Below, watch a teaser of the British-French crime drama, The Tunnel, inspired by Danish series, The Bridge. When a body is found in the Channel Tunnel (i.e. “The Chunnel”) between England and France, mystery and intrigue follow. The Tunnel TV show premieres on PBS Sunday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30pm ET. The first season finale of The Tunnel is scheduled for August 21st.
PBS says, “When a French politician’s body is found on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries. A serial killer uses elaborate methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society.” The Tunnel cast also includes: Angel Coulby, James Frain, Joseph Mawle, Keeley Hawes, Tom Bateman, Jeanne Balibar, Thibaut de Montalembert, Jack Lowden, Cedric Vieira, and Sigrid Bouaziz.
Watch the official PBS teaser for The Tunnel.
Get all the details from this PBS press release:
PBS Brings British Crime Series THE TUNNEL to U.S. Viewers
− Remake of the Cult Hit “The Bridge” Premieres June 19 −
ARLINGTON, VA; May 2, 2016 – PBS announced today that the critically acclaimed British crime drama THE TUNNEL will debut in the U.S. on Sunday, June 19 [sic], 2016, at 10:30 p.m. ET on PBS stations (check local listings). The 10-part series airs after the VICIOUS series finale at 8:00 p.m. ET and the premiere of “Endeavour, Season 3” on MASTERPIECE at 9:00 p.m. ET, furthering PBS’ position as the Sunday night destination for drama.
THE TUNNEL is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck, played by Stephen Dillane (“Game of Thrones”) and Elise Wassermann, played by Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts I and II) 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.
“PBS is proud to add THE TUNNEL to our summer mystery line-up,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Officer and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “This extraordinary crime drama is a perfect addition for Sunday at 10 p.m. as part of our world-class drama programming.”
Based on the original hit Swedish series from Filmlance International “The Bridge,” and created by Hans Rosenfeldt, Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, THE TUNNEL is produced by Kudos and Shine France Films for Sky Atlantic HD UK and Canal+ France and distributed by Endemol Shine International. Executive producers include Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin, Karen Wilson and Ben Richards alongside Nora Melhli, Director of Drama at Shine France Films and Lars Blomgren, Managing Director of Filmlance. The series is produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts.
In addition to Dillane and Poésy, THE TUNNEL features Angel Coulby (Merlin) as Laura Roebuck, James Frain (True Detective) as John Sumner, Joseph Mawle (Ripper Street) as Stephen Beaumont, Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) as Suze Beaumont, Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Danny Hillier, Jeanne Balibar (Grace of Monaco) as Charlotte Jubin, Thibaut de Montalembert (Days of Glory) as Olivier Pujol, Jack Lowden (War and Peace) as Adam Roebuck, Cedric Vieira (3 Hearts) as Philippe Viot and Sigrid Bouaziz (Deux) as Cecille Cabrillac
Full episodes of THE TUNNEL will be available for viewing on PBS.org for a limited time after each national broadcast. THE TUNNEL will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution: ShopPBS.org; 800-PLAY-PBS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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