Miriam Margolyes Impossibly Australian: ABC announces return after health scare

In the new, three-part series, Margolyes aims to learn what it takes to grow and adapt to an ever-changing future.

The ABC has announced its new series, Miriam Margolyes Impossibly Australian, following a health scare for the star actor and presenter.

A spokesperson for the ABC said: ‘Following a recent heart operation in London, Margolyes is worried about what the future holds. So, ignoring everyone’s advice to ‘slow down’, she returns to Australia, a place she considers her second home and a country that, for her, has always meant new horizons.

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‘Across the three-part series, she embarks on a personal mission, travelling to Perth, Byron Bay and Broken Hill, meeting communities that are facing change and who can teach her how to adapt to whatever the future holds.’

In the series, Margolyes begins her journey in Perth and has an emotional meeting with Freemantle locals Tony and Jim, part of Australia’s Stolen Generation.

She then travels to Byron Bay, where individualism and influencers thrive. There, she meets hippies, learns about Byron’s homelessness crisis and even gets her ‘yoni’ steamed.

Finally, she heads into the outback mining town of Broken Hill, where people are reinventing themselves, carving out new paths against all odds.

Miriam Margolyes Impossibly Australian premieres on 9 Aprilon ABC TV, with all episodes available to stream on ABC iview.

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites