Watch: the trailer for 'Top of the Lake'

Top of the Lake.

Top of the Lake.

Director Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star) is trying her hand at helming a TV series for the first time.

Shot on location in New Zealand, Top of the Lake stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as an investigator who leads the search for a missing girl in an unusual, challenging township. The impressive supporting cast also includes actors such as Peter Mullan, David Wenham, and Holly Hunter.

Here's the plot summary:

12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake … then disappears. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but it’s not a simple missing persons case. In this breathtaking but remote mountain town, there are evil forces as powerful as the land itself. And those who offer a glimpse of paradise also provide a path to hell. Trapped where happiness and honest work are just out of reach, Griffin must not only find the girl but also face her own haunting past. With the men that she once left behind now standing in her way, every step closer to solving the case unearths a dangerous truth about herself.


Let's take a look:

Top of the Lake will be shown on Foxtel on UKTV from Sunday, March 24 at 8.30pm.