Series two of Australian drama Rake begins shooting in Sydney in April.

The series, which first aired on ABC1 in 2010, stars Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Blue Murder) as self-destructive criminal defence barrister Cleaver Greene.

Producer/director Peter Duncan said it was great to be back in production. "Once again we have an opportunity to channel our various depravities into Cleaver – rather than exercise them ourselves. This is a considerable relief for our friends and loved ones,” he said in a statement.

Indeed it is, as Cleaver’s debaucherous private life continues in series two. The series will see Cleaver engaged in a passionate affair with a dangerous liaison, stories of suicide bombers and psychotic schoolgirls, as well as a ‘pedantic chameleon’ and an alleged ‘serial bobbitter’.

The new series will see several actors returning including Matt Day (Tangle) as David Potter; Russell Dykstra (Romulus, My Father) as Barney, Cleaver’s friend and co-worker; Danielle Cormack (Underbelly: Razor) as Barney’s wife, Scarlet; Caroline Brazier (Packed to the Rafters) as Wendy, Cleaver’s ex-wife; and Adrienne Pickering (The Reef) as Missy, a former prostitute harbouring feelings for Cleaver.

Ian Collie of Essential Media will again be producing along with Richard Roxburgh and Duncan, who is also co-writer along with Andrew Knight (SeaChange). Sharing directing duties with Duncan are Jeffrey Walker (Angry Boys) and Rowan Woods (Spirited). A fourth director will be announced shortly.

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