Series 1 of Westside consisted of six episodes, airing on TV3 from May 31 to July 5, 2015. The series follows the West family through the 1970s, with each episode covering one year, from 1974 to 1979.

Cast and characters Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring castEdit

Guest castEdit

Episodes Edit

Westside 101 - Wolf Rita

Episode 1 • May 31, 2015
Ted is released from prison in time for the Commonwealth Games of 1974 and has to reclaim his position in the gang. Meanwhile, Rita schemes to keep her secrets buried.

Westside 102 Necklace

Episode 2 • June 7, 2015
The New Zealand General election of 1975. Wolf starts a war with the Doslic neighbours and creates a job opportunity for Ted, while a bored Rita pursues her own career.


Episode 3 • June 14, 2015
During the dawn raids in 1976, Ted rescues a disco dancing overstayer by the name of Falani while Rita takes in Carol after she got the bash from Phineas.

Westside 104 – Rita Parties

Episode 4 • June 21, 2015
In 1977, Rita runs away to a life of party after a revelation that she tried to kill Wolf, while Ted finds a job opportunity through drug trafficker Marty Johnstone.

Westside 105 – Bloody Ted

Episode 5 • June 28, 2015
In 1978, Wolf falls in love with punker chick Anne-Marie. Her father proves useful for Ted's job, but it has an explosive fallout and the Wests take on a new foster child.

Westside 106 – Wolf with the gun

Episode 6 • July 5, 2015
In 1979, Wolf tries to be his own man and rebels, but Ted and Rita both have their own ways to deal with him. Eventually, Rita has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Production Edit

Development Edit

On July 31, it was announced that NZ On Air would provide $4,818,254 in funding for six one-hour episodes of West Side Story produced for TV3.[1]

Principal photography Edit

Westside commenced shooting on Sunday October 12, 2014.[2]

Filming for episode five started on November 26, 2014.[3]

The last day of filming on location was December 15, 2014 at the West House. Following this, there were three studio days.[4] Filming for series one concluded on December 18, 2014.[5]

Reception Edit

According to Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, an average of 5.73% or 240,775 people aged 5+ watched the series.

The series was the most-viewed NZ On Air-funded programme On Demand in 2015 averaging 41,524 streams per episode.[6]

Images Edit

Main article: Westside Series 1/Gallery

Promotional photos Edit

Main article: Westside Series 1/Promotional Photos

Episode StillsEdit

Main article: Westside Series 1/Episode Stills

Production Photos Edit

Main article: Westside Series 1/Production Photos

Series 1Series 2Series 3
Series 1 "All That Impedes Thee from the Golden Round· "Is't Far You Ride?" · "Instruments of Darkness Tell Us Truths" · "Our Poison'd Challice" · "Dire Combustion" · "But for a Wayward Son"
Series 2 Episode 1 · Episode 2 · Episode 3 · Episode 4 · Episode 5 · Episode 6 · Episode 7 · Episode 8 · Episode 9 · Episode 10
Main characters Rita West · Ted West · Wolf West · Lefty Munroe · Ngaire Munroe · Bilkey van Heeder · Bert Thompson · Phineas O'Driscoll · Carol O'Driscoll
Recurring Mike McCarthy · Falani · Sparky · Eric · Des McEwen · Evan Lace · Riana · Joanne · Darijo Doslic · Belinda Lace
Timeline 1970s · 1980–1981
Locations West House · Western Arms · The Galleria · Aztec Road
Events Smith & Caughey's job · Dawn Raids · Carless Days · Springbok Tour
Items Vehicles
Groups and
New Zealand Police · Ted West Gang · The Horsemen

Notes and references Edit

  1. NZ On Air: "Two new drama series and a returning favourite secure $18 million in funding" July 31, 2014. (archive version)
  2. Outrageous Fortune (official site): "Westside casting line-up revealed" October 13, 2014.
  3. "Day 1 of shooting on Westside Story tomorrow." Simon Bennett (@Pookina1) on Twitter. November 25, 2014.
  4. "Last day filming at the West House today." Simon Bennett (@Pookina1) on Twitter. December 15, 2014.
  5. "THAT'S A WRAP!" Outrageous Fortune & Westside on Facebook. December 18, 2014.
  6. NZ On Air: "Annual Report 2016"

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