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Border-straddling drama The Tunnel seems familiar – is this a case of deja viewed?

Movie pitch: The Tunnel Under The River Kwai. So it's a second world war film, about a bunch of British PoWs who are forced by their Japanese captors to dig a tunnel under a Burmese river. Ok, not so different to a not-so-differently titled David Lean movie, but in that one they went over the river, whereas this would be very much under it … No? They didn't do that during the south-east Asian campaign in the war, no burrowing? How about a romantic drama? The Tunnels of Madison County. Again no, there are no tunnels? What if we could get Jeff Tunnels … Back to the drawing board.

All right, that's not quite what's going on in The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic), the Anglo-French remake of the brilliant Danish-Swedish crime series The Bridge. Because obviously there is a tunnel under the Channel, »

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