Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel returning for second series

Anglo-French duo Roebuck and Wasserman return

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Sky Atlantic and CANAL+ has commissioned critically acclaimed drama, The Tunnel for a second series.

The Tunnel 2: Debris reunites Stephen Dillane and French actress Clémence Poésy as unlikely Anglo-French detective duo Karl Roebuck, and his French counterpart Elise Wasserman.

Series 2 sees a passenger plane mysteriously crash into the English Channel killing everyone on board, Roebuck and Wasserman are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries.  With the emotions and tribulations of their previous case behind them, the pair are once again thrust into a joint investigation which will test their unlikely alliance.

The Tunnel is a Sky Atlantic and CANAL+ co-production from Kudos and Shine France Films. Ben Richards (Spooks) returns as lead writer. Director Mike Barker (Broadchurch) and producer Julian Stevens (The Fall) join the second series production team.

Zai Bennett, Director, Sky Atlantic, commented: “Boasting fantastic nuanced performances by Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane and a totally gripping story, it is easy to see why the first series of this crime thriller struck a real chord with Sky Atlantic viewers. The Tunnel 2: Debris reunites the acting tour-de-force with world-class writing and production teams, ensuring this new original series will have customers on the edge of their seats once more.”

Fabrice De La Patellière, Director of French Fiction and co-productions for CANAL+ said: “The Tunnel will once again feature strong and original characters Elise Wasserman and Karl Roebuck joining forces on a case that sees the dramatic involvement of their two countries. Drawn into a spiral of events whose ramifications for modern-day Europe resonate strongly with recent events, the pair must put their differences, nationalities and interests aside as they combine their investigative talents and personal qualities to fight a dangerous enemy.”

Manda Levin, Executive Producer for Kudos, commented: “I’m delighted that we’re back in production for a second series with our two phenomenal leads, Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy at the helm. The Tunnel’s success stems from powerful, intelligent writing, with direction and acting to match and their absorbing and compelling performances gave real depth to Ben Richards thrilling scripts. Good drama is drama you don’t want to end and which leaves you longing for the next episode. As the train entered The Tunnel at the close of the first series, we as producers couldn’t wait to begin work on series two, desperate to see what lies in store for Karl and Elise”