The Tunnel: Season 1 (2013)

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Season 1
The Tunnel

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Air date: Jun 19, 2016

A prominent French politician is found dead in the Channel Tunnel in the opener of this series, in which two detectives -- one from the U.K., one from France -- must work together to track down a killer who is operating in both countries.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2016

The killer releases a video to explain his actions, which he hopes will highlight the ills of contemporary European society. In other events, Karl and Elise cross paths with an enigmatic hosteler who they've met before.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2016

The detectives race against time to find a pensioner kidnapped by the serial killer.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2016

Karl and Elise scramble to locate an elderly soldier before he freezes to death; and naive Sophie puts her trust in Benji.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2016

Benji carries out his samurai mission; the police use Sophie in a plan to trap the killer; and Karl gets more than he bargained for when visiting Charlotte.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2016

The Truth Terrorist ignites his fourth truth; and the police make a key arrest and hope they have the right man.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2016

The police believe they finally have a lead while the serial killer puts his fifth and final "truth" into action.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2016

The French police capture the prime suspect, but also manage to lose him; Elise mysteriously disappears; and Karl searches Danny's apartment.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2016

The police come close to nabbing the killer. -- (C) PBS

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Air date: Aug 21, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, Karl buckles from the stress after the Truth Terrorist kidnaps his son. -- (C) PBS

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Tv Season Info

Two detectives, one from the UK, one from France, must work together to track down a killer who is operating on both sides of the border.

Cast & Crew

Clémence Poésy
Capitaine Élise Wassermann
Stephen Dillane
DCI Karl Roebuck

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Critic Reviews for The Tunnel Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

This could be a great balm for those still missing The Bridge, but only if the rapport between the two detectives is as warm and humorous as the one Bachir and Kruger developed.

Jun 17, 2016 | Full Review…

The ability to juxtapose the dualities of countries and countrymen, people divided by politics and history who have evolved to have different cultures and mannerisms, remains fascinating to watch.

Jun 20, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Clever and at times piquant, it's no masterpiece. But it is an excellent summer diversion.

Jun 17, 2016 | Full Review…

It stands on its own on the strength of its cast and direction, but more importantly, has been adapted in such a way that it casts old European enmities in a new light.

Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The series is crisply staged, well-acted, but only mildly diverting.

Jun 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sure its backdrop of grey, English Channel towns, with their 1970s architecture and prolific seagulls, is hardly uplifting, but the characters feel believable with real depths and conflicts.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tunnel: Season 1

  • Dec 03, 2020
    Very gripping and fast , doesn't slow down. The lead pair are excellent. Surely worth a watch !!!
  • Jul 20, 2020
    really not that good, not worth watching
  • Aug 26, 2018
    The First Season of The Tunnel is a Rollercoaster ride. Who Really Did It. It keeps you guessing.Excellent!!
  • Mar 24, 2017
    Good adaptation in its 4th iteration. But lacks the subtle or not so subtle humor between the Danes and the Swedes or the El Paso PD and life in Ciudad Juarez.
  • Mar 12, 2017
    An easy to watch thriller that won't make you think too hard
  • Sep 05, 2016
    The plot reminds me of a half-baked soufflé that falls into a soupy disgusting mess. It starts out very fascinating but thru various twists - that are bad writing decisions - becomes less and less interesting until in the end it is dull and uninteresting mess. It disappoints in so many ways that I will not bother to list them all. Do you hate being misled by advertising into watching a movie that turns out to be about something else? In this case they advertise it’s about terrorism but it is not. Looking back, the terrorism part of the plot is irrational within the context of the overall arching plot. Nobody would do that. Even the terrorist acts were irrational. They frequently raise the question of how someone could pull them off but never do so. I’m sure the reason is that the acts were not humanly possible. That’s 10 wasted hours I can never get back again. Don’t waste yours.
  • Sep 04, 2016
    Engaging and well acted story. Best to see 2-3 episodes at a time. It builds suspense and keeps the watchers focused. I enjoyed following the development of a complex plot with exciting, if not somewhat impossible to believe twists.
  • Aug 31, 2016
    Excellent re-work of Danish's "The Bridge". This pair of detectives brings a different but credible interpretations in the context of English-French cultures.
  • Aug 23, 2016
    The French don't seem weak enough for this to feel real. The British teeth are bad enough though!! So torn.
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Terrific murder mystery. Great character development and acting. The story keeps you on edge.

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