BBC has renewed “The Tourist” for a second season, with Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald set to reprise their roles as The Man/Elliot Stanley and Helen Chambers. On Feb. 27, Deadline reported that “The Tourist” has been renewed for Season 2, and the production is set to begin in April 2023.
The series, which was commissioned by BBC One in association with Stan and ZDF, was created and written by Jack Williams and Harry Williams. Season One contains six episodes and is directed by Chris Sweeney. Produced by Two Brothers Pictures in association with All3Media International. Dornan will also serve as executive producer.
The series follows, “After being run off the road, a man wakes up in an Australian hospital with amnesia. A single clue starts him along a frantic journey to remember who he is and why someone wants him dead. In the small town of Burnt Ridge, any news is big news, and not everyone can be trusted. Shifting alliances, uncertain connections, and dark truths lurk just within reach, as the harsh conditions of the Australian outback set the stage for a painful reckoning.”
In a statement, Dornan said, “I’m incredibly excited to continue the story with The Tourist. Harry and Jack Williams are brilliant writers and I can’t wait for audiences to see how well Ireland and its characters are utilized to keep them guessing as the tale progresses.”
The show’s creators Jack and Harry Williams said, “The Tourist was unlike anything we’d written before and we’re hugely grateful for the incredible response to series one. It’s been an exciting journey getting stuck into that world again with the quirky characters that were so loved, and seeing where we could take them next, whilst continuing to deliver a tonally unique and off-beat drama.”
Dornan revealed to EW that unveiling the finale was challenging. He stated, “It was crazy, that. So much of this character and this performance for me is, like any performance, you’re trying to stay present, but never more so than when everything is information that you’ve never heard before, particularly if it’s awful information, like that scene. I felt very raw at that moment, I felt very exposed, vulnerable, and kind of awful and terrible about myself. She was doing such beautiful work in front of me and it was having the impact that I felt it should have. Sometimes you get yourself in a place where you feel so broken that you can’t actually stop crying. [Laughs] I felt a bit like that day in a good way, I guess. I felt very exposed, very vulnerable. You know, it’s hard stuff to hear, the hardest stuff to hear, so a lot of that luckily was on the page for me in terms of the writing. But, yeah, not an easy day, that.”
The series also stars Shalom Brune-Franklin, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Billy Nixon, Alex Dimitriades, Genevieve Lemon, Danny Adcock, Damon Herriman, Alex Andreas, Maria Mercedes, Michael Ibbotson, and Kamil Ellis.
“The Tourist” season one is now available on HBO Max.