FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT A PLACE TO CALL HOME:

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DOWN­TON DOW­NUN­DER? Be­ing a pe­riod piece the

com­par­i­son be­tween A Place To Call Home and Down­ton Abbey will be nat­u­ral and crit­ics won’t be far off the mark.

While there is no down­stairs staff to speak of, the piece does deal with class and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of wealthy fam­i­lies.

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BE­VAN LEE Seven’s chief ideas man Be­van Lee has had a longheld de­sire to cre­ate an Aus­tralian pe­riod drama. The brains be­hind shows

such as

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THE HOUSE The fam­ily home you see in A Place To Call Home is ac­tu­ally a func­tion­ing house peo­ple live in. They kept the lower floor com­pletely tra­di­tional and live in the up­stairs sec­tion of the house. Nat­u­rally the se­ries is shot in the

down­stairs area.

NEW FACES There are plenty of new­com­ers get­ting their big tele­vi­sion break in this but it isn’t

by any means their first act­ing gig. David Berry (James Bligh) and

Ari­an­wen ParkesLock­wood (Olivia Bligh) are sea­soned theatre per­form­ers. ParkesLock­wood starred op­po­site Martha Dus­sel­dorp in Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany’s

re­cently.

NONI

A Place To Call Home marks the cel­e­bra­tion of Noni Ha­zle­hurst’s 39th year in tele­vi­sion. She be­gan her ca­reer in 1974 on The Box and has gone on to ap­pear in Di­vi­sion 4,

The Sullivans, City Homi­cide as well as her

much-loved run in Play School. This new show sees her give Mag­gie Smith a run for her money in be­ing an ex­pert at sour faces and old

fash­ion sto­icism.

PE­RIOD PIECE: The cast of Seven’s new pe­riod drama

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