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The Pretender is a five-part comedy drama that paths the political campaign of right wing property developer Dennis Plant as he campaigns against Janis Goodyear in the close fought seat of Wakatipu South. Shot for TV3 and screened in conjunction with the 2005 New Zealand general election, The Pretender is effectively a series of fake documentary reports by fictional documentary maker, Cassie Young. The Pretender won immediate praise from both the New Zealand Herald and National Radio. National Radio declared it “brilliant and funny, 100 times better than Facelift.” The New Zealand Herald reported that the Pretender proved good satire in New Zealand existed and was alive and well. Plant is played by Holland based Kiwi actor comedian Bob Maclaren – who was cast and brought back to New Zealand specifically for the role.