A Place to Call Home

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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?

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