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I recently noticed, that the series The Bridge (2011), The Tunnel (2013) and Pagan Peak (2018) begin very similar. Is that just a coincidence?

Similarities I noticed:

  • the title, duh;
  • a dead body is found on the border between two countries (literally half the body is in eg. germany, the other in austria);
  • both countries send detectives, of which one is a woman, and one is a man;
  • within the first couple of sentences, one side says "I'm in charge", and the other side agrees and leaves the scene without arguments;
  • in The Bridge and The Tunnel both bodies happen to have belonged to politicians.
  • I think the titles only seem similar because the rest seems to be so. – Joachim Apr 8 at 7:13
  • the title is short, two worded, and describes where the murder and first scene takes place in – nuuse Apr 8 at 7:18
  • @nuuse note that the original titles aren't two-worded. – BCdotWEB Apr 8 at 13:06
  • @nuuse Is there any source for "The Pass" as the title? IMDb only offers up "Pagan Peak" as the English title: imdb.com/title/tt6905756/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt#akas – BCdotWEB Apr 8 at 13:10
  • damn ur right.. sloppy translation without proper research by me- :c Although it just supported my question :p – nuuse Apr 8 at 13:16
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From the Wikipedia page for The Tunnel:

The Tunnel (French: Tunnel) is a British-French crime drama television series adapted from the 2011 Danish-Swedish crime series The Bridge (Broen, Bron).


From the German Wikipedia page for The Pass:

Inspiriert wurden die Drehbuchautoren von der dänisch-schwedischen Serie Die Brücke – Transit in den Tod

Loosely translated:

The writers were inspired by the Danish-Swedish series The Bridge

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