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Australian ‘Mystery Road’ Detective Series On ‘Acorn’ Is Intriguing & Educational.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Acorn’ Webpage for this series.



Found it, like so many other gems on ‘Acorn‘, while browsing the catalog looking for good mystery/detective shows. Looked interesting and it sure has been.

We became addicted to ‘A Place To Call Home‘ on Acorn — which was Australian and set in Australia. ‘Mystery Road‘ shares that trait.

Tight, gripping, intriguing. Powerful, in-your-face characters. The mystery is set within an aboriginal community. That is the educational part. we have not had that much exposure to modern day aboriginal life and this show takes you there — in spades. Reminds me, very much, of the Navajos and life in and around my beloved Canyon de Chelly. The male detective is ‘BLACK’ — i.e., an aborigine. That gives it all a nice twist. He has a colorful past too.

We have only watched the first 4 episodes. But, they were good. I can’t wait to go back and finish the series. I think I will not be disappointed.


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“A Place To Call Home”, The Australian “Downton Abbey”, NEW Season 6 + New Season 5 Episodes.

by Anura Guruge


On “Acorn TV” in the U.S. acorn.tv/placetocallhome/series6


I had NOT checked ‘Acorn TV‘, on my Roku 3, for a couple of months. We have had plethora of other TV to watch during ‘Family TV hour’.

Last night, on a whim, I decided to check ‘Acorn’.

A Place to Call Home” Series 6 was being featured. That pleased me no end. I had thought that it would not be here till Thanksgiving, as was the case with Series 5 last year. I am glad I was wrong.

So, this evening we sat back and got ready to enjoy Series 6 Episode 1.

But, when they did their usual “Previously …” we were LOST. We didn’t remember any of what they were talking about. So, we went back to Series 5. Looks like there are 5 episodes we had missed, viz., 8 – 12. Not sure how that was possible. We watched Episodes 1 – 7 every week and we would have gone back for 8. My feeling is that they were added later.

NOT complaining. More to watch. And that is always a good thing with this addictive show. It really is worth watching. So many clever twists and turns.

So, we are happy. Especially Teischan. She loves it.


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by Anura Guruge

Getting A Twitter Like From Marta Dusseldorp On Christmas Day — Pretty Neat!

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Click to access her Twitter account.


My December 5, 2017, “A Place To Call Home” tweet she liked.

If referenced this post.

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The incomparable, very distinctive & distinguished Marta Dusseldorp is, of course, Sarah Adams/Sarah Nordmann, in “A Place To Call Home” — a series that we are totally hooked on.

Now as some of you know I am not into celebrity following and my inability to identify actors/actresses is legendary.  Marta Dusseldorp, is an exception. I do recognize her and know who she is.

So, this was a thrill. Teischan will be ‘impressed’ I hope.


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by Anura Guruge

“A Place To Call Home”, The Australian “Downton Abbey”, Season 5 Is Nail Bitingly Gripping.

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I have never watched Soap Operas so I don’t know how intense they get, BUT Season 5 of ‘A Place To Call Home‘, now on Acorn TV, is gripping beyond anything I have seen on late.

Puts “Indian Summers” to shame, and “Downton Abbey“, with all of its exquisitely crafted drama, never, in my opinion, had so many suspenseful storylines in parallel. Whoever the writers are they are GOOD. Definitely knows their craft and audience. Bravo. Yes, of course, there are a few patches when the storyline and dialogue sags. But, that is to be expected.

Australians should be proud.

I, confess. Until I came across ‘A Place To Call Home‘, which I have been hooked on since Season 1, I thought that the only good TV that the Aussies could produce was live cricket! Now I know better.


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“A Place To Call Home”, The Australian “Downton Abbey”, Season 5 Premieres On “Acorn TV” On Thanksgiving 2017.

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We are addicted to this show and have hungrily watched each and every episode, sometimes 2 or 3 at a sitting. Teischan went back over the Summer and watched it ALL — all over again — on her own.

We discovered this Australian series, serendipitously, on ‘Acorn TV‘ (on our Roku), in 2015 and were hooked as of Episode 1. We think of it as an Australian “Downton Abbey“. Good storyline. Has you both rooting for various characters and in ‘suspenders’. Very watchable.

Teischan will be so excited.

Kind of cute. Season 4, last year, also premiered on Thanksgiving Day (albeit 2016). So, Acorn is kind of teasing us. That is OK.

This made my day. Yippeee!


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Amazon’s 2015 Movie, ‘The Dressmaker’, Set In Australia, Is Engaging And Sometimes V. Funny.

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The Trailer on YouTube.


Given I am an Amazon Prime member I get regular e-mails with Prime Movie recommendations.

This movie was in one of those e-mails last week. I added it to my Watchlist.

Being set in Australia and the 1950s time period made me think that it might be along the lines of “A Place To Call Home” — a series that we all really got hooked on.

I was right. Definite similarities.

Not a bad movie at all; at all. Actually quite a GOOD movie.

Engrossing story line. Some hilarious parts. Easy on the eye.

You will like it. Promise.


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Australian “Downton Abbey”, i.e., “A Place To Call Home”, Season 4 Premier Airs On “Acorn TV” On Thanksgiving 2016.

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Click to access ‘Acorn TV’ homepage for this compelling show.


We discovered this Australian series, serendipitously, on ‘Acorn TV‘ (on our Roku), last year and were hooked as of Episode 1. We think of it as an Australian “Downton Abbey“. Good storyline. Has you both rooting for various characters and in ‘suspenders’. Very watchable.

So we are excited to see that Season 4 will start airing between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. That means that there will only be 5 or 6 episodes. That is a shame but it is better than nothing.

You have been warned. 


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Mr. Selfridge, Season 4, Snuck Up On Us, With No Warning From PBS — Albeit To Our Delight.

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Click to access PBS homepage for “Mr. Selfridge” Season 4 with an embedded promo video.


Though we, as true devotees, watched all the 9 episodes of “Downton AbbeySeason 6 (alas, the final season) plus all of the other ‘milk-it’ shows that went before and after (e.g., the ‘BAFTA Awards‘ for the show) we did not see any trailers or promos for Season 4 (alas, also another final season) for ‘Mr. Selfridge‘. We only found out because our DISH DVR was programmed to record all new episodes of PBSMasterpiece Theater” and as such recorded Sunday’s episode, i.e., episode 1. I actually first thought that it was a rerun — having been convinced that Season 3 was the last.

We were wrong and we are delighted. We discovered “Mr. Selfridge” on Amazon Prime Video, serendipitously, after we had finished watching Seasons 1 to 5 of “Downton Abbey”, more or less nightly, on Prime. “Mr. Selfridge” was a great antidote for “Downton Abbey” withdrawal until we discovered, on British ‘Acorn’, the Australian “A Place To Call Home“. Teischan (then 9), who became quite the “Downton” expert, also knew “Mr. Selfridge” characters, storyline and plots very well. So we are all happy. I just checked that the other 8 episodes of Season 4 will be recorded. You can catch reruns of “Mr. Selfridge” Season 4 episode 1 on Saturday and Sunday and it is probably also on Roku. It is on Prime, albeit at $1.99 an episode.

Enjoy. We will. [I have been very familiar with the Oxford St. store since 1967 and for a few months in 1979 worked in an office just around the corner from the store.]


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Australian “A Place To Call Home”, As Good As “Downton Abbey”, Season 3 …

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Click to access YouTube video. NEW ENDING for Season 2 so as to make Season 3 viable.


Yesterday evening during our ‘family TV hour’ I was scrolling through (British TV) Acorn, through our Roku 3, to see what new shows they had. On a whim, albeit with no great expectations, I said “lets check ‘A Place To Call Home’ to see if they have a Season 3”. Serendipity! There was a Season 3. We couldn’t believe it. I checked to see that they had not accidently relabeled Season 2 as Season 3. They had not. We were delighted. Especially the kids.

As I raved about here we think ‘A Place To Call Home’ is nearly as good as ‘Downton Abbey‘ (though the setting is not as grandiose) — and that is saying something because we are all “Downton” devotees.

We had NO idea that ABC (and the ‘A’ there stands for ‘Australian’ as opposed to ‘American’) had CANCELLED the show halfway through Season 2! That had to have been crazy. It is a good show. Now they have resurrected it and I am delighted that common sense prevailed. So they had to do a new ending for Season 2 so as to provide a more compelling ‘runway’ into Season 3. That was kind of weird. But we watched the new ending last night. Wow. Dramatic. We will start watching Season 3 tonight. 40 minute episodes. So Teischan insists that we can squeeze in 2 each night.

I just discovered that it is also available on YouTube. So you should be all set. Do yourself a HUGE favor and watch it. You WILL thank me for that advice. 


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Tonight, Nov. 22, Is The Final Episode Of PBS Masterpiece “Indian Summers”.

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Click to access PBS sneak preview video. Very high quality.


Just a heads up. Tonight, November 22, 2015, Episode 9 is the finale for Season 1 of ‘Indian Summers‘. Not sure whether a Season 2 is planned or funded.

Can’t say I will miss it much. Yes, we watched all 8 episodes so far, within 48 hours of them airing. It was OK. The chemistry was never right.

We all much preferred ‘Home Fires‘ which ended two Sundays ago. That we would like back.

Not sure what happened to ‘Indian Summers‘. You could detect the elements of ‘Passage to India‘ (e.g., court scene) and ‘Jewel in the Crown‘ (e.g., interracial love interests, Independence etc.) But the characterization was poor and I finally worked it out. The dialog was insipid.

So there will be no new Masterpiece shows on PBS in December 2015. It will be reruns. Then in January or February 2016 we kick of with the FINAL SEASON, season 6, of ‘Downton Abbey