The Tourist (TV series)

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The Tourist
Promotional poster
Written by
Directed byChris Sweeney
ComposerDominik Scherrer
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • United States
  • Germany
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Harry Williams
  • Jack Williams
  • Christopher Aird
  • Andrew Benson
  • Tommy Bulfin
  • Chris Sweeney
ProducerLisa Scott
Production companies
Original release
Release1 January 2022 (2022-01-01) –

The Tourist is a drama thriller television series. It stars Jamie Dornan as the victim of a car crash who wakes up in hospital with amnesia.

The series premiered on 1 January 2022 on BBC One in the UK, the next day on Stan in Australia, and 3 March on HBO Max in the US.[1] It is distributed internationally by All3Media.[2]

In March 2022, the series was officially renewed for a second series,[3] and filming started in April 2023. The second series is set in Ireland.[4]


When a Northern Irish man wakes up with amnesia in an Australian hospital, he must use what few clues he has to discover his identity before his past catches up with him.

Cast and characters[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K viewers
1"Episode 1"[5]Chris SweeneyHarry Williams and Jack Williams1 January 2022 (2022-01-01)8.69
A man drives across the Australian outback, stopping briefly for a bathroom break. After the break, he is chased and run off the road by a cargo truck. The man wakes up in hospital with no memory of who he is, why he is there, or what has happened to him. He has a note in his jeans pocket to meet someone at a cafe at a specified time. He is ushered out of the cafe by Luci to go to the bathroom right before a bomb goes off. Billy arrives at the hospital with a bouquet of flowers looking for the man. When Luci is by herself, she deletes photos on her phone taken earlier with the man.
2"Episode 2"[6]Chris SweeneyHarry Williams and Jack Williams2 January 2022 (2022-01-02)7.14
The man and Luci race to find the mystery caller who is apparently buried alive underground in Karramundi. After unsuccessfully trying to drive there when a sandstorm impairs their progress, they finally rent a helicopter to get there. Luci and the man eventually find the mystery caller, but he is already dead. After following up with some hospital staff, Helen interviews Billy about why he went to the hospital. Helen's fiance Ethan is angry with Helen for working on the case, and thinks she should instead be spending more time with him. After seeing Luci's signature on the helicopter's insurance waiver, the man realizes that Luci is the person who wrote the note sending him to the cafe in the first place. Luci finally admits that she knows him, and that his name is Elliott Stanley.
3"Episode 3"[7]Chris SweeneyHarry Williams and Jack Williams9 January 2022 (2022-01-09)8.25
The Man is left reeling from the discoveries about his past.
4"Episode 4"[8]Daniel NettheimHarry Williams and Jack Williams16 January 2022 (2022-01-16)8.49
The Man uses Helen to ensure he stays alive long enough to discover who he is.
5"Episode 5"[9]Daniel NettheimHarry Williams and Jack Williams23 January 2022 (2022-01-23)9.07
Figures from his past converge and The Man is sent on an unsettling mental journey.
6"Episode 6"[10]Daniel NettheimHarry Williams and Jack Williams30 January 2022 (2022-01-30)9.12
Will the truth about The Man's identity finally be revealed?



In February 2020, it was announced that BBC One and Stan would co-produce a limited mystery-thriller series written by Harry and Jack Williams, directed by Chris Sweeney, and produced by Two Brothers Pictures.[11] HBO Max later joined as a co-producer and distributor for the US market.[12] In January 2021, Jamie Dornan, Danielle Macdonald, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Alex Dimitriades, and Hugo Weaving joined the cast of the series.[12] Damon Herriman replaced Hugo Weaving a week before filming started.[13]


Series 1[edit]

Filming, which began in March 2021 in South Australia, took place in the regional towns of Port Augusta and Peterborough,[13] and the Flinders Ranges,[14] with some scenes shot in Adelaide.[14] The production crew recreated Bali's Kuta Beach on Adelaide's North Haven Beach.[14] Principal photography was concluded in July 2021.[15]

Series 2[edit]

Filming for the second series will start in April 2023 with Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald returning.[16]


The first episode of this limited series was released in the UK on 1 January 2022.[17] Later all six episodes were released on BBC iPlayer.[18] With an overall view of 18 million on its release, the series became the third most successful drama launch for the iPlayer.[19] As of March 2022, it became the most watched series on iPlayer.[20]

The first episode was watched 6,428,000 times on iPlayer alone during 2022, making it the 3rd most viewed individual programme on the platform that year.[21]

The series was also premiered in Australia the following day on Stan.[22]

It debuted 3 March on HBO Max in the US and Latin America, and on Amazon Prime in Canada.[1]

ZDF released the series on 12 August in Germany.[23]


Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported 97% approval based on 33 reviews with an average rating of 7.60/10.[24] The site's critics consensus reads: "Jamie Dornan makes for a compelling guide through The Tourist, a beguiling drama that deepens its mystery with solid shocks and welcome moments of levity."[24] On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[25] Critics particularly praised Dornan's[26] and Macdonald's performances.

In a 4/5 stars review, Lucy Mangan wrote in The Guardian: "This outback thriller from the writer of The Missing is fun, stylish and clearly still has many twists up its sleeve."[27] While Ed Cumming of The Independent addressed it as Dornan's best work until then,[28] Lauren Morris in the Radio Times described it as "An unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat mystery that startles you with laugh-out-loud moments of ridiculousness."[29] The Guardian ranked it number 24 on their list of best television shows of 2022.[30] It also became the most-watched drama of 2022 in the UK.[31]


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2022 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Actor Jamie Dornan Nominated [32]
Most Outstanding Supporting Actor Damon Herriman Nominated
Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie The Tourist Nominated
Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards Golden Nymph Award for Best Television Series Won [33]
Golden Nymph Award for Best Creation Won
Betaseries Public Prize Won
Edinburgh International Television Festival Breakthrough Award Danielle Macdonald Won [34]
TV Times Magazine Awards Favourite Dramatic Performance Jamie Dornan Nominated [35]
AACTA Technical Crafts Awards Best Cinematography in Television Ben Wheeler (for episode 1) Nominated [36]
Geoffrey Hall (for episode 6) Nominated
Best Production Design in Television Scott Bird (for episode 1) Won
AACTA Awards Best Television Drama Series The Tourist Nominated [37]
Best Lead Actor in Television Drama Jamie Dornan Nominated
Royal Television Society Crafts and Design Awards Best Sound-Drama Paul Cotterel, Paul Carter and Del Kenneally Nominated [38]
Best Picture Enhancement Dan Coles Nominated
Best Photography-Drama & Comedy Ben Wheeler Nominated
Venice TV Awards Best Drama The Tourist Nominated [39]
Location Managers Guild Awards Outstanding Locations in Limited Anthology Television Sarah Abbey, Mark Evans, Maria Humphreys and Scott McCarten Nominated [40]
British Society of Cinematographers Awards Best Cinematography in a Television Drama Ben Wheeler Won [41]
British Academy Television Awards Best Photography and Lighting: Fiction Nominated [42]


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