Everything you need to know about Jamie Dornan’s new BBC drama The Tourist
A British man loses all sense of who he is in this nail-biting new thriller starring Jamie Dornan. After a muted first few minutes, the action levels are rapidly dialled up when The Man, as Jamie’s character is known, finds himself pursued by a huge tanker truck, the driver seemingly determined to run him off the road.
The ensuing cat-and-mouse chase through the Australian outback ends in an explosive accident that leaves the traveller in hospital. He’s badly hurt, and with no recollection of who he is, what he’s done or why he’s in the glowing heart of Australia.
“The initial chase was so ambitious, but I think it definitely tells the viewer about the pace of the show and offers an exciting opening to the series,” says Jamie, star of the Fifty Shades film franchise, A Private War and The Fall.
“Television is so heavily saturated with expensive productions that it’s hard to stand out. You need something that pops to grab people’s attention from the off and this certainly does that.”
So the scene is set and The Man must now uncover the answers as to why he was so relentlessly hunted – a pursuit that will propel
him through the vast and unforgiving outback and reveal that he may not be quite the charmer he first appears.
“The audience knows nothing about this guy, except the fact that he’s probably made a few wrong turns in order to find himself being chased through the middle of Australia by people trying to kill him,” Jamie says.
The 39-year-old actor played serial killer-turned-amnesiac Paul Spector in BBC’s The Fall, so this isn’t the first time he’s dealt with a sinister storyline. The difference here, however, is that in The Fall, we knew Spector was a killer.
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This time, we are completely in the dark about The Man and must learn about his identity and history as he does.
“It’s so exciting to watch it all be revealed and learn what’s brought him to that point in his life,” says Jamie. “He comes across as quite
a nice guy initially, but that makes the things you discover about him when the shadiness of his past finally catches up with him all the more shocking.”
Full of brutal, alarming and sometimes funny plot twists, The Tourist is set in a world populated by quirky and enigmatic characters who punctuate the high-stakes action with some refreshing comedic relief.
The Tourist also sees a probationary police officer, Helen Chambers, played by Dumplin’ star Danielle Macdonald, and mystery woman Luci Miller (Line Of Duty ’s Shalom Brune-Franklin) caught up in the action.
“With Helen, what you see is what you get,” says Danielle. “She’s a small-town girl who lives in a monotonous cycle and wants to be more than she is. The Man is intriguing and exciting and she’s drawn to him because of that.”
Shalom adds, “It’s clear from the start that Luci is going to be a source of answers for The Man. She knows more than she’s letting on and it’s interesting to watch how she’s eager to run away from the truth while he’s trying to uncover it. It’s interesting for the viewer to try to figure out what she has to gain from lying.”
At the heart of the story is The Man’s journey of self-discovery – but it comes with a ticking time bomb as those trying to kill him continue to pose an imminent threat. As he uncovers the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now.
Can he unlock the secrets of his identity before his pursuers catch up with him?
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