A Place to Call Home
Sunday, 8.30pm, Seven One of our finest historical dramas continues with this second episode. There’s a nice catch-up collage at the very beginning for recalcitrants who missed last week’s debut. Though it it not so grand, and is set in the 1950s rather than the 20s, there is a hint of Downton Abbey about A Place to Call Home, mostly in the dialogue and the sense of scandal engulfing a well-to-do family of pastoralists, the Blighs, who live in a country mansion and get about in Rolls-Royces. Thankfully, in the egalitarian Australia of the 50s, we are spared all the tedious class conflicts that are the bread and butter of Downton. But that doesn’t stop the meddling of defensive matriarch Elizabeth (Noni Hazelhurst, in fine form) who thinks our lovely central character — nursing sister Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp) — will easily be paid off and dispatched back to England, after she unsuccessfully tried to block her employment. The Adams woman knows too much about suicidal James (David Berry), who impulsively tried to top himself by jumping overboard on the boat they shared from England. Elizabeth is not entirely thrilled by the chemistry brewing between her son George (Brett Climo) and this dreadful Adams woman. Something has to give.