Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel – starring Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy – was based on The Bridge, and, all in all, did a pretty good job of transporting that idea of two mis-matched cops from different, neighbouring countries investigating a crime on neutral ground to an Anglo/French framework. The second series, which keeps the dynamic of the two central characters but cuts ties with The Bridge in terms of story, was slated to start in the first week of April, but due to tragic events in Brussels has been put back a week.
The Radio Times reports:
Sky has postponed the launch of the second series of its hit drama series The Tunnel following the Belgian terror attacks today.
The broadcaster has decided that the new drama – which depicts an attack on a British airliner in episode one – should be pulled from the schedule as a mark of respect to the victims of the bombings and shootings at Zaventen airport and Maelbeek Station in Brussels. By 3pm this afternoon there were 34 people confirmed dead.
Instead of broadcasting on 5th April, the new series of The Tunnel will now premiere on Tuesday 12th April at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.
Having seen the first episode of The Tunnel: Sabotage I can understand why the channel decided to take this action – it’s a traumatic and harrowing watch, even without the tragic, real-world context attached to it.