Outrageous Fortune


Local drama has received an $18 million boost from NZ On Air. Three series will bring unique New Zealand stories to different audiences on each of the three major free-to-air channels.
From the Platinum Fund for TV One, Hillary will be a landmark series telling the complete story of Sir Edmund Hillary’s life. The six part drama series has been created by the experienced writing team of Tom Scott and Greg McGee and based on the story told by Sir Edmund exclusively to Tom Scott for his biography.

Legendary safe-cracker and criminal Ted West and his wife Rita are the central characters of a new series funded for TV3 that is a prequel to Outrageous Fortune. Set in 1970’s Auckland the historical drama will take Outrageous Fortune’s large and loyal audience on a journey into Ted’s murky past, set against a backdrop of social and economic upheaval. Continue reading »


In a nod to the power of our local television and film industry talent, Quickflix today announces its agreement with South Pacific Pictures that sees over 120 hours of Kiwis’ most loved television series immediately made available across its entire platform, with more great content to be added in the near future.

Quickflix is proudly offering all five series of the much loved South Pacific Pictures production Go Girls to its subscribers, as well as Westie comedy-drama Outrageous Fortune.

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Van and Munter’s ride is getting a new home.

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bansheeI thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Banshee which aired on Sky’s premium SoHo channel.  It’s not often a New Zealand actor goes from starring in a local drama to a US cable drama but after his twin role on Outrageous Fortune, it was unsurprising to learn the Antony Starr had done just that.

During the first season, Starr’s ex-con character, assumes the identity of the new local sheriff, Lucas Hood, after he is murdered in a graphic bar fight in the fictional Pensylvanian town of Banshee.  Banshee is his destination after 15 years in prison for stealing diamonds from Ukranian gangster, Mr Rabbit, as he searches for his accomplice and former lover, Anastasia, who happens to also be Mr Rabbit’s daughter.  Continue reading »

soho-bansheeNew Zealand’s Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune) will return as Lucas Hood on the US cable channel Cinemax’s Banshee on January 10, 2014 and if Sky keeps with its fast tracking regime then the episode should screen on SoHo on January 9th.

Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale.

antonia-prebbleNew Zealand actress Antonia Prebble has landed a role in a new Australian series.

The former Outrageous Fortune actress has joined the cast of ANZAC Girls, a six-part ABC mini-series based on the true story of five young military nurses from Australia and New Zealand at both Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Prebble, who has been seen recently in The Blue Rose, will be joined in the cast by Georgia Flood (House Husbands, Wentworth, Tangle), Laura Brent (A Few Best Men, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Anna McGahan (House Husbands, Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Underbelly: Razor) and Caroline Craig (Underbelly, Dangerous Remedy, Blue Heelers). Continue reading »

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Heather Graham and Mary Lynn Rajskub are joining Californication for guest roles. Both actresses will appear in the seventh season premiere.

Good start for Bowler’s Defiance

The new American/Canadian series Defiance, which features Outrageous Fortune’s Grant Bowler in one of the lead roles, has become one of the most-watched premieres on the Syfy network with 2.7 million viewers. Continue reading »

The man behind the song every Outrageous Fortune fan will be familiar with has passed away.

David McArtney, a founding member of Hello Sailor, passed away at his Pt Chevalier home this week.

He wrote and sung the band’s 1977 track ‘Gutter Black’, which featured on the opening titles sequence for TV3’s Outrageous Fortune. Continue reading »

Shortland Street LogoSouth Pacific Pictures, the production company that has bought us Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial and Shortland Street has been sold to UK based All3Media.

CEO John Barnett has sold his minority share in the company that he led the management buyout from TVNZ of in 1998 for an undisclosed amount. Continue reading »

anna_kinston-robyn-malcolmWe sat down to watch the pilot of Agent Anna on the weekend, excited at the prospect of Robyn Malcolm’s return to the small screen after her epic performance over six incredible seasons of Outrageous Fortune.  TVNZ had pegged the show quite closely to OF in its description as the story of an embattled solo mum who is down on her luck and turns to the world of real estate to reverse her fortunes but it is there that the comparisons end.

Malcolm wanted to play a different type of character to the Westie mum Cheryl West.

Anna (my character) was built on the idea that I wanted to play someone who had no hint of hero about her at all.

And hero Anna most certainly is not. Continue reading »