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Culture Featured September 20, 2017

Verve’s Viewings

Wondering what to watch this weekend? Whether it’s a Netflix series to binge on, a new tv show to get hooked on or a documentary to be intrigued by, the Verve team shares what we’re watching this month.

Zanalee’s Pick:
The Great British Bake Off

In need of some cooking inspiration viewing? Our designer, Zanalee, recommends The Great British Bake Off. 

Featuring one of our favourite comedian’s, Noel Fielding, as the newest co-host of the show – he serves up amusing voiceovers and his amazing dress sense on a prime time slot. Not to mention, the contestants are also serving up delicious baking that we’re sure will inspire you to try for yourself!

The Great British Bake Off is available to watch on Neflix



Jude’s Pick:

Looking for an intriguing documentary to snuggle up and watch tonight? Verve editor, Jude, recommends Minimalism: A documentary

Following two young American guys (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus),  The Minimalists aim to teach us ‘to try and live life with less’.

“It’s something I would love to do – for me it will take a while but I am aware of the message and will do my best to adhere to it even if in some small way. The day I watched it I had planned on going to the K Road Chinese market of which I did. Whilst there I purchased some beautiful red paper lanterns to hang up at Christmas time – when I got home I realised what I had done – I had purchased something I could do without!! But of course justified it by saying it was to share with others!”

– Jude

Minamalism: A Documentary is available to watch on Netflix.



AJ’s Pick:
American Horror Story: Cult

Up for a good scare? Our designer AJ recommends the new season of American Horror Story: Cult

Ryan Murphy returns with the latest season of this thriller series, following last year’s “My Roanoke Nightmare”. Tackling the 2016 presidential election, this season focuses on extreme cults, terrifying clowns, Trypophobia and the concept of fear itself. The lead characters this year are played by series favourites, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.

American Horror Story is never one to disappoint.

The new season plays on Wednesday nights on Soho, or is available on FX Networks for those living outside of NZ.

Fran’s Pick:

Looking for a new series to binge watch this weekend? Verve editor, Fran, recommends American comedy/drama web series, Transparent.

If you are fascinated by relationships and how they play out – then Transparent will enthral. Created by Jill Soloway, the story revolves around an intense Los Angeles family and their lives – following the discovery that the person they knew as their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender. Often humorous, sometimes poignant, this series merely underlines the fact that you can choose your friends, but not your family!

Showing on Amazon Studios, the fourth season is set to premiere on September 22, 2017.



Beth’s Pick:
Designated Survivor

If you are a House of Cards fan or love a bit of political intrigue, Verve intern, Beth recommends Designated Survivor.

The series’ premise is one which is based in real protocol; during any occasion where the United States’ top political leaders are gathered in one place, one member of the Cabinet is chosen as the designated survivor; to remain behind in a secure location in the understanding that if there is a mass shooting or terrorist attack, they will be an sworn in as President.

For the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) this is exactly what happens; when a terrorist attack destroys the US Capitol building and kills the President, Vice President and almost the entirety of Congress, it is up to him to direct the country as it reels in the aftermath of the biggest attack since 9/11. Although evidence initially points to a known terrorist group, revelations which steadily unfold throughout the series hint at a conspiracy which could go right to the heart of the US government itself. 

There is no better choice for a good old-fashioned TV binge in a totally absorbing narrative which bears a scary realism to our own world; would our society react in the ways depicted if such a thing were to happen? This series goes right to the heart of our reliance on the idea of a stable society, and our lack of appreciation over how quickly this can change.

Designated Survivor’s second series is showing on Netflix.


Sabrina’s Pick:
The King’s Woman

The King’s Woman (秦时丽人明月心) is a Chinese television series adapted from the novel, The Legend of Qin: Li Ji Story.

If you’re a fan of history, Verve intern, Sabrina recommends this. Although the drama is fictitious, they used real-life historical figures such as Qin Shi Huang, the founder of Qin dynasty and first emperor of unified China. The story revolves around the relationship between Gongsun Li and emperor Yin Zheng of Qin and how Qin tried to conquer all dynasties to unify China.

Lead stars Dilraba Dilmurat and Vin Zhang are such eye candies who both starred in Pretty Li Hui Zhen (漂亮的李慧珍) and Eternal Love (三生三世十里桃花 ).

This series airs on Zhejiang TV from Mondays to Wednesdays and is available for online streaming from third-party sites.


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