The second series of Sky Atlantic Drama The Tunnel kicked off this week (Tuesday 12th April) and it definitely ticked all the boxes. The British-French crime drama, which was inspired by the Swedish crime drama The Bridge, jumped straight into things and didn’t waste any time as two bodies are found on a beach and a family are viciously attacked in their car in a tunnel in the first few minutes, in two very intense and chilling scenes.

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Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy also make a return as English detective Karl Roebuck and French police officer Elise Wasserman. The pair, who from the word go, have an excellent on-screen chemistry, are put through their paces when they a faced with the huge challenge of investigating a plane crash in the English Channel, killing everybody on board.

As well as being reacquainted with old faces, we are also introduced to new ones. Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation), Clarke Peters (The Wire) and William Ash (Shameless) also join the new series and fit in very smoothly into their roles, providing humour, darkness, ruthlessness, arrogance and confidence to the show, which all contribute very effectively to the flow of the story.

Much like the first series, the first episode of the second series is extremely tense, with dark scenes throughout that are sometimes difficult to watch, the acting is very convincing and leaves you believing the characters are real and are in very real danger, making it very gripping and the use of both diegetic and non-diegetic sounds are also very effective at building up tension and keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Overall, the opening episode was a very strong start, with a strong cast, well-written tense storyline and a very well put together episode that will have you on the edge of your seat and definitely leave you impatient for next week’s episode.

The Tunnel: Sabotage Tuesdays at 9:oopm on Sky Atlantic.

Dir: Hettie McDonald, Phillip Martin, Domink Moll, Thomas Vincent.

Scr: Emma Frost, George Kay, Olivier Kohn, Chris Laing, Yann Le Nivert, Ben Richards

Cast: Stephen Dillane, Clemence Poesy, Emilia Fox, William Ash, Clarke Peters, Peter Schneider

Prd: Ruth Kenley-Letts

Country: France, UK

Runtime: 45 minutes

Year: 2016