Airdate: Top of the Lake: China Girl

BBC First has announced a premiere date for Top of the Lake: China Girl, as Sunday August 20.

But while UK viewers will see the series as soon as next week -with all 6 episodes available at once on BBC iPlayer- Australian fans will have to be content with weekly episodes.

That’s despite executive producer Jamie Laurenson from See-Saw Films, saying: “It’s great that the BBC are offering viewers the chance to watch Top Of The Lake – China Girl in one go. We think the series has all the compulsive qualities that will make watching more than one episode at a time irresistible.”

The first two episodes will be shown at a special Sydney Opera House screening on August 1. It will also air in its entirety at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 5.

On BBC First it will debut 8:30pm Sunday August 20.

Top of the Lake: China Girl is a crime mystery story that finds Detective Robin Griffin 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 realises “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.

Top of the Lake: China Girl sees Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) reprise her Golden Globe winning role as Detective Robin Griffin. She is joined by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Nicole Kidman.

Also joining the cast are David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell) and Ewen Leslie (The Daughter).

Filmed in Sydney, Top of the Lake: China Girl received rave reviews and a standing ovation at its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the first time the festival had screened a television series.

Top of the Lake: China Girl is directed by Oscar® winner Jane Campion (Bright Star, The Piano), and Ariel Kleiman (Partisan) and co-written by Campion and Gerard Lee. Top of the Lake is being produced by Philippa Campbell (Rain, Top of the Lake season one) and Libby Sharpe (Jewboy). Executive producers are Campion with See-Saw’s Emile Sherman, Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame) and Jamie Laurenson, alongside Lucy Richer for the BBC.

Top of the Lake: China Girl is co-produced by BBC First and Foxtel with BBC Two, See-Saw Films, BBC UKTV in New Zealand, SundanceTV and Hulu in the United States, ARTE in France and BBC Worldwide.

8:30pm Sunday August 20 on BBC First.


  1. Binge watching has developed in recent times which must pose a dilemma if you have a business strategy like Foxtel that delays release of some new productions untill they have finished overseas and then only show episodes week by week and not all at once. The same goes for much loved shows as well, episodes tend not to follow a seasonal time line and lose viewers patience due to some episodes being repeated far too much, this has been happening for some years and does not look likely to change.

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