Outrageous Fortune (2005– )

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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

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 Cheryl West (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
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 Jethro West / ... (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
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 Pascalle West (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
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 Loretta West (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
Frank Whitten ...
 'Grandpa' Ted West / ... (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
Kirk Torrance ...
 Judd / ... (100 episodes, 2005-2010)
Tammy Davis ...
 Munter (100 episodes, 2005-2010)
Nicole Whippy ...
 Kasey Mason / ... (85 episodes, 2005-2010)
David Fane ...
 Falani (58 episodes, 2005-2010)
Shane Cortese ...
 Hayden Peters (55 episodes, 2006-2010)
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 Wolfgang West (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
Roz Turnbull ...
 Rochelle / ... (52 episodes, 2005-2010)
Stella King ...
 Jane West (51 episodes, 2008-2010)
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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

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Police vehicles used within the show are outdated versions of current NZ Police vehicles. The EL Ford Falcon was used by the NZ Police from 1998-2001 and phased out by early 2002. See more »

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In series 1, 2 and 3 - there are many vehicles used by the actors for many story lines. In all of the first 3 seasons, several vehicles have been used with the same plate number BKW906. Series one - the blue Mazda that Loretta steals from the teachers car park at her speech evening. Series two - Again the plates were used on a blue Mazda, although this car belonged the Wests family friend Filane in series 2. In this series the plates were also used on Jethros lime green Holden - and in one episode the plates on this vehicle change from BKW906 in one scene to different plates several scenes later. Series three - In the episode where Van is befriended by Aaron Spiller and is out on the prowl to steal and 'chop' cars, the grey Mitsubishi Galant that them and Filane battle with to steal when it is hooked up to the tow truck, later having its rear axle ripped off with the tug of war also displays the plates BKW906. Again to series one - Cheryls Marroon Holden displays the plates ACTXXX....and in the subsequent series always displays the plates BSE177. Note - from series one and two the number plates on Vans Nissan Skyline change also. The only vehicles that remain with the same plates through out all series are Munters Mazda Bongo Van, Pascalles Nissan TRX and Wayne Judds four wheel drive. See more »

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Munter: Hey, education is good. Up to the bit where you get expelled. Then you get to taste freedom.
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Remade as Scoundrels (2010) See more »

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New and Refreshing Kiwi Programme
21 July 2005 | by (Christchurch, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The Actors are recycled, but don't let that put you off! Robyn Malcom plays a great Cheryl West, she has certainly moved on and upwards from her days as nurse Ellen Crozier on Shortland Street. Malcom certainly does justice to the character the creator wanted to portray. Rachel Lang first came up with the idea after discovering the daunting income statistics in New Zealand. Malcom's character Cheryl is a fine example of many women in New Zealand - she is the glue that holds the family together, however her family often under-estimate her abilities and importance in the everyday family unit. Grant Bowler who appeared in 'Always Greener' adds to the shows hilarity providing a Male typecast-the New Zealand Bloke. Wolfgang 'Wolf' West only wants the best for his family, even if following the West way of life may not be the best way of life. The biggest surprise in the show has to be Antonia Prebble who plays Loretta West, a rebellious 15 year old. Although 21, Prebble manages to pull off the baby West. Clever, witty and motivated - so long as there is something in it for her.

The story lines may not be completely original (ahem *clears throat* think Desperate Housewives), but rest assured, it all has a nice little Kiwi twist, not to mention the endless one liners that will leave you thinking "Is this really a New Zealand show?"

Outrages fortune has a 'trailer trash' feel to it which guarantees some non-PC humour, however don't be blanketed by this cover, there is a moral in there somewhere, after all it is a comedy/drama.


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