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MIPTV Picks 2012: Go Back to Where You Came From

This three-part series, in which 25 Australians with assorted views on the topic of immigration experience life as asylum seekers, generated controversy and ratings.
March 24, 2012

The immigration debate is being conducted in numerous countries around the globe, with some undergoing more vigorous debate than others. In Australia, it’s certainly a hot button issue – thus, it was no surprise that this three-part series, in which 25 Australians with assorted views on the topic experience life as asylum seekers, generated the reception and the ratings that it did. Taking its cast onto a leaky refugee boat (from which it had to be rescued) and then to such hot spots as Congo and Iraq to see what refugee claimants are fleeing from, the program prompted so much discussion that SBS announced it would hold a televised forum on the series – its top-rated of the year – and the issue of asylum seekers. A second season will air this September.

Partners: Cordell Jigsaw Productions for SBS, distributed by SBS

Volume: 3 x 60 minutes

Aired: June, 2011 (SBS)

Rights: Worldwide, excluding format rights in the UK and New Zealand for series one

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.