Taken from NZ Herald, by Lydia Jenkins.
It opens at Mt Eden Prison, January 24, 1974, with Ted West walking out of the gate, finally free. He's all sideburns and leather jacket, mixed with a cheeky grin and sidelong glance. It turns out he's been inside for three years, having copped the sentence for the bungled burglary of a safe at Smith & Caughey's
Yes, Ted West, criminal mastermind, is back. But it's not Outrageous Fortune
, season seven. The original show's creators Rachel Lang and James Griffin have turned back the clock to find Ted in his prime. He's a charismatic 30-something, with a firecracker of a wife in Rita, and an 11-year-old son,Wolf, who's already showing signs of following in his father's footsteps.
There are lamingtons and screwdrivers, sausage rolls and crates of beer, lots of orange, lots of brown, vintage Holdens and Fords. This is Westside
, the tale of Ted, his family and his gang, cruising and bruising through the 1970s.
Lang and Griffin never expected to return to the notorious West family - as Lang says, after they finished Outrageous Fortune
in 2010, they were "really quite shagged". But though she was looking for a local historical criminal event to base a new series on, the idea for Westside
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