Second swing for Cleaver
Intricate plot-lines set the scene as returns for another season
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.