Season 1 premiered June 2016

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About Season 1

"The Tunnel" is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the U.K. and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane, "Game of Thrones") and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II") are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership. As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.

Read more about the episodes below.

A Closer Look at Season 1

More About the Episodes

Episode 1 (Premiered June 19, 2016)

Inside the Channel Tunnel, on the borderline between Britain and France, the body of a woman is discovered. As the corpse is lifted it becomes clear that this is no ordinary murder. A thrilling and complex cross-Channel investigation ensues.

Episode 2 (Premiered June 26, 2016)

In the second installment of this compelling drama, the killer claims to highlight the ills of contemporary European society as his second "truth" unfolds. Stephen Beaumont crosses the paths of Karl and Elise once more. Are they any closer to an answer?

Episode 3 (Premiered July 3, 2016)

The serial killer steps up his cross-Channel campaign targeting a further elderly victim in his "moral" crusade. The race is on for police in Britain and France to identify and capture the murderer before more lives are brutally lost. 

Episode 4 (Premiered July 10, 2016)

Detectives battle to locate an elderly soldier in the fourth episode of this thrilling drama. In the meantime, is naïve teenager Sophie safe lodging with seemingly harmless Benji?

Episode 5 (Premiered July 17, 2016)

The “Truth Terrorist”'s third truth begins as Benji carries out his samurai mission. Sophie’s life is now at stake and police believe they can use her to stop the Truth Terrorist’s rampage. Karl gets more than he bargained for while visiting Charlotte.

Episode 6 (Premiered July 24, 2016)

As youths are burnt alive, police suspect the hand of the Truth Terrorist once more. They finally make a key arrest. Will this be the end of the killings in this brilliantly tense Anglo-French thriller?

Episode 7 (Premiered July 31, 2016)

Police think they may finally have a lead, as the serial killer’s actions escalate in his fifth and final "truth." Karl and Laura’s relationship takes another turn as Laura steps up her flirtations with another man.

Episode 8 (Premiered August 7, 2016)

French police capture but then lose the prime suspect. Next, their lead detective goes missing. Things eventually start to fall into place, but something is troubling Karl.

Episode 9 (Premiered August 14, 2016)

Things take a very nasty turn for Karl as police get within a hair’s breadth of catching the killer. Will they make it in time?

Episode 10 (Premiered August 21, 2016)

Karl falls apart in the final episode as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes too much to bear. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins.

"The Tunnel" was produced by Kudos and Shine France Films for Sky Atlantic HD UK

and Canal+ France and distributed by Endemol Shine International.

KudosShine France

SkyCanalEndemol Shine Group

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