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5 shows you need to binge watch right now

1. Orphan Black:

  • Genre: science fiction, conspiracy thriller
  • I have fallen in love with this show, and am already onto season three. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes the dead woman’s identity as a policewoman, claiming her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, Sarah is introduced to a world of mystery when she discovers that she and the dead woman are clones. Her next question is: are they the only ones?

2. Parks and Recreation: 

  • Genre: comedy
  • This show is just perfect when I need to chill out and take a study break. I’m only on the second season, but this show has been around for a while so there are seven seasons altogether. Amy Poehler plays the hilarious overachiever Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the fictional town of Pawnee. The show focuses on the absurd antics of Leslie and her colleagues as they attempt to execute random projects, in an effort to make their city a better place.

3. That ’70s Show

  • Genre: sitcom/comedy
  • This one’s an oldie but a goodie! It’s constantly replaying on TV so I’ve watched all eight seasons a bunch of times. But if you somehow haven’t heard of it here’s the lowdown: the show focuses on a group of teenagers from Wisconsin while they are living out their high school years in the golden period of 1976-1979. The majority of the show takes place in main character Eric’s basement, where the gang all hang out. Interestingly enough Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who are now married, play love interests on the show!

4. RuPaul’s Drag Race

  • Genre: reality competition/trashy TV
  • If you’re looking for something to zone out to during your down time this might be the show for you! Everything in this series is taken to the extreme: the personalities, the costumes and the challenges.  Actor and drag queen RuPaul hosts the competition and mentors people as they compete for the title of ‘America’s next drag superstar’. There are mini challenges in each episode, and a main challenge which can be either individual or group focused. The winner of the challenges are granted immunity so they can remain in the running, and they also receive prizes for their win. But who will win overall?

5. Pretty Little Liars:

  • Genre: drama, mystery thriller
  • This show of six seasons is loosely based around a book series of the same title.  Set in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of four friends whose high school clique falls to pieces after the disappearance of their leader, Alison. A year after Alison disappears the friends are reunited once again when they all begin receiving messages from a mysterious person named “A”. The unknown “A” threatens to expose the girls’ deepest secrets, including the ones they were sure that only Alison knew. At first, the group think it’s Alison herself, but after her body is found the girls realize that someone else is plotting to ruin their perfect lives….

UC take out University Challenge!

Click to see my interview with team captain Gerald Pfeifer
Click to see my interview with team captain Gerald Pfeifer

You may have seen on Prime last Saturday the final episode of the 2015 University Challenge series…which we won!

The show had not run in New Zealand since 1989, so after a 25-year hiatus it’s pretty awesome to have UC take out the win.

Our team featured Gerald Pfeifer as the captain as well as Daniel Redmond, Rachael Harris, Stewart Alexander and Liam Boardman.

Together they travelled to Invercargill last winter break to film the series over a week. They were sworn to secrecy about the result of the show for nine months until screening!

The UC team faced a real challenge against Victoria University in the semi-final, but used their speed on the buzzers to knock them out. When it came to the final against Auckland University we were on a roll, and in the final minutes secured the crucial points to win the series.

I caught up with Gerald to see what it was like being on TV, and what was involved behind the scenes. Make sure you click on the video above to hear what it felt like to win the series!

If you didn’t catch the series on TV, you can watch online here with your Sky Go login.

Click here to read more about the win and Canterbury’s history on the show.