Production has now commenced for the fourth season of Rake with co-creator and producer Richard Roxburgh returning in his multi award-winning role as Cleaver Greene.
British actress Miriam Margolyes is a confirmed cast member for the new season along with John Waters and Rachael Blake in this fourth series of ABC TV’s lauded drama series Rake, which begins production in Sydney this week.
The new season of Rake was announced earlier this year as part of big drama investment from the ABC. It will air in 2016.
Last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson (Waters). Against the backdrop of a city that’s taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive – from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who’s trying to have him killed.
Season 4 of Rake continues to cast Cleaver’s rapier wit on politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions. His long-suffering friends, relatives, and pugnacious foes also return in the form of Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering, Keegan Joyce, Kate Box, and Damien Garvey.
Heading up a stellar creative team is producer, creator and award-winning writer Peter Duncan, who will again direct alongside Peter Salmon and Rowan Woods. Duncan’s writing co-collaborator, the acclaimed Andrew Knight is also back on board.
"We felt we may have been done by the end of season 3 with Cleaver dangling from the balloon but there was clearly so much hot air left to expel we realised another prick was necessary. We are delighted to be flying again, are very grateful to the ABC for being the wind beneath our spheres and look forward to the turbulence the season will create. said Duncan.
Ian Collie of Essential Media is producing his fourth series of Rake, along with Duncan and Roxburgh.
ABC TV Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan said: ”From its glass shattering opening to its jaw-dropping finale, Rake never ceases to amaze and amuse”.