TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
STARRING: Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman, Gwendoline Christie, Alice Englert
The beauty of Jane Campion and Gerard Lee’s first season of Top of the Lake lay not only in their use of the lush New Zealand landscape as a character, but also in their affectionate yet unforgiving portrayal of brilliant and troubled detective Robin Griffin (Moss). Now Griffin is back in the gritty, stark comfort of urban Sydney, grappling with new dilemmas, from connectingMary daughter), (Englert, pittingwith Campion’sher parentingbirth daughterown philosophies against Mary’s adoptive mother (Kidman) and solving an unseemly case with a fangirl constable (Christie). Focusing on these women’s complex relationships makes this a crime drama like no other. ( Starts Aug. 20, 8.30 PM; BBC First).
Julia (Kidman, left) tries to reason with her daughter, Mary (Englert).
Detective Griffin (Moss, left) arrives to a crime scene with constable Hilmarson (Christie).