The Tunnel – Final Season

Christina Knight | June 20, 2018


The third and final season of the multi-award winning British crime drama The Tunnel premieres July 1 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN, with all of its episodes available to stream via THIRTEEN Passport.

The critically acclaimed bilingual crime thriller reunites Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) in his International Emmy Award-winning role as Karl Roebuck with Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II) as Elise Wassermann. The series started as a copycat of the Scandinavian hit The Bridge (see what Americans should know about The Tunnel), but by season two had pursued its own themes relevant to Britain and France, and allowed the lead actors’ excellent chemistry and character interpretation to grow its own way. The last tour of duty of this beloved and unlikely Anglo-French detective partnership is particularly heart-wrenching.

Set amidst mid-Brexit hysteria, THE TUNNEL: VENGEANCE (Season 3) tackles an escalating refugee crisis and examines the increasing threat of terror by disenfranchised, exiled souls on whom society has turned its back. Elise and Karl take on a toxic and terrifying duo who have an existential death wish. When the question posed by that couple — what is a life worth? — is directed at Karl, he is forced to confront an utterly impossible choice. In between are harbingers of evil, including a release of rats into the EuroTunnel at Calais. In Kent, three children disappear from a middle-class British home and three return – but not the same ones: refugee children are discovered asleep in the missing children’s beds.

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The Tunnel Schedule and How to Watch

The Tunnel

Stephen Dillane as Karl and Clémence Poésy as Elise in The Tunnel, Season 3. Photo courtesy of Kudos Film & Television Limited 2017


The PBS series airs Sundays, starting July 1 and each episode streams for two weeks after its broadcast. PBS station members can binge-watch all episodes and seasons via the member benefit Passport starting July 1. THIRTEEN, the New York City metropolitan region’s PBS station, will stream new episodes online and on its THIRTEEN Explore apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and mobile and tablets.

Here’s the schedule and summary of episodes, with no spoilers.

July 1, 10:30 p.m. – Episode 1
A boat carrying child refugees is torched in the English Channel, leaving no sign of its passengers.

July 8, 10:30 p.m. – Episode 2
Karl and Elise try to decode the demands of this season’s villain – the Pied Piper, while BB joins the French investigation.

July 15, 10:30 p.m. – Episode 3
Another message from the Pied Piper leads Karl and Elise to a horrifying discovery.

July 22, 10:30 p.m. – Episode 4
Karl and Elise reach a dead end in the case and resort to unconventional means to pursue the truth.

July 29, 10:30 p.m. – Episode 5
Karl makes a major breakthrough, but discovers that someone close to him is in mortal danger.

August 5, 10:30 p.m. – Episode 6
Karl and Elise face a tense and gripping showdown with the Pied Piper.