Phil Down Under Review: Life’s A Beach!
PHIL DOWN UNDER REVIEW: Friday 22nd January, Channel 4, 8pm ALERT ME
Forty thousand Brits emigrate to Australia every year apparently, and after a month of bad weather that has bordered on the biblical, that figure seems set to rise exponentially in the future.
Anyone thinking of making the trip down under certainly won’t have their dreams tainted by this programme.
Yet making Perth look more appetising than Essex isn’t that difficult, and although Phil Relocation, Relocation Spencer does a good job of helping an English couple with some life-changing decisions, selling the Australian lifestyle to a couple who spend three hours a day on the M25 doesn’t look too difficult.
Subsequently the programme quickly becomes simply an advert for the life in Oz, but it’s easy to see how that happened completely unintentionally. It does look amazing.
People hit the beach after work, go for bike-rides before work, then lark around in their pools and grill shrimps at the weekend. Well someone’s got to do it.
Bhrona and Lee understandably have some high expectations for their new property, they want four bedrooms, and a big garden with a swimming pool, but the good news is that average house prices are around £50,000 less than in the UK.
“You get more bricks for your buck out here!” says a sun-kissed Spencer enthusiastically.
While our couple check out the local amenities, Phil heads off to find out what kind off jobs a British immigrant can expect to get if they make the trip around the world.
He will later highlight a long list of professions which would qualify someone for a Skilled Migrant Visa and then hops on a fishing boat to catch some sardines in the Indian Ocean.
Sometimes life really is a beach.