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Wanted Down Under

Series 12

Episode 18: Thom Family

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Uprooting the family goes with the territory when you are in the military, but after 20 years of relocating the Thom family is desperate to settle down in their forever home. The only problem is mum Lori and dad Kevin cannot decide where that should be. Kevin thinks it should be close to his nearest and dearest in his Scottish hometown, while Lori has her heart set on planting those roots much further away - in Australia.

Along with Kevin and Lori there are sons Niall, who is 11, and Lochlan, who is 18 months. Lori and Kevin met in the RAF in 2005, and it was love at first sight. They married after a whirlwind romance and then travelled the world.

Originally the one pushing for a move, Kevin's latest posting to RAF Lossiemouth has changed all that. Born and bred in the local area, for Kevin it is a return home to friends and family. The fact it's a healthy work promotion as well is a welcome bonus. Lori has now retrained as a PTSD counsellor but has never thought of the north east of Scotland as being where she should put down her roots.

It's not only Kevin who is stalling. Son Niall has settled into his fifth school in almost as many years, and he loves it. He is on the football team and is pretty good - local scouts are showing a fair bit of interest. An added plus for the two boys is this is the first time they have their doting grandparents nearby to spoil them. And as for Kevin, leaving his job is difficult enough, but the idea of leaving his parents is virtually unthinkable.

Could a trial week in Melbourne convince the whole family otherwise? Or will the pull of home be just too strong? There is a lot up in the air for the Thoms - the time has come for this RAF family to decide once and for all where their dream landing should be. Show less


Nicki Chapman
Executive Producer:
Paul Connolly
On-line editing:
Mick Clarke
Production Manager:
Joy Hines
Series Producer:
Jacqui Berkeley

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