Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Twists and Turns Are Only Two Clever; Square Eyes Rebecca Marshall

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Twists and Turns Are Only Two Clever; Square Eyes Rebecca Marshall

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ENTHRALLING:

A Place to Call Home is off to a flying start in season two.

AHH, the curse of the second.

The second novel, the second album, the second child. Is there a more maligned, unfortunate thing than the second of anything?

So much expectation. Such high standards to live up to. So many comparisons, coiled and restless like vipers in a basket, just waiting for the gelignite trigger to trip on a whole fireworks-sky of nasty.

Thank goodness there are exceptions to every rule and this week none better came in the form of the second series of A Place to Call Home (Seven, Sundays 8.30pm).

TV viewers rarely encounter genuine moments of pure, sudden wonder. We're too cynical for such whimsy.

But from the opening scene I was propelled into such a moment. A modern blue convertible car zooms up the gravel drive to Ash Park. Confused, I draw breath and sit straighter on the lounge. "What are they doing? That's not right."

Then I thought, "Oh, it's an ad," and I rolled my eyes at how commercial the world has become. …

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