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Top of the Lake

Directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis (BBC)

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A seven-episode TV series set in rural New Zealand, Top of the Lake is a real treat. It stars Golden Globe award-winning Elizabeth Moss–the Mad Men actor rocking a very plausible Kiwi accent–as a police investigator returning to her hometown and getting involved in a mystery involving child abuse, abduction and drug dealing. In Campion's capable hands, it feels like the mutant offspring of Twin Peaks and Silence of the Lambs: there's real rot and darkness in here, but we also get healthy doses of humour in Holly Hunter's new age doyenne, leading a group of middle-aged women on a spiritual retreat, rubbing wrong Peter Mullan's terrifying local badass. At the end of the day it's really Moss' show–you're not going think of her as Peggy Olson after this.

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