A Place to Call Home, two seasons exclusive to Foxtel.

Foxtel's unprecedented deal with Seven is a win for fans of melodrama, cast and crew.

2014-10-26_2314Foxtel’s commissioning of A Place to Call Home is not 1 but 2 seasons.

They will only air on Foxtel, with no later replay by Seven, on SoHo in 2015.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “A Place to Call Home is Australia’s most loved drama series and has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the country. We are proud to partner with the Seven Network on this landmark deal and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy this beautifully crafted and elegantly produced series for a further two seasons.

“The Seven Network has produced Australian television’s most successful drama series of all time and we are delighted to partner with the highly experienced creative team at Seven, who will now work their magic for Foxtel subscribers.

“Foxtel is committed to bringing our subscribers captivating and entertaining television from around the world. This new addition to our slate means that we have a burgeoning Australian drama story to complement the outstanding series we have secured exclusively from HBO and more recently, the BBC. There has never been a better time to have Foxtel,” he said.

The unprecedented move sees the axed drama produced once more by Seven, which has been ramping up its production ventures 7Wonder and 7Beyond.

Seven’s Network Director of Production, Brad Lyons said, “This is a terrific signing. All of us are proud of A Place to Call Home and its success.Today’s agreement is great for Seven Productions and it is also a tremendous signing for the cast and crew of the programme and the millions of people who love the programme.

“Seven Productions is expanding its presence in the creation and production of programming and content for markets here and overseas. Our partnership with Foxtel is an important cornerstone in the continuing rapid development of our production business and builds on the continuing international success of our programmes, including Home and Away and My Kitchen Rules.

Foxtel’s Head of Drama, Penny Win, added: “A Place to Call Home continues Foxtel’s strong commitment to Australian storytelling and locally produced drama. It is the ideal project to complement our other major scripted series for 2015, Wentworth, The Kettering Incident and Deadline Gallipoli.

“We look forward to welcoming the fine cast of A Place to Call Home, including Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo and Craig Hall to Foxtel screens next year.”

13 Responses

  1. This is great news hearing about it not only returning next year, but for two seasons at least.
    I don’t have Foxtel, so that’s annoying, but I don’t care, I’ll see them eventually which is just great.

    What is annoying me is because of the axing by Channel 7, they had to end season two in a way they had not planned to do, with editing the episode and adding in The End.

    Will Foxtel be airing the first two seasons, and will they fix up the season two finale so that it can be the cliffhanger it was meant to be and then go into season three, like what was originally planned by the creators and writers??

  2. Fantastic news that we get two more seasons of what is the best Aussie drama in years!
    Should be on FTA TV but I am starting to think that FTA is dying because the money for such brilliant productions as APTCH is just not there anymore. Or is it that the money they have is being wasted on the wrong kinds of programs? (I think that is more like it).

    Will still not get Foxtel as I refuse to consider it until you are not forced to take “packages” and can choose to pay for only the channels you want! 🙁 Also, we should not have to pay for TV if we have to be subjected to adds as well !!!!

    I will be waiting for the Blu-rays … Christmas presents for 2015 and 2016 along with the years season of Doctor Who on Blu-ray! 🙂

  3. well I dont have foxtel but thats fine i can watch online or just buy the dvd.

    I think its great for the people who work on the show on screen and behind the camera who now have jobs.

  4. @ Rayne – given Foxtel Play offers customers to pick just one package with no lock-in contract, viewers can watch A Place To Call Home for $25 a month – or if you break it down like those stupid insurance ads, “as little as 83 cents a day – that’s less than a cup of coffee”. I realise that there are still viewers out there who can’t afford that, but if I was to make an assumption about the types of viewers who watch this show (middle class to upper middle class, 35+ age group), I would think that the vast majority could afford it. But then it comes down to whether people want to pay for it. That’s a different story.

  5. Two seasons! Fantastic, especially since they are likely to be far better quality on Foxtel than they were on FTA (and the episodes will hopefully be a little bit longer).

    As to the exclusivity – what were people honestly expecting? Foxtel has saved this show because they know it has a following, and want to exploit that following to sign up a few new households. The fact that the show skews slightly older actually works in its benefit in this sense.

    If you don’t want to pay for Foxtel then just wait for the DVDs.

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