52 x 1hr comedy/drama series (the prequel to Outrageous Fortune)...

Legendary safe-cracker and criminal Ted West and his wife Rita are the central characters of this comedy/drama series that is a prequel to Outrageous Fortune. The fourth series is set in 1983 Auckland, where the historical drama will take Outrageous Fortune's large and loyal audience on a journey into Ted and Rita's murky past, set against a backdrop of social and economic upheaval. Series 6 launches on Monday, 28th Septemner on Three. Made with the support of NZ On Air.

Press Reviews

  • Antonia Pebble on life with the Wests RNZ

  • Antonia Prebble farewells Rita West Kerry Harvey

  • Rita West: The Accidental Feminist  Antonia Prebble

  • David de Lautour says goodbye to the Wests. Kerry Harvey

  • Jessica Grace Smith talks about life growing up the Hawkes Bay  Sue Emeny

  • Westside cast look back at their favourite moments ahead of final season  Monika Barton

  • Sex on Screen: Why Kiwi actors need intimacy coach in #metoo era Carolyne Meng-Yee

  • How Bromantic: Westside boys get matching tattoos  Ricardo Simich

  • It’s 1990 and while Auckland hosts the Commonwealth Games, the West family members are pursuing different goals as the finish-line looms for local drama Westside. Kerry Harvey

  • Westside to resume filming under level 2.  Ricardo Simich

  • Westside actress Jessica Grace Smith's refreshing approach to playing iconic character Cheryl West Fleur Mealing

  • Meet the new crime family taking on the Wests Sarah Nealon

  • Meet the new Cheryl West Sarah Nealon

  • Cocaine and cleavage: The iconic TV series Westside returns Fiona Rae

  • Westside's Antonia Prebble talks about the irony of playing a grandmother... Sarah Nealon

  • Westside picked up Best Drama at the Huawei Mate20 NZTV Awards at the annual ceremony which recognises excellence in local television. Antonia Prebble also won the Best Actress category for her role as the show's matriarch, Rita West NZTV Awards

  • Westside has picked up a smashing five award nominations at the 2018 NZTV Awards, including a nod to leading lady, Antonia Prebble for Best Actress for the second year running. NZTV Awards

  • Shane Cortese talks Outrageous Fortune and Westside with the Bay of Plenty Times. NZ Herald

  • NZ On Air has confirmed funding for a fifth series of Westside! Filming will kick off in January of next year. NZ On Air

  • Ashleigh Cummings talks babies and weddings on the new series of Westside. TV Guide

  • Westside co-creator James Griffin writes about the legacy of Outrageous Fortune and Westside. Sunday Star Times

  • Leading lady Antonia Prebble talks of the challenges of playing Rita. NZ Herald

  • Actor Reef Ireland Snapchats with Time Out Magazine NZ Herald

  • Leading lady Antonia Prebble talks about the return of hit series Westside. TV Guide

  • Westside has been nominated for two awards at the 2017 NZTV Craft Awards. Award winners will be announced on November 8th. NZTV Craft Awards

  • Westside's Ashleigh Cummings and Reef Ireland dish on playing an iconic couple Woman's Day

  • Sophie Hambleton talks holiday hits and misses. NZ Herald

  • Next magazine give Sophie Hambleton (aka Carol O'Driscoll) the five minute snap chat. nowtolove.co.nz

  • The talented women of Westside talk about their off-screen friendship. Woman's Day

  • Ashleigh Cummings takes on the role of Westside's Cheryl. TV Guide

  • Actor Reef Ireland talks living a life of crime on Westside. Stuff.co.nz

  • Young Cheryl West has been revealed! Weekend Magazine

  • NZ On Screen's Nicky Harrop highlights some of the Kiwi classics heard on Westside. NZ Herald

  • Jack van Beynen goes back in time to a 1980s Nightclub in Westside. Sunday Star Times

  • Westside star Todd Emerson talks about the two 1980's characters he's currently playing. New Zealand Women's Weekly

  • Will Hall (Detective Inspector Mike McCarthy) and Esther Stephens (Ngaire Munroe) talk big hair, tight jeans and criminal behaviour in the third season of spin-off drama Westside. Sunday Star Times

  • Antonia Prebble talks about Rita's stance on feminism in the new series of Westside. TV Guide

  • In the latest Westside, launching on July 10, Shane Cortese plays Danny, the father of his original Outrageous Fortune character, Hayden. NZ Herald

  • Westside's back and naughtier than ever! NZ Herald

  • Shane Cortese looks back to the 1980s Stuff.co.nz

  • The Spinoff apologise profusely for doubting the authenticity of Will Hall's moustache. The #WestsideTV star says “If it wasn’t for knowing the moustache intimately, I too would have called it a fake." The Spinoff.co.nz

  • Westside producers are still on the hunt for the teenage Cheryl West as filming for series 3 kicks off. NZ Herald

  • Westside Series 3 gets set to film. Stuff.co.nz

  • NZ Herald speculates on who might play a young Cheryl West in series 3 of Westside. NZ Herald

  • Director Murray Keane talks about the use of real protest footage in the final episode of Westside, series 2. Sunday Star Times

  • NZ On Air confirms funding for a third series of Westside. NZ Herald

  • Kiwi stars take a nostalgic look back at the 80s in celebration of Westside. NZ Women's Weekly

  • The Spinoff takes a look at the lessons in New Zealand history that Westside explores. The Spinoff.co.nz

  • Jordan Mauger talks about the return of Rod Nugent to Westside. NZ Herald

  • Antonia Prebble talks about what's in store for Rita in the next episode. Newshub

  • Westside stars talk about what they don't miss from the 1980s. Stuff.co.nz

  • Reef Ireland talks about playing Westside's Wolf TV3 Newshub

  • Nicky Harrop checks out the fantastic music from Westside season 2. NZ Herald

  • Westside celebrates 80s fashion. Fashionz.co.nz

  • The official podcast for the hit New Zealand TV series, Westside is now available! Westside Podcasat

  • Antonia Prebble (Rita West) gives us a rundown of Westside season 2. TV3.co.nz

  • Dean O'Gorman on Westside and getting acting advice from Kirk Douglas Stuff.co.nz

  • David de Lautour 'stoked' to be back playing career-criminal Ted West Stuff.co.nz

  • Sarah Daniell does a flashback to the 80s: Westside stars look back on the decade of change NZ Herald

  • Yahoo talked to David de Lautour, aka Ted West, about what the West family has up their sneaky sleeves for season two of Westside. Yahoo.co.nz

  • Westside's Xavier Horan on playing dumb and training with the SAS. Stuff.co.nz

  • Westside romps its way down nostalgia lane. NZ Herald

  • Story journalist Sarah Stewart goes back to the 80s with Westside. Story

  • The cub has grown up: Lydia Jenkin talks to the new star of Westside. NZ Herald

  • It's 1981, a year of big hair, shoulder pads, a royal wedding, political turmoil and, for Rita West, freedom.Westside is back and Rita (Antonia Prebble) is out of jail. She served time after taking the rap for son Wolf, who shot Horseman gang member Cannonball. A lot has happened in the two years that Rita has been locked up. TV Guide

  • Westside's Todd Emerson (Bilkey van Heeder) is set to perform the award-winning play Daffodils at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Daffodils team will put on a Benefit Gala on Friday 3 June at Auckland's Town Hall's Great Hall. The aim of the Gala is to help raise the funds needed to make the Edinburgh season of this critically claimed kiwi hit a reality.The evening will feature a performance of Daffodils by the original cast (Colleen Davis and Todd Emerson), with special guest performances by Tami Neilson, Julia Deans, Anika Moa, Trip Pony and LIPS. Press Release

  • Westside wins Gold at New York Festival NZ Herald

  • Newsworthy's Lachlan Forsyth joins the Westside crew TV3

  • Tackling a younger version of Outrageous Fortune's notorious Wolf West character was a daunting task for Liam Ferguson. Stuff.co.nz

  • We're hooked on TV3's Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside, and while the show is great, yes, we'd watch it for Rita West's styling alone. With big lashes, bigger hair and sharp black winged eyeliner, her whole vibe is a bogan 1970s dream. Personally, we want to look like this every day, if you do too, here's how. Stuff.co.nz

  • Locations specialist Benny Tatton and longtime SPP production designer Clayton Ercolano looked back to the 70s with the Wests. Making the old new again was one of the challenges... ScreeNZ

  • Glen Levy was a familiar figure on Outrageous Fortune but you may not have seen his face. Working as a stuntman on the series meant it was only the back of his head that appeared on screen. TV Guide

  • Sausage rolls and cheese and pineapple hedgehogs: these are the armaments of a long, dirty and hopelessly addictive crime war in TV3's witty and plot-twisty new local drama, Westside, Sunday. Jane Clifton

  • Expectations are a weird thing. They can transform a mediocre show into an acceptable one if they're low enough. Conversely, they can turn a fantastic show into an okay one by being too high. I've watched no new show in the last decade with higher expectations than the ones I sat down with to watch the debut of Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside at the weekend - and I'm delighted to say nearly every one was met. Stuff.co.nz

  • Host Paul Henry talks with Antonia Prebble. Radiolive

  • Westside, the new prequel to the beloved Outrageous Fortune, takes us back to a bygone era... Viva, NZ Herald

  • Today on the Glory Days Magazine telegram, we preview the new Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside which is set firmly in the decade that taste forgot - the 1970s! Glory Days

  • Recreating a Westie paradise - especially one from the 70s - hasn’t been easy. Michelle Duff finds out how it was pulled off... Culture

  • Is there anything Esther Stephens can't do? The gifted actress-singer is on our screens in the final of TV One drama When We Go to War and next Sunday she'll be back in TV3's Outrageous Fortune prequel, Westside. Spy

  • Antonia Prebble: on fame, nudity and ugg boots... Your Weekend

  • They've wound the clock back on Outrageous Fortune all the way to the 1970s for a new show. Lydia Jenkin reports... Time Out

  • David de Lautour stars in prequel to Outrageous Fortune... Western Leader

  • One of New Zealand's most legendary bands has landed the theme song for the highly anticipated prequel to Outrageous Fortune... Taranaki Daily News

  • Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune, White Lies, The Blue Rose) and David de Lautour (The Kick, NCIS, Once Upon a Time) will headline the cast of South Pacific Pictures’ new comedy drama series WESTSIDE STORY, the six-part Outrageous Fortune prequel which is coming next year to TV3. TV3


Winner: Best Drama NZTV Awards 2019

Nominee: Best Drama; 2019 Huawei NZTV Awards

Silver Medal: New York Festivals Film and TV Awards 2019

Winner: Best Actress NZTV Awards 2018 (Antonia Prebble)

Winner: Best Drama NZTV Awards 2018

Bronze Medal: 2018 New York International Film and TV Awards; Drama

C21 International Drama Awards (Finalist: Best Returning Drama)

Nominee: Best Drama NZTV Awards

Best Drama: New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards


John Laing, Mark Beesley

Mark Beesley, Murray Keane, Simon Bennett

Executive Producer(s):
Chris Bailey, Kelly Martin

Rachel Lang & James Griffin

Mark Beesley
Murray Keane
Simon Bennett
Executive Producer
Chris Bailey
Executive Producer
Kelly Martin
John Laing
Mark Beesley
James Griffin
Rachel Lang
Antonia Prebble
Dan Musgrove
David de Lautour
Esther Stephens
Pana Hema-Taylor
Sophie Hambleton
Todd Emerson
Will Hall
Xavier Horan
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