Series one of The Tunnel was a re-telling of The Bridge, and instead of Kim Bodnia and Sofia Helin as a mis-matched detective pairing from two, different yet connected countries, we got Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy in the title roles. Although it was easy to be cynical about the re-telling, The Tunnel – which used Britain and France as its two, connected countries – was actually pretty good. We’ve known about a second series for a while now, but today Sky has revealed not only the plotline, but also cast additions and a trailer.
Let’s take a look at the cast additions first. Emilia Fox plays Vanessa Hamilton, whose sinister business dealings are under investigation, and Clarke Peters stars as Sonny Persaud, a renowned academic whose estranged daughter Rosa suddenly re-surfaces in deadly circumstances. Angel Coulby reprises her role as Laura Roebuck, with Con O’Neill, Johan Heldenbergh and Hannah John-Kamen completing the line-up.
The newly promoted French Commander Elise Wasserman (Poésy) and British DCI Karl Roebuck (Dillane) have been leading separate lives: two seemingly isolated events reunite them after a French couple are abducted from the Channel tunnel, leaving behind a traumatised small child, Chloe Fournier. When a plane crashes into the Channel, killing everyone on board, Karl and Elise are faced with bigger questions; forging connections from the clues thrown up by a vast field of debris, the closer they get to their assailants, the more elusive justice seems.
Following a shocking trail of devastation, Karl, Elise and a cross border team, including British Detective Constable Borowoski (William Ash), and Detective Superintendent Bowden (Stanley Townsend) with Head Of French Counterterrorism (Thibault De Montalembert) and Lieutenants Renard (Juliette Navis) and Viot (Cédric Vieira) joining the investigation from France, the unit become embroiled in a terrifying, deadly game of brinkmanship as the victims mount up.
What’s interesting is that The Tunnel (now with the Sabotage suffix in place), is veering well away from The Bridge, which, in its second series, focused on a plot concerning eco-terrorists and a rampaging virus. There was no hint of plane crashes in that.
The Tunnel: Sabotage will debut online in April and will then be shown on Sky Atlantic in weekly instalments.