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REVIEW and COMPETITION: Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake is a co-produced miniseries, which will be released on BBC DVD from August 19th 2013. We were sent a review copy to watch and have literally just blown our entire afternoon going through the
entire thing!

We watched the first episode and weren’t really sure. There was clearly a lot going on and the potential for some complex characters and interesting plot twists, but it was a little confusing. But from the second episode onwards we were hooked. It’s unpredictable, complex and tense – a real edge of the seat drama that kept us guessing all the way through (admittedly we had guessed the grand finale by the fourth episode, but that didn’t spoil the fun, we just had to see how things panned out).

Unsurprisingly, this series has been written, produced and directed by a number of Oscar winners. Filmed and set against a breath taking New Zealand backdrop, Top of the Lake follows the story of Tui, a 12 year old girl who walks chest deep into a freezing lake. She is five months pregnant and will not speak of who the father is. Shortly after she disappears. 

An inexperienced detective, Robin Griffin is brought from Sydney to investigate and she becomes increasingly obsessed with the search for Tui. And lots, lots more. There is the legend of the devil’s heart in the bottom of the lake, a rapidly expanding commune of displaced women in ‘Paradise’ property and midnight kayaking. Along with violence, repressed memories, death, illness, love, adultery, jealousy and despair.

Top of the Lake stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings), Peter Mullan (War Horse) and Holly Hunter (The Piano). They are all excellent, especially Holly Hunter. Faultless performances.

I would highly recommend watching this, I would happily give it 9 out of 10 Extreme Points for a fascinating plot, nail biting drama and fantastic acting. And, because I am so pleased to recommend Top of the Lake to you I would also like to offer you the opportunity to win a copy of the DVD for your very own! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. And if you aren’t a lucky winner, you can get the DVD or blu-ray from Amazon or iTunes.



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  1. sassyesque says:

    Sounds like it would be an Edge of The Seat programme.

  2. mhoc says:

    looks very interesting

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks great!

  4. becky004 says:

    It looks like something fresh and interesting to watch

  5. It sounds great and like my type of drama.

  6. Emma Lewis says:

    Sounds like a great program and the BBC usually makes a good show

  7. Yaz Newman says:

    Sounds really gripping and the typical drama I watch. 🙂

  8. JoJo Kelly says:

    It sounds luike something that I would love; intense & different 🙂

  9. IRIELADY says:

    Sounds very gripping and we are fanatical about film and drama

  10. Alison says:

    It sounds interesting and I need a new series to watch

  11. joanna_kow says:

    Sounds interesting. I may like it.

  12. shell says:

    I didnt manage to see this but my friends say its very good.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It sounds interesting & the sort of drama to keep me interested, i would like to see this ..

  14. krnries says:

    This sounds like a great drama for me and hubby to watch after the kids have gone to bed 🙂

  15. Jane Middleton says:

    It sounds very interesting and I love the landscape.

  16. Jenny Rogers says:

    I watched the first 2 episodes, then missed the next ones. I don't have time to catch up on iplayer and would love to see the rest of it.

  17. elisaw says:

    It looks just type of drama that I like

  18. Celia West says:

    Missed it on TV and would very much like to see it

  19. I watched it on tv and the scenery was stunning, would love to watch it again

  20. baudsley says:

    this movie looks great!

  21. Solange says:

    It looks very intriguing

  22. mattc says:

    Like a good thriller

  23. I need another drama in my life! I would love something new to keep my hooked through the summer!

  24. Julie says:

    I have heard some really good reviews from friends so would love to watch it

  25. Mama Syder says:

    I started watching it on TV, then missed a couple so way behind and would love to watch it to catch up.

  26. Emma says:

    I have watched some of this on iplayer and so far it is really good, can't wait to see the rest.

  27. I missed seeing it on TV.

  28. It looks so interesting, and telly seems rubbish these days so something gripping to watch would cheer me up in the evenings!

  29. missed it on the telly, but heard many good things about it

  30. Hayley says:

    My sister recommended it to me!

  31. It sounds really intriguing and is something I would love to watch!

  32. tre malcol says:

    Top of the lake looks like a weired but unique film that strays from the average linear storyline.

  33. You and my friends have given it great reviews – can't wait to watch it

  34. because it looks interesting 😀

  35. I saw one episode of this and was hooked. I would love to win the whole series

  36. sounds absolutely brilliant- need something new to watch!

  37. Vicky Limerick says:

    I'd like something to keep my occupied while I wait for the arrival of my little girl, due in 8 weeks

  38. I've just finished watching Broadchurch on DVD and need something else to get me hooked now !

  39. Sounds like something to keep me hooked – interesting characters in an amazing setting.

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