Sky Atlantic Renews ‘The Tunnel’ For Second Season, Orders ‘Hunderby’ Special

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Sky Atlantic is returning to The Tunnel.

The broadcaster has renewed the drama series, which is a co-production with French broadcaster Canal+, for an 8 episode second season titled The Tunnel 2: Debris. In addition, Sky Atlantic has also commissioned a one-off special of Julia Davis’ comedy series Hunderby, which wrapped its first season on the channel back in 2012.

Toplined by Stephen Dillane (Game Of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), The Tunnel is an adaptation of Scandinavian series The Bridge. The show’s 10 episode first season largely followed the plot of the original series, but The Tunnel will be heading in its own direction in its second season – which will pick up after a plane mysteriously crashes into the English Channel killing everyone on board, with Roebuck (Dillane) and Wasserman (Poésy) assigned to the joint investigation.

Lead writer Ben Richards is returning to pen the scripts for the eight episode second season of drama series, which is produced by Kudos Film & TV and Shine France. Broadchurch helmer Mike Barker are and The Fall producer Julian Stevens are joining the production team for the new run of episodes, while Karen Wilson, Manda Levin, Ben Richards, Anne Mensah, Fabrice De La Patellière, Lars Blomgren and Nora Melhli return as executive producers.

“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”, said Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic. “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.”

Meanwhile, Julia Davis’ Hunderby is set to return with a one-off two-hour special. The comedy series, which last aired on Sky Atlantic in 2012, is a period drama set in the 1800s. The special will pick up from the season one finale, with Helene looking for a happy life with her new baby and the dashing Dr Foggerty.

The two-hour special, titled Hunderby Revisited, hails from Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions and is being written by Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Julia Davis – who is also set to reprise her role as Dorothy. Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes will executive producer, while season one helmer Tony Dow is returning to direct.

“We couldn’t be happier about the return to Hunderby”, said Sky’s Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden, who commissioned the special. “Julia Davis is such a rare talent and Sky Atlantic the perfect home for her unique voice and vision.”

  • james

    As The Tunnel is the last remaining English version of ‘The Bridge’ drama adaptions I will watch on with fascination.