Top of the Lake; Rachel Joyce; Pat Barker

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With Mark Lawson.

Top of the Lake is a new TV drama series, directed by Oscar-winner Jane Campion, whose works include The Piano and Portrait of a Lady. The series, set in the remote mountains of New Zealand, stars Holly Hunter and Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss. When a 12 year old girl disappears, Moss's character takes a keen interest in the police case, and returns to her hometown to pick up the investigating duties. Rachel Cooke reviews.

Rachel Joyce's novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was the bestselling debut of 2012. She talks discusses her new book, Perfect, in which the usual parent/child roles are reversed, when the life mother of a ten year old boy starts to unravel.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has released a poem entitled #Rise For England, which is on the front cover of programmes throughout the Ashes series and features in a short film played on screen at all five match venues. Actor and cricket lover Michael Simkins reflects on the long tradition of poetry about the game and assesses whether poetry can inspire the players.

For Cultural Exchange, Booker Prize-winning novelist Pat Barker nominates Benjamin Britten's song cycle Who Are These Children?.

Producer Karla Sweet.

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Wed 10 Jul 2013 19:15

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake begins on BBC Two on Saturday 13 July at 21:10.


Perfect by Rachel Joyce is available now and published by Doubleday.


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestPat Barker
Interviewed GuestRachel Joyce
Interviewed GuestMichael Simkins
ProducerKarla Sweet

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