The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, ABC1 Whether this is your first ex­po­sure or you have fol­lowed the rake’s progress from the start, this episode is fresh, funny and dis­mis­sive of de­cency. Rake Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is a ter­ri­ble piece of work but just about ev­ery­body else is un­eth­i­cal, too, when they are not act­ing il­le­gally. And when peo­ple are straight they are pompous. Watch care­fully for the judge and the pe­nis eu­phemism scene and the ex­cru­ci­at­ing dis­play of cru­elty about the be­liefs of the young. If you have any faith in the de­cency of bench and bar, pol­i­tics and pub­lic ser­vice, it will have to be rig­or­ous to sur­vive this. And yes, it con­firms ev­ery­thing the rest of the coun­try thinks about Sydney — ob­sessed with power, money and sex, but not nec­es­sar­ily in that or­der. Take the jokes out and there is the stuff of a se­ri­ous drama about in­fi­delity and am­bi­tion here. But given there are enough of those al­ready, thank­fully Rake in­cludes some very clever writ­ing. There is enough hu­mour in this episode to fill a se­ries of the pap TV com­edy-mak­ers from Lon­don to Los Angeles dish up. They should watch Rake and be ashamed. Did I men­tion I love it?

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