TV Review: A Place to Call Home, Premiere’s Tonight on Channel 7

| 28 April , 2013 | Reply

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Created by: Bevan Lee
Starring: Noni Hazlehurst, Marta Dusseldorp, Deborah Kennedy, Brett Climo, David Berry, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Abbey Earl, Aldo Mignone, Craig Hall and Frankie J Holden
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3.5 / 5

Refreshingly Australian, this TV show will appeal to those of us wanting to see the Aussie bushland and a bit of Downton Abbey-ness thrown in. Admittedly, it’s 1953, so not that old, but it has the old fashioned values and a bit of ‘properness’ about it. Creator, Lee, is well known in the industry for Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers and Always Greener. This is another hit!


Sarah (Dusseldorp) has moved into Doris’ (Kennedy) boarding house. Immediately there is some conjecture over her history and passage. She’s left her home due to issues that are yet to be revealed. There is a lot of ‘insisting’ at the dinner table with questions about her house and history.

The boarding nurses are happy to have a newcomer and like the banter at the dinner table however, Elizabeth (Hazelhurst) is frustrated that Sarah is still the topic of conversation. She is warned to be cautious and not raise suspicion and we are still kept in the dark about what this suspicion could be. It makes for a nice hook to keep us interested.


Doris is set to be the troublesome character in the show already snooping around and trying to extricate information from absolutely everyone, at the same time, making inappropriate judgements.

Young love is abound between two who should raise some serious issues in the town. Gino (Mignone) is chasing the lovely Anna (Earl) and she seems to be at peace with this but it’s a secret they must keep for now.


Class structures and first impressions are very important to all in this local community and definitely sets it up for lots of intrigue in future episodes. The local community talent quest is befitting and extraordinarily Aussie and quaint at the same time. All the proceeds from the CWA event are going to the local hospital, which will be one of the main focuses of the show, having many nurses and doctors in the cast.


It’s lovely to see familiar faces on the screen and some gorgeous new ones entering Australian TV scene. It’s good to support our talent and see them in our stunning native backdrop. Mystery, intrigue and secrets abound, this Aussie drama is sure to please.

Will they find a place to call home? Premiering Sunday on Channel 7 at 8.30pm.


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