Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - COVER STORY - RICHARD ROXBURGH

Where do we find Cleaver Greene as this new sea­son of Rake be­gins, Richard? Well, he’s in the nick. We paint our­selves into th­ese cor­ners in Rake, but un­like th­ese care­fully plot­ted Amer­i­can se­ries where they’re work­ing two sea­sons ahead we have no idea how we’re go­ing to get our­selves out of it.

So we’re go­ing “OK, he’s in prison, great … now what?” We have our­selves a real thing to deal with, a po­ten­tial nar­ra­tive brick wall, but we found some el­e­gant, fun ways of get­ting around that – some very Cleaver Greene ways. As the third sea­son of Rake gets un­der way, bar­ris­ter Cleaver Greene is fac­ing his big­gest bind yet: prison. Star Richard Roxburgh speaks with Was putting the char­ac­ter be­hind bars a deliberate at­tempt to shake things up for the show? We al­ways want to do dif­fer­ent things. Putting him in prison is a dif­fer­ent thing, and that’s a good thing. We never wanted to let Rake get set­tled into a for­mat where you do one episode and it’s one case, and the next episode is a dif­fer­ent case and so on. So it’s quite dif­fer­ent struc­turally this time as well.

There’s one de­vel­op­ing case that spans many episodes, for in­stance. But within that there are a lot of dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Guy Davis.

The first real co­nun­drum we had to sort out was the prison one – now he’s in there, how does he get out? Does he even get out?

We had this fan­tas­tic rev­e­la­tion we could take that char­ac­ter and put him any­where, and he will in­vari­ably cause trou­ble and get him­self out of trou­ble. There was a lot of en­ter­tain­ment in that. As Rake de­vel­ops, do you want Cleaver to change as a per­son? Or do you want him to re­main the same but deal with dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and cir­cum­stances? We kind of want both of those things to hap­pen. Part of what we were in­ter­ested in this year was whether Cleaver has a dark and se­ri­ous heart, and whether there is a way for him to find ma­ture love. Is it pos­si­ble for a lu­natic to find love? Can he change?

It’s fan­tas­tic to put him in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and watch him adapt. But fur­ther in the story we wanted to ex­plore those pos­si­bil­i­ties. Is he some­one wor­thy of love? Can he change him­self enough that he can be a se­ri­ous con­tender in the world of love? That was in­ter­est­ing as well. Rake, ABC1, Sun­day, 8.30pm

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