A Place to Call Home fans host 1950s-inspired picnics across Australia
Due to popular demand, A Place to Call Home (APTCH) fans are staging simultaneous picnics in over 15 locations nationwide on 26 October 2014. These picnics are for APTCH fans to get together locally to support the national push to get the show back on air. Fans are looking forward to dressing in period costume, but it’s not essential. The main objective is to show Channel 7 the diverse age groups that enjoy watching the show and for fans to have some fun.
Since the show was axed, disappointed fans have mounted a concerted effort to convince Channel 7 of the merit in resuming filming of the third series. Efforts include online and hard copy petitions, a dedicated website (www.saptch.com) and numerous Facebook groups, which boast members from all over Australia and even other parts of the world, such as Israel, Algeria, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States.
APTCH fans are intelligent, sophisticated and loyal, and appreciated the fact that there was finally an Australian-made drama to enjoy with their families – children, adults and grandparents alike – to replace the bombardment of reality TV that we have been subjected to of late.
Peter Vernon, creator of the save APTCH Facebook group, has, on behalf of fans worldwide, expressed disbelief and disappointment with Channel 7’s decision: It's clear from the age range of the members of our group that APTCH has a wide appeal amongst people of all ages. They are all so disappointed that Channel 7 could cancel such an amazing Australian production that had such wide critical and public acclaim. They are asking Channel 7 to give them more of the stories that the stellar cast and crew helped to bring to life.
The fans committed to the show and to Channel 7, and they are asking Channel 7 to value their commitment.The picnics will all be held on the 26 October 2014 and are being coordinated by hosts in each location (see attached table). While the flavour of each picnic will be unique, the emphasis is on paying tribute to the 1950s so plans include dressing in ‘50s clothes, eating ‘50s food and playing ‘50s music.
This campaign has brought people together from across the world. We are expecting overseas fans to participate in our global day of action by posting photos of themselves enjoying a picnic wherever they are. Fans in regional Australia who don’t see a picnic in the list close to them are encouraged to also make their voices known on the 26 October by posting photos of their save APTCH celebrations to our Facebook group.
The fans of APTCH are calling on Channel 7 to reverse their decision and honour their commitment to produce the third series.
Global picnic for Save a Place to Call Home Group
Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree
Sunday 26th of October 2014
Everyone is invited
Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree
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