A Place To Call Home is returning to television after Foxtel rescued the much-loved 1950s period drama from the Seven scrapheap
ABBY EARL SAYS THE DRAMA IS TURNED UP A NOTCH IN THE NEW SEASON OF A PLACE TO CALL HOME
As A Place To Call Home settles into its new digs on Foxtel’s Soho channel, star Abby Earl says there’s still plenty of room for love and loss.
“If anything, we have turned it up a notch,” she says.
“The show has a faster pace. It’s bolder, sexier – it’s really found its rhythm.”
Earl plays Anna Bligh in the Australian period drama, which is set against the social change of the 1950s.
Despite loyal fans and solid ratings, Seven axed the show last year after two seasons.
Foxtel will breathe new life into A Place To Call Home when they launch season three on Sunday.
“I am so glad they rescued and resuscitated a project that affected people,” Earl says.
“They listened to the people. I think the show fits Foxtel really well – it’s a sweeping, epic, melodramatic drama.”
While the change in networks means a slight change in style for the show, Earl says the complex characters’ web of secrets remain at the forefront. Picking up where we left off, Earl says her relationship with Italian farmer Gino, played by Aldo Mignone, is put to the test.
“Marriage brings out a stubbornness in both Gino and Anna,” she says.
“Being with Gino is what Anna fought so hard for – but is it really what she wanted?
“She is trying to adjust to farm life but this is a wealthy girl who never made her own bed. It’s hard for her. And Gino cracks the whip.”
The single actress says playing a woman with marriage problems is one of the challenges she faces on set.
“I am nowhere near married in real life so it certainly felt weird having a ring on that finger – it was nice to be able to take it off,” she laughs. “The experience hasn’t put me off marriage but my career is still my priority. I’m unapologetic about it. I’ve worked too hard to get to this point.” Having starred in A Place
To Call Home for three years, Earl says she’s grown with her character.
“I have learnt a lot from Anna,” she says. “I think she’s pretty fantastic. I like the way she never second guesses herself. She’s stubborn, spontaneous and romantic. I aspire to be as progressive and untamed as Anna.”
Earl says the script for season three surprised her.
“I found it went in directions I couldn’t predict,” she says. A Place To Call Home, Season 3, airs from Sunday on Soho
Abby Earl plays Anna Bligh in Foxtel's A Place To Call Home.