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Cleaver is a very smart and talented barrister who can take literally any case and run with it to grab a win regardless of how unusual his client or the circumstances of the case. The subject matter for his cases in this first season have ranged from a cannibal killer to a respectable doctor having been charged with bestiality. There are mobsters, prostitutes, teachers with questionable ethics, diplomats and politicians that add more color to this series than you could see in any art gallery!
Richard Roxburgh does a brilliant job bringing Cleaver Greene to life. The character is charming and entertaining. One minute, you truly sympathize with him and the next you can change your mind because it's blatantly clear the trouble he's in was of his own making. He has more than a small problem with gambling and drugs and often finds himself taking a good bashing from stand over man Col (Steve Le Marquand) and answering to Col's boss, Mick Corella (Richard Carter). Cleave manages to estrange himself from his long time best friend Barney "Barnyard" Meagher (Russell Dykstra) and his wife Scarlett (Danielle Cormack) after making a huge mistake with the latter. Cleaver is more than a little bit fond of Melissa "Missy" Partridge, a former prostitute. Cleave and his ex wife, Wendy (Caroline Brazier) have their hands full with their teenage son Finnegan "Fuzz" who is having an affair with one of his teachers. Sadly, the poor lad loses the love of his life when said teacher leaves him for a younger man!
The series was created by Richard Roxburgh, Peter Duncan and Charles Waterstreet. Andrew Knight, along with co-creator Peter Duncan serve as the writers for the series.Read more ›
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I have to say, every time I watch this, I'm laughing within the first five minutes or less. What a SMART, WITTY, FUNNY, INTELLIGENT adult comedy. I've seen the American version. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. M. Butler
As one who was brought up on the best of British TV from the 50s,60s and 70s I have been saddened by the slow decline which has taken place since those times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by michael tye
Good quality video but there is no menu setup options, therefore, no ability to have subtitles which for me are necessary. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tom in Virginia
What a wonderful discovery!! Had never heard of this program before seeing it in a catalogue; of course, Amazon's price is significantly better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by They
It's smart and funny. It has great dialogue. It is dark, but not dour and it is always entertaining. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kim Idol
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I have Season One - I could not get subtitles.
Aug 28, 2013 by Fishylex | See all 3 posts
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Each episode is about 60 mins and there are 8 episodes presumably split across the 3 DVDs. I recorded them from TV, but the series is brilliant and I will eventually invest in the bluray DVD set. Can't wait for series 2 which airs in Oz in Sept 2012
Aug 18, 2012 by I Feel Possessed | See all 5 posts
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