STAR­RING: Elis­a­beth Moss, Ni­cole Kid­man, Gwen­do­line Christie, Alice En­glert

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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).

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