The Tunnel: Sabotage, Sky Atlantic

The Tunnel - Series II

The pressure is on: Karl and Elise

Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane are reunited for more cross-border intrigue in Sky Atlantic’s big-action thriller

★★★½ Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 5 April, 9pm

TUNNEL VISION returns to Sky Atlantic with another punchy, explosive instalment of the series inspired by The Bridge.

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Evil-doers: The gang of three

The world has changed a lot for Elise. A year on from the events of the last series, she is now the boss of her unit, and having to do managerial courses to learn how to deal with people in her charge. She also has a boyfriend, the waiter she met in series one.

Meanwhile, Karl has had a tough year, moving on to a new job in the police, struggling to cope with events from the past.

Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane

The action – and there’s quite a bit of it – kicks off when a couple are abducted from a Euro Star carriage, leaving their traumatised daughter behind. The wife is a French government cyber security chief, he’s big in software.

French investigator Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) and British detective Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) are reunited to tackle the vicious gang of terrorists responsible. However, before they can even pierce the daughter’s terrified silence, a passenger plane crashes in the Channel.

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Back to black: Emilia Fox is a baddie

Emilia Fox is drafted in to play a rather glam baddie, which is a nice change of persona for her. Her character is just one nasty element to this thriller, however. The intrigue entails sex trafficking, mass murder and brutal executions. Miss Marple it ain’t.

Once again,Stephen Dillane is very watchable as the irreverent, laid-back detective Roebuck – a long way from his role as power-crazed Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones.

How does Elise compare to The Bridge’s Saga Noren?

The one thing The Tunnel can’t recreate from The Bridge is Sofia Helin as Saga (the premise of the first series of The Bridge, of course, had the initial victim straddling the Danish-Swedish border, rather than The Tunnel‘s UK-French border).

This is not to diss Clémence Poésy, who is different and has an understated charm. But Saga is such an original creation that she remains unique and undoubtedly makes the Swedish-Danish original distinctive.

Still, on its own terms The Tunnel is a strongly contemporary Euro-thriller that has a fine cast and plenty of kick.

The Tunnel: Sabotage available from 5th April 9pm on Sky Atlantic, with all episodes available the same night via Sky Box Sets


  1. timniro says:

    Series one was relatively politically correct, but still enjoyable (because they stuck to the original story from ‘The Bridge’. Series 2 has jumped the ‘cultural marxist’ shark, with every cliche of an Islington champagne socialist’s world view inserted into the storyline. Hundreds of people are killed by evil ‘racists’ and ‘islamophobics’ in this guardianista world, rather than by islamist terror and hatred as in the real world (ironically series 2 was even delayed because of the very real islamist terrorist attacks in Brussels). Even the good guys are 2 dimentional scientifically illiterate progressives with anti-fracking posters in the background. The writers (who I assume are Jeremy Corbyn fans?) thus destroy the credibility of the plot and render series 2 unwatchable.

  2. mike kutner says:

    Spot on.Monslabic lead characters.Totally implausable plot that will probably descend into farce by the last episode as did the first series.

    • Duncan Segal says:

      I’ve just watched the final episode of The Tunnel: Sabotage. It was 8 hours of my life that I wont get back. What a lot of tosh! The plot was incomprehensible. The culprits had no purpose – other than to be despicably evil. Elise’s character (a good looking, autistic lesbian police commander) was completely unbelievable. The “pharmacist” had comic book credibility. Amilia Fox was Cruella De Vil. Enough said. Dreadful. Awful. Titillation disguised as a modern thriller. Please don’t make a third series.

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