Top of the Lake: episode guide

Episode 1.01

Aus: Sunday, March 24, 2013 (uktv, 8:30)
USA: Monday, March 18, 2013 (The Sundance Channel, 9:00)
Written by Jane Campion and Gerald Lee
Directed by Jane Campion

In a breathtaking but remote mountain town in South Island, New Zealand, a twelve-year-old girl named Tui is discovered to be pregnant. Local police enlist help from Detective Robin Griffin, a child protection specialist who has recently returned to the area to care for her mother. Tui refuses to disclose any clues about her perpetrator, but the town's knot of long-buried secrets begins to unravel.

Trapped where happiness and honest work are just out of reach, the entire community is under a smoldering cloud of suspicion. Chief suspect is the girl's father, a menacing local figure with a violent past who is also embroiled in a land dispute with a new age women's encampment. Robin's investigation heightens tensions in the town and hints at a personal history she had hoped to keep buried.

Note: this episode guide is based on the 7x50min version of the series that aired in the USA. It aired as a 6x58min series elsewhere. The content in both is the same.

Cast (order of appearance):

  • Jacqueline Joe as Tui
  • Dra McKay as Delia
  • Luke Buchanan as Jamie
  • Philippa Archibald as School Nurse
  • Jay Ryan as Mark
  • Kip Chapman as Luke
  • Erica Englert as Narelle
  • Peter Mullan as Matt
  • Genevieve Lemon as Bunny
  • Robyn Malcolm as Anita
  • Holly Hunter as GJ
  • Alison Bruce as Anne-Marie
  • Sarah Valentine as Prue
  • Skye Wansey as Grishina
  • Griz Pomirska as The Naked Lady
  • Elisabeth Moss as Robin
  • Robyn Nevin as Jude
  • Calvin Tuteao as Turangi
  • Stephen Lovatt as Officer Pete
  • Gavin Rutherford as Officer Joy
  • Madeleine Sami as Zena
  • David Wenham as Al
  • Benjamin Farry as Officer Lee
  • Sara Allen as Doctor
  • Darren Gilshenan as Bob Platt
  • Michelle Ang as Kimmie
  • Thomas M. Wright as Johnno
  • Lauren Dawes as Mandy