Marta Dusseldorp in a scene from the TV series A Place To Call Home.
Marta Dusseldorp in a scene from the TV series A Place To Call Home. Contributed by Channel 7

A mysterious place they all call home

ROMANCE and nostalgia abound in Seven's ambitious new Aussie drama A Place To Call Home.

The post-war melodrama comes from Packed to the Rafters and Winners & Losers creator Bevan Lee and is set against the backdrop of the tumultuous cultural transitions from the horrors of the Second World War to 1950s peacetime.

The lavish new period drama follows nurse Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp) as she returns home after 20 years abroad.

"She's been away for 20 years, but I always wanted her to be quintessentially Australian because I think it's more interesting if you come back with a true sense of home but you're an alien within that home," Dusseldorp told The Guide.

"Her life has followed her into Europe and she's held it close for whatever reason. This is the time to come back and see it played out.

"Lots of things happened to her in Europe. It's been a really tricky and challenging negotiation through her. She's thick (skinned), which is good and bad."

A Place To Call Home - Seven - Sunday at 8.30pm

An incident on her boat trip back to Australia "spins her into a place which she would never have gone" Dusseldorp said, and binds her fate to the Bligh family, a well-to-do pastoralist clan from rural Inverness on the outskirts of Sydney.

The independent and mysterious Sarah finds herself at odds with Bligh family matriarch Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst), who is deeply protective of her family's social status and traditions.

"She's not someone who needs approval or seeks friendship but she's not cold," Dusseldorp said.

"She's just reserved because she believes everyone has their own right to silence."

The debut episode is a fast-paced introduction to the main characters featuring breathtaking landscapes, vivid colours and beautiful costumes. Mysteries and dark secrets abound.

"The genius of someone like Bevan Lee is his ability to take eight or nine really strong characters, give them all their own stories but also interweave them very intelligently," she said.

The series also stars Brett Climo as George Bligh, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood as Olivia, Craig Hall as Jack Duncan and Aldo Poletti.


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