Review: Top Of The Lake: China Girl (S2 E5/6), Thursday 24th August, BBC Two

And so this head-scratching, sometimes infuriating, sometimes brilliant drama continued this week with another perplexing episode. There was so much good stuff in there, as usual, but there were more inconsistencies and scenes and character arcs where you just sat there and said to yourself, “Say what, now?” NB: Spoilers ahoy!

Review: Top Of The Lake: China Girl (S2 E1/6), Thursday 27th July, BBC2

We’ve had some heavyweight crime offerings this year – Broadchurch, Twin Peaks, Fargo et al – but perhaps the most eagerly awaited returning crime drama in this house is Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake, now subtitled China Girl for its second series. Series one was just utterly wonderful – a dream-like procedural the likes…

Interview: Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake: China Girl

Saying Elisabeth Moss is doing good work at the moment is like saying chocolate is only quite nice. Since mad Men, Moss has starred in series one of Top The Lake – Jane Campion’s dream-like New Zealand-set crime drama – and, more recently, the astonishing and harrowing The Handmaid’s Tale. Now she’s back for series…

BBC reveals Top Of The Lake: China Girl transmission date

This year has been a pretty big year when it comes to crime drama, not least because some of the heavy-hitters have returned to our screens. Unforgotten, Broadchurch, Twin Peaks, Fargo et al have all been very welcome, and now another big hitter, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake is now back among us. The…

BBC shares first image of Nicole Kidman from Top Of The Lake 2

One of the crime dramas I’m most looking forward to in 2017 is the second series of Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake. The first series was a strange, almost hallucinogenic story told in verdant Kiwi countryside; lakes shimmering, mountains encircling, forests enveloping, and eccentric folk doing strange things. It was a stunner. We know…

BBC4 confirms transmission date for The Code

Last year, BBC4 aired out Australian thriller The Code – it was more of a thriller than a crime drama, so I stayed away from it (there’s only so much I can watch and write about). But it was recommissioned for a second series, and the channel as picked that up, too. Now we know…

BBC Four acquires Australian crime drama, Deep Water

Now then, we all know that BBC4 is the original home for our foreign-language crime drama, but in recent years the channel has received competition from the likes of Sky, ITV Encore, Channel 4 and, of course, Walter Presents. But the channel still keep chugging away, filling its Saturday, 9pm slot with something meaty for…

BBC reveals first-look image from Top Of The Lake season two

Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake was a stunner. Set in the impossibly beautiful New Zealand wilderness it was the heart-rending story of a pregnant, 12-year-old girl who disappeared after trying to kill herself. Tasked with finding her was detective Robin Griffin (Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss), and along the way she came across some eccentric,…

FOX UK confirms Wolf Creek transmission date

September’s going to be busy, that’s for sure. The latest crime drama to rev up post-Olympics is Wolf Creek, an Australian revenge piece that’s being broadcast in the UK by FOX. A sort of spin-off from the 2005 film, it’s a six-part series that has the lot: a bit of horror, a bit of serial…