Award-winning drama The Tunnel – shot across Kent – returns with an explosive second series next month.
The production returned to Discovery Park in Sandwich and filmed for 85 days in between April and July 2015.
The production spent a further 50 days in the county for pre and post-production, spending an estimated £1.5 million on local staff, parking, locations, catering and other services and facilities, boosting the local economy.
The Sky Atlantic show hits our screens on Tuesday, April 12 and picks up the story of Anglo-French detective duo Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy).
After two seemingly isolated events occur – a plane crashing into the Channel, killing everyone on board and a French couple abducted from the Eurotunnel – the pair discover a shocking trail of devastation.
With the victims mounting up, they become embroiled in a terrifying, deadly game.
The Kent County Council Film Office assisted the production filming in public locations as well as facilitating traffic management and road closures via the Kent (Filming on Highways) Act 2010.
The Tunnel filmed across a number of Kent districts including:
Canterbury: The Barn in Upstreet, Knowlton Court, St Martin’s Hospital
Dover: Discovery Park, the town of Dover, Port of Dover, Inn and Hotel, Deal
Shepway: Channel Tunnel/Eurotunnel, the town of Folkestone, Folkestone Harbour
Thanet: set building in a warehouse on Westwood Industrial Estate in Margate and the towns of Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate
The Kent County Council Film Office generates inward investment into the Kent economy from filming activity.
The new eight part series – The Tunnel: Sabotage – is an original story by Ben Richards (Outcasts, Spooks) and joining the production team are director Mike Barker (Broadchurch, The Smoke) and producer Julian Stevens (Hustle, The Fall).
The cast also includes Angel Coulby (Merlin, The Jacket), and new to series two, Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, The Wrong Mans), Clarke Peters (Notting Hill, The Wire), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation, The Newsroom) and William Ash (Waterloo Road, Shameless).
KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mark Dance said: “We were delighted to welcome back this award-winning drama to the county.
“Since the Kent Film Office was set up in 2006, we have facilitated over 5,559 filming days which has brought in an estimated £40.4 million to the Kent economy.
“Not only are we able to provide a location finding and research service, we also obtain film permits, facilitate traffic management requests, we and source local crew and trainees.
“I look forward to seeing our county on the small screen once more.”
Leasing Co-ordinator at Discovery Park Lauren Moore said: “Discovery Park is becoming something of a go to destination for production companies seeking the right backdrop for film and TV and it was great to welcome Kudos Film and TV back.
“Discovery Park will have a major part once again in this next series of The Tunnel at various locations across site, including a whole block of Building 500 transformed during filming as their permanent set.
“The first series of The Tunnel won a best performance Emmy Award for actor Stephen Dillane and I am sure the second part of this award winning drama will be an equal success – with a star turn from Discovery Park, of course.”
Director of Public Affairs at Eurotunnel John Keefe said: “Series two of The Tunnel is gripping drama, bigger and better than the first.
“It was a fascinating experience for our staff to work with the cast and crew day in, day out and a great opportunity to showcase our service and some of Eurotunnel’s behind the scenes locations. Don’t miss it.”