Top Of The Lake premieres on BBC2 with nearly two million viewers

The drama, which reunites Jane Campion and Holly Hunter, gets off to a healthy start

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If TV is a sink or swim business, then The Piano director Jane Campion’s first TV drama Top Of The Lake powered away with nearly two millions viewers with its BBC2 debut on Saturday night.

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Top of the Lake, set in a New Zealand town in which a pregnant12 year-old girl has gone missing, averaged 1.9 million viewers and a 10.6% audience share from its 9.10pm slot; a relatively healthy start for the show which stars Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, and reunites Campion with The Piano star Holly Hunter.

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Other contenders on the night included BBC1’s Casualty (4.2 million/22.7%) and a Mrs Brown’s Boys repeat (4.3 million/25.1%), ITV1’s All Star Family Fortunes (2.7 million/14.8%) and The Americans (1.2 million/6.6%), Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop Live (1 million/5.7%) and Big Brother (1.1 million/6.8%).