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Created by Bevan Lee
Country of origin Australia
First episode date 28 April 2013
Genre Period drama
Composer(s) Michael Yezerski
Original language(s) English
|Starring Marta Dusseldorp
Frankie J. Holden
Nominations Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series
Networks Foxtel, Seven Network, SoHo
Cast Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, David Berry, Arianwen Parkes‑Lockwood
A place to call home channel seven 2013 promo
A Place to Call Home is an Australian television drama series that debuted on the Seven Network on Sunday 28 April 2013. Set in rural New South Wales in the period following the Second World War, it follows Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp), who has returned to Australia after twenty years abroad to start a new life and ends up clashing with wealthy matriarch Elizabeth Bligh (Noni Hazlehurst). The main cast also consists of Brett Climo (George Bligh), Craig Hall (Dr. Jack Duncan), David Berry (James Bligh), Abby Earl (Anna Poletti), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Olivia Bligh), Aldo Mignone (Gino Poletti), Sara Wiseman (Carolyn Bligh), Jenni Baird as (Regina Bligh) and Frankie J. Holden (Roy Briggs).
- A place to call home channel seven 2013 promo
- A place to call home sept 2015
- Awards and nominations
It was created by Bevan Lee and has been described as a "compelling melodrama about love and loss set against the social change of the 1950s".
The series was threatened with cancellation at the end of its second season, but as of February 2017, four seasons have been aired and a fifth season is in production. The series has gained loyal followings in international distribution as well as in its home country.
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Development for A Place to Call Home began after Bevan Lee completed his "domestic trilogy" (Always Greener, Packed to the Rafters and Winners & Losers). He took inspiration from film director Douglas Sirk's 1950s films such as Written on the Wind (1956) and All That Heaven Allows (1955). Lee told The Age that he wanted to create a romance-driven melodrama based in the 1950s because people's lives in the present are "relatively bland". He said: "At the end of the day, conflict is drama and we live in relatively conflict-free society. I had to go to a place where there was pain and damage and hurt; after the war there was." The script is co-written by Lee and Trent Atkinson.
Noni Hazlehurst (Elizabeth Bligh) was the first cast member to be announced for A Place to Call Home, on 18 June 2012. Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah Adams), Brett Climo (George Bligh) and Frankie J. Holden (Roy Briggs) were announced a month later, with Dusseldorp leading the overall cast. Newcomers David Berry (James Bligh), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Olivia Bligh), Abby Earl (Anna Bligh) and Aldo Mignone (Gino Poletti), made up the rest of the main cast.
A Place to Call Home is primarily set in both the fictional estate "Ash Park" and the nearby fictional town of "Inverness" in country New South Wales. Camden and the Southern Highlands in New South Wales serves as the backdrop for Inverness. Ash Park is actually Camelot, a heritage-listed property located at Kirkham, on the outskirts of Camden. Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, is a third location where major events occur, but most city scenes are filmed indoors, aside from some establishing shots such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge (the yet-to-be-built Sydney Opera House is carefully edited out of the shots).
Filming for the first season began on 9 July 2012 and concluded on 12 December 2012. Season one was shot on a Sony F65 camera, becoming the first Australian television production to do so.
In June 2013, Erin McWhirter from TV Week announced that A Place to Call Home had been renewed for another season. Abby Earl told McWhirter, "We're locked in pre-production in August and then we start filming in September, so there's plenty of time for me to get back in Anna's shoes." The second season started on 11 May 2014 and concluded on 13 July 2014.
TV Week confirmed that a third season had been commissioned. However, in June 2014, the magazine reported that Channel Seven had declined the option to renew the series, and that the cast and crew had been told that they would not be required for a third season.
On 15 October 2014, it was announced that Foxtel had finalised a deal with Channel Seven that would see a third season written by Bevan Lee, produced by Seven Productions, but aired on Foxtel. On 25 October 2014, The Daily Telegraph announced that A Place to Call Home was renewed for another two seasons and would return in late 2015, airing on Foxtel channel, SoHo. It was also announced that all the original cast & crew members would return.
On 16 August 2015 it was announced via the official Facebook page that Season 3 would premiere on Sunday 27 September 2015 at 8:30pm on SoHo. Season 4 premiered on Foxtel's Showcase channel on Sunday 11 September 2016.
Season 5 was announced by Foxtel on 16 November 2016. The timeline of Season 5 will skip ahead from 1954 to the year 1958. A Place to Call Home will resume filming in February 2017.
When Seven Network revealed its new television series lineup for 2012, A Place to Call Home was mentioned alongside other titles. Seven Network's Angus Ross said that it would potentially premiere in late 2012, but wouldn't rush the show to air by a certain date unless "casting and other elements" were right. The first season of A Place to Call Home consisted of thirteen episodes. The pilot episode was originally broadcast on 28 April 2013, in the 8:30 pm time slot (previously occupied by Downton Abbey).
Awards and nominations
Shortly after airing in Australia A Place to Call Home started broadcasting on TV One in New Zealand in the Sundays 8.30pm slot, moving later to 9.40 pm. The second-season finale was aired on 26 October 2014.
The first season began airing in Denmark on DR1 in March 2014. The show airs under the Danish title En Ny Begyndelse, which roughly translates to A New Beginning. In other Nordic countries the show has been aired in Finland by the national broadcasting company's TV channel Yle TV1. The show airs under the Finnish title Kotiin takaisin, which roughly translates to Back to home.
Series one and two began airing on BBC2 in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2014, series three on 25 February 2016 and series four on 13 February 2017.
The show also airs in Israel on Yes Drama under the title מקום בלב, which translates to A Place in the Heart.
In the Netherlands the series airs too on MAX (npo2).
The first four seasons are available for streaming in the US on Acorn TV. They also air on select PBS stations.
In Croatia the show airs on HRT under the title Mjesto koje zovem dom, which translates to A Place That I Call Home.