The Tunnel – season 1 (2013)

I enjoyed watching the 2 seasons (24 episodes) of The Bridge (2013-14), an excellent police drama set on the Mexican / American border.

It was based on ‘Bron, Broen’ (2011), a Scandinavian hit.

The Tunnel (French: Tunnel) is the British-French adaptation. Season 1 launched 2013.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The series stars Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy as British and French police detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann …

The plot follows the two detectives working together to find a serial killer who left the upper-half body of a French politician and the lower-half of a British prostitute in the Channel Tunnel, at the midpoint between France and the UK. They later learn that the killer – who comes to be nicknamed the “Truth Terrorist” – is on a moral crusade to highlight many social problems, terrorising both countries in the process. As the series progresses, the killer’s true intention is revealed. …

The American adaptation was best in my opinion. Then the Scandinavian original.

The Tunnel is worth watching. Indeed, the similar storyline was better in some aspects than the other two.

When they cast Clémence Poésy  (Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter film series) as one of the detectives, it must have seemed ideal.

But she’s not nearly as intriguing as were the female leads in the other two series. One difference in this adaptation is that Elise Wassermann does not necessarily have Asperger Syndrome. She’s simply direct. And socially awkward.

Dillane is at least as good as the male leads in the other two series, however. Very believable as the “rumpled British Everyman“.

That’s it. I won’t watch season two of The Tunnel. I’ve finally had enough of The Bridge.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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