The Tunnel (2013– )

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Set primarily in Folkestone and Calais where detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann are called to investigate the death of a French politician. When a shocking discovery is made at ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Karl Roebuck / ... (10 episodes, 2013)
 Elise Wassermann / ... (10 episodes, 2013)
 Detective (9 episodes, 2013)
Sigrid Bouaziz ...
 Cécile Cabrillac (8 episodes, 2013)
Cédric Vieira ...
 Philippe Viot (8 episodes, 2013)
 Adam Roebuck (8 episodes, 2013)
Thibault de Montalembert ...
 Olivier Pujol (8 episodes, 2013)
 Laura Roebuck (8 episodes, 2013)
 Chuks Akinade (7 episodes, 2013)
 Danny Hillier (5 episodes, 2013)
 Stephen Beaumont (5 episodes, 2013)
 Charlotte Joubert (5 episodes, 2013)
 French Detective / ... (5 episodes, 2013)
 French Police Personnel / ... (5 episodes, 2013)


Set primarily in Folkestone and Calais where detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann are called to investigate the death of a French politician. When a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, the pair is forced into an uneasy partnership as they seek out a politically-motivated serial killer who draws them into his own personal agenda. Written by Canal Plus

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Although none of the characters in The Tunnel share their names with equivalent characters in The Bridge, many names are similar. Martin Rohde becomes Karl Roebuck, his son August becomes Adam. Daniel Ferbe becomes Danny Hillier, Stefan Lindberg becomes Stephen Beaumont (Mont and Berg are French and Swedish words for mountain) and Charlotte Söringer becomes Charlotte Joubert. See more »


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Global Societal Enlightenment Potential for new Drama. History Repeats, but also Evolves.
17 October 2013 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

There seems more to this, than previous three reviewers have simplistically agreed. They copy EACH OTHER, denigrating plot/character 'copy' of BRON and THE BRIDGE(US), as reason NOT to watch this series.

So I feel compelled to do my first ever review, even at risk of spam destruction of my email account.

The best model I see in all entertainment, why I watch TV at all - has been 'copied' since Shakespeare. i.e... Exposing and making fun of tyrants everywhere using artificial characters of stereotypical bully villains and hero defenders, inclusive of motive, means and opportunities for the good guys (hopefully, us, if we thus character identify).

Who would argue that police, especially when started young in their career of criminal definitions and associations, are somewhat to totally socially challenged? The more laws passed they must by oath enforce, as governments become progressively tyrannical as they always historically do, the more isolated, feared, and misunderstood police individuals become, even by their own families and former close friends. So the continued social blindness of female lead, I see rather as an police metaphor icon, than plagiarism; as police social inclusivity in one character. (Like DC's Superman character included the Marvel minions, albeit spawning most of them).

One may easily suppose producers, writers, and investors in TV and movie industries are as a class indeed this stupid, by watching their award ceremonies, and following tabloids trivia. Also really good drama is harder to find than good comedy.

Drama historical heritage, however, is of Shakespearean genre – subtle as British class humor – and at best revealing of latest Machiavellian planning and technologies, and excruciatingly pissing off the Ruling Class. Drama takes brains, and balls, and a large economic footprint to avoid captivity.

So it seems a flaw in reason, to expect stupidity as intrinsic of any surviving drama producers.

True, this is third offering of identical genre -(globally, thanks to initially unregulated boarder-less internet). So I am hoping this grander inclusive global view prevails in "The Tunnel", despite that unfortunate Title.

The potential drama playing field: Immigration problems, international borders vs. economic traffic necessity, families of tasked players pledged to bureaucratic roles, artificially tyrannical immigration/jurisdiction issue, inclusive of artificial economic impositions on innocent people – doesn't that give us all at least one character we can identify with? The series has potential to also educate on rapidly expanding surveillance technologies in relation to various nation's often conflicting executive authority, and costs hidden therein. Travel much? Could be very informative, if done well.

What I hope for in this case, is that this reasoned, {intentionally?} obvious copy, is a statement of intent. Declaring it is about the changes since the originals, highlighting the importance of those CHANGES, which are political, socio-economic - rule of law and technological - including information tech and AI sorting/distribution of it. So I HOPE it is going to be a serious, mind-bending, truthful -as opposed to the typically propagandized- series.

But that will take a LOT of work, and money, compared to average sit-coms and cop shows. About three times more. Insider contacts, investigators and researchers are necessary. Local news and rapidly changing laws can ruin a 'current time' shoot clip in the series bin. Recent tech info, which governments are willing to assassinate to prevent disclosure of, is necessary of inclusion as series plot complexities evolve, or motives cannot easily or accurately evolve, causing character disintegrations. What is UK version of Freedom of Speech now.. a week from now?

So I am taking this obvious "genre copy" as a promise to show by typical Shakespearian contrast, the difference between previous (and ongoing) series (If there is enough interest to provide the resource money necessary for a quality show).

The producers have declared intent: You can see from the very part early critics decry: The camera angles, equipment inclusion of Tunnel, is an expensive set. It is as unique from the US/Mexico boarder as a caveman campfire from a LCD monitor, in potential. The Brits are said to have the world's most comprehensive surveillance systems. The next two-three shows should partly reveal the depth intended, one probe at a time, into socio-political and moral-economic issues affecting all of us everywhere, as our economies continue into greater Depression, and some of us flee or attempt to, and that intrusion effect on others.

This story may never end in reality, as long as there are borders, and politicians, and economic chaos so there IS interest, and will continue to be, the producers are highly aware.

That pilot suffers stuttering character introductions amid otherwise brilliantly woven scenes, reveals it's future potential is uncertain and already somewhat compromised/changed already from originally intended.

I hope producer/writers are not further castrated by simplistic assumptions or investor withdrawal, by initial reviews stumbling to myopic view at first step, will continue to watch and hope for best outcome for us all.

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