The Tunnel

The Tunnel

The Complete First Season

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When the body of a French politician is discovered in the English Channel tunnel, detectives from both sides of the border are forced into an uneasy partnership to track down the killer.
Edition: Original UK edition
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9781627896320
1627896325
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (450 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm., in container
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
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drlids
Dec 05, 2017

The Funnel

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ba_library
Nov 28, 2017

Interesting police detective series (10 episodes 45 minutes long). Starts off with a body found in the Chunnel (Eurotunnel - the underwater tunnel linking England to France). The body is placed directly on the midpoint, the center of the tunnel, so police involvement includes both the English and the French. The main British detective is easy going, a bit duplicitous, rather casual. The French police officer is a women with zero social skills, keen intellect and a personality about as interesting as a rock. They are forced to work together as subsequent murders occur by the serial killer and a tabloid journalist labels him as the Truth Terrorist (TT). Apparently this was a remake of a series called the The Bridge (The Bron) involving a Swedish / Danish murder investigation. Doesn’t have a playall episodes setup (you have to play each episode) and I forgot where I was and accidently skipped an episode and got confused (you can’t skip an episode), but realized I missed one and went back to follow the story. Seemed a bit too long at times, has both English/French language (subtitles are provided when French is spoken), seemed like a new creepy guy (potential murderer) appeared every episode, but overall a good mystery series if you like such things. Some of the murders are brutal and ugly (burnings etc.) and the language gets a bit rough (not for young kids). Now I need to watch the Swedish/Danish version to see which one is better!

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rgally
Oct 17, 2017

Loved the Danish/Swedish version- The Bridge. There is also a really bad Us/Mexican version

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EVM
Aug 21, 2017

Absolutely loved season one and two. The only problem is you have to concentrate on the movie as it has so many twists and turns. Hope there is a season III

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Gorji
Aug 01, 2017

The original Swedish-Danish version was mediocre at best. This British=French version is much worse, The plot is total unbelievable nonsense; the direction pedestrian, and the acting very poor, not that anybody could have done better with this material.
God help us, there is a season two? You must be kidding!

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lettheheelingbegin
Jul 23, 2017

We also had not seen any of the other versions and LOVED this! The lead actors were terrific and the trouble taken to develop their characters and relationship with each outer was a major plus. The plot was complex and intriguing though by the end there were significant aspects left frustratingly unexplained. Super suspenseful and creepy and horrific in places--almost too much.
My sister had seen The Bridge and had the same response as another viewer here--The Tunnel was so similar to The Bridge as to not appeal.

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tomdance
Jun 05, 2017

Not having seen other versions, I found The Tunnel gripping and thrilling throughout. Strong characters and good pacing help us believe the hyperreal serial killer plot. Mixing French and English spoken back and forth across the Chunnel adds realism to this submersive police procedural drama.

Update a few weeks later: Having watched it first, I prefer "The Tunnel" series (set in UK and France, spoken in English and French, with subtitles), which is a remake of "Bron/The Bridge" (which is spoken entirety in Swedish and Danish, which are difficult to tell apart unless you speak one of those languages). The two plots are almost identical, so watching one removes the impact of the other. Both versions are excellent, although we stopped watching "The Bridge" after 2 episodes because it precisely mirrored plot from the "The Tunnel". A good American-Mexican version is also available, but I instead recommend "The Tunnel" which is more exotic to American viewers, set in the impressive Eurotunnel, and interesting tension is portrayed between the English and French sides.

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DASTardlyGal
Dec 17, 2016

I liked the original one. I didn't finish the American version, but liked the spin on the Mexican border thing. I just saw this and thought the title sounded intriguing so I clicked on it. Sadly, found out it is YET another remake of the original. How many more series are going to be made of this premise in the future? It is sad that writers can't think of anything original anymore. I suppose one day, I might check this out to see how different it is from the original. Who knows, it might be good, too. I'm guessing the next one will be a series where something like this takes place on the borders of some Middle Eastern Country or South America or maybe, Africa, OR, Russia. With this premise, the franchise could go on indefinitely.

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firefly5
Oct 16, 2016

Spoken partly in French, so it switches back and forth between English and French (subtitles). Sometimes very hard to follow as it briefly shows one scene and then goes on to another scene. This is my second attempt to watch this first series, I did not finish watching it the first time I borrowed it. I then watched series 2 and thought I would like to refresh my memory on series one. I think the lead character studies are interesting, a little "over the top" strange though. I would watch a third series if one was made.

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monbal2
Oct 12, 2016

Absolutely loved it, although the sound quality was awful - needed to turn volume up high. The actors were to me complete unknowns but very impressive. Will now watch The Bridge!

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

Her head is in France and she's French, so it remains a French investigation.
-Steady on, Joan, I'm not looking for a war over it.
My name is not Joan.
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We believe she was British.
-Why
A tattoo. With a Union Jack and the flag of Wales. And the words, "I love you, Mum." So you need to check out missing Welsh girls with that tattoo
-Right, I'll call you as soon as I'm on duty.
Then I need the name of somebody who can do it now.
-Have you ever considered a career in the diplomatic service?
No. Please call me as soon as you have any information.
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So, tell me about this missing girl.
-Gemma Kirwan, aged 23, disappeared from Folkestone seven months ago.
I thought she was Welsh.
-That's the trouble with people. They won't stay in one place.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

I'm recovering from an operation. The snip.
-The what?
La vasectomie. More painful than childbirth, apparently.
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Who is Alain Joubert?
-One of our leading financiers... and an adviser on austerity measures to the last government. He is not popular.
-Really? How come?
The crisis made him even richer.
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You're not really one for jokes, are you?
-Sometimes. It depends if they're funny.
The British place a lot of value on humour.
-Sometimes it makes you lose sight of things that are more important. That is just my opinion, I'm not trying to offend you.
No, sure.
-I'll bring you up to speed with my assessment of French national defects later.
I'd be interested to hear your views.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

You might find my manner a little annoying, too many random jokes, conversations, whatever...
-I didn't say I found it annoying.
But I have been a policeman for quite a long time, and I like to think a good one, and I know when it's an inappropriate time to question someone and when it's time to show a little flexibility.
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I was a bad dad to Adam.
-You weren't a bad dad, you just weren't there.
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Danny? If the bomb goes off, you won't feel any pain or know anything about it.
-How do you know
Because your brain won't have time to register the messages sent from your body. It will just end.
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You must be pleased to have the French on board. She's about as useful as the Maginot Line, that one.
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There is no equality before the law. That is my first truth.

He's posh, talks nice, just like you.
-I'm not posh, I'm educated. Big difference.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

So let's challenge them, make 'em think a little bit...
-If they wanted to be challenged they really wouldn't be reading us now, would they?
What they want is to read their opinions, but typed, not just in crayon.
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Who's Danny Hillier?
-The tabloid journalist. He writes about ordinary folk, sort of his catchphrase. Ordinary for him means hating immigrants, talking in rhyming slang and not reading books.
-Sounds like a tool of the highest order.
Yes, he is.
-He should meet granddad.
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The killer said specifically that he has chosen you. Why would he do that?
-Maybe he's a fan of my work.
Round up the mindless bigots then, eh?
-It's nice to see you hold the ordinary working class folk with such contempt.
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What good are old people? They do not produce They consume nothing except our taxes … so we leave them to die alone.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

I'd love to go to France again. But I never will.
-No, the journey would probably be too difficult for you now. … I'm sorry, do you think she will see France again?
No, but that's not the point. Why didn't you just say, "You'll be in the graveyard soon, Grandma."
-Because it's not what I was thinking.
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My second truth has only just begun Nobody cares about people who made sacrifices worked hard, or served their country. Once society no longer needs them, they're abandoned to slow and lonely death.
-What, so you're doing them a favour? I mean, no offence, mate, but how do you know they weren't happy sitting in their own piss and watching Bargain Hunt? I mean, who appointed you judge of what their lives meant?
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Why aren't the girls in their bed?
-I sold them on eBay.
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"Live and let live" is my motto.
-Mine too. Well, unless they're Tottenham.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

You're not above the law, Detective, and my patient is not beneath it, he has rights, which I intend to ensure are respected.
-And what about the rights of his victims?
Happily, the two are not mutually exclusive.
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Traditionally, as you know in this situation, we'd be asking you, you know... does anyone have a grudge against you? But as that might include half of the western world, we'll cut to the chase.
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It's my opinion that the primary duty of a police officer is to cover his colleague.
Right? Just to be clear, I'm your colleague.
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How the mentally ill are treated. TT's new truth: If we abandon the mentally ill, if we send them back to their homes untreated, in the end their sickness escapes.
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Stuff gets in the way, work, life, marriage.
-Marriage gets in the way?
Of some things, yeah.
-Like sleeping with other women?

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

Take me to bed.
-I can't.
You have to. You have to because I cannot unsay those words now.
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Have you never lied to a child? Or to someone who's suffering, someone that's dying?
-One lie leads to another. How do you trust someone who lies to you?
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No-one can say that his cause isn't just, at least everybody I speak to thinks so.
-Adam, he kills people, he kills people, real people in the real world, not in some cyber pretend world of yours.
Churchill killed real people, 25,000 at Dresden, and still tops the charts of most popular Britons.
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She's just a kid.
-This is a rational choice Karl. We catch him now, we save future lives.
Maybe, but at the expense of her. She is 15 years old.
-You are always hiding behind your feelings to justify your choices. You don't think rationally.
Oh, really.
-I'm not judging you. I'm just observing your behaviour.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

I'm very disappointed. It's an absurd and useless hypothesis. I would have expected
better from you. It really doesn't work like that. Take it from a dad.
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TT's calling his truth "The Youth Of Today.” He's highlighting the way that youth is treated or mistreated by the justice system. (We hold the young in contempt. A quarter of all those arrested in the UK last year were under 18. Society turns its back on the young. Makes them invisible.)
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Why does it always have to be about you? Or are you jealous?
-Of what?
That's what it is.
-It's about respect, is what it is.
Well, start showing some.
-Oh, grow up.
I did. You just never took any notice.
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They found a surveillance camera in the barbershop where Delgado was held. It's the same kind used by the DCRI, French MI5. We need a shortlist of all our men who fit the profile. If he's one of us, he shot three colleagues.
-He's French then.
Because he spoke French to the pilot and none of you learn languages?

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

Does she know you don't believe in monogamy?
-I do believe in it.
You cheated.
-Have you ever been in a relationship?
It depends on the definition.
-It's not sleepovers with 18-year-olds.
No, you mean children and a house with one woman and sex with another.
-I don't expect you to understand.
I understand. You want to have your cake, eat it and fxyk the baker too.
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Millions of children are used every day by companies who make the luxury goods you buy. But do you ever question what the real cost is? How many children are exploited? You don't care because they're not your children.
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You don't think killing kids is the worst thing he could do?
-No. Children are just smaller human beings. But they work on people's emotions.
Like kittens.
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These children are ruined now. Their innocence is gone. But this is what you do to children every single day.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

Gun-walking?
-Yeah, his company, ZP Holdings, were the straw buyer in a deal for tagged rifles from Eastern Europe. They were allowed to be "walked" from Georgia to a particular final destination. That destination being Libya, for reasons I won't go into. But they disappeared on the way. One showed up in the murder of five members of one of the biggest drug gangs in Northern Marseille. A couple more popped up in Cyprus for reasons unknown. But of the rest... Nada de nada. Thin air. Although there were rumours of Al-Qaeda and North Africa cash. Nobody could pin anything on our friend L'Ouvreur. But they didn't endear him to the Libyans, the Eastern Europeans, a wounded Mafia drug clan, or the DCRI. All of whom would happily walk the double-crossing fxcker into a shallow grave for it. … So let's get him. No more bollocks blaming the Secret Services. Next time our seal comes up for air... you lot better be ready with a fxcking big club.

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