Rake (TV series)
|Created by||Peter Duncan
|Written by||Peter Duncan
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Miranda Dear|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original airing||4 November 2010|
|Related shows||Rake (US version)|
Rake is an Australian television series, produced by Essential Media and Entertainment, that first aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's ABC1 in 2010. It stars Richard Roxburgh as Rake Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but self-destructive Sydney barrister. The show airs in the United States on DirecTV's Audience Network. The second season began on 6 September 2012. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has renewed the show for a third season.  Production of the third season began in July 2013 with an air date scheduled for 2014.
Each episode entails Greene defending a different (usually guilty) client.
- Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defence barrister. Greene holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. The character is loosely based on Sydney's most colourful barrister and author Charles Waterstreet.
- Russell Dykstra as Barney Meagher, Cleaver's instructing solicitor and best friend. After Cleaver sleeps with his wife Scarlet, there is tension between their relationship.
- Danielle Cormack as Scarlet "Red" Meagher (née Engels), Barney's wife is a criminal prosecutions barrister. She, like Barney, is Jewish and, like Cleaver, attended the University of New South Wales Law School.
- Matt Day as David "Harry – Sorry, David" Potter, a tax lawyer suing Cleaver Greene and attempting to get into politics with the help of Attorney General Joe Sandilands. In season 2, Potter is an MP of the Australian Labor Party and is Shadow Attorney General.
- Adrienne Pickering as Melissa "Missy" Partridge, a former prostitute now studying law at the Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney, caught up between being Potter's girlfriend and helping Greene, a former client for whom she has developed feelings. By the end of the season, she reveals her true identity as Jane Tanner (Turner) to Cleaver and David and travels to several European countries. In season 2, she returns to studying law and writes a book based on her life in prostitution under the name of "J.M. Doolan".
- Caroline Brazier as Wendy Greene, Cleaver's ex-wife, who is a psychologist in a hospital psychiatric ward.
- Keegan Joyce as Finnegan "Fuzz" Greene, Cleaver and Wendy's teenage son, who often has sexual relationships with older women.
- Geoff Morrell as Joe Sandilands, Attorney General of New South Wales. After reports of himself being a regular customer of the brothel in which Missy worked, he commits suicide, and is replaced by corrupt Liberal politician Cal McGregor.
- Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor (season 2), the successor of Joe Sandilands as Attorney General of New South Wales. He is corrupt and hates Cleaver.
- Robyn Malcolm as Kirsty Corella, wife of imprisoned crime boss Mick Corella, who Cleaver defended. He owes huge gambling debts to Kirsty.
- Steve Le Marquand as Col, Mick and Kirsty's henchman, who eventually enters a relationship with Kirsty, thanks to Cleaver.
- Rhys Muldoon as Lincoln Lincoln, an incompetent solicitor who occasionally instructs on matters for Cleaver.
- Kate Box as Nicole, Cleaver's long-suffering secretary who has a drunken one-night stand with Barney, days before her marriage.
|1.1||Hugo Weaving as Professor Graham Murray
Sacha Horler as Murray's wife
|1.2||Lisa McCune as Lucy Marx|
|1.3||Lech Mackiewicz as George Dana
Roy Billing as Judge Jordan
|1.4||David Field as Denny Lorton
Noah Taylor as Stanley Shrimpton
|1.5||Heather Mitchell as Jan Chandler
Sam Neill as Dr Bruce Chandler
|1.6||Rachel Griffiths as Eddie Langhorn
Jonathan Biggins as Martin
Barry Crocker as Errol Greene, Cleaver's father
|1.7||Victoria Thaine as Fiona McReady
Vanessa Joy Bristow as Kissing Stripper
|1.8||Damon Herriman as Detective Maraco
Richard Carter as Mick Corella
Robyn Malcolm as Kirsty Corella
Paul Gleeson as Nigel
Steve Le Marquand as Col
|2.1||Toni Collette as Premier Claudia|
|2.2||Don Hany as Damien Tengrove
Garry McDonald as Lawrence Fenton
Jacinta John as Agatha
Jack Thompson as Justice Beesdon
|2.3||Marshall Napier as Prosecution|
|2.4||Angie Milliken as Therese Faulkner|
|2.5||Mary Coustas as Judge Ben
Chris Haywood as Prosecution
|2.6||Jacqueline McKenzie as Alannah Alford
Martin Sacks as Roger Evans
|2.7||Bille Brown as Dominic
Sonia Todd as Jane
|2.8||Maeve Dermody as Polly Nesbitt|
Season 1 (2010)
|Title||Director||Writer||Original air date|
|1||1||"R v Murray"||Peter Duncan||Peter Duncan||4 November 2010|
|Cleaver Greene defends Professor Murrary against the charge of murder after Murrary is found to be a cannibal.|
|2||2||"R v Marx"||Peter Duncan||Peter Duncan||11 November 2010|
|Cleaver Greene attempts to badly defend Lucy Marx so that she may go to prison for jury tampering after her daughter is found guilty of murder, but things go wrong when he finds that she actually is guilty.|
|3||3||"R v Dana"||Rachel Ward||Andrew Knight||18 November 2010|
|Cleaver Greene defends George Dana after he is found out to have been married to two women at the same time.|
|4||4||"R v Lorton"||Rachel Ward||Andrew Knight||25 November 2010|
|Cleaver Greene defends Denny Lorton against a charge of murder of a 15 year old boy in a lane, only to later find that he was actually guilty of murder for the sake of art.|
|5||5||"R v Chandler"||Jeffrey Walker||Peter Duncan||2 December 2010|
|Dr. Chandler is accused of having sex with the family dog and Cleaver Greene defends him.|
|6||6||"R v Langhorn"||Jeffrey Walker||Andrew Knight||9 December 2010|
|Cleaver Greene defends Eddie Langhorn for inciting a race riot on her afternoon radio program.|
|7||7||"R v Tanner"||Jessica Hobbs||Peter Duncan||16 December 2010|
|Cleaver is hit over the head during a botched robbery at a pharmacy, along with one of the robbers who is accidentally hit by his accomplice. Missy reveals her true identity to Greene just before the trial where she acts as a witness to save her brother (the accused), and tension increases between all characters after Mr. Sandilands commits suicide.|
|8||8||"R v Corella"||Jessica Hobbs||Andrew Knight||23 December 2010|
|Cleaver Greene defends Mick Corella, a man who he owes much money from his gambling debts to, on the charge of murder of Nigel who was getting involved with his wife Kirsty after he hosted a swingers social party. Mick concocts a story that Nigel fell on his own knife and was a dangerous man after Nigel's body is found under concrete at his construction site with DNA evidence. Missy reveals all the details of her past to David and decides to leave him and Cleaver and go on a vacation. Cleaver finds his assistant has been stealing money from him and fires her, but promptly attempts to re-hire her after she was injured by a falling Gargoyle. Fuzz becomes depressed and anxious after Fiona left him for a younger boy at her new school. David Potter wins his seat in parliament but is consigned to the opposition as the Labor government is not returned, and becomes intent on destroying Greene after he realises that he was one of Missy's clients.|
Season 2 (2012)
|Title||Director||Writer||Original air date|
|9||1||"R v Mohammed"||Peter Duncan||Peter Duncan||6 September 2012|
|Cleaver Greene defends the wife of a newly-converted Muslim man who blew himself up outside the New South Wales Parliament House; mistaking it for the Federal Parliament in an attempt to kill the Prime Minister. However, he was the only one killed. The wife is charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. Meanwhile, Cleaver is caught on camera having an affair with the Premier of New South Wales (Toni Collette), causing her husband, the Attorney-General to do everything in his power to destroy the hapless barrister. Meanwhile, Cleaver's nemesis David Potter has been left in a broken Opposition left with many ministerial positions; the major one being Shadow Attorney-General (Damien Garvey).|
|10||2||"R v Fenton"||Peter Duncan||Andrew Knight||13 September 2012|
|An ex-English teacher (Garry McDonald), fed up with the lack of communication skills in a modern digital world, manages to sneak into a major political meeting between the British Secret Services and their Australian counterparts. In order to make an example of him, Attorney-General Cal McGregor manages to convince his Federal contacts to try Fenton under the anti-terrorism legislation by a very biased Federal judge. Meanwhile, Cleaver is still considered a persona non grata by Barney after getting in a fight with a drunk clown at a children's birthday party organised by Scarlet. Meanwhile, David Potter launches a defamation suit against Cleaver.|
|11||3||"R v Wooldridge & Anor"||Rowan Woods||Peter Duncan||20 September 2012|
Missy's novel based on her life as a prostitute has caused a sensation. At her book signing she reveals to David that she's now engaged to the infamous founder of an on-line leaks site.Meanwhile, Cleaver's roving eye has led him to stray again, this time with Michelle, who tells him she's making a short film for Tropfest. He discovers she's not yet 16, and is horrified, but it's too late. Michelle is soon charged with accidentally killing a fellow actor while filming a scene, and blackmails Cleaver into defending her.
|12||4||"R v Floyd"||Rowan Woods||Andrew Knight||27 September 2012|
Missy and Joshua are Australia's most newsworthy couple: she's a bestselling author, and he's facing treason charges.
Meanwhile, Cleaver, having been ditched by Barney, is lamenting the lack of briefs coming his way, especially when Nicole is constantly reminding him about the cases Barney used to bring in.
Cleaver tries to help his son Fuzz, who is still in anguish over his latest failed romantic endeavour, and they both end up in the confessional. But for Cleaver, there's no relief. He's under pressure to meet the emotional and physical needs of his sugar mummy, Kirsty (Robyn Malcolm), and he's being cleverly outplayed in his defamation case. But then Joshua shocks Cleaver and the Sydney bar by inviting Cleaver to represent him in the case of the decade.Cleaver now has a lucrative brief, secures his own chambers, and is mentioned in America Today as "leading human rights lawyer". Barney's back on board and things seem poised to go right – moments before something goes terribly, terribly wrong...
|13||5||"R v Turner"||Jeffrey Walker||Peter Duncan||4 October 2012|
Missy is on trial for murdering her fiancé, but Cleaver plans to expose the conspiracy to murder Joshua by the security set-up he humiliated. Assisted by a mysterious smoking man, he follows the trail to ASIO, the CIA, and information that may bring down the international banking system and several governments. But he needs to find the evidence.
Kirsty is furious that Cleaver is spending so much time with Missy, but when standover man Col threatens to express that disapproval in the usual manner, Cleaver recognises that Col has a secret.
Delirious with a broken arm, Barney confesses to Scarlet that he's met someone else. Hurt and confused, Scarlet allows an innocent lunch with Harry to progress down a primrose path that, with some help from Cal McGregor, will lead to perdition. Cal asks Scarlet to provide an alibi for his skipped meeting with the Premier. She does, believing it will also cover her indiscretion with David, but Cal has a darker purpose.Some of Joshua's personal secrets are revealed in court and Missy is horrified, not only by his betrayal, but that there is now a motive for murder. Can Cleaver maintain professional standards long enough to get Missy off?
|14||6||"R v Alford"||Jeffrey Walker||Andrew Knight||11 October 2012|
When a piercing scream splits the dawn silence of a leafy, suburban arcadia Cleaver and Barney are soon defending an IT lecturer accused of severing his neighbour's penis with garden shears. Cleaver and Barney wade into the unfamiliar swamp of Rotarians, golf and backyard barbecues to uncover the truth behind the 'bobbitting'.
Barney and Nicole have failed in their attempts to end their affair, despite Nicole's approaching wedding. And even incurious Cleaver works out that the emotional rollercoasters of both Nicole and Barney are moving in sync. Only one thing could worsen their situation... Cleaver deciding to help.
Wendy is falling for Roger, the husband of Fuzz's ex-lover, while Fuzz has a surprise new girlfriend. When Cleaver attempts to cure Missy's depression at a dinner with his family, he ends up being everyone's target.Scarlet and David are firmly on Cal McGregor's hook, but David's colleagues push him to sacrifice Scarlet to save himself. Poised between political oblivion and the dangled promise of the Opposition leadership, David, typically, prevaricates. Cal will happily fire a bullet at Scarlet in the hope it also takes out David, even better if he can wing Cleaver too. Scarlet realises there is only one lawyer devious and unethical enough to get her out from under the sword of Damocles.
|15||7||"Greene v Hole"||Kate Dennis||Andrew Knight||18 October 2012|
|Scarlett and David's affair is front page news, and Scarlet faces the disapproval of the private school mothers. Barney and Nicole agree to be 'just friends' but their definitions of friendship differ somewhat. While drunk, Greene telephones a gangster friend who owes him a favour, saying he wants Lane Hole dead for swindling his father out of his portfolio of shares. An assassin is hired and kills a neighbour of Hole's by mistake. Greene sobers up too late.|
|16||8||"Greene"||Kate Dennis||Peter Duncan||25 October 2012|
|Cleaver is in prison, charged with the manslaughter of Lane Hole's (Phil Lloyd) sweet, elderly neighbour. He is bailed out by Missy, flush with funds since optioning the rights to her story to Hollywood. Greene attempts to get his charge changed to murder of the neighbour, a charge he is sure he can beat but only succeeds in getting it changed to conspiracy to murder Lane Hole. In a number of court appearances, despite the judge being against him, Greene manages to get the Attorney General for abusing his office to attack Greene, and others charged over deliberately lying in court, all sent to jail. But the bungling assassin plea bargains implicating Greene and is sentenced to prison. Greene is sentenced to 14 years, of which he must serve at least 8. In a prison cell, he philosophically accepts his lot but the Attorney General and two others he has just had sent to the same prison turn up outside his cell, wanting revenge, and one of them has the cell key. End.|
Awards and nominations
|2012||AACTA Awards||Best Television Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2011||Equity Awards||Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Cast||
|AWGIE Awards||Television – Series||Peter Duncan||"R v Chandler"||Won|||
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