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The Tunnel Season 1
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
When a dead body is discovered in the English Channel tunnel, exactly midway between England and France, a detective from each country is appointed to work the investigation. The two officers must must work on their own partnership as well as track down the criminal. Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy star. It is a fairly faithful re-make of Scandinavian hit The Bridge.
2.) Special Features
1.)I cannot exactly put my finger on it, but British (and in this case UK/French) detective series are different from U.S. generated series. They are quieter and develop slowly with intriguing characters and complex plots. They assume an audience that is smart and does not need to be told everything. AND they develop a deep sense of place with amazing photography of land- and cityscapes where the story takes place. This series does not disappoint in these elements. It is dark... very dark. On the darkness meter, I think of a couple of BBC productions -- The Wallander series with Kenneth Branagh produced by the BBC and based on the Swedish novels of Henning Mankell and the series Luther. On our side of the pond, I am reminded of Dexter. BUT, if you are OK with the darker side, it is intriguing and absolutely absorbing. My only critique would be that, on the DVD I have, the sound goes very low whenever there is dialogue, which is sometimes difficult with the range of English accents. What saves me is that some of the scenes in France have subtitles! But, as with many well-written and directed TV dramas (or Shakespeare, for that matter) you do your best to understand and then go with the flow (or watch it a second time.
2.)Outstanding entertainment with superb performances especially that of Clemence Poesy. It is gripping with lots of plot twists and turns you don't see coming. Well worth your time. Definitely on the dark side, but done with taste and sophistication. I look forward to purchasing season 2 when it becomes available for sale.
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