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Solid,intriguing detective thriller.
on 15 June 2015
This is a superb detective series about the hunt for a serial killer committing his acts of outrage on both sides of the tunnel linking the UK to France.
His methods of killing are outrageous,but so were John Doe's in Seven - 2 Disc Set [DVD].TV has to compete with the cinema so the horror is as violent in 'The Tunnel' as in any box office hit.No longer is a tv programme 2nd rate to a film---HBO started the trend many years ago.
The two central performances from Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy hold the idea and novelty of this production---a blending together of 2 cultures as different as chalk is from cheese who adapt to work together to hunt down the killer,but more importantly try to save lives before he strikes again.
In the opening sequence the French detectives remark "Here come the Roast Beef" when seeing the approaching British detectives.This is a reference to the British visiting French beaches and turning pink years ago(the colour of rare roasted beef,the way the French like it),and its a nickname used by many French,as we might describe them as 'Frogs'.Only some of the French eat frog legs however,as only some of the British turn red and remain red.
Despite the seriousness of the crimes this thread of humour remains throughout between our easy-going Brit hero and stoic French heroine.
I enjoyed the whole season from start to conclusion possibly because I cannot compare it to 'The Bridge' as I haven't watched that.Comparing the two is a problem for those who have watched both.
As a stand alone tv series this is very good entertainment for those who enjoy a complicated thriller,with some violence and some sensitive issues.