This article originally appeared in If Magazine #148 (August-September).
The bar was lowered and now gets even lower. Controversial series Rake
, which follows charismatic barrister Cleaver Greene.s legal misadventures, is currently assailing ABC viewers for a second time.
The first series, broadcast on ABC in late-2010, did well. It won lead actor Richard Roxburgh
a Silver Logie for Outstanding Actor and the series attracted about 700,000 weeknight viewers, which the ABC considered good for an offbeat drama . enough to commission a second series.
Series two picks up where series one left off says producer (and former solicitor) Ian Collie
from Essential Media & Entertainment. The story format is the same, with Cleaver defending a client each week . whom he knows to be guilty . intercut with episodes of his chaotic personal and family life.
The series continues to focus less on legal and police procedural elements than the typical legal drama and more on character and relationships,