Compelling viewing to the stomach-punching final scenes
UKTV’s Top of the Lake managed to end with both a bang and a whimper – the whimper being from viewers who had finally managed to persuade themselves that Al the policeman (David Wenham) was a good guy after all. It turned out that he was unimaginably worse than the series’ ostensible villains, the brutal alcoholic drug lord and suspected child-rapist and his pitbull sons. It has been the most demanding watch on television for a long time, this dense saga of a misogynist, child-exploiting paradise in Queenstown.
Top of the Lake nominated in US awards
Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake is one of six nominations for best movie or mini-series in the Critic’s Choice Television Awards. The seven-part series, filmed around Queenstown and screened in New Zealand on UKTV, has also earned four nominations for acting awards.