When it first aired on BBC Four, Swedish/Danish crime drama The Bridge drew more viewers than breakout Danish hit The Killing.
So it wasn’t likely to be long before the format rights were snapped up by a UK producer.
As it happened, Shine Group-owned Kudos Film and Television (Spooks) was quickest off the mark and secured the rights from the original Swedish coproducer and fellow Shine subsidiary, Filmlance
Kudos quickly set about developing an English language remake and in May 2012 revealed it had partnered with French pay-TV broadcaster Canal+ and Sky Atlantic in the UK to produce a crime drama set against the machinations of European politics.
The Bridge saw detectives from Sweden and Denmark come together following the discovery of a body on the Øresund Bridge that connects Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmö in Sweden.
And in the spirit of the original series, Kudos has teamed up with French production company Shine Films France to produce The Tunnel (working title, 10×60′).
Written by a team led by Ben Richards (Spooks), the story sees detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann sent to investigate the death of a French politician on the border between the UK and France, presumably in the Channel Tunnel, set against a backdrop of Europe in Crisis.
Set principally in Folkestone and Calais, production will begin this year with a 2013 air date on both Sky Atlantic and Canal+.
And in a first for broadcasting in both the UK and France, the series will be in both English and French.
The Tunnel is the latest drama commissioned by Sky Atlantic as parent BSkyB continues its investment in original British content and follows Hit & Miss and Falcón.
It will be executive produced by Anne Mensah for Sky; Fabrice De La Patellière for Canal+; Jane Featherstone, Karen Wilson, Manda Levin and Ben Richards for Kudos; Nora Melhli for Shine France; and Lars Blomgren for Filmlance. Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Hour) produces.
This is not the only adaptation of The Bridge, however, after US cable network FX ordered a pilot set across the US-Mexico border.