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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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“Great British Bake Off” (Show) On PBS During July 6 Appears To Be Season 6 (2015) RERUN.

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Click image to access PBS/NHPR original … i.e., the schedule.


Refer to this post, June 30, 2016, and this, from June 27, 2016, for details and background.

I skimmed through the first episode that was shown at 9pm (Eastern) on Friday, July 1, 2016. It was DEFINITELY the 2015 Season/Series 6 with Nadiya, Ian (as in Dalai Lama), Prison Governor Paul Jagger and anaesthetist ‘heart-throb’ Tamal Ray etc. 


This is the Season/Series 6 Bakers
(if YOU have already forgotten).

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Click to ENLARGE.


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“Great British Bake Off” (Show) Starting On PBS, Starting Friday, July 1, 2016 — Is It Season 3 or Season 6?

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I just [i.e., Thursday, June 30, 2016] had an e-mail from NHPTV.org intimating that the Great British Baking Show starting Friday, July 1, 2016 is NEW and is “Season 3” (a.k.a. “Series 3“).

Though Season 3 was shown on BBC (U.K.) in 2012 I think it would, in theory, be NEW to the U.S. since I am not sure whether PBS/NHPTV ever showed it.

But then it gets confusing. The First Episode is “Cake” and the description — shown below — talks about “Madeira Cake” and “Frosted Walnut Cake“. That was ‘Cake’ from 2015 “Season 6” — not “Season 3”.

“Season 3” cakes were “Upside Down Cake” and “Rum Babas“!

So what will it be: Season 3 or Season/Series 6?


Here is the PBS program description for the July 1, 2016 show.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. The ‘Madeira Cake’ is the dead give away. Check the Wikipedia guide for Series 6 Episode 1 — shown below. Sorry.


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“Great British Bake Off” (Show) Airing On PBS, Starting Friday, July 1, 2016, Is Last Year’s Series 6.

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Did not want you to see the PBS ads and get excited thinking that it was 2016 Series/Season 7.

Season 7 hasn’t aired, as yet, even on BBC. It starts August 2016.

We should, as we did with Season 6, be able to watch it on YouTube 24 hours after it airs in the UK. But this is not a given.


Here is the PBS program description for the July 1, 2016 show.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. The ‘Madeira Cake’ is the dead give away. Check the Wikipedia guide for Series 6 Episode 1 — shown below. Sorry.

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Wikipedia guide to Series 6. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_British_Bake_Off_(series_6). Click image to ENLARGE and view here.


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“Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 7 Roundup: Hollywood Diet, Fire, Affair & Nadiya.

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Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 7
will start airing on BBC (in the UK)
in August 2016.

[Could be the last on BBC.]

Here is a round-up of some news ahead
of Season 7.



Click here for the U.K. “Mirror” original
from May 19, 2016.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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Click here for the U.K. “Standard” original
from May 25, 2016.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from August 24, 2015.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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Click here for the U.K. “Get Surrey” original
from June 7, 2016.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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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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“Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 6, i.e., 2015 — Last Few Episodes No Longer On YouTube.

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Click to access Season 6 Episode 1 on YouTube.


All of the Season 6 (2015) episodes, including the Final, i.e., Episode 11, were available on YouTube in October/November last year. We know because we watched them all on YouTube — typically 36 hours after they aired in the U.K. We got it down to a fine art towards the end. We knew who posted decent clips and who were just pretending to post.

A few days ago I got a message from somebody I did not know on Facebook asking if I knew how to find the Season 6 Final on YouTube. I thought it would be trivial. It wasn’t. A lot of Season 6 videos have been deleted. It is possible that the BBC or PBS is doing this. I sought help from the kids. We found a YouTube ‘library’ with 14 supposedly Season 6 videos. So we assumed that Episode 11 was in there. Wrong. Appears that Season 6 episodes beyond episode 6 are not on YouTube.

If you know better PLEASE help. I am going to look around on the PBS channel on Roku etc.

So take this as a Heads Up.


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“Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 7, i.e., 2016, Could Be The Last On BBC.

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Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from March 11, 2016.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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As far as I can see they haven’t started taping the 2016 edition, i.e., Season 7, as yet. Given the tent and the verdancy that surrounds it the tapings are most likely done in June or July. So still a few months left. Season 6 (2015) started airing in mid-August. So that is probably when we can start expecting season 7 this year — on YouTube. i.e., around August 2016. I will, of course, keep you posted.


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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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