Filthy Rich (2016 TV series)

Filthy Rich is a New Zealand drama television show that aired on TV2 (NZ) and which premiered on 15 February 2016. The show revolves around three illegitimate half siblings who discover they have a claim to a fortune to one of the wealthiest men in New Zealand, John Truebridge. When he dies these unwanted heirs stand to share in his legacy but not if his legitimate family has anything to do with it.

Filthy Rich
Created by
  • Gavin Strawhan
  • Rachel Lang
Directed by
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes34
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter Burger
  • Rachel Lang
  • Gavin Strawhan
Producer(s)Steven Zanoski
Production location(s)Auckland, New Zealand
CinematographyDave Cameron
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45-66 minutes
Production company(s)Filthy Productions
Original networkTVNZ 2
Picture format1080i HDTV
Original release15 February 2016 (2016-02-15) 
4 October 2017 (2017-10-04)


On 28 May 2015 it was announced by the New Zealand Herald that the country's most expensive tv show had started filming. The show was granted NZ$8.25M by the New Zealand government agency, New Zealand On Air.[1]

The show premiered on 15 February 2016.

On 26 July 2016, it was announced the show was renewed for a second season and was granted a further NX$6.9M in funding from New Zealand on Air.[2] On 13 June 2017 a promo was released for the second season on the show's official Facebook page.

The second season premiered on 11 July 2017.

On 15 December 2017 it was announced via the show's official Facebook page that the show did not get renewed for a third season.


After John Truebridge, one of the wealthiest men in New Zealand, commits suicide, it is revealed that John has three illegitimate children: Joe, Savannah, and Garth. His son John Jnr is not thrilled that he now has to share his father's fortune.

Cast and characters


  • Miriama Smith as Brady Truebridge, second wife of John Truebridge. A former hairdresser from Gisborne now head of one the country's largest corporations after her husband's death.[3]
  • Josh McKenzie as John Truebridge Jnr, son of John Truebridge who is a handsome, but also arrogant 30-year-old man. He has an addiction to gambling, drugs, and call girls. Doesn't like how he now has to share his father's fortune.[4]
  • Alex Tarrant as Joe Tamatoa, 24 year old illegitimate son of John Truebridge who was raised in a caring family. Recently found out that his entire life was a lie when he learns that he was adopted after being found in a rubbish bin as an infant.[5]
  • Emma Fenton as Savannah Fielding, 20 year old illegitimate daughter of John Truebridge. She is a pole dancer at her mother's boyfriend's club, who knows that she is the daughter of a rich man but was shut out of her birthright by Brady.[6]
  • Taylor Hall as Zac Bryce, Zac poses as his best friend Garth Joster, who is John's other illegitimate son. Garth was put on life support following a car crash.[7]
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne as Nancy Truebridge, John's sister. She adores Brady and her daughter, Kennedy, but loathes John's first wife, Vivian.[8]
  • Luciane Buchanan as Kennedy, Brady's 15-year-old daughter
  • Shushila Takao as Ariana, Joe's fiance
  • Xana Tang as Cherry, Brady's assistant
  • Mike Edward as Fisher Brankovic, works for Brady at the Truebridge Hunt Corporation


  • Theresa Healey as Vivian Hunt Trubridge, John's ex-wife and mother to John Jnr
  • Cristina Serban Ionda as Maria, Brady's maid
  • Jay Simon as Alan Griever, Minister/Politician
  • Tania Anderson as Gillian Joster, Garth's mother
  • Jodie Rimmer as Lorna Fielding, Savannah's mother
  • Erroll Shand as Karl Reichman, Lorna's boyfriend
  • Simon Prast as Sir Douglas, Executive Chair of Truebridge Hunt Corporation's board
  • Becky McEwan as Grace Halloway, Kennedy's school friend
  • Joe Folau as Snake, gang member financing Karl's club
  • Emily Robins as Toni Van Asch, PR consultant friend of John Jnr
  • Jared Turner as Sam Halloway, Grace's father
  • Siobhan Page as Roxy van Buren, Savannah's friend working at the club
  • Nick Davies as Garth Joster, the real Garth
  • Mark Mitchinson as Lloyd Maxwell, rival businessman of John Snr
  • Bonnie Soper as Annabelle Maxwell, Lloyd's socialite daughter
  • Kirk Torrance as Ariki Campbell, Brady's ex and Kennedy's biological father
  • Jay Saussey as Megan Campbell, Ariki's wife
  • Matthew Walker as Ford Hathaway, John Jnr's friend
  • Katrina Browne as Caroline Brankovich, Fisher's wife


# # Title Directed by Written by Original air date NZ Viewers
11"Other Natural Children"Peter BurgerRachel Lang & Gavin Strawhan15 February 2016 (2016-02-15)TBA
Three illegitimate children discover they each have a claim to the fortune of one of New Zealand's wealthiest men. With so much money on the line, John's legitimate family will do anything to stop these new, unexpected heirs!
22"Welcome to the Family"Peter BurgerGavin Strawhan & Rachel Lang16 February 2016 (2016-02-16)TBA
After losing her husband, Brady Truebridge is left to deal with his three illegitimate children. But as she sets out to kill with kindness, John Jnr sets his sights on a new conquest.
33"A Little Payback"Michael DuignanRachel Lang & Gavin Strawhan22 February 2016 (2016-02-22)TBA
John Jnr has a change of tactic and plays nice to win over Joe, but Brady plays dirty, with devastating consequences for Savannah's mum Lorna.
44"Is Not Thy Wickedness Great"Michael DuignanGavin Strawhan23 February 2016 (2016-02-23)TBA
Savannah is desperate to help her mum, but angers a powerful enemy in the process. Brady suspects treachery and sets a trap for a blackmailer, and John Jnr tempts Joe with secrets and vice.
55"The Rich Never Share"Oliver DriverRachel Lang29 February 2016 (2016-02-29)TBA
Revelations force Brady to rethink her husband's death and Joe regrets his indecent actions from the night before. But as more details unfold, he could be one step closer to finding his birth mother.
66"Friends in High Places"Oliver DriverDeborah Hill Cone & Rachel Lang1 March 2016 (2016-03-01)TBA
John Jnr is playing a double game and seeks out his notorious mother, Vivian. Savannah's boardroom triumph is quickly undercut and Brady sends Cherry on an indecent mission.
77"To Justice"Peter BurgerSam Shore & Gavin Strawhan7 March 2016 (2016-03-07)TBA
Vader worries for Savannah as she starts to put a deadly plan in motion. Vivian confronts Nancy over the secret of Joe's past.
88"An Unholy Alliance"Peter BurgerRachel Lang8 March 2016 (2016-03-08)TBA
Vader deflects his feelings for Savannah, as Joe gets shock news about his mother. Kennedy's night out leads her into danger.
99"Dangerous People"Michael DuignanGavin Strawhan14 March 2016 (2016-03-14)TBA
Joe's life spirals out of control and he takes refuge with John Jnr. Savannah returns to the club to hand over more cash to Karl, but a confrontation has dangerous consequences.
1010"What Better Revenge"Michael DuignanGavin Strawhan15 March 2016 (2016-03-15)TBA
Vader helps Savannah cover her tracks, as Brady gets a message from beyond the grave. Joe realises he's made a deal with the devil.
1111"The Obvious Line of Enquiry"Oliver DriverGavin Strawhan21 March 2016 (2016-03-21)TBA
Brady is in over her head as the evidence stacks up against her. Meanwhile, Joe takes drastic action to break free from John Jnr.
1212"All Things Decent"Oliver DriverSam Shore & Gavin Strawhan22 March 2016 (2016-03-22)TBA
John Jnr sets his sights on a new target and Savannah pieces together the clues to discover who framed Brady.
1313"In the Money"Peter BurgerDeborah Hill Cone & Rachel Lang28 March 2016 (2016-03-28)TBA
Brady discovers John Snr may have more hidden secrets and Grace reveals her true feelings to a shocked Kennedy. Joe makes a play for power that lands him in bed with a new temptress.
1414"An Advantageous Match"Peter BurgerRachel Lang29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)TBA
Joe continues his love affair while John Jnr comforts a distraught Ariana. Evidence emerges about Karl's death that will have devastating consequences...
1515"Scores to Settle"Michael DuignanRachel Lang4 April 2016 (2016-04-04)TBA
Savannah heads to the police station to confess. Joe realises that he and Annabelle might have a stalker. A blast from Vader's past threatens to out his true identity.
1616"New Blood"Michael DuignanDeborah Hill Cone & Rachel Lang5 April 2016 (2016-04-05)TBA
Brady tries to pull Savannah back from the dark side as she continues her path of self-destruction. John Jnr pulls out all the stops to seduce Ariana.
1717"Warrior Stock"Oliver DriverSam Shore & Gavin Strawhan11 April 2016 (2016-04-11)TBA
Savannah continues on her path of self-destruction as Brady enlists the help of Fisher to save her. Joe receives a bombshell from Toni; and John Jnr may finally have his wicked way with Ariana.
1818"Bully, Blackmail, Bribe"Oliver DriverRachel Lang12 April 2016 (2016-04-12)TBA
Joe and John Jnr face off over Ariana, as Joe gets unexpected news. Kennedy's entrapment plot comes disastrously unstuck.
1919"Judas in Your Midst"Peter BurgerGavin Strawhan18 April 2016 (2016-04-18)TBA
Joe tries to win back Ariana as John Jnr makes an extreme proposal. Brady and John Jnr form a new alliance, but treachery in the boardroom has shocking consequences.
2020"Everything I've Done"Peter BurgerRachel Lang19 April 2016 (2016-04-19)TBA
Brady uncovers information that sends shock-waves throughout the family. The truth about John Truebridge Snr's death is revealed, and one life is left hanging in the balance.
# # Title Directed by Written by Original air date NZ Viewers
211"Talk of the Town"Peter BurgerSam Shore, Gavin Strawhan, Rachel Lang11 July 2017 (2017-07-11)TBA
Vader vows to avenge Savannah, as Brady hits the comeback trail. John Jnr uses blackmail to his advantage, as Joe's loyalties are tested.
222"Big Fat Fibs"Kiel McNaughtonSam Shore18 July 2017 (2017-07-18)TBA
Vengeance comes at a price for Vader. Birthday gifts lead to temptation for Kennedy. John Jnr swallows more than his pride.
233"Compliant and Grateful"Kiel McNaughtonGavin Strawhan25 July 2017 (2017-07-25)TBA
Kennedy takes to the road in search of her father. John makes a sacrifice in a noble cause. Brady uses all her ammunition to keep the cuckoos in line.
244"Fortune Favours the Brave"Kiel McNaughtonRachel Lang1 August 2017 (2017-08-01)TBA
Savannah conspires with an old foe to undermine Brady. Newly successful John Jnr tries to resist old temptations. Meanwhile, Brady gets an unlikely admirer.
255"Good in a Crisis"Oliver DriverDeborah Hill Cone8 August 2017 (2017-08-08)TBA
Joe's baby news threatens to land him in hot water. Savannah knows who her champions are, but can she be with the one she loves?
266"What the Lady Wants"Oliver DriverJess Sayer15 August 2017 (2017-08-15)TBA
Brady has big demands - but finds a bigger enemy in Malia. A name and shame campaign pays off for Kennedy. Ariana is keeping a secret, as Savannah ices a nemesis.
277"Local Connection"Kathy McRaeGavin Strawhan22 August 2017 (2017-08-22)TBA
Fisher's plans force Brady back to family - to confront her past and present. And Joe's family connections bring a world of trouble.
288"Champion of the People"Kathy McRaeRachel Lang & Gavin Strawhan29 August 2017 (2017-08-29)TBA
In the wake of tragedy, there's a fight for justice. Vader fights for the maiden, and Savannah vows to kill a killer.
299"One Rule for the Rich"Michael DuignanSam Shore5 September 2017 (2017-09-05)TBA
Joe pays a price to keep his son. Brady hits Fisher where it hurts, and John receives miraculous bounty.
3010"Fight Dirty"Michael DuignanGavin Strawhan12 September 2017 (2017-09-12)TBA
Brady clashes with Ariki as Kennedy reveals all online. Vader finds a jealous ex has plans for destruction. Ariana and Annabelle go head to head - and the gloves are off.
3111"Unfinished Business"Christopher DudmanGavin Strawhan19 September 2017 (2017-09-19)TBA
Ariana and Joe have unfinished business, but shock news leads to heartbreak. Brady launches an assault on Fisher, which leads to killer consequences.
3212"A Lesson in Loyalty"Christopher DudmanJess Sayer26 September 2017 (2017-09-26)TBA
Kennedy finds that her nearest might not be her dearest. Joe finds his mother has big plans. John works the angles - only to end up as a target.
3313"All the Little Bombs"Harry SinclairRachel Lang & Gavin Strawhan3 October 2017 (2017-10-03)TBA
Brady vanquishes her foes, only to find there are traps. Joe makes a romantic declaration, as John is a hero. Savannah's triumph turns to betrayal.

International airings

In May 2016, it was announced that Hulu had purchased the series for streaming in the United States.[9]

American remake

In October 2017, it was announced that the U.S. television network Fox had commissioned a pilot for an American remake of the show. Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train), Imagine Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox Television are behind the remake.[10] In December 2018, Fox had greenlit the series for the 2019–20 television season, and was picked up in May 2019.[11][12]. Kim Cattrall will serve as producer and star in the series.[13] It is set to premiere in spring 2020. [14]


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