‘Banished’ first clip: Russell Tovey in BBC Two’s convicts drama

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The first clip from Accused writer Jimmy McGovern’s epic new convicts drama Banished has appeared online.

From the makers of Top Of The Lake, the seven-part series stars Myanna Buring (Ripper Street), Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour).

Opening in New South Wales, Australia in 1788, Banished is loosely inspired by events in the 18th century when Britain established a penal colony on the other side of the world, charting the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the soldiers who guard them and the men who govern them in the early days of this settlement.

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The cast also includes David Wenham (Top Of The Lake), Joseph Millson (Holby City), Ewen Bremner (Accused), Genevieve O’Reilly (The Honourable Woman), Orla Brady (Strike Back) and Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise).

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Banished launches on Thursday 5 March on BBC Two.

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