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Outrageous Fortune 

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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2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   2005  
8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robyn Malcolm ...  Cheryl West 107 episodes, 2005-2010
Antony Starr ...  Jethro West / ... 107 episodes, 2005-2010
Siobhan Marshall ...  Pascalle West 107 episodes, 2005-2010
Antonia Prebble ...  Loretta West 107 episodes, 2005-2010
Frank Whitten ...  'Grandpa' Ted West / ... 107 episodes, 2005-2010
Kirk Torrance ...  Judd / ... 100 episodes, 2005-2010
Tammy Davis 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
Grant Bowler ...  Wolfgang West 54 episodes, 2005-2009
Roz Turnbull ...  Rochelle / ... 52 episodes, 2005-2010
Stella King 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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Loretta (Antonia Prebble)'s name was inspired by famous country and western singer Loretta Lynn, and chosen because Cheryl (Robyn Malcolm) likes country and western, and also because it sounds a little like Rita, according to series creator Rachel Lang. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Loretta West: [to Pascalle] Let's just say, you're still a slut, but I'm no longer a virgin.
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Connections

Remade as Good Behavior (2008) See more »

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Best Kiwi Drama Ever Created
3 September 2005 | by originalreplica05See all my reviews

This is undoubtedly one of the greatest Kiwi drama's ever created.

The acting is brilliant with a "who's who" of Kiwi actors (Robyn Malcolm, Frank Whitten) and also some great newcomers (Siobhan Marshall, Antony Starr) This show lets Kiwi's laugh at themselves, it's something that we can all relate to. An old 70's style house. A funeral party with a BBQ and heavy drinking.

Although it's hard to determine whether some parts of the show are comedy or drama, it's fairly easy and enjoyable to watch.

Thankfully it's been commissioned for a second season, a rare thing that happens with New Zealand TV. TV3 has finally seen that people enjoy homegrown shows, lets hope TVNZ does the same and would STOP CANCELLING ALL HOMEGROWN SHOWS! Overall - 9.5/10


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June 2005 (New Zealand) See more »

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