A Place to Call Home (2013–2018)
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Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 13 July 2014
Rene thinks that he is standing in the way of Sarah's happiness after seeing a moment of yearning between her and George. Anna and Gino's honeymoon is tainted by Andrew. George has an announcement to make.

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Lynn-Maree Danzey
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Marta Dusseldorp ... Sarah Adams
Noni Hazlehurst ... Elizabeth Bligh
Brett Climo ... George Bligh
Craig Hall ... Jack Duncan
David Berry ... James Bligh
Abby Earl ... Anna Bligh
Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood ... Olivia Bligh
Aldo Mignone ... Gino Poletti
Sara Wiseman Sara Wiseman ... Carolyn Bligh
Matt Levett ... Andrew Swanson
Frankie J. Holden ... Roy Briggs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenni Baird ... Regina Standish
Stephen Bourke Stephen Bourke ... Mr. Davis
Ellie Gall ... Colleen Kilgour
Scott Grimley Scott Grimley ... Norman Parker

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Having witnessed a moment of yearning between Sarah and George at the wedding, Rene suspects he is standing in the way of Sarah's happiness, despite Sarah's attempts to convince her husband of her devotion. George announces he's leaving Inverness for good, and asks James to take over the running of Ash Park. When Regina arrives distressed, the victim of apparent domestic violence, George cancels his plans, despite Elizabeth's warning that he's being manipulated. The bliss of Anna and Gino's honeymoon is tainted by a visit from Andrew.

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Drama

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Not Rated

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Compelling drama, plagued with attack of Whispering Disease
21 April 2015 | by douglasscarol123See all my reviews

A Place to Call Home is a better-than average TV series, with a relative minimum of soap-opera-itis. Elizabeth, the rich, meddling mother, has a squinty-eyed, tight-lipped smile that flashes on and off with unsettling frequency. Veteran actress Noni Hazelhurst gives a performance in the role that flirts with stereotype, but then that's the writing, not the actress.

It's a compelling drama, touching on various issues ripe for change in the social landscape following WWII: the then lamentably puritanical and punishing view of homosexuality and the then lamentably rigid class structure. The series moves from one crisis to the next--what else can a long series do?--and invites thoughtful contemplation of lingering Victorian attitudes.

The only criticism I have, given that this is a TV series and not a work of enduring art, is that beginning about the 16th episode, the main female characters suffer an attack of the Whispering Disease, that annoying and thoroughly bizarre condition in which the actresses are instructed to utter all of their lines in a whisper. Even when only the actress and the person to whom she's talking are in the room, they're apparently unable to talk in anything but a secretive, breathy whisper, as if every action were susceptible to public exposure.

The Whisper, combined with extreme close-ups, has been around for decades, but has gained popularity with directors of TV series in the past 10 years. It's an affectation that purports to add to the dramatic value of a scene, but which results instead in simplistic artificiality.

If you can get past that absurdity, A Place to Call Home is indeed entertaining and absorbing.


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