Tara Ward

Tara Ward is a New Plymouth-based reality tv junkie, chocolate addict, longtime silent reader and wrangler of two small people.

Television
Jun 15, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale recap: Blame Canada

Welcome back to Gilead, where last week's memories of June and Serena eating croissants and listening to Lionel Ritchie records together are but crumbs in the dystopian toaster of our lives.

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Television
Jun 11, 2018

Eighteen months of Coro in two hours: how did they do?

Last night Coronation Street finally cast off 2016 and made its big 18 month leap into the present day. But first we had a lot of news to catch up on.

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Television
Jun 8, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale recap: Women's Work, and not the Kate Bush kind

A birth, a betrayal, a flogging. Things continue to get darker on this week's episode of The Handmaid's Tale, available on Lightbox. Tara Ward recaps.

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Television
Jun 2, 2018

Staying in for our Queen’s birthday? Here’s what to binge

You've got three days off work – why would you want to spend it outside being cold when you could be cosily binge-watching the best of Lightbox in the comfort of your own home?

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Television
Jun 1, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: A crimson coffin for your sins

Tara Ward reviews the seventh episode of this season of The Handmaid's Tale, which shipped her and her emotional stability off in a crimson coffin.

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Television
May 30, 2018

A tribute to Morag Bellingham, the legal legend of Summer Bay

Morag Bellingham QC was a rare gem in soap television: a complex, fiercely flawed character who viewers loved nonetheless.

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Television
May 18, 2018

The official Spinoff TV-watching guide to the Royal Wedding Day™

Obsessed with the royal wedding and not sure what to do with the few hours that are left in the lead-up? Proud royal(wedding)ist Tara Ward shares her pre-planning schedule.

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Television
May 12, 2018

The best of Lightbox’s mums to watch this Mother’s Day

You want mothers? Lightbox has 'em. Tara Ward takes a look at the best TV mothers to hang with this weekend.

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Television
May 10, 2018

Coronation Street is about to quantum leap into the present day

There's some huge Coronation Street news: New Zealand is in for a hardcore catch up. A shaken Tara Ward explains what's happening.

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Television
May 8, 2018

Sightsee darling: How to travel like Joanna Lumley

Patsy Stone visiting two of the most beautiful places in the world? Sold! Tara Ward watches Joanna Lumley's TWO travel series which you can watch on Lightbox right now.

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Television
Apr 12, 2018

The official Spinoff predictions for The Great Kiwi Bake Off

This week, TVNZ announced our very own local version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Kiwi Bake Off. Tara Ward comes in hot with her predictions of what it could possibly be like.

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Television
Apr 6, 2018

Ten ways to tell if your neighbours are actually Russian spies

The Americans is not only one of the best shows on TV right now, it's an education tool. Tara Ward studied the show and came away with tips on how to decipher if your real-life neighbours are also real-life spies.

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Television
Mar 21, 2018

Your field guide to the sitcom that lets you relive your 80s kid dreams

It's got big hair, rollerskating, and Reebok hi-tops, but what exactly is The Goldbergs? Tara Ward is here to give you the low-down on this 80s-set sitcom, which drops all four of its seasons on Lightbox today.

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Television
Mar 14, 2018

The Great British Bake Off returns and – surprise! – it’s as good as ever

The Great British Bake Off returned to Prime last night. Amateur baker and Bake Off fan Tara Ward was watching to see how the new Mel, Sue and Mary-less season fared.

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Television
Mar 8, 2018

Ten brilliant TV shows created by awesome women

Cops, doctors, variety shows writers, reality show producers, women are running the show – and running the shows. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Tara Ward salutes ten of Lightbox’s best shows made by women.

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Television
Mar 3, 2018

The official Spinoff property survey of the Shortland Street suburb of Ferndale

Shortland Street expert Tara Ward finds the best – and worst – places to live in the mythical Auckland suburb of Ferndale.

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Television
Feb 22, 2018

Community’s 10 weirdest episodes… ever

It was one of the most critically acclaimed cult shows of the late-00s, and it's coming to Lightbox today. Tara Ward runs down Community's most gloriously wackadoo episodes.

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Television
Feb 14, 2018

From the Empire State Building to Craigh na Dun: TV’s most romantic gestures

Need some ideas for a crazy romantic gesture this Valentine's? Tara Ward's got you covered with some of the best and most outlandish romantic gestures from the streaming screen.

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Television
Feb 6, 2018

Why you need an urgent appointment with The Good Doctor

Tara Ward watches The Good Doctor on Lightbox and tells you why you should be tuning in to the new Grey's Anatomy. 

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Television
Feb 6, 2018

Which brainiac from The Chase is the most legendary of them all?

Tara Ward will probably never be a Chaser on The Chase, but by gum will she power rank them in order of supreme dominance.

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Television
Feb 2, 2018

Our guide to the shiniest stars in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Tara Ward stargazes beneath the celeb-studded galaxy of Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams. 

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Television
Jan 22, 2018

Where were you when Suzanne Paul lifted a truck with a vacuum cleaner?

Tara Ward witnesses Suzanne Paul do something extraordinary — not for the first time and not for the last time. 

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Television
Dec 21, 2017

It’s time to indulge in all the Christmas TV specials you can handle

Tara Ward rounds up some of the most delicious Christmas TV specials for you to feast upon this holiday season.

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Television
Dec 18, 2017

The Shortland Street Christmas cliffhanger just left us at sea

Tara Ward watches the power-chucking, beard-itching, blood-soaked finale to Shortland Street. Contains spoilers. 

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Television
Dec 12, 2017

Outlander recap: A watery farewell before the drought sets in

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the finale of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Dec 5, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie and Claire make love with their eyes

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the twelfth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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