A Place to Call Home
Sunday, 8.30pm, Seven I haven’t popped in on well-to-do Aussie pastoralists the Blighs for some time. But I remain convinced the show is an attempt, using the magic of a historical setting, to snare the audience of Downton Abbey by localising the plot. Down Under Abbey? Perhaps, with some of the muscular farm hands of McLeod’s Daughters thrown in for good measure. The piano-led soundtrack rings out as we sweep across rural landscapes with flocks of sheep and into the elegant home of the Blighs where, in this episode, meddling matriarch Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst) takes a bit of a turn, slumping elegantly to the carpet. Cue a galloping horse, for the word has got around that the old girl in the big house has hit the shag pile. Yes, it’s that nasty heart condition of hers. Now who could be waiting at the hospital to treat Elizabeth but that thorn in her side, sister Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp)? We don’t want blood-pressure raising conflicts in the hospital, do we?