New cast members join Rake

Miriam Margolyes, John Waters & Rachael Blake join Rake, now filming in Sydney.


Filming is now underway in Sydney on the fourth season of Rake, with Richard Roxburgh returning as Cleaver Greene.

Also returning are Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering, Keegan Joyce, Kate Box, and Damien Garvey.

Joining the cast this season are Miriam Margolyes, John Waters and Rachael Blake.

The fourth season is good news for fans, following Roxburgh’s earlier comments that he would finish with 3 seasons, to leave ‘a good-looking corpse.’

“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,” said creator Peter Duncan. “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.”

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.”

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.

Writers Peter Duncan and Andrew Knight are back on board, with Duncan to direct alongside Peter Salmon and Rowan Woods. Ian Collie of Essential Media is producing, along with Duncan and Roxburgh.

An Essential Media/Blow By Blow production for ABC TV; ABC Executive Producers: Carole Sklan and David Ogilvy.

4 Responses

  1. Can’t wait – best show ever!

    And to MikeZee, I’m sure all Australian networks try to sell their shows overseas, often very successfully, but the Americans just don’t understand our accent and often our sense of humour (like I don’t understand theirs, these days). No one is allowed to have an Australian accent in American showbiz, the poor dears can’t handle it. Even the Brits have a problem, e.g. Anthony Hopkins forced to be a Yank in many films.

  2. The US Version sucked, as I was pretty sure it would. Part of what makes these shows so great to me, living in the US, is the uniqueness of the countries they come from. I do not understand why Australia does not syndicate any of it’s shows. No one makes money from that and the actors in Australia are terribly underpaid.

  3. Great news, as long as they keep it believable and reign back some of the OTT scenarios.
    Felt it was just starting to jump the shark a little towards the end of Season 3.

    Miriam should definitely be good value.

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