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A Place to Call Home 

A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia.

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1953. After 20 years living in Europe, Sarah Adams returns to Australia. While working as a nurse on the ocean voyage home, Sarah meets the influential and wealthy Bligh family and discovers a scandalous family secret. In Sydney, Sarah finds her estranged mother still unwilling to forgive her perceived "sin" of converting to Judaism. With no other prospects, Sarah takes up George Bligh's offer of a job in the Inverness hospital, much to the disapproval of George's overbearing mother, Elizabeth. Written by L. Hamre

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Promising start, but quickly descended into a silly farce.
4 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

I only watched most the first season of this Australian period drama, which at first I thought it would be Downton Down Under, but its more like Dallas, Dynasty and the more recently, Revenge, where nothing actually happens in the show and most of the "drama" is self created.

The series stars Marta Dusseldorp as Sarah Adams, a stranger returning to Australia after living in "Europe" for the last twenty years. Throughout the first few episodes, her story unravels and is truly original and has lots of potential for character development. Along her way she encounters the wealthy Bligh family in a small Australian town and instantly becomes entangled in their affairs. I won't bore you with the details, but basic premise of the show is that everyone on the show has a secret that they can't tell and all of the drama created centers around it. The aspect of the drama involves everyone's fear of scandal, which, while I'm sure existed in 1953, wasn't really Earth shattering. Certainly not like finding a Turkish diplomat dead in the bed of a teen aged heiress.

What really turned me off was the introduction of new character, at about the 10 episode mark. Regina Standish, played by Jenni Baird, a relative by marriage to the Blighs enters the story with twirling mustache and all. After a couple of episodes of cringe-worthy shenanigans, I did a quick look on IMDb and Alexis Carrington, uhhh, I mean Regina Standish continues on in the series permanently.

I felt like the victim of an elaborate bait and switch. The true star of the show, the villain, swaps out the top billed actress 10 episodes in and everyone else in the story become set dressing for the machinations of an ugly anti-Semite.

No thank you.


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