Banished

Season 1
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In 1787 Britain banished its unwanted citizens - orphans, petty thieves, prostitutes and highwaymen - to Sydney in Australia. They found it to be so hot, barren and hostile that very few Englishmen wanted to set foot there. Somehow, in spite of famine, drought, escapes, hangings and floggings, the colony thrived.
Starring
Myanna BuringRussell ToveyJulian Rhind-Tutt
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    March 4, 2015
    59min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It is 1788 in New South Wales, and dawn is breaking over the ramshackle camp where British convicts and their masters are waking up to another dangerous day.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    March 11, 2015
    59min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Freeman must tackle bully Marston, who is persisting in stealing his food. Drastic action is required.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    March 18, 2015
    59min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The marriage of Elizabeth and Tommy is blessed by Reverend Johnson. Kitty continues to suffer the attentions of Major Ross.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    March 25, 2015
    59min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mary Johnson shares her past sorrow with the insightful convict Anne Meredith as the camp waits for news of Freeman.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    April 1, 2015
    59min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    To everyone's amazement Freeman is alive, and Major Ross is deeply affected by a personal loss.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    April 8, 2015
    59min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Rebellion is in the air, and Tommy's headstrong behavior risks all Elizabeth's plans for the future.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    April 15, 2015
    1h
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James Freeman faces the most difficult decision of his life. With the prisoners far outnumbering the soldiers, what will the outcome be?

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Directors
Daniel PercivalJeffrey Walker
Supporting actors
David Wenham
Producers
Sita Williams
Season year
2015
Network
BBC America
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3.6 out of 5 stars

436 global ratings

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  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 11% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 14% of reviews have 1 stars
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SarahReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
GOOD FROM START TO FINISH
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I liked the characters, I liked the story lines. Both were multi dimensional. There was a lot further this series could have gone - other series have gone a lot further with a lot less. Sadly, it is only one season, but it is a good one and worth the time to watch.
22 people found this helpful
Debrah JReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bring it BACK!!!!
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Amazing show. Great acting, Why did you stop after season 1. Very, very disappointed. I want to see more.
51 people found this helpful
MSReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
good series
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Good series. I'm disappointed they cancelled it. Acting is top notch as is production. I will admit to being swayed by Russell Tovey, at least for an extra star. There were plot elements that were a bit contrived. It seems the entire seven episodes were woven to produce the rock and hard place end. Can so many characters and circumstances conspire against one character?

Of course, ending with the first season leaves the finale feeling pretty darn wanting.

Beware it is a Region 2 DVD so won't play on standard US DVD players. Do yourself a favor and get a multiregional Blu Ray player. They're not that expensive and there is good stuff coming from across the pond. Why more British stuff isn't released in the US is a mystery.
47 people found this helpful
sorchaReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant
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brilliant. just read no 2nd season, thats a pity... one of the best series i have ever viewed - good on ya
17 people found this helpful
MLReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Stars
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Get your act together and bring it back, BBC2!
19 people found this helpful
BartReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017
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Five Stars
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Excellent series.
14 people found this helpful
J. CampbellReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Boring
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Watchable, but barely
4 people found this helpful
PatrickReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Drink Poison Instead
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It doesn't get worse than this. Russell Tovey's ears are the only redeeming feature. I didn't make it past the first episode. If a tsunami had destroyed the penal colony 20 minutes into the first episode, I would have been happy.
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