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The Tunnel [Blu-ray]
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
I have seen reviews of this series comparing it with the original, ie The Bridge. The comments, I think, are unfair. I too started to watch this with apprehension. It was made clear from the start as far as I could see, that it was a remake of the earlier series, The Bridge was/is brilliant. This, The Tunnel, did not let me down. OK, it was a copy, but, so what? All I can say is I watched, I knew what was going to happen and guess what, I enjoyed it. It was different enough to make it, well, different. The acting was good, it was interesting to see a different take on the initial series and the fact that I'd seen the original series had no impact on my enjoyment. I recommend that you watch it. I have the Bridge, 1 and 2, and The Tunnel will be joining them on the shelf. Great stuff. Thank you BBC4.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I am always apprehensive of any production that is longer than 3 hours - have they padded it out or does the story really need that amount of time to be told (bearing in mind that a Hollywood feature rarely exceeds a couple of hours)? Do I have enough life left to enable me to watch it through? Some have compared this to The Bridge, and that was longer than 20 hours; The Tunnel comes in at just over 10 hours to tell a very similar story.

The first episode I found interesting, not only for the story which starts in very simple fashion, but also because it is set in an area with which I am very familiar - the Tunnel refers to the Channel Tunnel, and the drama is set in and around Folkestone, Dover and other parts of Kent, together with a similar area of France within the proximity of Calais. There is plenty of location footage, some of which is not too complimentary to the Folkestone and Hythe area as it concentrates on the seedier aspects.

The second episode we found slow in developing and started to lose interest, until the story starts to gain pace at the end. From that point onwards it becomes compelling viewing, very much on the lines of Broadchurch. Not only are you left with trying to work out who did it, but what are they going to do next.

We then watched the remaining episodes in one afternoon - they became so compulsive that we couldn't put it down. Highly satisfying, simple and yet complex in that we had to watch some parts again to make sure we understood what was going on.

Drama as it should be - gets you interested and then drips just enough information to leave you clinging on for the next bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2014
Great, intense series. Well filmed with superb characters that are credible with believable culture references and idiosyncrasies that are not stereotyped (we are a French/Brit household). We enjoyed the double language approach which worked well but shouldn't alienate non French speakers. Very atmospheric. Strong sub plots, character and storyline development. Not for the fainthearted!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2013
There is no point comparing one work of art with another . I haven't seen The Bridge but I'm looking forward to it! This drama is fabulous on every level: it's a fully bilingual effort, which enables us to get to grips with some French . Even if you can't understand French, you've got subtitles (which we Scandi fans are used to anyway lol) but if you do have some french, this highlights the awkward interplay between Englsih and french detectives, a central tenet to the drama.
The acting by Spillane and Poesy is awesome: they start as diametrically opposed characters in every sense: Poesy plays a very stiff, alienated character, whereas Spillane oozes friendliness. Later on in the series one begins to realise how much they actually have in common. This 'love 'plot is smouldering deep deep beneath the surface.
The plot twists and turns as various suspects come and go. The filming of the torture and death of various victims holds no punches and it is often unsettling viewing but hey, why would you watch this if you weren't hooked on stupendous crime fiction?

on the tv we are within two episodes of the ending of the series and I look forward impatiently to each episode . I know that I would watch this again and again and Clemence Poesy is only one reason why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
Excellent drama, very suspenseful and exciting. The subtitles do not detract at all from watching, as it is so gripping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2014
Considering it's a remake for English audiences of Nordic Noir's "The Bridge," not bad at all. I was expecting worse, having seen the Swedish/Danish original. I would recommend it unreservedly either way.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
First off let me be clear, overall the Bridge, (the Nordic series upon which this is based), was the better series, but those giving it 1 star reviews and saying it is a direct "word for word" copy have obviously not watched the whole series because, as several reviewers that have given higher ratings have pointed out, there are significant differences. This series was well written with a very good cast giving excellent performances. I enjoyed watching The Bridge and found this almost equally gripping, to give it just one star because it is based on another programme is to ignore the true worth and quality of the series, don't be put off, The Tunnel is well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
Inherits the initially slow pace from the Scandinavian original, but give it a chance and it makes for an intriguing story, well worth a watch.
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on 20 December 2014
Brilliant, just absolutely brilliant.

I missed this on the telly as I don't usually watch telly. So when a relative at a party whose judgement and recommendations I'm always willing to act on announced that this was the best tv drama they'd ever watched, I had to buy it and wasn't disappointed.

Not only is the story line positively riveting,but the characters are so real and engaging.

Must say, it's certainly the best telly drama I've ever seen.
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