Series 3 of Westside premiered on July 10, 2017 on Three and consists of eight episodes. It is set in the summer of 1982.

Setting and plot Edit

The series is set three months following the second series, in the summer of 1982.

One of the key storylines of the series will be the entry of young Cheryl West.[1]

Episodes Edit

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"Episode 1" July 10, 2017
Directed by: Murray Keane - Written by: Kate McDermott - Viewers: 200,000[2]
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"Episode 2" July 17, 2017
Directed by: Murray Keane - Written by: James Griffin - Viewers: 141,000[2]
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"Episode 3" July 24, 2017
Directed by: Michael Hurst - Written by: James Griffin - Viewers: 203,000[3]
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"Episode 4" July 31, 2017
Directed by: Michael Hurst - Written by: Kate McDermott - Viewers: {{{viewers}}}
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"Episode 5" August 7, 2017
Directed by: Murray Keane - Written by: Shoshana McCallum - Viewers: {{{viewers}}}
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"Episode 6" August 14, 2017
Directed by: Murray Keane - Written by: Shoshana McCallum and James Griffin - Viewers: {{{viewers}}}
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"Episode 7" August 21, 2017
Directed by: Michael Hurst - Written by: Nick Ward - Viewers: 205,900
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"Episode 8" August 28, 2017
Directed by: Michael Hurst - Written by: James Griffin - Viewers: 184,300[4]

Cast Edit


NZ On Air confirmed on August 2, 2016 that they would provide up to NZ$6,583,500 in funding support for a third series consisting of eight episodes and revealed that it would be set in 1982 – "the year of the catchphrase Think Big." Chief Executive Jane Wrightson of NZ On Air stated: "The Wests and New Zealand in the 80’s provide such a rich bed for a drama it would be difficult to resist seeing where the writers can take us next. We are thrilled to support this well-made, quintessential kiwi drama again..." [6]

NZ Herald revealed on August 13, 2016 that a young Cheryl West would be introduced in the series, with the entry of the character being one of the series' key storylines. Creator and writer James Griffin said: "The thing with Westside is there are certain timelines and storylines that are predetermined, thanks to Outrageous Fortune. The story of young Wolf meeting young Cheryl is one of these things."[1]

 Just as for the previous two series, Eliot Naimie continued as the "car wrangler" for the show. A "car-sting call" searching for vintage cars from 1982 and earlier was posted on social media, asking people to submit a photo of their car to be featured on the show.[7]

Casting Edit


Elizabeth Dowden with the script for episode 1.

Hundreds of hopefuls auditioned for the role of Cheryl West, but the producers had still not made a decision about who would portray her when the series started filming on October 30. Producer Mark Beesley said: "We need someone with recognisable qualities that Robyn Malcolm brought to the role" and that "We don't want an impersonation of Robyn... A good actor will own the part and her entrance to the show will be a surprise."[8]

The producers kept the identity of the actress who got the role as 16-year-old Cheryl hidden. Antonia Prebble suggested the actress who got the part.[9]

On-set pics of an actress in bed leaked and NZ Herald Spy revealed that the actress cast as Cheryl was either Jessie Lawrence, Lily Powell or Elizabeth Dowden.[10] However, these were all proven to be wrong when the series premiered and it was revealed that Lawrence and Powell played Cheryl's sisters Jeanette and Mandy, respectively, while Dowden played the escort Theresa.

Production Edit

Filming Edit

Filming for series 3 started on October 30, 2016.[11] Shooting took place from Sundays to Thursdays every week.[7]

Michael Hurst returned to direct episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8 of series 3, just like he did for series 2.[12] He started pre-production on his episodes in the week of October 24.[13] Filming of episodes 3 and 4 started in the week of November 14.[14]

Scenes featuring golfers were filmed on 13 Knox Road, Swanson on the 22nd of November. Scenes featuring punkers and rebellious teens partying were filmed on the 24th, 28th and 29th of November and the 12th of December. Scenes featuring Doslic henchmen were filmed in Eden Terrace and Swanson on the 29th and 30th of November. Scenes featuring Mrs. Falani were filmed on Eden Terrace on the 29th of November.[15]

Additional scenes featuring Doslic henchmen were filmed in Henderson, Swanson and Te Atatu (West Auckland) on the 24th, 25th and 29th of January and 1st of February.[16]

Elizabeh Dowden filmed her final scenes on January 25.[17] Filming of episodes seven and eight was completed in the first week of February.[18] Production wrapped on February 2, 2017.[19]

Filming locations Edit

Release Edit

The premiere date of Monday July 10, 2017, was announced on June 24.[20] The first two trailers, one of which focused on the appearance of Cheryl West in the series, were released on June 27.[21][22]

The first episode was released online on Friday July 7, three days prior to the television broadcast, for fans who took an online quiz proving them to be "Westside Worthy".[23]

Images Edit

Promo photoshoot Edit

Still photos Edit

Production Edit

Press links Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Westside producers launch search for young Cheryl" Spy News. August 14, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NZoA stands by local drama as Filthy Rich and Westside take ratings hit" NZ Herald. July 22, 2017.
  3. "The 20 highest rating funded television programmes on air last week, 21 - 27 July 2017" NZ On Air. (archived)
  4. "The 20 highest rating funded television programmes on air last week, 24 - 30 August." NZ On Air. (archived)
  5. Tama Jarman Actor Biography. Johnson & Laird.
  6. "Ted, Rita and your favourite rogues will be back in 2017" NZ On Air. August 2, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Series 3 Car-Sting Call" Outrageous Fortune & Westside on Facebook. September 29, 2016.
  8. "Westside 3: Hunt for the new Cheryl West is still on" Herald on Sunday. October 31, 2016.
  9. Antonia Prebble on Facebook
  10. "Mystery surrounds role of young Cheryl West" NZ Herald Spy. December 4, 2016.
  11. "Westside filming begins in west Auckland" Stuff. October 20, 2016.
  12. "MICHAEL DIRECTING WESTSIDE" Michael Hurst Now. November 12, 2016.
  13. Facebook post by Michael Hurst. October 25, 2016.
  14. Facebook post by Michael Hurst. November 17, 2016.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 "Westside TV Series Needs Talent for Featured & Extra Roles" Star Now. November 19, 2016.
  16. "Westside TV Series Needs Talent for Featured Henchmen" Star Now. January 10, 2017.
  17. "That's a wrap on #Westside!" Elizabeth Dowden (@elizabethdowden) on Instagram. January 25, 2017.
  18. "Michael is currently directing episodes 3.7 & 3.8 of WESTSIDE, completing filming this week." January 31, 2016. Michael Hurst (@MichaelHurstNow) on Twitter.
  19. @OFWestside on Twitter: "That's a wrap on series 3 of #WestsideTV."
  20. "Wild. Wicked. Never well-behaved. The Wests are back..." Outrageous Fortune & Westside on Facebook.
  21. "#WestsideTV series 3 premieres on Monday 10th July on Three."
  22. "DROP're about to meet young Cheryl!" Three on Facebook.
  23. "Oi! You! Want a gawk at the first episode of #WestsideTV before it airs on Three?"

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