Flemish director Tim Mielants, known for his work on such local hit series as Cordon and Code 37, will direct two episodes of the second season of Anglo-French drama series The Tunnel. The eight-parter is a Sky Atlantic and Canal+ co-production scheduled for transmission in early 2016.

TimMielants_setCordonTim Mielants came to prominence thanks to the international success of Cordon. This Flemish drama about the outbreak of a deadly virus, which he directed, has already aired on BBC Four and SBS Australia, with American channel CW ordering a pilot episode for a remake.

Inspired by Scandinavian hit series The Bridge, The Tunnel’s first season took place in the Channel tunnel linking France and England. The plot follows two detectives working together to find a serial killer who left his victim in the tunnel exactly at the midpoint between the two countries. Stars from the first season Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) as British detective Roebuck, and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mr Morgan’s Last Love, In Bruges) who plays his French counterpart Wasserman, will both return for the second series. Last year Dillane won an International Emmy for his role in The Tunnel.

The Tunnel 2: Debris (working title) follows an original storyline. When a passenger plane mysteriously crashes into the English Channel killing everyone on board, Roebuck and Wasserman are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. The pair are once again thrust into a joint investigation which will test their unlikely alliance.

The second season of The Tunnel, commissioned by Sky Atlantic in association with Canal+ in France, will be co-produced by Kudos and Shine France Films, also the creators of Broadchurch. Ben Richards from Spooks returns as lead writer.

Mielants follows in the footsteps of Jakob Verbruggen, who established an international career after directing the popular BBC series The Fall. In the meantime, Verbruggen also helmed some episodes of the American remake of The Bridge and London Spy, a miniseries for the BBC. Mielants is represented by Joe Phillips of Curtis Brown, the British talent agency also representing Verbruggen.

Published on Thursday 19 March 2015

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