The Tunnel (2013–2018)
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Both series do an excellent job of making the viewer feel as if present and a part of the investigative process.
The original wasn't about the murderer as much as it was about the tenuous (professional) relationship between the two detectives.
That characterization translates well. The story may be the same, though the settings may be different. The actors in this version add a different edge to it, and do it well.
It neither exceeds nor disappoints...
A crime drama set around the discovery of a body in the Eurotunnel at the border of England, and France a detective from either country come together to form a task force to investigate this international murder. While being taunted by a mysterious caller who has some connection to a drug addicted alcoholic News journalist. Waiting in the wings is the strange activity of a rich couple who have each there own demons.
If you loved The Bridge, then you should check out The Tunnel! Well you should. These two shows are so spot on the same, but the ways that they are different make them interesting.
One show could easily be held up as a perfect fun house mirror image of the other, and the values that one holds, and strives for are present in both. I would have rated this a 9 but the side character of the man who helps people get across the border and find safety just doesn't feel creepy enough, and was too fully explained in the first episode for filler.
Enjoy. I 'm not sure yet if I can watch a whole 10 or 11 of these but you just might.
The Tunnel - Sabotage, the second series, strikes a far more confident stride and would have got a 10 out of 10 from me if it was stand alone. It certainly can easily be watched as that, stand alone, and this is what I recommend. You don't need to watch the first series for Sabotage. It has a thoroughly interesting, plausible yet riveting plot, is full of perfect performances from perfectly cast characters.
Funnily enough I also recommend The Bridge (The American version) series one, but less so series two, the first getting my 10.
Reviewers should see the positive side of exploring a similar theme by several companies. If we were talking about series about zombies no-one would raise an eyebrow.
If you like British or European crime then The Tunnel - Sabotage is your perfect viewing.
The two main actors are great and they feed of each other with their own set of problems. The story is slow and deliberate and the characters/actors enhance the feeling of the series and you really feel for them.
The story in itself is well written and told but the real attraction are the main characters, in a way they are the story. I really like the slow pace and deliberate suggestive story telling. The casting couldn't ask for anything more.
There is plenty going on in this series and the tension/atmosphere is terrific. Each episode left me wanting more and overall I was satisfied with the outcome. I found the show to be well written and the pacing just right to draw me in to this world.
There were some gruesome scenes to add that bit of realism needed. I liked the characters from both sides of The Tunnel, the two lead characters had a great on screen chemistry. Elise Wassermann was my favourite character, I loved her charm and dry sense of humour.
Overall a great TV series that I hope gets another season or two. I will most likely check out Bron/Broen at some point soon as well.
S03 of "The Tunnel" breaks that mold. It really is the best of all three seasons. Her and him are their usual perfectly cast selves. The plot and the script are gripping. Small touches, like the French detective swearing in front of a British detective and saying "Pardon my French!" There are current political comments scattered through the episode, but nothing offensive, everyone is entitled to their opinion! (new concept)
A small carafe of Red and some snacks and watch all six episodes, I did! It is real page turning that, one cannot put down. Try it..you will not be disappointed.
If "The Tunnel" and "Babylon Berlin" are not nominated for awards it will be definite proof that the Awards are rigged, to the highest bidder.
Well done to all involved in this series, thank you.
so when i came across the tunnel i thought let s give it a try... and im glad i did... it is obviously a similar story,, but i was hooked and enjoyed all aspects of the tunnel.. its superior in every way... the female lead is intriguing , not annoying, the story is better everything is better.. highly recommended. even if you endured the bridge
now ill have to check out this BRON..cheers
I dipped my toe into the original Danish version but found the cultural references too obscure & the whole feel of the show too unfamiliar/foreign to really relate. Plus it's always difficult with subtitled shows, you really have to grab my attention for me to stay & it just didn't. I quit after a few eps. The US one I barely lasted 2 episodes, just didn't like the way they interpreted the dynamic between the two leads & the cultural tension aspect. I started watching the Tunnel without realising it was also based on the Danish original and it grabbed me from the start. I liked the characters better, there was a lighter feeling to it than the US one so it gave relief from some of the grimmer aspects of the show & generally felt it was more accessible to an English speaking viewer with some knowledge of British & French cultures.
Whether or not you've seen The Bridge (Danish or American) this is worth viewing. I am well into the first season and loving it so far. So happy to have found a version of the story that I can watch & sink my teeth into.
The British-French crime drama television series, adapted from the 2011 Danish/Swedish crime series 'The Bridge' is a hidden gem. Reviews and user scores as well as critics have been fair to good for the first year but definitely good to better in the second for a reason, it's good.
I've seen the first season of the original Scandinavian 2011 series then switched to the American (US) edition in 2013 solely because of my language failures, I don't care much for subtitles, and because I was already a fan of Diane Kruger who has the lead in the second series. I watched both series and enjoyed the first season much more than the second. Now, why mention so much of 'The Bridge' in this review? Because of the female character in all three series, a common aspect. The female detective has one of the autism spectrum disorders, specifically the one that is emphasized by a lack of emotional response and detachment; however the character has a sense of observation and deductive reasoning that is beyond most other detectives except from some film and TV series detectives. That alone seems to be a key element that has fascinated viewers, it certainly did me. It is not the only commonality of the three series though.
All three series start with an attention grabbing scene where a body is found right on the boundary line between two countries, on the bridge over the Rio Grande (US Series), in the Euro Tunnel (French-British) whence two law enforcement organizations have to work together as the body turns out to be cut in two, moreover is actually two halves of different victims, a half in each country. Not is it two murders they must solve, but serial killing that continues. An English detective of impeccable moral and high likability is on one side, the male lead, and a quirky intense French detective on the other side are paired to work on the case.
That is where I would say the dominant similarities end, because the type of murders, the victims and the perpetrators are different and so is the storyline in the broad sense. In the first season of 'The Tunnel' we get to know the lead detectives, what makes them tick, we get to know the rest of their respective co-workers and supervisors, again I found the 'The Tunnel' more interesting.
In the first season one single criminal is the object of the investigation, while in the second it is a criminal organization. There are the ever popular thriller sub-plots, when political influence and rivalling intelligence agencies' dubious operational practices come into play. By far the second season develops those criminal relations with stronger effect and fine suspense. One key development in the second season of 'The Tunnel' is the lead female's emotional breakthrough. On that last point I have to tell you Clémence Poésy's acting skills will make you a fan. She plays the role of Elise Wassermann, the female detective.
Her English partner in crime-fighting is Stephen Dillane who plays the role of Karl Roebuck, the CID's go-to man. He's a seasoned actor who delivers a performance second to none, just like Clémence Poésy.
There was a two and a half year waiting for season two and it clearly was not wasted time because unlike most series, the writers made that second season better than the first and it's the reason I'm writing this review. Get the snacks ready pull up the ottoman and binge watch this. You've got my strongest recommendation for a series this year, after 'Better Call Saul'.
First, the characters have over-the-top accents which make them hard to understand. I guess this is supposed to make it more "international".
Second, the background noise is always brought up to a high level during key moments of dialog. Couldn't hear what they said over that passing train? Too bad, it's "atmospheric".
Third, the "Truth Terrorist" speaks over the phone with an electronically scrambled voice, presumably to hide his or her identity. Everything he says is critical to the plot; too bad we can't understand a word of it.
We watch lots of British TV but this is the first where this problem has really impaired our enjoyment.