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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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2017   2013  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Robin Griffin 13 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Al Parker 8 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Matt 7 episodes, 2013
...  Johnno 7 episodes, 2013
...  Grishina 7 episodes, 2013
Geneviève Lemon ...  Bunny 7 episodes, 2013
...  Anita 7 episodes, 2013
...  Luke 7 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Tui 7 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Pyke / ... 7 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Miranda Hilmarson 6 episodes, 2017
...  Mary 6 episodes, 2017
...  Prue 6 episodes, 2013
...  Zena 6 episodes, 2013
...  Adrian Butler 6 episodes, 2017
...  Mark 6 episodes, 2013
...  Alexander 'Puss' 6 episodes, 2017
...  Anne-Marie 6 episodes, 2013
Angjee Douangphoumy ...  Joy 6 episodes, 2017
Lauren Dawes ...  Mandy 6 episodes, 2013
...  GJ 6 episodes, 2013
Georgi Kay ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2013
...  Sinn 6 episodes, 2017
...  Officer Pete 6 episodes, 2013
Elaine Crombie ...  Bev 6 episodes, 2017
...  Caramel 6 episodes, 2017
...  Julia 6 episodes, 2017
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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

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No ordinary place. No ordinary crime. See more »


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Top of the Lake: China Girl  »

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Nicole Kidman officially joined the second season in June 2016. Negotiations to have her join the show lasted a full year, in order to accommodate her schedule with Big Little Lies. The part, which she was able to shoot in five weeks, was written especially for her. See more »

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Featured in 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

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Bottom of the lake
12 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Scandinavian dramas are the in thing on UKtv for the last few years. If we cannot make our own adaptation (Wallander) then we just bring them over with subtitles such as The Killing. Even ITV jumped on the act making Broadchurch with some success. It seems critics and public alike like Nordic dramas at a languid pace and people with solemn expressions and a murder mystery.

Jane Campion who won an Oscar for writing The Piano and is also an acclaimed director, co-wrote and co directed this series which is much of the same vein but set in New Zealand. Also in the mix is David Lynch dramas, the kind of thing of a small town having dark secrets. In fact in one of the later episodes a character mentions reading Blue Velvet.

However whereas Twin Peaks is one of the best TV series made in the last 30 years, Top of the Lake is not even half as good. Something went drastically wrong.

There is an international cast. Oscar winner Holly Hunter is wasted as a leader/guide of a women's commune. Elizabeth Moss as detective in search of a missing, pregnant girl does well with her accent, you forget she is American but she seems to do very little detective work, has resentment of her own against the townsfolk and not very sympathetic herself.

In fact finding a sympathetic person in this drama is nearly impossible, Peter Mullan plays the leader of a bunch of brutes who wants the lost girl found and goes around being nasty to everyone.

The plot which is rather wafer thin just drags and drags. It starts of promisingly enough, you actually think this is going to be good before it starts to bore you with its aimlessness. The last half hour of the final episode takes a turn and is full of twists and action, you wonder where did all that come from.

Its nicely acted, nice scenery but with its pedigree it should had really delivered.


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