Rake (Australian TV Series)
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Rake Australian TV Series

Rake title.jpg
Created byPeter Duncan
Richard Roxburgh
Charles Waterstreet
Written byPeter Duncan
Andrew Knight
StarringRichard Roxburgh
Adrienne Pickering
Matt Day
Russell Dykstra
Danielle Cormack
Caroline Brazier
Keegan Joyce
Kate Box
Damien Garvey
Theme music composerJohann Strauss II / David McCormack
Opening themeThe Blue Danube
Composer(s)Michael Lira
David McCormack
Antony Partos
Country of originAustralia
Original English
No. of series5
No. of episodes40
Executive Miranda Dear
Peter Duncan
Richard Roxburgh
Ian Collie
Production location(s)Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Running time60 minutes
Production Blow by Blow Productions
Essential Media and Entertainment
DistributorABC Television
Original networkABC1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (2018)
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 November 2010 (2010-11-04) -
7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)
Related showsRake (US version)
External links
Production website

Rake is an Australian television program, 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,[1][2][3] defending a usually guilty client. The show airs in the United States on DirecTV's Audience Network and is available on Netflix in the UK, Ireland, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Czech Republic, Poland, and Thailand. The fifth and final series went into production in October 2017[4] and premiered on 19 August 2018.[5]


Main cast

  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defence barrister. The character is loosely based on colourful Sydney barristers Mervyn Ward and author, Charles Waterstreet,[6] and was named after Cleaver Bunton.[7] At the end of the fourth series, he is successfully elected to a seat as an independent senator.
  • Russell Dykstra as Barney "Barnyard" Meagher, one of Cleaver's instructing solicitors and his best friend. After Cleaver sleeps with his wife Scarlet, Barney feels betrayed and his relationships with both Cleaver and Scarlet are disrupted. In the second series, Barney begins an affair with Cleaver's secretary, Nicole. At the start of the third series, it is revealed that Barney and Nicole are having a child together, and that Barney is receiving treatment for testicular cancer.
  • Danielle Cormack as Scarlet "Red" Engles SC, Barney's wife, a criminal prosecutions barrister. In the second series, she works part-time for Cal McGregor, the Attorney General, before returning to the bar as a criminal defence barrister in the third series. In addition to this, during the third series she has a short-lived affair with David Potter, another barrister with political ambitions, who is prosecuting Cleaver for non-payment of taxes. Scarlet succeeds in being promoted to Senior Counsel.
  • Matt Day as David "Harry-Sorry, David" Potter, a tax lawyer prosecuting Cleaver Greene and attempting to get into politics with the help of Attorney General Joe Sandilands. In series 2, Potter is a member of the Parliament of New South Wales and of the Australian Labor Party and is Shadow Attorney General. In the third series, he has become the Leader of the NSW Australian Labor Party, and is having a secret affair with Scarlet. In the fourth series, he runs as a Senator for the Australian Greens. David is nicknamed "Harry-Sorry, David" as a joke on the fact that he wears Harry Potter-styled glasses and his last name is Potter.
  • Adrienne Pickering as Melissa "Missy" Partridge, a former prostitute now studying law, caught up between being Potter's girlfriend and helping Greene, a former client for whom she has developed feelings. By the end of the first series, she reveals her true identity as Jane Tanner (Turner) to Cleaver and David, and travels to several European countries. In series 2, she writes a book based on her life in prostitution under the name of "J.M. Doolan". In series 3, the book based on her life is made into a film. In series 4, she returns to Australia after a hiatus in America; she is addicted to a multitude of drugs and has to go through the process of removing the addiction of ice. In the end of series 4 she is pregnant with Finnegan Greene's child.
  • Caroline Brazier as Wendy Greene, Cleaver's ex-wife, who is a psychologist in a hospital psychiatric ward. At the end of the second series, she starts dating Roger, an osteopath, and at the beginning of the third series she and Roger are engaged.
  • Keegan Joyce as Finnegan "Fuzz" Greene, Cleaver and Wendy's teenage son, who often has sexual relationships with older women. By the end of the second series, he has started dating Tara, an evangelical Christian, and during the third series is planning on doing aid work in the Congo.
  • Kate Box as Nicole Vargas, Cleaver's long-suffering secretary, who has a drunken one-night stand with Barney, days before her marriage. In the third series, she and Barney have a child out of wedlock.
  • Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor, the successor of Joe Sandilands as Attorney General of New South Wales. He is corrupt and is sent to jail. He hates Cleaver because of an affair Cleaver had with Cal's ex-wife and former NSW Premier, Claudia McGregor, played by Toni Collette. Cal is released on parole at the start of the third series, and becomes a current affairs journalist and popular bombastic TV pundit.
  • Geoff Morrell as Joe Sandilands, Labor Party 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.
  • Robyn Malcolm plays Kirsty Corella, wife of imprisoned crime boss Mick Corella, whom Cleaver defended. Cleaver owes huge gambling debts to Mick and then to Kirsty, who takes over as boss while Mick is in prison. During the second series, she briefly dates Cleaver, before falling in love with Col, her "enforcer," who frequently pays Cleaver visits to "persuade" him to pay his gambling debts.
  • Steve Le Marquand as Col, Mick and Kirsty's henchman. He is in love with Kirsty and eventually enters a relationship with her, thanks to Cleaver's encouragement.
  • Rhys Muldoon as Lincoln Lincoln, an incompetent solicitor who occasionally instructs on matters for Cleaver and Scarlet.

Guest cast

Episode Actor, role
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 Marshall
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
Martin Henderson as Joshua Floyd
Rhys Muldoon as Lincoln Lincoln
Ben Oxenbould as Alistair Emery
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
3.1 Dan Wyllie as Malcolm Finnane
Bruce Spence as George Corella
Emil Wolk as Justice Kieran Webster
3.2 John Noble as Clayton Post
Genevieve Lemon as Tikki Wendon
Simon Westaway as Gordon Martin
3.3 Jane Allsop as Felicity Finnane
Aden Young as Joshua (in film)
Elizabeth Debicki as Missy (in film)
Cate Blanchett as Cleaver (in film)
Magda Szubanski as Helen

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
184 November 2010 (2010-11-04)23 December 2010 (2010-12-23)
286 September 2012 (2012-09-06)25 October 2012 (2012-10-25)
389 February 2014 (2014-02-09)30 March 2014 (2014-03-30)
4819 May 2016 (2016-05-19)7 July 2016 (2016-07-07)
5819 August 2018 (2018-08-19)7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)


Season 1 (2010)

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Title Director Writer Original air date
11"R v Murray"Peter DuncanPeter Duncan4 November 2010 (2010-11-04)
Cleaver Greene defends Professor Murray against the charge of murder after Murray is found to be a cannibal.[8]
22"R v Marx"Peter DuncanPeter Duncan11 November 2010 (2010-11-11)
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.[9]
33"R v Dana"Rachel WardAndrew Knight18 November 2010 (2010-11-18)
Cleaver Greene defends George Dana after he is found out to have been married to two women at the same time.
44"R v Lorton"Rachel WardAndrew Knight25 November 2010 (2010-11-25)
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.
55"R v Chandler"Jeffrey WalkerPeter Duncan2 December 2010 (2010-12-02)
Dr. Chandler is accused of having sex with the family dog and Cleaver Greene defends him.
66"R v Langhorn"Jeffrey WalkerAndrew Knight9 December 2010 (2010-12-09)
Cleaver Greene defends Eddie Langhorn for inciting a race riot on her afternoon radio program.
77"R v Tanner"Jessica HobbsPeter Duncan16 December 2010 (2010-12-16)
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.
88"R v Corella"Jessica HobbsAndrew Knight23 December 2010 (2010-12-23)
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)

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Title Director Writer Original air date
91"R v Mohammed"Peter DuncanPeter Duncan6 September 2012 (2012-09-06)
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 (Damien Garvey), 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.
102"R v Fenton"Peter DuncanAndrew Knight13 September 2012 (2012-09-13)
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 Service 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.
113"R v Wooldridge & Anor"Rowan WoodsPeter Duncan20 September 2012 (2012-09-20)

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 (Lily Sullivan), 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.
124"R v Floyd"Rowan WoodsAndrew Knight27 September 2012 (2012-09-27)

Missy and Joshua are Australia's most newsworthy couple: she is a bestselling author, and he is 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 Australian civil rights lawyer". Barney's back on board and things seem poised to go right - moments before something goes terribly, terribly wrong...
135"R v Turner"Jeffrey WalkerPeter Duncan4 October 2012 (2012-10-04)

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?
146"R v Alford"Jeffrey WalkerAndrew Knight11 October 2012 (2012-10-11)

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'.
157"Greene v Hole"Kate DennisAndrew Knight18 October 2012 (2012-10-18)
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 visits a gangster friend who owes him a favour, saying he wants Lane Hole (Phil Lloyd) 'sorted out' 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.
168"R v Greene"Kate DennisPeter Duncan25 October 2012 (2012-10-25)
Cleaver is in prison, charged with the manslaughter of Lane Hole's 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.

Season 3 (2014)

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Title Director Writer Original air date
171"Episode 1"Jessica HobbsPeter Duncan9 February 2014 (2014-02-09)
Cleaver Greene finds himself languishing in prison, after having served 11 months of his 13 year sentence. Inside he befriends Mal (Dan Wyllie), who has served 17 years for the murder of his abusive father. Inside, he faces up to George Corella (Bruce Spence), the prison boss who is serving 160 years for quadruple murder. While Scarlet prepares his appeal, a corrupt judge gives Cleaver inside information on one of the appeal judges that might sway the appeal in Cleaver's favour. Meanwhile, Col plots to get on George's good side, being the partner of George's ex-fiancee Kirsty.
182"Episode 2"Jessica HobbsAndrew Knight16 February 2014 (2014-02-16)
Cleaver manages to outsmart the appeal judges with his inside knowledge of a shady business deal. However, his world has fallen apart: Barney is suffering from cancer, Scarlet has taken up his practice, Nicole is living in Cleaver's flat while bringing up her and Barney's love child. Scarlet and David Potter are having an affair, Wendy and Roger are selling the house and getting married, while Fuzz is abandoning university to do aid work in the Congo. Meanwhile, having been released, Mal auditions for Aussie's Gotta Sing, with tragic consequences.
193"Episode 3"Jonathan TeplitzkyPeter Duncan23 February 2014 (2014-02-23)
The film based on the life of Joshua and Missy is released, with a surprising casting choice for Cleaver. Scarlett is appointed as a Senior Counsel, and at the celebration party, with his casino winnings, Cleaver invests into a restaurant. Cleaver also acts as Scarlett's junior counsel for Helen, a doctor's receptionist charged with defrauding Medicare of $400,000 by making her child pretend he has cancer. In the background, Tikki is still pushing for her casino to be built, and both David and (inadvertently) Cleaver make it hard for her.
204"Episode 4"Jonathan TeplitzkyAndrew Knight2 March 2014 (2014-03-02)
A murder brings Felicity back into Cleaver's life. He knows he needs Barney, despite everything that's happening in Barney's life; and he can't say goodbye to Wendy or Missy.
215"Episode 5"Rowan WoodsAndrew Knight9 March 2014 (2014-03-09)
Cleaver is retained for a low-rent tawdry sex offence, but the Royal Commissions that have decimated David's front bench mean that even barrel-bottom Cleaver Greene is getting many briefs.
226"Episode 6"Rowan WoodsPeter Duncan16 March 2014 (2014-03-16)
Cleaver's attempts at wooing result in his being a person of interest in multiple incidents of suspected domestic abuse. Fuzz has returned with his lover, the wife of the Congolese foreign minister, a Cleaveresque attitude, and, according to the AFP, a large quantity of blood diamonds.
237"Episode 7"Kate DennisAndrew Knight23 March 2014 (2014-03-23)
Siege veteran Cleaver leads Wendy, Fuzz and Prue out of Roger's hostage crisis, but is accidentally shot in the buttock.
248"Episode 8"Kate DennisPeter Duncan30 March 2014 (2014-03-30)
Something is seriously awry in Cleaver's world. His practice is booming, Barney is thriving and he is falling in love with Felicity. But does fate have some nasty surprises in store?

Season 4 (2016)

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Title Director Writer Original air date
251"Episode 1"Peter Salmon Andrew Knight19 May 2016 (2016-05-19)
Last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across Sydney, Cleaver Greene crashes back to earth - literally and metaphorically, through a harbourside window into the unwelcoming embrace of chaos past.
262"Episode 2"Peter Salmon Peter Duncan26 May 2016 (2016-05-26)
Cleaver's been hiding out in the country posing as a writer, but his cover's blown when Barney appears on Australian Story, complete with images of his best friend. It isn't long before Thompson's goons arrive on the scene.
273"Episode 3"Rowan Woods Andrew Knight, Peter Duncan2 June 2016 (2016-06-02)
Wendy reluctantly takes Cleaver in when he's evicted, while Barney is reeling from the costs of his rescue. David and Scarlet's romance is slowly being scuttled by her children; and Missy is desperate for drugs.
284"Episode 4"Rowan Woods Peter Duncan9 June 2016 (2016-06-09)
Thompson has Cleaver in the frame for drug trafficking, but Wendy comes to the rescue. David is desperate to save his relationship with Scarlet, and Nicole is scrolling through her ex-husband posts.
295"Episode 5"Rowan Woods Andrew Knight16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
Barney & Cleaver are back on speaking terms and share a case; David is charged with Scarlet's death; Cleaver rescues Missy who's been enjoying a cocaine-hazed few days with Cal McGregor, and appeals to Wendy's better nature to take her in
306"Episode 6"Rowan Woods Peter Duncan23 June 2016 (2016-06-23)
Cleaver defends David but Barney sees it as a betrayal; Fuzz gets Missy drugs and then she seduces him. Wendy has a date with an old flame; and a free David announces he's standing for the Senate.
317"Episode 7"Peter Duncan Andrew Knight30 June 2016 (2016-06-30)
After David's acquittal Cleaver and Nicole worry about Barney, but then Cleaver gets himself disbarred and Wendy kicks him out. But Jack is determined to get him out of Wendy's life forever.
328"Episode 8"Peter Duncan Peter Duncan7 July 2016 (2016-07-07)
Cleaver considers a career change but David throws a spanner in the works. Cleaver's determined to win Wendy back from Jack, but Jack is scheming to get rid of him for good. Will it work? Fuzz has some surprising news.

Season 5 (2018)

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Title Director Writer Original air date
331"Greene v The World"TBATBA19 August 2018 (2018-08-19)
After taking up residency in Canberra as a senator in Federal Parliament, Cleaver has old foes and new. A terrorist gas attack on New Parliament House causes the seat of government to move down the hill to its old home.
342"Greene v The United States"TBATBA26 August 2018 (2018-08-26)
Incriminating multimedia and a missing US Defence Secretary puts Cleaver firmly in the sights of the Secret Service as it comes to light that the suspected terrorist attack may have been caused by something much more benign.
353"Evans v Greene"TBATBA2 September 2018 (2018-09-02)
After mislaying his suit at a fancy-dress party Cleaver is not only forced to do the walk of shame, but to speak to the house.... dressed as a zebra; and he becomes the prime suspect in an assassination attempt.
364"Gold and Greene v Red"TBATBA9 September 2018 (2018-09-09)
A new PM is sworn in on the eve of Anzac Day, and Cleaver is served with a summons in the defamation case Evans v Greene ahead of a heated debate over the sell-off of the Aussie ice cream icon - the Oz Ripple.
375"Greene v Diaries"TBATBA16 September 2018 (2018-09-16)
It's a new week and a new Prime Minister. Indigenous Liberal Greg Peters has come to the fore to lead the country with his own agenda; just as there's panic in the Capital as ministerial diaries are to be published.
386"Greene v The Unflushables"TBATBA23 September 2018 (2018-09-23)
After a 21-week term Peters is out as PM and Morrow is in; Cleaver's own plumbing issues shed light on the true cause of the explosion at Parliament House; and an intended hit gone wrong results in a Senate resignation.
397"Greene v Mid-Winter"TBATBA30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)
War is looming in the South China Sea; a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards, and the plumbers handled! The move back to New Parliament House is on, but not before the Mid-Winter Ball; and a feud is buried for political gain.
408"Greene v The Reckoning"TBATBA7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)
Morrow has been toppled, aided and abetted by his half-brother Joe, Cal McGregor is now PM. Following an international incident and a monumental cover up, will the capitol implode while our heroes chose to explode?


Season 1 (2010)

No. Title Air date Ref(s)
Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 4 November 2010 900,000 10 [10]
2 Episode 2 11 November 2010 666,000 21 [11]
3 Episode 3 18 November 2010 741,000 14 [12]
4 Episode 4 25 November 2010 701,000 16 [13]
5 Episode 5 2 December 2010 759,000 10 [14]
6 Episode 6 9 December 2010 707,000 14 [15]
7 Episode 7 16 December 2010 648,000 13 [16]
8 Episode 8 23 December 2010 673,000 11 [17]

Season 2 (2012)

No. Title Air date Ref(s)
Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 6 September 2012 798,000 10 [18]
2 Episode 2 13 September 2012 821,000 10 [19]
3 Episode 3 20 September 2012 780,000 10 [20]
4 Episode 4 27 September 2012 764,000 12 [21]
5 Episode 5 4 October 2012 794,000 10 [22]
6 Episode 6 11 October 2012 802,000 11 [23]
7 Episode 7 18 October 2012 807,000 8 [24]
8 Episode 8 25 October 2012 850,000 7 [25]

Season 3 (2014)

No. Title Air date Total
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 9 February 2014 645,000 13 135,000 12 780,000 [26][27]
2 Episode 2 16 February 2014 739,000 9 124,000 8 863,000 [28][29]
3 Episode 3 23 February 2014 617,000 12 179,000 11 796,000 [30][31]
4 Episode 4 2 March 2014 638,000 13 155,000 9 793,000 [32][33]
5 Episode 5 9 March 2014 561,000 10 153,000 10 714,000 [34][35]
6 Episode 6 16 March 2014 690,000 12 154,000 11 844,000 [36][37]
7 Episode 7 23 March 2014 627,000 10 162,000 10 789,000 [38][39]
8 Episode 8 30 March 2014 759,000 10 133,000 9 892,000 [40][41]

Season 4 (2016)

No. Title Air date Total
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 19 May 2016 653,000 10 79,000 10 732,000 [42][43]
2 Episode 2 26 May 2016 626,000 15 84,000 10 710,000 [44][45]
3 Episode 3 2 June 2016 602,000 14 155,000 8 757,000 [46][47]
4 Episode 4 9 June 2016 601,000 13 98,000 9 699,000 [48][49]
5 Episode 5 16 June 2016 605,000 13 124,000 9 729,000 [50][51]
6 Episode 6 23 June 2016 570,000 14 106,000 10 676,000 [52][53]
7 Episode 7 30 June 2016 560,000 13 144,000 10 704,000 [54][55]
8 Episode 8 7 July 2016 559,000 15 103,000 10 662,000 [56][57]

Season 5 (2018)

No. Title Air date Total
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 19 August 2018 715,000 5 128,000 5 844,000 [58][59]
2 Episode 2 26 August 2018 573,000 7 141,000 7 714,000 [60][61]
3 Episode 3 2 September 2018 522,000 9 N/A N/A N/A [62]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Equity Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Cast Won [63]
AWGIE Awards Television - Series Series 1, episode 5 'R v. Chandler' - Peter Duncan Won [64]
ASSG Awards Best Achievement in Sound for a Tele-Feature or Short Run Series Series 1 - Chris Alderton, Todd Kirkness, Sue Kerr, Peter Hall, Trevor Harrison, Olivia Monteith, Ian Donato, Natalie Choo and Michol Marsh Nominated [65]
2012 AACTA Awards Best Television Drama Series Rake Nominated [66]
2013 AACTA Awards Best Television Drama Series Season 2 - Ian Collie, Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh Nominated [67]
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Richard Roxburgh Won
Australian Screen Music Awards Best Music for a Television Series or Serial Season 2, episode 8 'Greene' - Michael Lira, David McCormack and Antony Partos Nominated [68]
AWGIE Awards Television - Series Series 2: "R v. Floyd" - Andrew Knight Won [69]
2014 AWGIE Awards Television - Series Series 3 "Their Lordships v. Finnane" - Peter Duncan Won
Australian Directors Guild Awards Best Direction in a TV Drama Series Series 2, episode 2 - Peter Duncan Nominated [70]
Australian Screen Music Awards Best Music for a Television Series or Serial Series 3, episode 1 - David McCormack, Antony Partos and Michael Lira Nominated [71]
ASSG Awards Best Sound for a Television Drama Series Series 3 - Guntis Sics, Gerry Nucifora, Aron Dyer, Peter Hall, Leon Horrocks, Evan Horton and Michol Marsh Nominated [72]
2015 AACTA Awards Best Television Drama Series Season 3 - Ian Collie, Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh Nominated [73]
Best Screenplay in Television Series 3, episode 1 - Peter Duncan Nominated
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Richard Roxburgh Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Dan Wyllie Nominated
Best Editing in Television Series 3, episode 1 - Henry Dangar ASE Nominated
Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series Rake Nominated [74]
Most Outstanding Actor Richard Roxburgh Nominated
Australian Directors Guild Awards Best Direction in a TV Drama Series Series 3, episode 1 - Jessica Hobbs Nominated [75]
Series 3, episode 5 - Rowan Woods Nominated
2017 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series Rake Nominated [76]
Most Outstanding Actor Richard Roxburgh Nominated
Logie Award for Best Actor Richard Roxburgh Nominated

American remake

The Fox Network in the US commissioned an American version, starring Greg Kinnear as the lead character, renamed Keegan Deane for American audiences. It aired between January and April 2014.[77] Richard Roxburgh was a producer on the American version alongside Kinnear.

DVD rating

In Australia Rake was rated MA 15+. In New Zealand the first two series received a rating of R16 for sex scenes, violence, drug use and offensive language; series three was given a rating of R18 for violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes.


Original music for the show is composed and performed by David McCormack (of Custard), Antony Partos and Michael Lira, at Sonar Music in Sydney.[78] A soundtrack album Rake: Music from the TV Series was released through ABC Music in July 2016.[79]


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