A prequel to classic TV3 series Outrageous Fortune, Westside travels back in time to meet young Rita (Antonia Prebble), Ted (David de Lautour) and their son Wolf West, on the make in West Auckland. This first episode opens with Ted leaving Mt Eden prison, then sets him on a safe-cracking plot that is aided by the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Prebble played Loretta West in Outrageous, and first took on the role of Rita in flashbacks from season four. Devised by Outrageous creators James Griffin and Rachel Lang, Westside won acclaim: "all the hallmarks of a classic", said Stuff.
When we met Ted in Outrageous, he was crusty and curmudgeonly and disappointed, but when we meet him in Westside, he's young, he's still king of his world, and so he is a different person.– Westside co-creator Rachel Lang in The NZ Herald, 24 May 2015
Song 'Watch Your Back' composed by Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon, performed by Hello Sailor
'Join Together' composed by A Stephenson, and performed by Steve Allen