Sec­ond swing for Cleaver

In­tri­cate plot-lines set the scene as re­turns for an­other sea­son

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

IT does not take long for bar­ris­ter Cleaver Greene to land him­self in hot wa­ter when se­ries two of Rake de­buts tonight. The new se­ries opens with Greene (Richard Roxburgh) caught in the back of a limo with NSW Pre­miere Claudia Mar­shall (Toni Col­lette).

When her po­lice min­is­ter hus­band Cal McGre­gor (Damien Gar­vey) learns about the af­fair, he re­solves to make it his life’s work to de­stroy the bar­ris­ter.

Shadow At­tor­ney-Gen­eral David Pot­ter (Matt Day) still has Cleaver in his sights. Money, mean­while, re­mains a prob­lem for the bar­ris­ter.

His big­gest cred­i­tor Kirsty Corella (Robyn Mal­colm), wife of jailed crime boss, takes a shine to Greene and is happy to cut him a gen­er­ous deal.

This does not im­press his ex-wife Wendy (Caro­line Bra­zier) who has been hav­ing ro­man­tic thoughts about him.

Cleaver won­ders whether Missy (Adri­enne Pick­er­ing) en­ter­tains sim­i­lar thoughts about him.

The fall­out con­tin­ues from Greene’s af­fair last sea­son with the wife of his best friend Bar­ney (Rus­sell Dykstra).

Bar­ney and Scar­let (Danielle Cor­mack) throw all their might into res­ur­rect­ing their mar­riage and be­com­ing per­fect par­ents.

Scar­let has been an un­faith­ful wife, an un­pro­fes­sional bar­ris­ter and an un­happy woman. She is de­ter­mined to rein­vent her­self.

‘‘She wants to be a good wife and a good mum,’’ says Cor­mack.

‘‘Her strug­gle this sea­son is to learn where she wants to be in the world as she deals with the af­fair and the fall out to her mar­riage.’’

‘‘Hav­ing cre­ated so much drama in her mar­riage, you’ll see her forced to make choices – choices that are com­pli­cated and in­ter­est­ing. Hav­ing got­ten her­self in to big trou­ble, it’s a mat­ter of how does she get her­self out, how does she man­age dam­age con­trol. She has a lot of hard work ahead of her and that’s great news for me, it makes the char­ac­ter a chal­lenge.’’

Kiwi ac­tress Cor­mack got her break in New Zealand films and TV shows, but works more of­ten these days in Aus­tralia.

She was last seen play­ing turn-of-the-cen­tury brothel madam Kate Leigh in the Un­der­belly pe­riod drama se­ries Ra­zor. ‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to play strong and com­plex fe­male char­ac­ters, strong roles that jump off the screen and the stage. I feel blessed to be part of such ex­cit­ing pro­duc­tions.’’

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Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene and (in­set) with Danielle Cor­mack.

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