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THE TUNNEL
February 21, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Amazon Prime Video, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: How many iterations of the same crime drama series idea will we be able to see? The answer, apparently, is: at least three. First there was the Danish-Swedish co-production called The Bridge, which was imported after FX presented its own adaptation with the same name. Both shows began with a dead body found on the border between two different jurisdictions – a body that, memorably and horrifyingly, actually was a gruesome connection of two bodies, severed at the waist and pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, with half of each victim placed on a different side of the border. This time, the border is the one between France and the United Kingdom, the location is the famed Chunnel, and the body parts are the top half of a French politician and the bottom half of a British prostitute. Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy co-star in this version, which premiered abroad in 2013.

 
 
 
 
 
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