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Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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'On any single day, Cleaver Greene is described as many things. Whilst his ex-wife may call him 'unreliable", his son will call him "a mate". To his learned friends at the bar table he is "a real wag", to his jurors he is "hilarious", and to most judges he is "an outrage". To the Tax Office, he is "a defendant", to a certain brothel owner "a legend", and to his former cocaine dealer "a tragic loss".

'The clients he loves the most - the cases that thrill him - are those that appear to be utterly hopeless. There's something about being on the wrong side of conventional wisdom that feels right to him, be it at the bar table or the dinner table.

'He will do whatever it takes to defend and save life's truly lost souls. The big sinners. Its drug lords. Its cannibals. Its bestialites. And at the same time, he will struggle to save himself, to stop himself falling back into the abyss that has characterised most of his self-destructive adult life thus far.

'Despite his own hopelessness, his wit and charm have won him hordes of companions over the years. Most nights of the week, there is no shortage of invitations: dinner with a judge at the RMC (His Honour pays), or with some drug dealers in Chinatown (Manos pays), or with some of his copper mates at the Matador (no one pays).

'Any gaps in his diary will inevitably be filled by either all night sessions in chambers preparing for court or similarly lengthy sessions at his favourite brothel, simply referred to by those in the know as "the Club" (here, Cleaver is more than happy to open his own wallet). He tends to wake up bruised. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. Usually it's a combination thereof. He spends a nano-second wondering how his life came to this - living in a studio above a café in the Cross, without his wife and son, in love with a prostitute, defending hopeless cases. Then he gets up, puts on his dressing gown and a pair of brogues and goes downstairs for a coffee. Then it's out into the world - onto the battleground that is Cleaver Greene's day.'

Source: ABC Television website, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/
Sighted: 1 November 2010.

Adaptations

form y Rake Peter Duncan , Peter Tolan , United States of America (USA) : Fedora Entertainment Essential Media and Entertainment Sony Pictures Television , 2014 8287027 2014 series - publisher film/TV

An American re-make of the Australian series of the same name. The re-make was not popular with audiences, and no further episodes were made after the initial thirteen.

For a full list of episodes, see Film Details.

Notes

  • For further information, including episode details, see Rake's website, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/rake/default.htm
  • Award winning and individually published episodes in this series are included on AustLit.

Includes

1.1
form y R v Murray Peter Duncan , Australia : ABC Television , 2010 Z1905499 2010 single work film/TV

'In episode one, Cleaver's lover/friend/confident Missy — a high class call girl — has left without a trace, and tax lawyer David Potter, is in hot pursuit. Scarlet, his best friend Barney's wife, confides in him that she wants to leave home, and his 15-year-old son Fuzz draws him into a conspiracy to cover up his activities with his new girlfriend. But on the work front, Cleaver is presented with a case he can't resist — to defend a cannibal.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive (http://www.australiantelevision.net/) (Sighted: 05/12/2012)

Australia : ABC Television , 2010
1.5
form y R v Chandler Peter Duncan , Australia : ABC Television , 2010 Z1824629 2010 single work film/TV Australia : ABC Television , 2010
2.4
form y R v. Floyd Andrew Knight , Australia : ABC Television , 2012 6487594 2012 single work film/TV Australia : ABC Television , 2012
3.01
form y Rake [Series 3, Episode 1] Peter Duncan , Australia : ABC Television , 2014 8282855 2014 single work film/TV Australia : ABC Television , 2014
3.05
form y Rake [Series 3, Episode 5] Andrew Knight , Australia : ABC Television , 2014 7625346 2014 single work film/TV

'One man's meat is another man's misery. Cleaver is retained for a low rent tawdry sex offence. Royal Commissions that have decimated David's front bench mean that even barrel-bottom Cleaver Greene is getting briefs.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 23/7/2014)

Australia : ABC Television , 2014

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Note:

Series one directors: Peter Duncan, episodes 1 & 2; Rachel Ward, episodes 3 & 4; Jeffrey Walker, episodes 5 & 6; Jessica Hobbs, episodes 7 & 8.

Series two directors: Peter Duncan, episodes 1 & 2; Rowan Woods, episodes 3 & 4; Jeffrey Walker, episodes 5 & 6; Kate Dennis, episodes 7 & 8.

Series three directors: Jessica Hobbs, episodes 1 & 2; Jonathan Teplitzky, episodes 3 & 4; Rowan Woods, episodes 5 & 6

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      Extent: 32x55 min. episodes; four seriesp.

Works about this Work

Rake Actor Richard Roxburgh's Adult Themes Steve Dow , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 14 May 2016;
'While there might once have been similarities between Rake's Richard Roxburgh and his dissolute character Cleaver Greene, family has grounded the actor.'
Another Day in Court for Matt Shannon Molloy , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 29 May 2016; (p. 6)
Bloody Good TV : How Rake Changed Australian Television Siobhan Lyons , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 7 July 2016;
'When Rake first hit our screens in 2010, it signalled a shift in Australian television. Based loosely on the life of barrister Charles Waterstreet (now a Sydney Morning Herald columnist), Rake’s lead character Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is an unscrupulous, misanthropic but undeniably endearing scoundrel – one Australian television needs and deserves. ...'
Unlikely Heroes Graeme Blundell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 23)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV ; Wentworth Emma J. Steele Lally Katz Pete McTighe Giula Sandler Timothy Hobart John Ridley Marcia Gardner 2013 series - publisher film/TV
Rake's Riotous Return Tiffany Dunk , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Times [Perth] , 15 May 2016; (p. 19)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Raking up the Role of a Lifetime Debi Enker , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 May 2016; (p. 5)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Never a Dull Moment with Cleaver Greene Graeme Blundell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 June 2016; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Trading Faces Another Slap Laura Parker , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 February 2015; (p. 10) The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 February 2015; (p. 12-13)
Raking Over the Coals - But It's a Happy Ending for Novakovic Michael Idato , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 January 2014; (p. 15)
A Rake's Progress Megan Lehmann , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 1 February 2014; (p. 20-23)
City's Light and Shade Play Key Role in Rake's Progress Michaela Whitbourn , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 February 2014; (p. 10-11)
Play the Go to Jail Card Graeme Blundell , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 February 2014; (p. 23)

— Review of The Moodys Ian Meadows Trent O'Donnell Patrick Brammall Phil Lloyd 2014 series - publisher film/TV ; Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
The Good, The Bad, and the Rake Paul Kalina , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 January 2014; (p. 3)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Inside Stories : From Rake to INXS, Flawed Characters Make the Best Drama Ruth Ritchie , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 February 2014; (p. 18)

— Review of Never Tear Us Apart : The Untold Story of INXS Dave Warner Justin Monjo 2013 single work film/TV ; Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Too Clever by Half? Neil Maizels , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , April-May no. 129 2014; (p. 13-15)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Rake's Roxburgh Reveals Soft Side David Dale , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 27 July 2014; (p. 32)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Raking over Old Ground Sallie Don , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 March 2013; (p. 16)
Essential Waits for US Word on Rake Michael Bodey , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 May 2013; (p. 24)
On With the Show as ABC Dramas Hit Global Screens Michael Idato , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 July 2013; (p. 14)
Product Placement Incidental, Says ABC Paul Cleary , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 September 2013; (p. 22)
A Dramatic Improvement Ruth Ritchie , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 November 2010; (p. 18)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Leave It to Cleaver Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 September 2012; (p. 26-27)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Aussie Stars Meet Cleaver Holly Byrnes , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 September 2012; (p. 40)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Guest Stars Add Brilliant Touch to Amusing Series Geoff Shearer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 September 2012; (p. 52)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Addicted? Prepare for Another Shot of Rake Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 September 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Episode Three For Crying out Loud and I Don't Think You've Seen so Much as a Bosom Yet Dianne Butler , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 September 2012; (p. 50)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Wag in a Wig as True a Gentleman as ver Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 September 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
A Rake's Rough Progress Geoff Shearer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 - 16 September 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Legally Slippery in the Interests of Justice Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 September 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
A Man Easily Gripped By Obsession and Sex Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 4 October 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Quick Bites Stephen Matchett , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 October 2012; (p. 28)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Second Look Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 31)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Drwan Into a Mind So Deeply, Deeply Flawed Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 October 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Rogue Trading Ruth Ritchie , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 18)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Greene is Down, As Usual, but Is He Out? Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 October 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Play the Go to Jail Card Graeme Blundell , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 February 2014; (p. 23)

— Review of The Moodys Ian Meadows Trent O'Donnell Patrick Brammall Phil Lloyd 2014 series - publisher film/TV ; Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
The Good, The Bad, and the Rake Paul Kalina , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 January 2014; (p. 3)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Inside Stories : From Rake to INXS, Flawed Characters Make the Best Drama Ruth Ritchie , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 February 2014; (p. 18)

— Review of Never Tear Us Apart : The Untold Story of INXS Dave Warner Justin Monjo 2013 single work film/TV ; Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Too Clever by Half? Neil Maizels , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , April-May no. 129 2014; (p. 13-15)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Rake's Roxburgh Reveals Soft Side David Dale , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 27 July 2014; (p. 32)

— Review of Rake Peter Duncan Andrew Knight 2010 series - publisher film/TV
Rake's Excess Louise Schwartzkoff , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 November 2010; (p. 3)
Get a Sneak Peek at Rakish New Show James Joyce , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 October 2010; (p. 5)
Chamber of Secrets Joel Gibson , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30-31 October 2010; (p. 4)
A Law unto Himself Scott Ellis , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 31 October 2010; (p. 3)
Rakish Charm to ABC Legal Drama Paul Kalina , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 4 November 2010; (p. 10-11)
Equity Gong for Rake Michael Idato , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 June 2011; (p. 21)
'I'd Like to Thank the Academy...' Colin Vickery , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 December 2011; (p. 38)
'The television nominees for the Samsung AACTA Awards showcase some of the best programs and talent in Australian film institute history.'
Warne's Life on TV? Howzat! Tristan Swanwick , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 August 2012; (p. 16)
The Rake's Progress Nikki Barrowclough , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , September no. 113 2012; (p. 32-36)

'Actor Richard Roxburgh may look like Cleaver Greene, but that doesn't mean he's been quite as devilishly dissolute. Nikki Barrowclough meets a firm family man who wears his past at a rakish angle.'

Show Eyes US To Rake It In Nick Leys , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 4 October 2012; (p. 3)
Rake Progresses to Hollywood Richard Roxburgh , Charles Waterstreet , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 October 2012; (p. 3)
Michael Idato reports that Sony Pictures Studio, USA, is developing an adaptation of Rake for American audiences.
World To Get a Laugh out of Reworked ABC Shows Michael Idato , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 21 October 2012; (p. 16)
The Cab Wasn't Worth Following Dianne Butler , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 October 2012; (p. 3)
Waterstreet Wants His Life Back, Or to Be Paid Well for It Michael Idato , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 23 December 2012; (p. 4)
Raking over Old Ground Sallie Don , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 March 2013; (p. 16)
Essential Waits for US Word on Rake Michael Bodey , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 May 2013; (p. 24)
On With the Show as ABC Dramas Hit Global Screens Michael Idato , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 July 2013; (p. 14)
Product Placement Incidental, Says ABC Paul Cleary , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 September 2013; (p. 22)
Brandishing a Rake, TV Aims at Dodgy Pollies Kirsty Needham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 8 September 2013; (p. 26)
Raking Over the Coals - But It's a Happy Ending for Novakovic Michael Idato , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 January 2014; (p. 15)
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