The period melodrama is the most successful new local drama so far this year, regularly attracting numbers between 1.1m – 1.2m in overnight figures. With Timeshifted numbers at around 200,000 it reaches about 1.4m each week.
The first season will see its final episode air next Sunday night and sets up the second season very clearly.
Brad Lyons, Director of Network Production, said the decision reaffirmed Seven’s commitment to local drama. “A Place to Call Home has showcased drama on a scale never seen before on Australian television,” he said. “It’s pleasing to see such an ambitious production receive the acclaim it deserves
Creator Bevan Lee told The Australian he has mapped out three seasons for the show, set in the 1950s.
“Season one sees the characters running from their secrets, season two has them facing those secrets and three is about them living with those secrets,” he says.
“There are comparisons there with Australia during that period, running from the winds of change and then facing up to them. I can clearly see where the show is going. Sometimes writers don’t know what the show will be after the first series, they get out of the gate and then struggle to know what they are after. But I have a clear view for those first three series.”
Pre-production has already begun, with shooting to begin later this year.