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.
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