Top of the Lake starring Elisabeth Moss – on BBC2 this summer

Mystery surrounds 12-year-old Tui. Pics: BBC

Few new dramas will be more keenly awaited this years than this new mystery starring Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss as a detective affected personally by the disappearance of a pregnant pre-teen girl in a remote southern New Zealand community.

Elisabeth Moss as Robin

Directing it will be Oscar-winning Jane Campion (The Piano) and rising Aussie director Garth Davis. Also in the cast are Holly Hunter (best actress Oscar-winner, also for The Piano), Peter Mullan (War Horse, The Fear), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings) and Lucy Lawless (Xena, Spartacus).

This haunting story focuses on the remote mountains of New Zealand, where 12-year-old Tui is seen standing in a freezing lake. It is discovered that she is pregnant but won’t reveal who the father is.

For Elisabeth Moss’s detective, Robin Griffin, the case has echoes of her own past. What begins as a statutory rape investigation then turns into possible kidnapping or murder when Tui vanishes.

Word is that this multi-stranded six-part drama is heavily atmospheric, bringing to mind past classics such as Twin Peaks or The Killing in its distinctive feel.

At present, Top of the Lake is pencilled in for broadcast this summer.

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