Top of the Lake

A difficult-to-watch but excellent episode of Top of the Lake tonight

A difficult-to-watch but excellent episode tonight as troubled teenager Mary (Alice Englert, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) spirals even further out of control. Mary’s ever-supportive dad Pyke (Ewen Leslie) has been looking forward to the school’s father-daughter dance for years, but when Mary turns up with her stoned boyfriend Puss (David Dencik), the couple end up making a scene and a devastated Mary runs off into the night.

On Mary’s eighteenth birthday, Puss reveals his sinister intentions for his girlfriend, plus a day out at the beach ends in a violent encounter between Puss and Robin (Elisabeth Moss). Shocking, bleak and brilliantly acted, this series is turning out to be 2017’s best drama.