Don't know if anyone will actually be reading this as the series is not currently on tv but just wanted to comment on some views made with regard to the people that actually take part in this programme.
Our family was fortunate enough to be selected to take part in series 5 of the the programme (it should be on screen in Jan/Feb 2011).
I just wanted to let you know that certainly from our point of view we were not in it for a free trip and if anyone thinks that is what you get think again. Yes the BBC are very generous in that they pay for your flights/accommodation and car hire and petrol but you certainly work for it. For starters you have filming in this country before you go which lasts approximately three (full) days. Don't be fooled by what you see on the telly - whatever you see has probably taken five or ten takes to accomplish! We were filmed having breakfast and trust me by the time we actually got to eat, the eggs were stone cold and we had to pretend that they were delicious!
Then once you actually get to Oz (or in our case NZ) the hard work really starts. After a gruelling flight you then have to start filming at the airport and again once you get to your accommodation. If you are lucky you then get 24 hours off to recover (although we still had some filming to undertake within this time frame). Filming is usually from about 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening with small breaks in between for eating etc. Taking into account that you also have children on board it can be a very stressful experience (although we have to say that the guys who filmed our programme were great and tried really hard not to put too much pressure on us).
We were with the BBC for six (very full) days and you have to remember that although you are getting the experience of seeing the country etc they are making a tv programme and you are there to do what they want. If you are lucky (like us) when filming has finished you can change your flights home and stay on for a while to really see the country and perhaps chill out a bit.
We are extremely grateful to the BBC for selecting us to be part of Wanted Down Under as there was no way we could have afforded a trip to NZ otherwise but have to say that I consider we are a "normal" family. This is our first (and hopefully only) marriage - no grown up children from previous relationships and we were and still are very keen on moving to NZ. In fact, having now been to the country we are actively pursuing to emigrate and I don't know if we would have done so if we hadn't actually visited the place first. The programme has definitely been an influence in our decision and I hope when people watch the programme they will see that we were not just in it for a free holiday!!!!