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A Place To Call Home is re­turn­ing to tele­vi­sion af­ter Fox­tel res­cued the much-loved 1950s pe­riod drama from the Seven scrapheap

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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.

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