TV review: 'A Place to Call Home' charms like an Australian 'Downton Abbey'

February 2, 2015 5:43 PM

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"Downton Abbey," now in the middle of its fifth season in the U.S., hits that sumptuous sweet spot for those who relish seeing how the Edwardian 1 percent coped with their luxuriant lives.

It follows in that grand tradition of the American fascination with such other British period series as "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Brideshead Revisited," which similarly whipped viewers on this side of the Atlantic into a froth of Anglophilia.

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