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Outrageous Fortune

Season 1 cast of Outrageous Fortune: from left, Jethro, Tracy, Munter, Van, Eric, Wolf, Cheryl, Loretta, Ted, Pascalle, Judd.
Format Drama, Comedy
Created by James Griffin
Rachel Lang
Developed by South Pacific Pictures
Starring See Cast and characters below
Opening theme Gutter Black, Hello Sailor
Ending theme Gutter Black, Hello Sailor
Country of origin  New Zealand
No. of episodes 43 (including movie, as of October 9, 2007)
Production
Executive producer(s) James Griffin
Rachel Lang
Simon Bennett
Running time 42 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel TV3
Picture format 576i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 2005-03-12 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Outrageous Fortune is a New Zealand television comedy/drama series, produced by South Pacific Pictures in 2005 and shown by TV3 on Tuesday nights. The show is currently airing its third season. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 164 KB) This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a promotional photo in a press kit. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... South Pacific Pictures is a television production company based in New Zealand. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... TV3 is a commercial television station in New Zealand. ... 576i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... ... JOHN HERMAN SUCKS FAT DICK ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... This article is about the spacecraft and the mission. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... South Pacific Pictures is a television production company based in New Zealand. ... TV3 is a commercial television station in New Zealand. ...


The Nine Network in Australia previously screened Season 1 during the summer of 2006. In 2007, rival, Network Ten picked up the second season and began airing it on the 16th November 2007 at 10:30. It was announced in Mid-November 2007 that the first season would air on Foxtel's Arena Channel in December on Sunday and Monday nights. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ...


The central plot is that a family of criminals decide to go straight after the father is jailed. Like the show itself, episodes take their names from Shakespeare quotations. The main characters each walk a fine line between right and wrong according to their respective values - the law, the criminal code of honour, loyalty to family, and respectability. Shakespeare redirects here. ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ... A code of honour is an unwritten rule in a society, often influenced by culture, religion, and popculture. ...

Contents

Cast and Characters

Current Regular Cast

  • Robyn Malcolm as Cheryl West. (Season 1 - )
  • Antony Starr as the twin brothers Van and Jethro West. (Season 1 - )
  • Siobhan Marshall as Pascalle West. (Season 1 - )
  • Antonia Prebble as Loretta West. (Season 1 - )
  • Frank Whitten as Ted West. (Season 1 - )

Robyn Malcolm is a New Zealand actress. ... Cheryl West is a fictional character played by Robyn Malcolm from the New Zealand television show, Outrageous Fortune. ... Van West is a fictional character played by Antony Starr from the New Zealand television show, Outraegous Fortune. ... Jethro West is a fictional character played by Antony Starr from the New Zealand television show, Outraegous Fortune. ... Pascalle West is a fictional character played by Siobhan Marshall from the New Zealand television show, Outraegous Fortune. ... Antonia Mary Prebble is a New Zealand actress most famous for her role as Trudy in the teen-drama The Tribe. ... Loretta West is a fictional character played by Antonia Prebble from the New Zealand television show, Outrageous Fortune. ... Theodore Ted West is a fictional character played by Frank Whitten from the New Zealand television show, Outraegous Fortune. ...

Current Recurring Cast

  • Tammy Davis as Munter (Season 1-)
  • Kirk Torrance as Detective Sergeant Wayne Judd (Season 1-)
  • Nicole Whippy as Kasey (Season 1-)
  • Roz Turnbull as Rochelle (Season 1-)
  • Aidee Walker as Draska Doslic (Season 1-)
  • Trevor Sai Louie as Mr. Hong (Season 1-)
  • John Leigh as Sparky (Season 1-)
  • Dave Fane as Falani (Season 3-)
  • Aaron Jeffrey as Gary Savage (Season 3-)

Munter is a fictional character played by Tammy Davis from the New Zealand television show, Outraegous Fortune. ... Detective Wayne Judd is a fictional character played by Kirk Torrance from the New Zealand television show, Outraegous Fortune. ... John Leigh (born in New Zealand in 1965) is a well-known actor in New Zealand. ...

Former Regular Cast

Grant Bowler (born [18 July] 1968 in Perth) is an Australian actor, best known for his many television roles. ...

Former Recurring Cast

  • Brian Sergent as Eric (Seasons 1-2)
  • Michelle Ang as Tracy Hong (Seasons 1-2)
  • Katrina Browne as Caroline Darling (Seasons 1-2)
  • Josephine Davison as Suzy Hong (Season 1-2)
  • Claire Chitham as Aurora Bay (Season 2-3)
  • Shane Cortese as Hayden Peters (Season 2-3)

Michelle Ang (born October 17, 1983, in Malaysia) is a New Zealand film and television actress. ... Josephine Davison is a New Zealand actress. ... Claire Chitham (born 12 July 1978 in Auckland) is a New Zealand television actor. ...

Season Synopses

Season One (2005)

When Wolf is jailed for previous burglaries, Cheryl West comes under pressure from his associates to move into drug dealing. She is outraged by this, and makes the decision that the family will move out of the crime business and get honest employment. Wolf is not pleased about this, but there's not much he can do from jail. Cheryl is initially disillusioned by her attempts at earning a legal living, but she and a couple of her friends start a business called "Hoochie Mama" making and selling sexy underwear.


Cheryl and Wolf have four children. Jethro has already set himself up with an honest career: he's just graduated law school and has a job with a law firm, although he wasn't entirely upfront with his employers about his qualifications for the job. His twin brother Van (who was trapped in a freezer as a child, and is somewhat slower than Jethro) severely offended the Hong family who might be linked to the Triads, and worked as their pool boy to repay his debt. Both the mother and daughter (Tracy) of the Hong family had designs on Van. The mother may be carrying Van's child. Triad (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; literally Triad Society) or (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; literally Black Society, a general term for criminal organizations) is a term that describes many branches of Chinese underground society and/or organizations based in Hong Kong and Macau and also operating in Taiwan, mainland...


Pascalle, the eldest daughter, wants to become a model, and is trying to raise money to pay for the shots that an unscrupulous photographer has taken of her. At the opening of the series, she is forcibly removed from the offices of Work and Income New Zealand, after her attempt at applying for an advance on her unemployment benefit to finance further modelling shots was rejected. Male staff tried to keep the raunchy photos she presented in support of her application, and she reacted explosively. The Ministry of Social Development (Te Manatu Whakahiato Ora) is a New Zealand government agency which has two main functions: providing social policy advice to the government, and providing social services. ... Unemployment benefits are payments made by governments to unemployed people. ...


Loretta is the younger daughter. She is bored by school and blackmailing the deputy principal, who she caught having an affair with Jethro some years earlier when he was her student. Loretta has a significant entrepreneurial talent and shares her family's lack of respect for the law. She is interested in film and spends most of her time at a video shop, although she doesn't officially work there.


The final member of the family is Ted West, Wolf's father, who has Alzheimer's disease, but also has significant periods of lucidity. When he was young, he was a safe cracker, and had unconventional relationships with his late wife Rita (for whom he frequently mistakes Loretta), and others.


Over the course of the season, Detective Sergeant Judd, who is responsible for Wolf's imprisonment, develops an attraction to Cheryl, who is torn between her determination to live the straight life and her love for her family and Wolf.


Season Two (2006)

In series two, Wolf has been released on home detention. He has no intention of keeping to Cheryl's new rules on life. Judd is determined to tear him away from Cheryl, and attempts to entice Wolf to break his parole so that he is returned to prison. In justice and law, house arrest is the situation where a person is confined (by the authorities) to his or her residence. ...


Pascalle's dream of modelling has faded, and her plans revolve around the proposal that she is sure her boyfriend Hayden is just about to make. Hayden is the son of a former associate of Wolf's, and offers Wolf a job as a "future planner" in Hayden's company. Wolf's parole officer approves, but the enterprise may not be strictly legitimate.


Jethro has his own law practice. Tracy Hong has become Jethro's girlfriend and an investor in Hoochie Mama. Van is reunited with Aurora Bay; they were briefly together as teenagers before Aurora lost her virginity to Jethro in a case of mistaken identity (She thought he was Van). She now lives with a motorcycle gang, the Horsemen. Jethro is increasingly drawn into Wolf and Hayden's business, and represents many of Wolf's former associates. Van volunteers to help when he hears that the Horsemen are the target of their future plans.


After her blackmail fails, Loretta arranges to be expelled from school, but Wolf insists she attend a Catholic school. Loretta is paying someone else to attend as her.


As the season progresses, Judd and Cheryl rekindle their affair and Wolf goes missing after learning of the affair and robbing the Horsemen. Aurora convinces her boyfriend (the leader of the Horsemen) to let her go so she can be with Van and she moves in with the Wests. Pascalle and Hayden break up and Hayden goes after the true object of his desire, Loretta and the two begin a secret affair.


Pascalle eventually finds herself a new calling when she begins working at a retirement home. Much to everyone's surprise; she enjoys the experience, not to mention the attentions of the Retirement home's resident doctor, Bruce Khan. Only one problem remains: Bruce is a virgin so Pascalle lies and says that she is a virgin too in order so that Bruce won't be turned off by her past. Pascalle decides to get a Hymenorrhaphy but needs $5000 for the procedure. Hymenorrhaphy or hymen reconstruction surgery is the surgical restoration of the hymen. ...


Outrageous Fortune: The Movie (2006 telemovie)

This one off two hour TV Movie followed on from season 2.


The family, Aurora, Eric and Munter go camping at Tutaekuri Bay, a magical place up north where they have gone camping every year. We learn that Wolf and Cheryl stumbled upon the bay late one night, and slept in their car. This sparked the tradition that the family now know and love.


However, as with all episodes of Outrageous Fortune, luck is not quite on their side. The Doslics' have gone to Tutaekuri Bay as well! This was in no small part due to Van uttering the holiday location whilst in the shower with Draska, as seen by flashback.


Another unwelcome visitor appears as well. This is Cheryl's sister, Jeanette, who has been estranged from the family for many years. She has escaped from the Exclusive Brethren in the Wairarapa. A deep secret comes out that Cheryl has hidden from the family all these long years. The Exclusive Brethren are a part of the Christian Evangelical movement generally described as the Plymouth Brethren. ... Wairarapa (often known as The Wairarapa) is a geographical region of New Zealand. ...


Cheryl is hoping Judd will be released from jail in time to join them for Christmas.


Season Three (2007)

Season three began screening in New Zealand on 17 July 2007, with 22 episodes planned for the season.


The characters Monica, Wayne's ex-wife, and Falani the dealer in stolen merchandise return from their brief appearances in earlier seasons, and the new character Gary Savage, a property developer and client of Jethro, is introduced. The series is regarded as being by far the deepest simultaneously with being the most flippant - and surprisingly also the most raunchy ! Subjects covered include deep love, grief after death, and feature a lot of sex, in and among a porno shoot by Loretta.


Season Four (2008)

A fourth season of the show was confirmed on the shows official site with 18 episodes being commissioned for the season to be screened later in 2008. Filming will commence in early 2008.


International Broadcasters

The show was picked up in Australia by the Nine Network and aired it during the summer non-ratings period. Season 2 recently began screening on Network Ten. It has also been picked up by LivingTV in the United Kingdom starting on Tuesday March 6, 2007 at 10 PM.[1] TV3 Ireland showed the first series during 2006 and started showing the second series in March 2007 (22:00 Thursdays). The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ... LIVINGtv is a British television channel owned by Flextech. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


It is also being remade in the UK for ITV by the independent production company Greenlit under the title "Honest". Broadcast is currently scheduled for early 2008. Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting...


ABC television network in America producing their own concept of Outrageous Fortune, set to be released in 2008 or 2009. Rob Thomas (whose writing credits include Veronica Mars and Dawson’s Creek) is developing the US version. [2] This article is about the American broadcast network. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article is about the writer Rob Thomas. ... This article is about the Veronica Mars television series. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ...


Music

The soundtrack of the show draws mainly on New Zealand music. The title track is Hello Sailor's Gutter Black, and other artists featured include The Exponents, Op Shop, Goodnight Nurse, Minuit, Dukes and the Black Seeds. Performers in 1906 New Zealand music is a significant component of the culture of New Zealand. ... Hello Sailor was a New Zealand pop/rock band originally formed in 1975. ... The Exponents are a New Zealand rock group. ... Goodnight Nurse are a pop punk band from Auckland, New Zealand. ... Minuit (pronounced Min-wee) are an Electronic/Pop band from New Zealand, originally from Nelson. ... The term duke is a title of nobility which refers to the sovereign male ruler of a Continental European duchy, to a nobleman of the highest grade of the British peerage, or to the highest rank of nobility in various other European countries, including Spain and France (in Italy, principe... The Black Seeds are a band from Wellington, New Zealand. ...


An official soundtrack, was released in October 2007. The tracklisting is as follows:


1. Hello Sailor - Gutter Black
2. Goodshirt - Buck It Up
3. Deja Voodoo - Beers
4. The Datsuns - All Aboard
5. Th' Dudes - Be Mine Tonight
6. The Spelling Mistakes - Feel So Good
7. Voom - B your Boy
8. Goldenhorse - Run Run Run
9. Dance Exponents - I'll Say Goodbye
10. The Finn Brothers - Won't Give In
11. Opshop - No Ordinary Thing
12. Gasoline Cowboy - Beach In Cali High
13. The Reduction Agents - 80's Celebration
14. Paseload - Lock And Load
15. The Veils - Jesus For The Jugular
16. Dimmer - Mine
17. The Black Seeds - Let's Get Down
18. Calico Brothers - God Left Town
19. Greg Johnson - Save Yourself
20. Goodnight Nurse - All For You
21. Dogs Of War - Titirangi Thugs Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Goodshirt was an innovative New Zealand pop/rock band from Grey Lynn, Auckland. ... Deja Voodoo is a New Zealand rock band. ... The Datsuns are a New Zealand hard rock band formed in 2000. ... This article is about the New Zealand rock band. ... The Spelling Mistakes were a New Zealand punk band which had minor success in the local scene in the late seventies. ... Voom are a New Zealand band based in Auckland, singer Andrew Moller is commonly regarded as the most dishonest member of the New Zealand music community after deciding to keep and use the music co-written and recorded by the original members of the band without crediting them. ... Goldenhorse This article needs to be wikified. ... The Exponents are a New Zealand rock group. ... The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn. ... Opshop is a New Zealand rock band formed in 2002. ... The Reduction Agents are a New Zealand band fronted by James Milne, who also records under the name Lawrence Arabia. ... The Veils are a New Zealand band based in London, fronted by lead singer/songwriter Finn Andrews. ... Dimmer is a musical group from New Zealand. ... The Black Seeds The Black Seeds are a band from Wellington, New Zealand. ... Greg Johnson (born March 16, 1971) is a professional hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... Goodnight Nurse are a pop punk band from Auckland, New Zealand. ...


Trivia

  • Before their roles on Outrageous Fortune as lovers Van West and Aurora Bay, Antony Starr and Claire Chitham played siblings Stratford and Waverley Wilson on Shortland Street.
  • Ranger Graeme, a character from the movie, also played the Southern Man in Speight's "Pride of the South" ads, along with Grandpa Ted (Frank Whitten)
  • Robyn Malcolm also appeared in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, as the mother putting her children on the horse as the orcs appeared to ransack the village.
  • Michelle Ang (Tracey Hong) appeared on McDonalds Young Entertainers and the Australian Soap Opera Neighbours.
  • Tutaekuri Bay is the fictional location of the movie. Tutaekuri means "dog shit" in Māori.
  • Antonia Prebble and Michelle Ang previously worked together in The Tribe a UK and New Zealand co-production.
  • The term "Outrageous Fortune" comes from the famous soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet:

"To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?" Shortland Street is New Zealands longest-running soap opera airing each weeknight on TVNZs TV2. ... Speights is a brewery in Dunedin, New Zealand. ... Robyn Malcolm is a New Zealand actress. ... This article is about an Australian soap opera. ... Māori or Te Reo Māori, commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) is an official language of New Zealand. ...


Awards

  • The show cleaned up at the New Zealand TV Awards for 2005 winning Best Drama, Best Actress : Robyn Malcom and Best Actor: Antony Starr, Best Director Mark Beesley, Best Script Rachel Lang & Best Editing Nicola Smith
  • TV GUIDE Best on the box: Best Drama & Best Actress Robyn Malcolm
  • Woman's Day Reader's Choice: Favourite Female Personality Robyn Malcolm
  • Air NZ Screen Award 2006:Best Drama Series & Best Drama Programme for episode 4
  • At the Air New Zealand Screen Awards for 2007, the series won six awards, including Best Drama Programme. Robyn Malcolm won Best Actress, Antony Starr won Best Actor, and Frank Whitten won Best Supporting Actor.[3]

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.throng.co.nz/outrageous-fortune/outrageous-fortune-to-premiere-in-the-uk
  2. ^ http://www.outrageousfortune.co.nz/news/outrageous-fortune-to-be-adapted-for-the-usa/
  3. ^ "Six awards - it's outrageous", New Zealand Herald, 2 August 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 

The New Zealand Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Auckland, New Zealand. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Official Website
  • South Pacific Pictures
  • New Zealand Listener review
  • Outrageous Fortune at the Internet Movie Database

 
 

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