First look at Mad Men actress in NZ drama series Top of the Lake

Sky has announced the airdate of the new Jane Campion series Top of the Lake, which was filmed in and around Queenstown last year.

The mystery series will air on UKTV from Monday, March 25 at 8.30pm after having its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. It will be the first time a scripted long-form series has been included in the festival line-up.

The series features several familiar faces in the form of Robyn Malcolm (Outrageous Fortune), Jay Ryan (Go Girls), Kip Chapman (The Cult) and Madeleine Sami (Super City) alongside major international talent such as Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), David Wenham (300), David Mullan (Trainspotting), Tom Wright (All My Children) and Holly Hunter (The Piano).

The New Zealand airdate for the BBC Two/UKTV (NZ)/Sundance Channel co-production is six days following its TV premiere in the US on Sundance Channel.

Top of the Lake centres on pregnant 12-year-old Tui Mitcham, the daughter of a local drug lord, who disappears after being pulled from a freezing New Zealand lake. A straight-taking detective experienced in child protection (Moss) is brought in to investigate.

Deirdre Brennan, GM Channels and Branded Services, BBC Worldwide Australasia, said: “We are proud to present this exciting piece of television to New Zealand audiences. Jane Campion and Gerard Lee have created something truly unique. At its heart, Top of the Lake is a gripping mystery centred on the disappearance of a 12 year-old girl. But the spectacular setting of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the richly imagined community and the women’s camp led by Holly Hunter’s enigmatic guru GJ, bring real depth, colour and distinction to this production.”

Check out the trailer here.

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