The Tourist on BBC One: What it’s about, cast and where you’ve seen them before

The BBC is kicking off the new year with a brand new drama that is set to have viewers gripped. The Tourist is the broadcaster’s first major offering of the year. The thriller has been created by Jack and Harry Williams, the brains behind the BBC’s other hit dramas Baptiste and The Missing.

Described as “character driven”, the six-part drama follows “a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road.” The BBC’s synopsis continues: “An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is.

“With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.”

Jamie Dornan leads the cast as ‘The Man’

The BBC adds: “Full of shocking, surprising, funny and brutal turns, The Tourist is set in a world populated by quirky, enigmatic characters and off-beat comedy punctuates high-stakes action. “At its heart, however, is a story of self-discovery with a ticking timebomb underneath: as The Man starts to uncover the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now – and fast. Will he unlock the secrets of his identify before those who are trying to kill him catch up with him?”

And viewers are will more then likely recognise The Tourist’s main man. Jamie Dornan, best known for roles in The Fall and Fifty Shades of Grey, leads the cast as the British man, who remains nameless.

The Tourist on BBC One: What it's about, cast and where you've seen them beforeDanielle Macdonald

Australian actor Danielle Macdonald plays Helen Chambers, a Probationary Constable working on his case. Viewers may recognise her from Bird Box and Netflix’s Unbelievable and Dumplin’.

Line of Duty and Our Girl’s Shalom Brune-Franklin also stars as Luci Miller, alongside The Missing’s Olafur Darri Olafsson as Billy Nixon, The Cry’s Alex Dimitriades as Kosta Panigiris and Mindhunter and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Damon Herriman as Detective Inspector Lachlan Rogers. The Tourist airs on BBC One on Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 9pm. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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