35:140:35:18

somebody, does feel a little bit scary.

0:35:180:35:21

A bit scary to me.

0:35:210:35:23

I've never thought of going out with Stuart for a pint or a drink in few years' time or whenever.

0:35:230:35:30

Never thought about not playing golf with him or whatever, and it's things like that that bring it more home.

0:35:300:35:36

-Yeah.

-Obviously, when I told Stuart, we were really upset.

0:35:360:35:39

We had a couple of hours just crying on the settee.

0:35:390:35:42

Just not saying anything - just crying, and stopping, and then kind of coming to terms with it.

0:35:420:35:48

I must admit that the reaction that Stuart had,

0:35:480:35:53

at that point, I was just ready to say, "No. Absolutely no way.

0:35:530:35:58

"I'm not having Stuart upset."

0:35:580:36:01

It's made me think a lot, it really has, in such a short space of time.

0:36:010:36:06

It's made me feel a little bit selfish, really.

0:36:060:36:08

Daryl Brenton dreamt of a perfect life for his family down under.

0:36:120:36:17

Nice, big detached house. At least four bedrooms.

0:36:170:36:21

Somewhere I could escape. Swimming pool.

0:36:210:36:23

-It'd be nice.

-That'd be on my wish list.

-Yeah.

0:36:230:36:25

But it soon turned into a nightmare.

0:36:250:36:28

It might need a clean before I get in.

0:36:280:36:30

There's fish in there, if I'm honest.

0:36:300:36:33

My kids won't be going in there.

0:36:330:36:34

Australia was more expensive than they hoped, and they had to deal

0:36:340:36:37

with a pay cut plus a lower valuation of their UK home.

0:36:370:36:41

Present value of the property is in the region of £170,000.

0:36:410:36:45

We are a little bit down, at the bottom line.

0:36:450:36:48

But money's nothing compared to leaving family behind.

0:36:480:36:52

We want you to go for all the right reasons.

0:36:520:36:54

We're really going to miss you.

0:36:540:36:56

Seeing messages from loved ones has forced Jenny and Daryl to come to

0:37:030:37:07

terms with what they'd be giving up in the UK.

0:37:070:37:11

Will meeting some British expats help ease those concerns about cutting ties with home?

0:37:110:37:18

The Brentons have come to meet the Harts.

0:37:180:37:22

Annalie and her husband, Gary, have lived in Melbourne for two years

0:37:220:37:27

but judging by the boxes, they won't be here for much longer.

0:37:270:37:31

Jenny is quick to find out whether it's the UK they're heading back to.

0:37:310:37:36

Are you moving house? I just noticed all the boxes when we came in.

0:37:360:37:40

Yes, we've decided after two and a bit years to head back, so we're all packed up and...

0:37:400:37:47

-Ah, so you're going back home now?

-The time is coming next week, yeah. We just...

0:37:470:37:51

We missed family and friends just too much, really, and whilst we love it here, there's just...

0:37:510:37:56

There's always a big hole in your life and you can't fill it.

0:37:560:38:00

-It's quite difficult to describe, really.

-Yeah.

0:38:000:38:03

What was the hardest thing for you when you moved out here, and is there anything that you'd change?

0:38:030:38:09

It was a bit like climbing a mountain, trying to get out here, I have to say, and it became very much

0:38:090:38:14

an administrative challenge, and that's where I think we look back and realise that we didn't actually

0:38:140:38:21

give the emotional side of things as much thought as we probably should have, perhaps, done.

0:38:210:38:26

You said you felt straightaway it didn't feel right and you wanted to go straight home.

0:38:260:38:30

What do you think made you feel like that?

0:38:300:38:32

I think it was the thought of being away from everybody, forever.

0:38:320:38:37

We said that this morning.

0:38:370:38:39

It does feel a little bit selfish.

0:38:390:38:41

Yeah, and I think we've discussed that.

0:38:410:38:44

We've said if we'd known exactly what we were doing, maybe we wouldn't have done it.

0:38:440:38:48

Have you got any regrets?

0:38:480:38:50

We feel sad that it hasn't worked out to be what we imagined it was going to be.

0:38:520:38:59

We do feel sad about that, and it's only by coming out you realise,

0:38:590:39:02

yes, there's fantastic things, there really are,

0:39:020:39:04

but it's almost on a surface level, for us. That's how we find it.

0:39:040:39:08

And once you dig a bit deeper, you're missing those really

0:39:080:39:11

fundamental things that you value in your life.

0:39:110:39:15

I've had time, a lot of time, to reflect on the decision to

0:39:150:39:19

move to Australia, and I've had many a sleepless night, and I've had moments where I've just thought...

0:39:190:39:25

I've woken up in a blind panic and just thought, "I can't do it. I can't do it."

0:39:250:39:29

Maybe we should have just jumped in and got more involved in things, but it's hard.

0:39:290:39:35

Meeting a family who ultimately couldn't cope with being so far from loved ones has highlighted

0:39:380:39:44

to Jenny and Daryl just how difficult emigrating can be.

0:39:440:39:49

But will it affect their decision?

0:39:490:39:51

It's nearly time for the final vote.

0:39:510:39:54

After speaking to Annalie today, and she said it can be difficult to make new friends, it has made me think

0:39:540:40:00

about if we move out here it could be difficult for me.

0:40:000:40:03

Both myself and Jenny have had a reality check.

0:40:030:40:06

I think Jenny in particular, now she's spoken to someone,

0:40:060:40:11

realises it's not going to be maybe as easy as we thought. It's going to be a lot more difficult.

0:40:110:40:16

They can't sort of just go out, socialising.

0:40:160:40:18

There's nobody to fall back on if the kids are poorly.

0:40:180:40:21

They've just sort of got each other.

0:40:210:40:23

As much as we say we can try everything,

0:40:230:40:26

until our gut feeling starts, then we can't really say a word.

0:40:260:40:30

Their trial week down under has been a big wake-up call for Daryl, career-wise...

0:40:300:40:35

It might be difficult, me following rules, and I might have to adapt.

0:40:350:40:39

-..financially...

-If I could afford this place, I would not buy it.

0:40:390:40:43

..and emotionally.

0:40:430:40:44

I wish that they'd stay in England because I'd get to see them more, but...

0:40:440:40:48

-nowt I can really do.

-Very difficult, with Stuart.

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I will miss him incredibly.

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But he's a young man and he's got his own life to lead,

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and I'm sure he'll make the right decisions, maybe even if I don't.

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There are many reasons for Daryl not to make the move but the biggest obstacle of all is his wife, Jenny.

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It has made me realise how far Australia is away from home.

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It's a day away on a plane.

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It's a long journey.

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Hypothetically, if I vote for Australia and Jenny votes for England, we split up.

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No, I don't know.

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There'd be a lot of discussion.

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If one of us was really dead set against it, the other one really

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dead set for it, then there'd be discussions.

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There'd be talk about it, and then I'd get my own way.

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Simple as that!

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I've lived my life in the UK for the past 35 years.

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It's familiar, I know what I'm doing there, I've got my friends there, I've got my family based there.

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It's a massive decision, thinking about moving to Australia.

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I think it's one of the biggest, one of the most biggest,

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life-changing decisions I've ever had to come to terms with.

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Not quite sure which way we're going to go.

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Daryl's convinced Jenny will choose Australia, but does he understand how difficult it is for her?

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The whole family's future is hanging in the balance.

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It's time for the final vote.

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We've had a fantastic week in Australia.

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We've used this opportunity to have a good look round, discover the

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culture and the lifestyle, and based on these facts, we've decided that we're going to go for...

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-..Australia!

-Australia!

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Australia!

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So Jenny's decided to fulfil Daryl's dream.

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You know, at the end of the day, Daryl wants to go.

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Apart from the kids, he's the most important person in the world to me.

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We talk about everything, and I have to respect what he wants to do.

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It's been a life-changing journey for Daryl and Jenny.

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They're giving up a great deal back in the UK but they believe the sacrifice will be worth it.

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We wish them all the best with their new life down under.

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The series in which British families are given the chance to sample what life would be like if they moved to the other side of the world.

Daryl Brenton from West Yorkshire thinks moving to Australia would give him and his family the perfect life. However, he is nearly at the age limit for getting an Australian visa and his wife Jenny is not sold on leaving her family and friends behind. Can Daryl convince Jenny during their week in Melbourne to make the move to Australia, or will his dream run out of time?