A high profile cast, headlined by the excellent Richard Roxburgh, has been announced for the ABC’s new crime comedy drama series Rake. The series, which is due to begin production towards the end of April, focuses on the world of criminal defence barrister Cleaver Greene (played by Roxburgh) who takes on what are seen as the indefensible cases, especially if they are deemed to be a lost cause.
Also on board for the 8 parter are Matt Day (who recently starred in hit Aussie film My Year Without Sex), Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering and New Zealander Danielle Cormack. The series has been co-created by director Peter Duncan (who also gave us Hell Has Harbour Views and the superb Unfinished Sky) and Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet who will also act as legal consultant on the series. Andrew Knight is also heavily involved in the script process.
Miranda Dear, the head of drama at ABC TV was naturally very happy at securing the rising Roxburgh for the lead and remarked “I’m thrilled that Richard Roxburgh is to star as Cleaver Greene – the reckless, brilliant, self-destructive, funny and bloody-minded anti-hero of Rake. Peter Duncan and Andrew Knight have produced eight very clever and laugh-outloud scripts.”
Rake certainly sounds promising and the more new home grown drama we see on Australian screens the better.