Former “Spooks” scribe Ben Richards is heading back to television for “The Tunnel,” a ten-episode bilingual remake of Scandinavian hit “The Bridge” for Sky and Canal Plus.
Set in the port towns of Folkestone, England and Calais, France, the story opens with the body of a politician found in the Channel Tunnel.
The action then follows British detective Karl Roebuck and his French counterpart Elise Wassermann who form an uneasy alliance as they work together to solve the crime. Sky Atlantic will screen the series in the UK later this year.
The original series opened with the discovery of a dead body on a bridge between Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmo in Sweden. A second season has been commissioned for airing later this year. Much like the original Danish series “The Killing,” ‘Bridge’ was a major hit for UK broadcaster BBC4 which has lead to this remake.
In fact, this is the second remake of “The Bridge” in the works. The other is U.S. cable channel FX’s take on the story which is set across the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir star as the two detectives.