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Criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene defends the indefensible - from bigamists to cannibals and everything in between. He is champion of the lost cause, both in the court room and in the bedroom.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Roxburgh ...  Cleaver Greene 40 episodes, 2010-2018
Matt Day ...  David Potter 40 episodes, 2010-2018
Kate Box ...  Nicole 33 episodes, 2010-2018
Russell Dykstra ...  Barney Meagher 32 episodes, 2010-2016
Caroline Brazier ...  Wendy Greene / ... 32 episodes, 2010-2018
Keegan Joyce ...  Fuzz Greene 31 episodes, 2010-2018
Adrienne Pickering ...  Melissa Partridge / ... 29 episodes, 2010-2018
Danielle Cormack ...  Scarlet Meagher / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2016
Damien Garvey ...  Cal McGregor 25 episodes, 2012-2018
Tom Poulton Tom Poulton ...  Max Meagher 19 episodes, 2010-2016
Madeline Towns Madeline Towns ...  Zoe Meagher 18 episodes, 2010-2016
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Criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene defends the indefensible - from bigamists to cannibals and everything in between. He is champion of the lost cause, both in the court room and in the bedroom.

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Official Sites:

ABC [Australia]

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Australia

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English

Release Date:

13 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рейк See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Cleaver Greene's character is loosely based on one of Sydney's most colourful barristers, an author and co-creator of Rake, Charles Waterstreet. Both (fictional) Greene and Waterstreet have a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales. See more »

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Foolishly avoided this when it first came out
24 March 2014 | by peterbreisSee all my reviews

…but have rectified that with desperate anticipation driven out of absolute addiction.

It is magnificently written, cast, structured and performed.

What makes it most riveting to those of us blessed with living in and around the actual locations and situations, is that lots of the stories are absolutely true (given a few exaggerations here and there) with "only the names changed to protect the guilty".

I can't imagine how they got filming permission for the scenes in the actual NSW parliament, when the story line revolved around the rottenness of our recently evicted government.

If only the real party hacks were as funny as their corruption is real. Maybe we could actually forgive them. Instead they are dull, boring, incompetent and corrupt, very little amusement value there.

Hard to imagine anyone ever playing the role of Cleaver Green to the hilt the way Richard Roxborough has. Having seen the dull, American rendition, makes Richard's performance only shine the more brilliantly.

I hope there are many more series in the pipeline. This show is honestly the best I have seen in decades. Right up there with Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. And a whole lot funnier! :)


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