Australian broadcaster ABC has decided to pull out of BBC Two drama Top of the Lake.
Broadcast reports that ABC has pulled out of the Jane Campion co-production because of the casting of Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss in the lead role. The BBC announced the drama last week as a co-production between several partners. However, just days later and ABC has pulled but UKTV, the BBC Worldwide channel, will replace the broadcaster.
A spokesperson for ABC is quoted by Broadcast saying ‘ABC TV withdrew its investment because we were not prepared to have an American actress play the lead role – who is an Australian police officer’. Moss is best known for her role of Peggy Oslon on the critically acclaimed and award-winning drama Mad Men. The American drama, formerly shown on BBC Four in the UK but now shown on Sky Atlantic, is based in a 1960s ad agency in New York.
You can read the original press release for Top of the Lake here >>