What The Tunnel Tells Us About Anglo-French Relations

The Tunnel is Sky Atlantic’s adaptation of the Swedish/Danish drama, The Bridge. In the new version, a body is found on the UK/France border – cut in half across the dividing line between the countries in the Euro tunnel – prompting a bilingual investigation and room for much exploration of Anglo-French relations as well as sorting out whodunnit.


1 | The British still think the French don't have a sense of humour

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The Tunnel stars Stephen Dillane [Game of Thrones] as DCI Karl Roebuck, who is more skeptical about French detectives' ability to have a laugh than the fact he’s been lured into a cross border investigation in the Euro tunnel by a murderer.


2 | The French have accepted they have to do the legwork on the bilingual front

Clémence Poséy plays the French counterpart, Captaine Elise Wasserman, who with one of those sighs an adult gives a child who won’t wipe its own bum, speaks in English to make up for Roebuck’s woefully, pre GSCE French.
 

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3 | But they can see the funny side of it. Sort of

At a press conference to launch the show, Posey said the French learn English because we’re too lazy to return the gesture. She was laughing when she said it, by the way. Though she probably wasn't joking. You know how the French are.
 

4 | The French outdo us in the style stakes

The French captaine [Poséy] comes with a formidable intellect, startling Gallic beauty and has that understated French style that says: "I clearly shop at A.P.C., but not in a showy kind of way.” Her British counterpart is a little bit laidback on the sartorial front. His wife does the shopping, for sure.
 

5 | Foppish, bumbling poshos aren’t just for the English

Thibault de Montalembert plays Commissaire Divisionnaire Olivier Pujol in the show. The actor is also the voice of Hugh Grant in French-dubbed films. I wonder how "Bugger! Bugger! Bugger!" translates?
 

6 | There’s absolutely no need to feel inferior about what Britain has to offer compared to Paris or Provence

Calais is every bit as bleak as Folkstone.
 

The Tunnel starts tonight on Sky Atlantic, 9pm


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