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Rake

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Richard Roxburgh in Rake.

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TV Review

Greg Kinnear is winning as loser in Rake

Good cast ... Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear).

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

David Wiegand Keegan Deane is one of life's indefatigable losers. The fact that the guy can't catch a break, that his various addictions have left him deeply in debt and made for a lackluster legal career doesn't seem to faze him: If the definition of insanity is you-know-the-rest, Deane is off his rocker.

Reader reviews 5

Rake, Thursday December 2

Richard Roxburgh in Rake.

Conrad Walters This show couples Richard Roxburgh with tight writing – and just about every character in a skirt – to create one of television's most likeable unlovables.

Reader reviews 5

Rake, Thursday November 18

Richard Roxburgh

Melinda Houston Three episodes in and an intelligent, dryly witty script is consistently entertaining, regardless of what outrage is taking place.

Reader reviews 5

TV Review

Rake - November 4

Louise Schwartzkoff From the first scene, when Richard Roxburgh steps out of a car and is beaten by a polite and apologetic stand-over man, it is clear the actor is in love with his role as the barrister-about-town, Cleaver Greene.

Reader reviews 5

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5 reviews so far

  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    I don't watch much TV but I was looking forward to this, and it didn't disappoint. Having spent some time at Sydney Uni in the late 60s, early 70s and frequenting the White Horse Hotel in City Road Newtown, and various Balmain drinking locales, the portrayal of the ebullient rogue Cleever Greene evoked memories, not only of Charlie Waterstreet, but other future members of Sydney's corps of criminal defence barristers, including one who shared residential accomodation in his station wagon with a brace of racing greyhounds.
    Some of the writing let down the fine acting, but I'm hopeful that this series will prove to be a worthy antipodean successor to another old favourite: Rumpole of the Bailey.

    Commenter
    mikal
    Location
    brisbane
    Date and time
    November 05, 2010, 2:12PM
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    At least 3 stars - passes the tele test - you watch it closely and are looking forward to the next episode. Court case could have done with more development and twists (like they do in Rumpole et al). Charlie Waterstreet in the Sunday paper is always good value.

    Commenter
    Stig
    Date and time
    November 08, 2010, 1:35PM
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    At last we have an Australian contemporary production unhindered by obligatory references to overseas imports. With a lead looking startlingly like Errol Flynn, this tale takes apart the myth of the justice system and reveals the all too precarious platforms on which we base our societal norms. At one point Beaver tells a group of dinner party guests he cares more about the Law than he does about Justice, thereby admitting what many of us suspected, that the legal system is more about sustaining the appearance of Justice than its preservation.
    This story holds promise of brilliant entertainment with the delicious Mr Roxborough romping through the role. Aaaahh!

    Commenter
    TrixieM
    Location
    Bywong NSW
    Date and time
    November 10, 2010, 11:35AM
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

    1.5 stars = some respectable highlights after having seen Ep1 & 3. What has let it down is poor comedic attempts, some very wooden acting - even by Roxborough at times and, poor legal reality. Sure its fiction, but the idea the Professional Conduct Committee could be bought off by a prostitute?! is preposterous and frankly insulting. And the barrister doesn't appear before them in any event.
    The writing has its highlights but I just think the whole show could've been a lot better.

    Commenter
    Moz
    Date and time
    November 19, 2010, 10:52AM
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    This show has all the right ingredients however it fails. We switched off after Ep 2 Why ? Could be the far fetched relationship the main actor has with the X wife and the Hooker ? or that the show tries to deliver to much in each Episode ?

    Agree with Trixe M, Loved the dinner party scene and always enjoy Roxborough but the show just got annoying .

    Commenter
    Rod
    Date and time
    November 22, 2010, 8:31AM

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