Woah, busy alert! I see you, shuffling papers and scrolling through your calendar with a furrowed brow. Life is crazy, life is hectic. TV? Forget about it! What a nightmare! Lucky for you, we have had a scan of the week ahead and have got your five essential television appointments booked. Sit back, relax and let the trusty Spinoff guide you through your television week.
Prime Presents: Radio Punks – The Student Radio Story, Tuesday 8.30pm on Prime
Directed by Paul Casserly, this is an essential documentary for anyone who has ever watched a television or listened to a radio or been a human in New Zealand. Exploring the student radio scene in our country, clearly a hotbed for fostering and producing some of New Zealand’s top broadcasting talent. Promising candid stories from Jeremy Wells, John Campbell, Graeme Hill, Marcus Lush, Mikey Havoc and Wallace Chapman. And then some.
Back Benches, Wednesday 10.50pm on Prime
The political pub style show welcomes Dancing With the Stars judge and low-key UoA academic Hayley Host to replace Damien Christie this week. Currently studying politics, her and Wallace Chapman will go head-to-head with over the big issues facing the country. Hopefully it ends in a dance-off.
This Town, Wednesday 8.30pm on TV One
Described by The Spinoff’s editor Duncan Greive as “the most authentic NZ television of the year”, the final episode of the fantastic This Town airs Wednesday night. Making its final stop in Mangawhai, we’ll meet a transgender women Bianca, and Jenny, who won’t let her debilitating sight condition stop here from rocking it.
Shearing Gang, Wednesday 8.30pm on Prime
Another fantastic addition to the local line-up, Shearing Gang is a factual foray into the hearts and minds of New Zealand’s professional shearers. Returning for a final bold season, it’s a ballsy, boozy trip deep into merino country.
Broad City , Thursday 9.20pm on Comedy Central
Ilana and Abbey are back for season two of Broad City, winner of our Best International Show of 2014. As I’ve said before, this show is the representation of unabashed female friendship the world has been waiting for. Following the absurd journey of two twenty-somethings gleefully stumbling through life in New York City, Broad City is Girls without the brooding and Gossip Girl without all the Ya Ya vibes.
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