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Jamie Dornan will be returning to the Outback for a second season – but when?

Jamie Dornan in The Tourist
Published: Tuesday, 22nd March 2022 at 12:51 pm

Warning: this article contains discussion of suicide and suicidal ideation that some readers may find distressing.


*Contains spoilers for all episodes of The Tourist*

January 2022 saw the launch of brand-new thriller The Tourist on the BBC.

And after twists and turns galore, the offbeat, tense mystery drama – which centres around an enigmatic figure in the Australian outback who suffers amnesia – finally revealed the identity of The Man.

However, while it tied up that loose end, the season finale left several other questions up in the air.

Luckily, the BBC has confirmed a second season renewal, so fans might not have to wait too long for those answers.

Very little is known about season 2 at this stage, but we do know that screenwriters Jack and Harry Williams will once again be penning the scripts.

Speaking to Radio Times magazine about season 1, the BBC's Chief Content Office Charlotte Moore recently pointed out the impressive viewing figures.

"In its first 30 days, 12 million people watched The Tourist – that’s twice as big as the largest show, Stay Close, on Netflix," she said.

"The power that the BBC has to reach millions of people is far greater than we perhaps realise."

Read on for everything we know so far about The Tourist season 2.

Will The Tourist be back for a second season?

The Tourist star Jamie Dornan
The Tourist star Jamie Dornan BBC

The BBC has officially announced The Tourist will return for season 2. We can't wait!

Considering the drama left viewers on a cliffhanger with the first season's finale, fans have been clamouring for The Man – who we found out was called Elliot – to return.

Jamie Dornan previously told in an exclusive interview that while they originally planned for the show to be a one-off, the demand was definitely there for a follow-up.

"I guess it's a little bit open-ended with the end, people still have questions," he said. "Obviously we had good plans for it, wanted it, but the response to it, as you know, has been insane and the amount of people [who have] watched it, and the love for it is very real.

"I saw something the other day that they said that there's talk of... they'd be looking into how they could do a second series of it if there is a want, and it seems there is a want," he added.

"So who knows, the plan was only ever to play The Man once, but we'll see."

Meanwhile, The Tourist creators Harry and Jack Williams told before the first season aired that they were talking about possible ideas for a second season.

"I would love to make this show again with these people," Harry said. "I'm not entirely sure it's possible. I love the tone, I love the world. It's been our lives for three years and we've been very, very involved with it, more so than any other show."

His brother Jack added: "We are talking about how we could return to this world, aren't we?" with Harry replying: "Yeah, this world and this tone. I feel like we're not done with that. In terms of the story, we'll see how it goes if people like it."

The Tourist season 2 release date speculation

The Tourist
The Tourist BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge

Sadly, a release date for The Tourist season 2 is yet to be announced.

However, if we were to hazard a guess, it most likely won't arrive until 2023 at the earliest, taking into account the time necessary to write scripts and shoot and edit new episodes.

What could happen in The Tourist season 2?

While plot details are yet to be confirmed, the season 1 finale left us with some loose ends that could be tied up in season 2.

When we last saw Elliot, he had drunk a bottle of vodka and swallowed lots of pills in an attempt to end his life, having found out that he was a drug trafficker before losing his memory. However, Constable Helen Chambers (Danielle Macdonald) decided to give him a chance by sending him a burrito emoji – which a few episodes earlier they established as a symbol of love.

With Elliot now having something to live for, season 2 would reveal whether he lived or died and whether he continued his romance with Helen. We also wouldn't be surprised if another shady figure from his past popped up to give us a villain for season 2.

Which of The Tourist cast could return for a second season?

Danny Adcock in The Tourist
Danny Adcock in The Tourist BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge

It wouldn't be The Tourist without Jamie Dornan and we can expect the international superstar to reprise his role as Elliot when the drama returns.

Similarly, it's a fair bet we'd see Danielle Macdonald return as Constable Helen Chambers and potentially Damon Herriman as DI Lachlan Rogers, who was jailed for murdering Rodney Lammon.

However, we know that Shalom Brune-Franklin, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Alex Dimitriades won't be back as their characters died in season one.

The Tourist season 1 is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or visit our Drama hub for more news, interviews and features.


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