For fans of ‘The Bridge,’ here’s ‘The Tunnel’
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.