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Golden

All Episodes 2012

  • Ended
  • TV3 (NZ)
  • 2012-06-17T03:00:00-04:00
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • New Zealand
  • Comedy
She was the nation’s golden girl, with the medals to prove it. Now, The Games are on the horizon, and the big question is: Where is Shelley Bowman? Created by Lucy Schmidt and Stayci Taylor, Golden is the hilarious new comedy series about Shelley Bowman, a world rowing champion with an expanding problem. After smashing all world records in the women’s single sculls, Shelley Bowman was on top of the world. Watching from home, 4.28 million hearts soared with the New Zealand national anthem as the blonde, blue-eyed rowing champion accepted her gold medal. But a freak accident during the ceremony left Shelley injured and making headlines worldwide. Three years later, we find Shelley holed up in the suburbs, having forgone training and tofu and taken up TV and pies. 65kg heavier and counting, Shelley is dependent on Eliot - her cousin, best friend and physiotherapist - to keep her in donuts and out of the spotlight. And although she gets daily visits from her mother, Bev, lamenting the halcyon days when her daughter was the nation’s golden girl, Shelley remains deeply in denial and blasé about her return to glory. She’ll get back in shape; then she’ll be ready to face the world. But the clock is ticking and even Shelley knows that she can’t hide forever. Motivation comes from ex-coach and jilted ex-boyfriend Paul Swanson appearing on the TV with his new protégé. When it becomes clear that he is making a bid for another gold medal with another rower, Shelley is suddenly very keen to make her comeback. But, although determined to regain her world champion fitness, Shelley quickly finds it’s not that easy. Bev has appointed herself diet guru, with unfortunate results, and Eliot is out of his league as stand-in coach. Without the expertise of Paul, ‘Team Bowman’ is missing a link. Initially, pride stands in the way of Shelley approaching Paul, but when Eliot finally gets her on the scales even Shelley has to admit they need him. Once Paul is persuaded to return to the fold a reluctant alliance is formed. Now Shelley’s truly on the comeback trail. But no one’s prepared for the obstacles – training without being seen in public, fad diets, a thwarted trip to Zurich, a brush with the law, an invasion of boy scouts, performance enhancing drugs, the return of a trans-Tasman rival... All this and the clock ticking toward the last qualifying regatta!

6 episodes

1x01 The Come Back

  • Series Premiere

    2012-06-17T03:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Shelley Bowman, New Zealand’s gold medal-winning rowing champion is forced to face some harsh realities, and attempts to pull a reluctant Team Bowman back together again.

1x02 Big Shoes To Fill

  • 2012-06-24T03:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Bev continues to search for miracle weight-loss options for Team Bowman, while Paul and Eliot struggle to overcome a major hurdle in Shelley’s training regime.

1x03 Excess Baggage

  • 2012-07-01T03:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Paul and Eliot plan a trip away in order to train in secret, while Bev and Shelley come across some dangerous 'little helpers'.

1x04 All That Glitters

  • 2012-07-08T03:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Team Bowman are back on track, however, prying eyes and ears are everywhere, and the question is raised ‘Where is Shelley Bowman?’

1x05 Spink

  • 2012-07-15T03:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Australian rowing coach, Genevieve Spink is in town promoting her new book, and ruffles a few feathers along the way, while Shelley considers confronting the paparazzi.

1x06 Gold Rush

  • 2012-07-22T03:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

In the season finale, Shelley’s world record is broken, forcing Shelley to face old demons and find inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

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