Rake preview on iView

By David Knox on October 31, 2010 / Filed Under Programming 5

Offbeat legal drama Rake premieres this Thursday night on ABC1, but from 8:30pm tonight a Sneak Peek will be available on iView.

Presumably this is the whole episode, which matches what other networks have been doing for select shows too.

Check out what Hugo Weaving gets up to in it….very Hannibal…..

Whilst barrister Cleaver Greene’s (Richard Roxburgh) ex-wife may call him ‘unreliable’, his son will call him ‘a mate’. To his learned friends at the bar table he is ‘a real wag’, and to most judges he is ‘an outrage’. To the Tax Office, he is ‘a defendant’, to a certain brothel owner ‘a legend’, and to his former cocaine dealer ‘a tragic loss’.

The clients he loves the most – the cases that thrill him – are those that appear to be utterly hopeless. He will do whatever it takes to defend and save life’s truly lost souls. The big sinners. Its drug lords. Its cannibals. Its bestialites. And at the same time, he will struggle to save himself, to stop himself falling back into the abyss that has characterised most of his self-destructive adult life thus far.

Despite his own hopelessness, his wit and charm have won him hordes of companions over the years. Most nights of the week, there is no shortage of invitations: dinner with a judge, drug dealers, or his copper mates.

He tends to wake up bruised. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. Usually it’s a combination thereof.

Occasionally he wonders how his life came to this – living in a studio above a café in the Cross, without his wife and son, in love with a prostitute, defending hopeless cases.

In episode one – Cleaver’s lover/friend/confident Missy (Adrienne Pickering) – a high class call girl – has left without a trace, and tax lawyer David Potter (Matt Day), is in hot pursuit. Scarlet (Danielle Cormack), his best friend Barney’s (Russell Dykstra) wife, confides in him that she wants to leave home, and his 15-year-old son Fuzz (Keegan Joyce) draws him into a conspiracy to cover up his activities with his new girlfriend. But on the work front, Cleaver is presented with a case he can’t resist – to defend a cannibal.

It airs 8:30pm Thursday on ABC1.

5 Comments »

  1. David S. November 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm -

    So far I like it. Cannibalism, sex, drugs and lawyers; what more could you want? Dead lawyers? Heck, one of them drops dead on a tennis court.

    Roxburgh is a loveable rogue, the dialogue is funny and snappy, production values seem good too. Hugo Weaving is a riot as the genius cannibal economist who missed the signs of the GFC and can’t understand why his wife won’t visit him in jail.

    I’m looking forward to more episodes of this show.

  2. bindi November 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm -

    first half of season 1 comes out on dvd december 2nd, and the second half comes out 6th of january.

  3. Craig November 1, 2010 at 7:36 am -

    I have used iView before but it can be temperamental and if you have just 1.5Mb connection you can’t be doing anything else while watching. I should be able to record but it’s good to know there is a legal backup online. Or I could just wait a couple of months and it’s likely to be on DVD.

  4. Christopher Neugebauer November 1, 2010 at 12:07 am -

    The whole episode is on iView, so watch it at your own leisure.

  5. Craig October 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm -

    Why is the ABC putting this up against Rush?

    Guess I’ll have to record it.

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