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Top Of The Lake (BBC-Sundance 2013,2017, Elisabeth Moss)



Top of the Lake is an Australian/New Zealand murder mystery series following the disturbing cases of Detective Robin Griffin. The first season was set in New Zealand and the second, some four years later, was set in Sydney, Australia.

Filmed in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the seven-part series is a powerful and haunting mystery that centers on the disappearance of a 12-year-old named Tui who is five months pregnant. In this classic mythic struggle set in New Zealand, investigative detective Robin Griffin (Moss) must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui’s father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women’s camp. As the case unfolds, in a paradise where honest work is hard to find, Robin will find that her limits are tested, sending her on a journey of self-discovery.

Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin
David Wenham as Bob
Holly Hunter as G.J.
Lucy Lawless as Caroline
Peter Mullan as Matt Mitcham

In China Girl Detective Robin Griffin is recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes “China Girl” didn’t die alone. Robin looks to the investigation to restore herself, but her problems are personal. Haunted by a daughter given up at birth, Robin desperately wants to find her, yet dreads revealing the truth of her conception.

But her search to discover China Girl’s identity will take her into the city’s darkest recesses and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.

The combination of a new location and the dynamics of her relationships in this new story push Robin into new terrain, as she follows unexpected leads and digs deeper within herself to solve this new, darkly disturbing case and uncover the identity of China Girl.

Her assigned police partner Miranda (Gwendoline Christie) is an unwanted and yet unexpectedly forceful catalyst in pushing Robin to face her darkest demons, while the connection with her daughter Mary (Alice Englert) is wrought with complexities, as the girl’s enigmatic older boyfriend Puss (David Dencik) is a provocateur with links to the ‘China Girl’ mystery.

Mary’s adoptive parents Julia (Nicole Kidman) and Pyke (Ewen Leslie) bring their own human dramas into Robin’s world, as she maps a road through a much longed-for connection with her daughter.

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Nicole Kidman in China Girl.

Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin
Gwendolyn Christie as Miranda Hilmarson
Nicole Kidman as Julia Edwards
Ewen Leslie as Pyke Edwards
Alice Englert as Mary Edwards
David Dencik as Alexander Braun aka Puss

key behind the scenes crew
Christian Vesper as Executive Producer (Sundance)
Emile Sherman as Executive Producer
Garth Davis as Director
Gerard Lee as Writer
Iain Canning as Executive Producer
Jane Campion as Writer/Director
Philippa Campbell as Executive Producer

show type
crime drama

broadcast from
Season one (7 episodes) premiered 18 March 2013
Season two (6 episodes) premiered 27 July 2017

network and production companies
BBC Two – Sundance – Escapade Pictures – See-Saw Films

1. EPISODE ONE (27 Jul 17)



Liberty Crossing (go90 2018, Ashley Argota, Adam Faison)




Liberty Crossing

In espionage tinged sitcom Liberty Crossing, a somewhat hopeless young intelligence analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center must untangle a terror plot whilst finding his feet amongst the office’s petty backstabbing and bureaucracy – while also dealing with his interfering family.

Liberty Crossing Cast

Ashley Argota as Abigail Abaya
Adam Faison as Mohammed Fayed
Shelley Hennig as Carly Ambrose
Pete Ploszek as Steven Hathaway
Calum Worthy as Aaron Adelman

premiere date
8 January 2018 on go90

number of episodes
8×25 minute episodes

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Absentia (AXN 2017, Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger)





Thriller series Absentia is about FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) who, while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Stana Katic as Emily Byrne
Patrick Heusinger as Nick Durand
Cara Theobold as Alice Durand
Amber Agar as Ericsson
Angel Bonnani as Tommy Gibbs
Christopher Colquhoun as Agent Crown
Ralph Ineson as Adam Radford
Patrick McAuley as Flynn Durand
Borislava Stratieva as Violet
Neil Jackson as Jack Byrne

Matthew Cirulnick, Gaia Violo

premiere date
26 September 2017 on AXN

number of episodes
10×50 minute episodes

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Arctic Air (CBC 2012, Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton)




Arctic Air

Canadian TV show Arctic Air is a one-hour adventure series set in the booming Arctic, about a maverick airline and the unconventional family who runs it. On the ground, Bobby, the headstrong business partner, struggles to save the airline from crashing financially while Mel, the cantankerous co-owner, keeps his crew of pilots in the air. Caught in the crossfire is Mel’s hotshot pilot daughter Krista.

As the series progresses the character-based drama will deliver hard-hitting emotional stories – from the romantic entanglement of Bobby and Krista, to the conflicts that spark between Bobby and his competitors, his business partners and even his extended family. There’s a new gold rush heating up under the permafrost, and there are new fortunes of diamonds and oil to claim.

Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton, Kevin McNulty, Stephen Lobo, Carmen Moore, John Reardon, Timothy Webber, Emilie Ullerup, Tanaya Beatty,

Ian Weir, Michele McMahon

premiere date
11 January 2018 on CBC

number of episodes
35×50 minute episodes

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