The highly anticipated second series of the award-winning drama Rake, starring Richard Roxburgh (Hawke, Moulin Rouge, Blue Murder, The Silence, The Hounds of the Baskervilles) as criminal defence barrister Cleaver Greene, will begin shooting in April in Sydney.
Reprising their roles from series one are Matt Day (Tangle, My Year Without Sex, My Brother Jack, Shackleton) as David Potter, Russel Dykstra (Wild Boys, Romulus, My Father, Clubland), as Barney, Danielle Cormack (Underbelly: Razor, East West 101, Separation City) as his wife Scarlet (Red), Caroline Brazier (Wild Boys, Packed to the Rafters, 30 Seconds) as Wendy, and Adrienne Pickering (The Reef, Rogue Nation, Sea Patrol) as Missy.
Guest actors for this series are yet to be announced. Ian Collie of Essential Media – (Rake Series1, On Trial, Hell Has Harbour Views, Rogue Nation) is producer, along with Richard Roxburgh and Peter Duncan.
Once again co–writer on the series along with creator Peter Duncan is Andrew Knight (SeaChange, After the Deluge, Tripping Over). Directors include Peter Duncan (Rake Series 1, Unfinished Sky, Hell Has Harbour Views, Children of the Revolution) – who also is co-writer/co-creator/co-producer, Jeffrey Walker (the yet to be screened Jack Irish, Angry Boys, Dance Academy, City Homicide), Rowan Woods (The Straights, Spirited, The Boys, Little Fish), with the fourth director soon to be announced.
ABC TV Head of Drama, Carole Sklan exclaims “We are thrilled to welcome back the Rake team, so Cleaver Greene can once more cut his chaotic swathe into the murky depths of justice, politics, correct society and incorrect relationships.”
Producer/director Peter Duncan says “It’s great to be back in production on Rake. Once again we have an opportunity to channel our various depravities into Cleaver – rather than exercise them ourselves.
This is a considerable relief for our friends and loved ones.” Having learned nothing from disaster. Cleaver is once again up to his old tricks.
He’s in the midst of a wild affair with a woman whose position makes her a very dangerous liaison, and his penchant for defending the indefensible is still in full swing.
This time around it includes suicide bombers, psychotic schoolgirls, murderers, a pedantic chameleon, an international pariah, and a serial ‘bobbitter’ – allegedly.