|Marta Dusseldorp as Sarah.|
In the opening episode, Sarah meets George Bligh (Brett Climo) on an ocean liner when his mother requires medical attention. There's an instant attraction between Sarah and George and his mother Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst) doesn't like it. Elizabeth's dislike of Sarah grows when the latter discovers a secret involving George's adult son James.
|Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh.|
Initially, Sarah finds it hard to fit in, but her pluck and nursing skills help her gain acceptance--with everyone except Elizabeth Bligh. Meanwhile, George's daughter Anna gets serious with a young blue-collar worker named Gino, son James tries to keep a big secret from his wife, and the sister of George's deceased wife pops up unexpectedly to cause trouble.
A Place to Call Home is an engrossing drama, with much of the credit going to Bevan Lee. He created the show and penned many of the plot-packed scripts. His greatest gift, though, is how he gradually reveals pertinent details about his characters' pasts. For example, it's evident that Sarah is a woman of strength and perseverance from the moment she's introduced. However, Lee takes several episodes to unveil the incidents from her past that made her that way. Likewise, the viewer gains insight--over time--as to why other characters, such as Elizabeth and her estranged daughter Carolyn, act the way they do.
|Brett Climo as George Bligh.|
A strong cast is grounded by Marta Dusseldorp as Sarah Adams and Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh. Dusseldorp may be the better known of the two for most viewers, having starred as a barrister in The Crownies (2011) and as the title character in its spinoff Janet King (2014-2016). Hazlehurst, who reminds me mightily of Kathy Bates, hosted a popular home and garden show in Australia for many years.
|Jenni Baird as the nasty Regina.|
A Place to Call Home has run for four seasons, a total of 45 episodes, since its debut in 2013. It's available on DVD in the U.S. and can be streamed on Acorn TV.