Michael Rafferty, who is a Stipendiary Magistrate, drives to work in an old blue VW Kombi van. He owns a cat named Rhubarb. Rafferty is separated from his wife, with whom he had two children (a son and a daughter). Rafferty also has an older daughter, Rebecca Browning, who is in her early twenties - and of whose existence he was unaware until she contacted him after she had grown up (Rebecca's mother is a woman who Michael Rafferty had known before he met his wife, and who he had not seen since his marriage). Rafferty also has a brother, Patrick Rafferty, who is a State Member of Parliament. Written by
Paul Gerard Kennedy
"Rafferty's Rules" was a unique Australian TV drama about the workings of a local magistrates court in a seaside suburb of Sydney. The show was both hard hitting and noteworthy in its presentation of important legal and social issues.
The acting talent lead by veteran actor John Wood (as Michael Rafferty S.M.) are truly exceptional in their respective roles. They all deliver a unique sense of realism, compassion and dedication with the characters they portray. John Wood in particular is utterly superb in his role as the maverick magistrate who has a general distrust of police and social classes.
The unique blend of gripping drama and whimsical humour makes "Rafferty's Rules" such compelling viewing. It's one of the few cerebral Australian TV shows that is accessible to all viewers. Highly recommended viewing.
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