6 things you need to know before watching Top of the Lake series 2

Catch up with the story so far for Detective Robin Griffin, played by Elisabeth Moss

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Can’t remember the events of series one? Here’s a brief refresher course on the life of Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss)…

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In series one, Griffin was recalled from her new life in Sydney to work on a child abuse case in her home town in New Zealand, and discovered that historic events still had the power to floor her.


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Griffin’s drive to uncover abuse is motivated by personal history. As a 15-year-old in a remote community on New Zealand’s South Island, she was raped by a gang of local men and gave birth to a daughter, who she had adopted.

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The first series saw Robin uncover the truth about colleague DCI Al Parker

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After being reunited with her teenage boyfriend, she was set to get married to him but then called off the wedding at the last minute.

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The first series followed Robin as she investigated a pregnant 12 year-old girl’s disappearance. The case was made increasingly complicated after the detective started a relationship with the missing girl’s half-brother, Johnno

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In series two, the story leaps forward four years. Robin, now determinedly celibate, has returned to work in Sydney, where her estranged daughter, Mary, has grown up.


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Struggling to assert her authority in a very male incident room — although she has a female colleague, played by Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie — she is frustrated by her present life and still struggling with her past.

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When Mary decides to contact her birth mother — and when a body washes up on Bondi Beach — Robin is led into a web of corruption and exploitation in the darkest heart of the city.

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