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Jimmy McGovern epic Australian convict drama lands all-star cast

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Jimmy McGovern's epic new BBC Two drama series Banished has secured an impressive all-star cast list.

Being Human's Russell Tovey, Ripper Street's MyAnna Buring and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour) will all star in the show, which is starting filming in Sydney, Australia next month.

Russell Tovey attends the Sandro London flagship store launch party in Covent Garden

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Russell Tovey is among the cast


Banished will follow the "lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts" in New South Wales, Australia, 1788.

How the first convicts survived is the best story I've come across in over 30 years as a dramatist. When you've got something like that, you don't worry about the narrative; you just concentrate on the characters. That is what we did. Consequently, I don't think I've ever written anything so character-driven.
Jimmy McGovern

Other cast members include Top of the Lake's David Wenham, Joseph Millson (Holby City), Ewan Bremner (Accused) and Orla Brady (Strike Back).

Tom Wright as Johnno, Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin & David Wenham as Al in 'Top Of The Lake' episode 1

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Top of the Lake's David Wenham (right) also stars


Banished will come to BBC Two in 2015.

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