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R vs Murray 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | Episode aired 13 July 2011
Cleaver is presented by best friend and solicitor Barney with a case he can't resist - the defence of Professor Graham Murray, a world renowned economist accused of cannibalism and murder.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Roxburgh ... Cleaver Greene
Matt Day ... David Potter
Adrienne Pickering ... Melissa Partridge
Russell Dykstra ... Barney Meagher
Danielle Cormack ... Scarlet Meagher
Geoff Morrell ... Joe Sandilands
Sacha Horler ... Annie Murray
Hugo Weaving ... Professor Graham Murray
Caroline Brazier ... Wendy Greene
Lisa Bluthal ... Female Dinner Guest
Jeanette Cronin ... Dr. Lucy Hartcher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Box ... Nicole
Michael Denkha ... Thommo
Evin Donohoe Evin Donohoe ... Eager Law Student
Tony Farrell Tony Farrell ... Male Dinner Guest


Whilst barrister Cleaver Greene's 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. ...

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Release Date:

13 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Cleaver Greene: [after reading out Byron's "She walks in beauty, like the night"] Bugger me, he was good.
Fuzz Greene: Yeah, but what use is it?
Cleaver Greene: What do you mean "What use is it"? It's poetry, you knucklehead. It has only one use, and that's pulling chicks.
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Crazy Credits

Rake mentions Ravel's "Bolero" twice. In the closing credits, the music is played by a band with questionable experience:

BOLERO Written by Maurice Ravel Performed by The Cammery Public School Concert Band (Their first run through!) See more »

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The Dark Carnival Begins
25 January 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Sydney barrister Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) has the distasteful task of defending government economics adviser Professor Graham Murray (Hugo Weaving) on murder charges. In a media-sensationalized case the accused is prepared to stipulate he is a cannibal but not a murderer.

Seemingly everyone wants to put the Hannibal Lecter clone away without debating legal niceties. Greene has other ideas because technically the corpse Murray consumed was a suicide who volunteered to be eaten and the jurisdiction has no law on the books against cannibalism (not really an issue in Australia since a single incident way back in 1826).

Cleave is without an office as the series begins. Divorced and living above a cafe he is fighting tax evasion charges and disappointment that his favorite prostitute has left the business to go to university. He is also facing violent reprisals from a bookie to whom he owes big money. On top of that he is trying to be a father to a teenaged son who is more mature than he is and he is nursing a longstanding crush on his best friends wife.

Whatever else he may be he has redeeming qualities. He is a brilliant lawyer with a penchant for championing lost causes raising the curtain on the dark recesses where bizarre legal minutiae reside.

What do you reckon fair-minded folks would think if an old fella like me went full on earbashing with my praise of this brilliant satire? I'll risk them thinking my summary is furphy typed whilst off my face on a gutful of grog.

On yet another yobbo's fossick for great foreign television I discovered 'Rake' but only after the American version with Greg Kinnear had debuted. I'm glad I did because this show is a ton of fun.

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