HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX

TOP OF THE LAKE, UKTV, 8.30pm

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Sundaymarch -

LIKE the fog which de­scends on this sleepy, creepy town, Jane Cam­pion’s TV se­ries seeps in and en­velops the au­di­ence. From the open­ing scene, where 12-year-old Tui (Jac­que­line Joe) is seen walking pur­pose­fully into the freez­ing wa­ters of an alpine lake, the drama un­folds slowly, but is ut­terly grip­ping. When it’s dis­cov­ered Tui is preg­nant, de­tec­tive Robin Gif­fin ( Mad Men’s Elis­a­beth Moss) is called in to in­ves­ti­gate. When Tui dis­ap­pears, the search takes Gif­fin, home to nurse her can­cer-stricken mother (Robin Niven), on a jour­ney to find the young girl and her­self. Mas­ter­ful sto­ry­telling.

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