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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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Cast

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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2005 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Do diabla z kryminalem See more »

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Trivia

Wayne (Kirk Torrance) was named as such because "it's dead kiwi, also a bit Wild West," according to creator Rachel Lang.. His surname was initially Budd, but it failed the name check as a real person had the same name and occupation. 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

Munter: Yeah, it was float like a butterfly, sting like a wasp.
Eric: Bee.
Munter: What?
Eric: Nah, the saying goes 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.'
Munter: How do you know how it goes? I only just made it up.
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Remade as Scoundrels (2010) See more »

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Surprised how good it was
23 May 2012 | by patrick-782-678023See all my reviews

I'll keep the review short. This is my first review but this show deserved it.

Every kiwi i've watched I eventually lost interest, possibly due to culture differences? I'm not sure. I work from home and usually turn some sort of show on from netflix while i work for background noise. So Outrageous Fortune was a show i was to leave on in the background, peak at here and there while i work.

The first episode caught my attention a little bit but i was distracted with work, second, then third came on and i was hooked. Paying more attention to the TV then my own work.

I in my entire life have never found a show that has such an amazing cast. You eventually begin to like the cast, then love them. Feel apart of their lives. The show just takes hold of you and doesn't let go until the very end. Not once did i find a single episode boring.

The highs, the lows, the emotional twists really take hold. Van and Loretta were my favourites. Loretta would smile and you knew something cheeky was going to happen. I won't give any spoilers but this show is a must for everyone.

I was truly sad when it was done. For the first time i really truly loved a show, and couldn't wait to watch the next one. What an amazing job the whole team involved did with it. Kudos to Antony Starr for his dual role. Bravo with an amazingly well done job, especially as Van.

In short: Give it a chance, this is one show that will grow on you and you won't regret watching. I wish it would come back for some more seasons, i'm already missing my daily dose of it.


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