Launched 11 November, the new series on Canal + is the first fiction story on what was truly science fiction for previous generations. Envisaged for almost two centuries, the completion of the Tunnel under the Channel project marked the realisation of what had hitherto been just a wild dream. Between 1802 when Napoleon I gave the go-ahead for a tunnel under the Channel for horse-drawn carriages (not to send tourists) and the police enquiry led by the Franco-Britannico police duo in the guts of the digestive colon of the railway tunnel, an eternity has gone by!
To inaugurate the “Tunnel” series on the same day as the Commemoration of the Great War in the Trenches, that took some guts too!
But the story of this supreme symbol of entente cordiale has known so many twists and turns with as many setbacks as hopes, that the farcical idea of a tunnel under the Channel had become rather a (sea) snake in the grass for its proponents.
Nevertheless, the wounds of the Second World War had hardly healed and they were already making plans yet again for a rosy future. With a revamped version of the old idea. Another disappointment in store? Not this time as everything comes to be in its own time. Shame that the nice old caretaker couple didn’t get to see the end of the story.
The go-ahead for the work was finally given in 1987 and it was officially opened 6 May 1994. The wild dream had become a reality.
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