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"The Tunnel" review by Suzanne 7/12/16
Sundays at 9:30 on PBS

This French-British show is based on a Danish/Swedish show called "Bron/Broen." This translates to "The Bridge" in each of their languages. You may have seen the FX version, also called "The Bridge." I don't really know why there has to be a third version of this show! It's a good story, done with great writing and fine actors, but if you've already seen the one version, I don't know why you'd want to see another. They're very much the same. Only the place and names are different. The characters are slightly different.

Let's put it this way. I saw the FX one a long while ago, barely remembered much of it except for the main character, Sonya, who's somewhat austistic; and her mentor, an older cop named Hank (played by an actor from "Monk"), and the Mexican cop that helps her with this case, Marco.  But then while I was watching this other version, I thought, where's the creepy guy who rescues girls? Oh, right, there he is. And where's the reporter who gets locked in a car with a bomb? Yep, there he is.  So unless you haven't seen the other versions, or you've completely forgotten it, there isn't too much reason to watch.

But it is a very good story, and the writing here is slightly better than the FX version. American shows tend not to be too subtle. I guess they think we want everything over-the-top. If you watch the British versions, they're usually much more subtle. Such is the case here. I found the FX version to be very gritty, realistic, and violent. Somewhat hard to watch.  This one is more normal.

All of the shows are about a woman's body found on the line between two countries.  Half of the woman's body is from one woman in one country, and the other half is from a different woman from the other country. The cops from both countries have to work together to solve the murder (or possibly multiple murders). There's a lot of political intrigue and quirky characters, and B stories.  Give it a try if you haven't seen the other versions or don't mind watching a slightly-different version of the same show.

I'm sorry this review is so late. The show started June 19, but I was in the middle of moving, so I'm trying to catch up. You can watch older episodes on the PBS site.


The Tunnel is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the U.K. and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane, Game of Thrones) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

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