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The Tunnel

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United Kingdom, France · 2013-2018
3 seasons · Completed
Rated TV-14 · 42m
Creator Ben Richards
Starring Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Thibault de Montalembert, Cédric Vieira
Genre Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery

When the bodies of a French politician and a British prostitute are found on the border between France and the UK in the Channel Tunnel, two detectives from the respective countries must work together to find the killer. They come to find that their suspect is on a mission to spotlight a number of social issues through these murders, terrifying the two countries as he goes.

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Slant by Chuck Bowen

The Tunnel is crisply staged, well-acted, but only mildly diverting. It's hard to shake the sensation that we've been here too many times before, and often to greater effect.


The AV Club by Danette Chavez

The action is well-directed, and the cat-and-mouse games well-written, but the Truth Terrorist is never glamorized. This individual, along with their journalist mouthpiece, might play to some of the baser, uglier aspects of humanity, but The Tunnel dilutes that bile with its multilingual setting and multicultural cast.


Washington Post by Hank Stuever

The first episode is serviceable but offers little that would persuade viewers who’ve already seen another adaptation to commit to this one, because, frankly, there’s not much new to see.


New York Times by Mike Hale

For those who come to The Tunnel fresh, the story is still intriguing and amusingly outré, but there’s less of a sense of urgency in the direction, which makes some of the more outlandish plot twists more difficult to gloss over. Ms. Poésy is fine as the clipped Frenchwoman who might have Asperger’s syndrome, but Mr. Dillane carries the show as the rumpled British Everyman.