New Zealand mourns the passing of Frank Whitten


It is with great sadness that the New Zealand Film and TV Blog receives news of the passing of actor Frank Whitten. Frank Whitten holds a special place in New Zealand’s film history. He also holds a very special place in a lot of New Zealanders heart known as Grandpa West, from the hugely popular [ Read More ]

Ratings show home grown NZ TV is what we want

Road Cops

New Zealanders like watching New Zealanders what a surprise. The most popular programmes of the moment attracting the biggest audiences are home grown kiwi television. The top 10 programmes listed by media research company AGB Nielsen all aired on TV One. The most watched programme for the year was TVNZ’s Cheers to 50 Years, which [ Read More ]

Final series of Outrageous Fortune Season 6 available from Native Vision


THE WESTS ARE BACK…in the final series of New Zealand’s best loved comedy drama. Now you can purchase Series six, others and much much more at Native Vision. The Wests are a one-family crime wave with a proud tradition in thievery, larceny and pettycrime. Or at least they used to be. At the beginning of [ Read More ]

What now for the infamous west family?

Grandpa West

We have been there to watch the ups and downs of the west for five years. Fights, scams, fashion shows, business, weddings, baby’s , prison, family feuds and the list goes on. But sadly the west have signed off and are now living happily ever after. But we all want to know what happens after [ Read More ]

Top ten rating NZTV programmes

Here is a copyof the top ten programmes on NZTV, recorded as of the 19th of July 2010 via Nielsen TV Audience Measurement. The top programme being watched as of the 19th of July is One news TV ONE, and a new entrant Outrageous Fortune is close behind in second place.

Craig Hall newest face on Outrageous Fortune

Craig Hall, the newest face to join the Outrageous Fortune cast had a bit of a head start when it came to being a Westie, so he’s in his element when we learn more about his character Nicky, Sheree’s brother – tonight (Tuesday July 8 at 9.30pm). Hall says he’s always watched and enjoyed the [ Read More ]

Outrageous Fortune Back on Screen

The Wests are back for a fourth season of New Zealand’s best loved, award-winning comedy drama when Outrageous Fortune returns Tuesday, June 17 at 9.30pm. The Wests are a one-family crime wave with a proud tradition in thievery, larceny and petty crime. Or at least they used to be. At the beginning of the first [ Read More ]

Outrageous Fortune again

Outrageous Fortune Cast New Zealand viewers can look forward to another series of TV3’s successful drama Outrageous Fortune thanks to funding from NZ On Air, allocated in the August funding round. “This programme is a phenomenon,” said NZ On Air’s Chief Executive, Jane Wrightson. “TV3’s commitment to a fourth series of this excellent prime time [ Read More ]

Outrageous Fortune Dominated NZ Screen Awards

Outrageous Fortune How the West’s won! Outrageous Fortune dominated the Air New Zealand Screen Awards last night taking out six awards. bro’Town reminded us it’s ‘Morningside 4 Life’ with top honours for UKTV Best Comedy and newcomer ‘Run’ is our Rialto Channel Best Short Film. The winners of the Air New Zealand Screen Awards, the [ Read More ]

Outrageous Fortune is Success in Latest Ratings

Outrageous Fortune TV3’s hit local series, OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, launched its third series last night with its highest ratings ever, performing as strongly as the most popular international shows on air, such as the award-winning HOUSE. The show, which stars Robyn Malcolm, Antony Starr, Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall, attracted 465,200 viewers (5+) who tuned in [ Read More ]