TOP OF THE LAKE
UKTV, Sunday, 8.30pm ★★★★ Top of the Lake’s key plot line — the mystery disappearance of pregnant 12-year-old Tui — achieves its aim of leaving you feeling depleted. The mini-series’ effectiveness in steering you into emotionally treacherous waters can be attributed to the fact it’s a work of brilliant creative synergy. Top of the Lake has a surety in writing (Jane Campion and Gerard Lee) and sense of direction (Campion and Garth Davis) rarely seen in TV drama. But those qualities alone are just part of the success story. Critical to the telling of this classic, mythic tale of struggle is the masterful cinematography of Adam Arkapaw and a perfectly assembled ensemble cast featuring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter, David Wenham and Jacqueline Joe, who plays missing child Tui. In this second episode, drug lord Matt Mitcham (Mullan) reveals his lack of faith in a police-led (Moss and Wenham) search for his little girl in remote New Zealand. You get the sense that if she’s been abducted, the police had better get to the culprit before Mitcham does. He is one frighteningly intense individual.