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

by Anura Guruge


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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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by Anura Guruge

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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Amazon Prime’s “Doctor Thorne” Is Still More Trollope Than Fellowes “Downton”.

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.


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“Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, is the 3rd book in this 6-novel collection, the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”. Click to access Amazon listing.


To say that this is BY Julian Fellowes, of “Downton Abbey” fame, is to indulge in some poetic license. As Julian, to his credit, explains prior to the start of Episode 1, “Doctor Thorne” is a book by much-regarded British Victorian-era writer Anthony Trollope [1815 – 1882]. Julian took Trollope’s masterpiece (and all of Trollope’s work is considered as such) and made it into a screenplay. And, of course, Julian, a master himself, did a masterful job. However, even Julian, with all of his magic, cannot take the Trollope out of “Doctor Thorne” — and that is both good and bad.

Prolific Anthony Trollope, who had a day job working for the British postal service, was a Victorian writer — and “Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, starts off, set in 1830s. Basically that is 90 to a 100 years PRIOR to “Downton Abbey”. Furthermore, Victorian writers, by nature, were DARK and often prone to be lugubrious. And that comes across even with Julian’s deft touch.

Having watched, with great sadness, the very last episode of “Mr. Selfridge” last night, we tried out Episode 1 of “Doctor Thorne”, on Amazon Prime Video (which we subscribe to), as a possible diversion. It wasn’t bad. I had to pause it, often, to explain to the kids what was happening. That was never necessary with “Downton” — and that is a key difference. Trollope tends to be subtle.

I am sure that we will watch all of “Doctor Thorne” and get to love it. I already ordered — in print and in Kindle — everything written by Trollope. This will be my excuse to read Trollope! SMILE. That alone is good. I can’t be a Philistine when it comes to Victorian novels (bar some exceptions, like “Jane Eyre“) all my life.

So just a heads up. Not Julian Fellowes BUT Anthony Trollope.

Got that?


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Anthony Trollope.

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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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A Better Ending For The “Downton Abbey” Finale — Leave Us In Suspenders.

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We, with great trepidation and a mounting sense of loss, watched the ‘Downton Abbey‘ Finale last night — having recorded it on Sunday.

It was good. Not as dramatic as I had expected. In the end a very British, kind of Victorian, possibly Jane Austenish, ending. Very positive. Upbeat and sentimental.

I gather (see below) that people expected more. Well I definitely would have introduced Michael Gregson back in that Finale. I kept on waiting for him to come and stop the wedding. And when that didn’t happen I would have closed out the SERIES with Carson announcing that Michael Gregson was at the door. Boom! Wouldn’t that have left everybody shocked.

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Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original for the above.


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“Downton Abbey”, Season 6 DVD, With “2015 Christmas Special”, Now Available On Amazon — $19.99.

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Click to go to Amazon for the DVD.


The “Downton Abbey” Season 6 DVD and Blu-Ray are now available from Amazon (U.S.), the DVD a full $10 less than it was first advertised in November 2015.

Before Season 6 started airing on PBS on Sunday, January 3, 2016 I was sure, at the urging of the kids, that I was going to get the DVD, when it became available in the U.S. (as of January 26), even at $30. I am no longer sure. Counting the “2015 Christmas Special” there are 9 episodes on the DVD. But we have already seen 4 of these episodes and the 5th is being aired (for us to DVR) this Sunday, January 31. So when I get this DVD on Monday there will only be 4 new episodes on it. Yes, that is NOT bad but I know that we will just watch them back to back, 2 a day, as we did when we were watching the prior seasons on Amazon Prime. That would mean we would be done in 2 days, 3 days max. That would be it. So, I would rather spin it out for a month. That is the current logic.

Enjoy.


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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


PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires” Season 1 Is DONE! No Show Tonight. Bummer!

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Click to ENLARGE and bemoan here. Here is the PBS link: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365597413/


I happened, out of idle curiosity, to check the PBS (Boston Channel 2 WGBH) listing to make sure that the DVR was still set to record ‘Home Fires‘ and ‘Indian Summers‘. Noticed that they were airing a rerun of a ‘Downton Abbey‘ episode as opposed to ‘Home Fires’. Pointed that out to the kids. They wouldn’t believe it. Checked Channel 11, NH PBS. Ditto.

Googled. Found above.

I am shocked. It finished without giving any kind of warning that this was IT for the Season — at least Season 1. I am bummed. A double whammy for us. We just finished watching all the episodes (27?) of the Australian ‘A Place to Call Home‘ — which was on PAR with ‘Downton Abbey‘ & ‘Home Fires’. We definitely liked ‘Home Fires’ more than ‘Indian Summers’ though we have not missed an episode of that either. Shame.

A nice, heartwarming, easy to watch show. I guess it will be awhile before we get Season 2. It could be like the “Great British Bake Off” — another family favorite. We might end up watching in on YouTube before it ever makes it to PBS.


“Great British Bake Off” Finalist Ian Cummings’ Birthday Cake For Dalai Lama — Did It Have Eggs?

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The announcement that appeared at the end of the “Great British Bake Off” Season 6 Final about Ian baking a cake for the Dalai Lama.


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Yes, Ian Cummings and the Dalai Lama go back a long time. He is said to be the official U.K. photographer for the Dalai Lama. Click to access Amazon listing for this book.


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The YouTube video. Very cute. The Dalai Lama at his irrepressible best — asking for the candle to be lit. MUST WATCH. Click to access.


This is ALL very good, cute, rewarding and fulfilling BUT I have a very basic, but pivotal, question.

Did Ian Cummings, the Season 6 “Great British Bake Off” also ran, use ANY EGGS in baking this cake?

I suspect he did.

Why? I am trying to work out whether the Dalai Lama STILL eats eggs.

Why? Because I am going to start writing a book about what it was like, in Ceylon, in the early 1960s, to grow up a Buddhist and I am starting my first chapter by talking about eating eggs.

Many Buddhists eat eggs.

The Dalai Lama USED to eat meat. He is said to have become a vegetarian late in life. But some vegetarians eat eggs. Plus today you can get unfertilized eggs.

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Wattalampam — my mother would make VERY large dishes of it with dozens of eggs. It was beyond DIVINE. You felt the pounds just adding on to your body as you just smelled it.

I have know strict Hindus that would NOT eat eggs eat fancy puddings that my adoptive mother made and they contained dozens of eggs. I actually confronted her on this. This Indian, a dear friend of the family, had seconds and then thirds of my adoptive mother’s famous ‘Watalappam‘ (a extremely rich cream caramel) — that she would cook mainly for me — one night in Paris. I knew that she had used OVER a dozen eggs preparing it. So this elderly, very gentle gentleman ingested a ton of eggs. He had to have known. My mother said nothing. But this was kosher. Hindus that refused to eat eggs would eat things that contained eggs. Strange?

So I am curious. What do YOU think?