The Tunnel Sunday at 10:30 p.m., WGBH 2
“The Bridge,” which had two seasons on FX, has a cult of viewers who still grieve its cancellation in 2014.
With Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger as odd-couple detectives solving crimes on the Mexico-US border, it was gritty and richly specific to its locations. The detectives were from either side of the border and of the personality spectrum: He was Mexican and socially strategic, she was brainy and had what appeared to be Asperger syndrome.
That series was based on a Scandinavian series called “Broen/Bron,” which revolved around detectives from Sweden and Denmark. Now PBS is airing the 10-episode British-French adaptation of the same show.
Called “The Tunnel,” it pairs a British detective with a French detective who doesn’t follow social cues, played respectively by Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy.
The two join forces when a body is found in the tunnel between the two countries, exactly at the border. Turns out it’s not a body; it’s two body halves, the upper half of a French politician and the lower half of a British prostitute.
This could be a great balm for those still missing “The Bridge,” but only if the rapport between the two detectives is as warm and humorous as the one Bachir and Kruger developed.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.