Sunday, 15 June 2014 at 9:30pm ABC1
When Television gets a good idea, it tends to flog it to death. With the huge success of the Danish TV series The Bridge it didn't take long for other broadcasters to come up with their own versions, we have already seen a disappointing US version of The Bridge on Foxtel, and now its time for a joint French/British production titled The Tunnel on ABC1 and thankfully it does not disappoint.
The Tunnel is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésyare) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries.
The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership. As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.
As the corpse is lifted it becomes clear that there are two bodies joined together - a double murder. Oddball Elise and family-man Karl realise that they will be forced to collaborate on this seemingly political and highly complex case.
As the investigation gets underway, the top half of the body is revealed to be that of a controversial right wing French MP known for her anti-immigration views. The bottom half is that of a Welsh prostitute whose disappearance was never fully investigated.
As the French and British detectives work together, it's apparent that language isn't the only barrier between them. With their policing styles at opposite of the spectrum, tensions begin to flare when Karl makes a decision that undermines Elise's authority.
The Tunnel is Co-produced by KUDOS in association with CANAL+ Creation Originale, Shine Group and France Films and British Sky Broadcasting.