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Sky defends 'The Bridge' adaptation 'The Tunnel'

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Sky and the producers of new drama series The Tunnel have defended the decision to adapt the critically acclaimed Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge.

Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane star in the Anglo-French twist on the Nordic Noir series, and the drama's chief exec Janet Featherstone insisted that fans of the original shouldn't be put off by the remake.

The Tunnel on Sky

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The Tunnel on Sky



"I think the concept of Britain and France is particularly woven through and we've got key plot changes," said Featherstone, speaking at a Sky Drama launch.

"I won't tell you what the changes are because I don't want to spoil the drama, but there are plenty of changes and we've got many people who have seen both, who feel that they get satisfaction because the characters go on different journeys and the actors all bring a whole new level of interest in it.

"I honestly think if you watch it, you'll be surprised."

Actress Poésy, who plays frosty French investigator Elise Wasserman, said that she has opted not to watch the original series, commenting: "I thought it would allow a bit more freedom. I'm slightly nervous but excited about watching it now. I feel like I'm going to see things that I should have done."

The Tunnel, which is written by Ben Richards (Spooks, Outcasts, Party Animals), starts on Sky Atlantic in October.

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