Top of the Lake

A bit of hu­mour light­ens the mood in this dark drama

TV Times - - Thursday -

Drama / 9.00pm / BBC2 De­spite its un­der­cur­rents of pros­ti­tu­tion, misog­yny and mur­der, this se­cond se­ries in Jane Cam­pion’s bleak saga is also darkly hu­mor­ous, mostly thanks to its new char­ac­ters, Ju­lia (Ni­cole Kid­man) and Mi­randa (Gwen­do­line Christie). This week, Ju­lia’s des­per­ate at­tempts to save her adopted daugh­ter Mary from mar­ry­ing Puss end in a stress­ful yet com­i­cal public scene, while Mi­randa unashamedly shares too much in­for­ma­tion about her love life with her baf­fled part­ner Robin. The two char­ac­ters are a breath of fresh air amid the gruesome case in­volv­ing a mur­dered sex worker, but when Robin’s old boss Al Parker ar­rives from New Zealand, the drama sud­denly takes a shock­ing turn…

Ni­cole Kid­man adds a light touch

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