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 dreamy first series aired in 2013 – just before this site’s time – and surely would have won that year’s Crime Drama Of The Year. Now we know when the follow-up, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, is due to start.
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, sinister characters. It was a masterpiece, so when the news broke that it would be returning for a second series, I was thrilled. Now the BBC has released the second series’ first image, which you can see after the jump.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – 2017 is shaping up to be quite a year for crime drama. One of the expected highlights is Jane Campion’s superb Top Of The Lake, which is set to return next year in an all-new location, with now an all-new suffix and all-new megastars as part of the cast. Suddenly Top Of The Lake might just have leapfrogged Twin Peaks to the, ahem, top of the must-watch list.
There’s no doubt about it: Top Of The Lake was one of our favourite dramas (from any genre) from 2013 (before this site existed). Starring Elizabeth Moss it was a sensitive, sneakily brutal portrayal of life in the remote, fictional New Zealand town of Laketop (actually filmed in Glenorchy). Mad Men alumnus Elizabeth Moss took the lead role of Detective Robin Griffin, who was lured back to her home town to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant, 12-year-old girl. It was shocking as much as it was beautiful. There’s good news – we now know when Oscar-winning writer and director Jane Campion will start the cameras rolling on series two…
Two-thousand-and-thirteen’s Top Of The Lake was one of the better crime dramas in recent years. Created and directed by Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, the series was shot in beautiful New Zealand and this landscape produced a sublime, complex and dream-like series. It starred Mad Men actress Elizabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffin, an Australian police woman called in to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl. It also featured unforgettable performances from Holly Hunter, David Wenham and Peter Mullan. News has been floating around of a second series for a while now (see here for our original news story), but now we know that Moss will be returning for series two.
It was a busy old day over at the Beeb yesterday (Wednesday 18th November). Not only did DG Tony Hall and Controller Of Drama Ben Stephenson get everyone into a lather by announcing two new episodes of Luther, they also announced more new crime drama for 2015. This announcement included news about a second series of one of the best crime dramas of 2013 – Jane Campions’s extraordinary, hypnotic, dream-like Top Of The Lake. Could be a good ‘un, 2015.
It’s no surprise the know that this year’s serious awards shows are stacked with crime drama nominations. Let’s face it, after the year we’ve had, it’d be a surprise if serious awards show weren’t stacked with crime drama nominations. Digital Spy is reporting that three of our favourites from last year – Broadchurch, The Fall and Top Of The Lake – are dominating the acting, drama and writing categories.