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Phil Spencer's new property programme - helping Brits emigrate down under

22nd January 2010

Tonight, Phil Spencer's new property show 'Phil Down Under' begins on Channel 4. Each week, the Location Location Location star will help a couple to find their dream home in Australia and offer us tips on moving down under and the kinds of jobs we could do while there. 

“A new decade prompts dreams of fresh starts, and if the economic gloom and the coming election aren’t enough to make you think of leaving Britain, the recent bout of freezing weather may just have pushed you over the edge,” Phil wrote for The Sunday Times.

“If you are going to emigrate, though, why not do it properly and go to the other side of the world: to Australia?”

Phil's own love for Australia comes from a year spent working and living in the country as a young man, and frequent trips to Australia for Christmas with his Aussie girlfriend and now wife Fiona. He uses his experience and knowledge of the Australian property market to help four emigrating British families find their perfect home down under.

Some 40,000 Britons emigrate to Australia every year, and Australia is especially popular with young families, a category into which all four house hunters featured in the series fall.

One family was the Davidsons. Lee and Bronagh Davidson, an insurance salesman and teacher with three daughters, from Essex, gave up three-hour commutes and small, expensive houses and emigrated to Perth with a dream for an improved quality of life. They found a detached four-bedroom house with a swimming pool within walking distance of the beach, for £275,000.

Don't miss 'Phil Down Under' starting tonight, 8pm on Channel 4.

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