Top of the Lake Sunday, UKTV, 8.30pm
It's quite the television event - Jane Campion assembling a top-drawer cast in her native New Zealand to film an unusual six-part mystery series. And the good news is, the early episodes don't disappoint for a minute.
The central mystery is emotionally compelling, the characters are intriguing - sometimes curious but always believable - and there are tantalising hints of hidden histories yet to be revealed. And, of course, it's simply a pleasure to watch the likes of Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan and David Wenham.
It all begins amid the austere beauty of the Southern Alps near Queenstown. In ash-grey light, 12-year-old Tui (Jacqueline Joe) walks out neck-deep into a freezing lake. Quickly rescued and found to be pregnant, she sparks an investigation to find the father.
Local detective Al (Wenham) calls on the assistance of Robin (Moss), a local girl who is a detective in Australia and has returned home to visit her sick mother (Robyn Nevin).
Tui is the daughter of a crime patriarch (Mullan), who is preoccupied with the women's self-discovery retreat that has sprung up on a piece of land he wants. The retreat is run by the silver-haired GJ (Hunter), who dispenses harsh truths to the divorcees who adore her.
It's a grim world Campion has created, one where men rule over women and abuse them with impunity, and where women who don't acquiesce are unwelcome interlopers.
Top of the Lake sees Campion reuniting with several of her past collaborators, including Hunter (The Piano) and Gerard Lee (with whom she co-wrote her first feature, Sweetie). Don't miss it.