is the 2013 French/English remake of the Swedish/Danish Nordic Noir
, and not to be confused with the American/Mexican remake known as The Bridge US
. Though it closely follows the plot of the original, a key difference (as the title would suggest) is that a body is found in the Eurotunnel rather than on a bridge, right on the border between France and England.
It follows the investigation of Englishman Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane
) and Elise Wasserman (Clemence Posey), forced to work together due to the location of the body. The task is given an extra twist when they realize that there are actually two bodies: the head and torso of a French politician and the lower half of an English prostitute.
The investigation soon turns into a hunt for a terrorist (nicknamed the Truth Terrorist, or TT) who is leaving strange messages on social media sites, claiming that everything he does is to draw attention to social problems in both countries.
This series provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Elise
- Alone with the Psycho: Happens regularly, though with various psychos.
- Ambiguous Disorder: As with her American and Swedish counterparts, Elise is implicitly hinted at having some form of autistic/Asperger syndrome.
- Asshole Victim: Danny Hillier, the obnoxious journalist.
- Best Served Cold: The ultimate goal of Kieran's plan, having felt betrayed by Karl and blaming him for his wife/son's death in a car accident.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Just like the other incarnations of Bron|Broen, The Tunnel features dialogue in English and French, with English as the lingua franca for coordination between the bi-national police forces. It's even present in the song that's in the main titles!
- British Brevity: Ten episodes long.
- Criminal Mind Games: TT's entire modus operandi.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Karl and Laura have a young son who disappears totally in the last two episodes.
- Genre Savvy: Laura figures out that Karl cheated on her almost instantly. It's mingled with a little Wrong Genre Savvy as at first she playfully warns him off Elise — only for him to sleep with an entirely different woman.
- Groin Attack: TT kicks Karl in the balls, which gives Elise the first clue that he might be someone known to them (Karl having just had a vasectomy).
- It's Personal: As they eventually discover, TT is Karl's former college out for revenge.
- Jurisdiction Friction: The whole point of placing the first body in the Eurotunnel.
- Man on Fire: TT finds a way to set people on fire due to an invisible and scentless chemical placed in their pockets.
- Missing White Woman Syndrome: A variation. After TT has kidnapped a school bus full of children, he promises to release them only if the public riots against stores that exploit child labour. Once his hostages are whittled down to two, the terrorist holds an on-line vote to decide which child shall be set free and which shall be executed. One is a black boy, the other a white girl. No prizes for guessing which one the public votes in favour of.
- The Not-Love Interest: Karl and Elise to each other. Ironically, she's probably the only significant female character in the show that Karl hasn't slept with.
- Unkempt Beauty: Elise, who has minimal makeup and dishevelled hair. If the page wasn't already spoken for, she'd be a shoe-in for the trope image.
- Wouldnt Harm A Child: Played with. On the one hand, TT doesn't go through with killing any of the children on the school bus. On the other, he doesn't seem to care much about Karl's daughters in the explosive-laden house, nor did he care much about attempting to off the runaway teen who had seen him. If Laura hadn't kept her foot on the trigger, they would have been killed along with her.
- Your Cheating Heart: Karl, big time.