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A Place to Call Homeor

A Place to Call Homeor

A Place to Call Home

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Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood as Olivia Bligh, James' wife, a newlywed from England at the start of the series. She does not know that James is secretly in love with her brother, William. She develops anger toward James for his indifference to her desperate need for affection, but eventually tries to come to terms with his sexuality in the interests of their son, Georgie, and of the family estate. She hides for many months the fact that her baby with James died in the womb and that the baby she brought home is not really theirs.

Season 5 was announced by Foxtel on 16 November 2016. The timeline of season 5 skips ahead from 1954 to the year 1958. Production of A Place to Call Home resumed in February 2017 with principal photography continuing through July 2017. Season 5 premiered on Foxtel's Showcase Channel in Australia starting on 8 October 2017. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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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.

The photography is lovely and the acting is good. The continuity, however, is shamelessly marked by drippy sentimentality and plot manipulation. While this is not soap opera at its lowest, there is the usual clutter of coincidence, titillation, violence, class and generational conflict, and scandal, all in the context of the conservative 50's in NSW Australia. In particular, the plot is often advanced unconvincingly by a character's brief remarks or by just a look or gesture. For example, Olivia has an epiphany concerning her husband's homosexuality by the way he is looking at, yes, her brother in one of her wedding photographs, who, by the way, was best man. Oh, the humiliation! Characters are constantly jumping too fast to conclusions and are too easily manipulated by a paucity of information. The episodes are seeded with so many potentials for conflict etc. that amongst the weeds that spring up there is little room for character development or for details of motivation. The result is that unrelieved cliche dominates most of the continuity. Don't get me wrong. I like soap opera, its romance and titillation which we all love. But it should also present an intelligent consideration of such items as historical situation, manners, and culture as well as interesting character development. I refer you obviously to Downton Abbey or to the very excellent series Home Fires, which latter item, I pray, they will renew! (Source: www.amazon.com)

 

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