Friday British Programming

Marta Dusseldorp stars in A Place to Call Home.

Friday Night Line-up

A Place to Call Home

Fridays at 8 p.m.
We begin Season 1 again on July 2. Set in Australia’s New South Wales in the 1950s, A Place to Call Home is a compelling and romantic story of one woman’s journey to heal her soul and of a privileged family rocked by scandal. Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp), a nurse with a mysterious past, returns to Australia after 20 years in Europe. The reason for returning is to see her grieving mother, but when her hopes for reconciliation go awry, Sarah contacts George Bligh in search of work. She had nursed his mother on the transoceanic trip home.

Sarah becomes involved in the lives of the Blighs, a wealthy ranching family, and clashes with its matriarch Elizabeth Bligh (Noni Hazlehurst). A potentially scandalous Bligh family secret will forever links her future with theirs.

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“A period melodrama that delivers nonstop intrigue and cliffhangers along with pointed social critique.” — The New York Times.

Keeping Up Appearances

Fridays 9 p.m.
The Britcom follows social-climbing snob Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) and her long-suffering husband Richard (Clive Swift). Hyacinth is a character with few, if any, saving graces. Her pompous, self-serving attitude makes life miserable for all around her.

Yes, Prime Minister

Fridays 9:30 p.m., starting January 8, 2021
Three older white men in trenchcoat style jackets smile for camera
This Britcom — the sequel to Yes, Minister — focuses on Jim Hacker’s elevation to 10 Downing Street (seat of the Prime Minister of the UK).

True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby — now Cabinet Secretary — is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government.

Packed to the Rafters

Fridays at 10 p.m.
Packed to the Rafters is an Australian family drama/comedy covering work, life and larger social issues. A happily married couple approaching their 25th wedding anniversary, Julie (Rebecca Gibney, Halifax: Retribution) and Dave Rafter (Erik Thomson) find their lives and home turned upside down when their newly-empty nest unexpectedly becomes packed to the rafters.

See our British programs on Monday night, Tuesday night, and Saturday night, too.

Do you miss The Great British Baking Show? WLIW21 members can stream all seasons of either show with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.