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The Tourist: Release date, cast, trailer, and plot of gripping new BBC drama

The Tourist is a six-part thriller (Picture: BBC)

The Tourist is the BBC’s latest explosive drama starring Jamie Dornan and it’s set to keep us on tenterhooks in the New Year.

The six-part series 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.

‘An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive,’ the synopsis teases. ‘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.’

Here’s everything you need to know about The Tourist, including who is in the cast and when it’s released.

Who does Jamie Dornan play in The Tourist?

Jamie Dornan takes on the role of The Man in The Tourist.

When we meet The Man, he’s forgotten who he is. He’ll be forced to reckon with past actions he has no recollection of, and over the course of six episodes, wrestle with whether the person he was is the person he is now.

Jamie Dornan plays The Man (Picture: BBC)

Describing his character in five words, Dornan said: ‘Desperate, confused, alone, angry, and complicated.’

‘We find The Man driving through the dusty outback of South Australia and it’s very hard to gauge much about this guy,’ he teased. ‘We find out that he’s been followed by a big, nasty, aggressive-looking truck, and The Man gets hit off the road, having this terrible accident.

‘He wakes up in a hospital, doesn’t remember anything, doesn’t know who he is, and then this mad, epic journey starts with him trying to piece together what’s happened.’

Who else is in The Tourist cast?

The Tourist also stars Dumplin’s Danielle Macdonald, who plays probationary constable Helen Chambers.

Helen is described as earnest and eager to please, locked in a self-conscious struggle with her weight. Her struggle will be having the confidence to trust her instincts – which are far more perceptive than she realises.

Danielle Macdonald plays Helen Chambers (Picture: BBC)

Line Of Duty’s Shalom Brune-Franklin takes on the role of Luci Miller, a young woman working in a diner in a one-horse town in the middle of nowhere.

Although she has an infectious energy, Luci is hiding a past that will become clearer as the series goes on, a past that places her at the centre of some very dangerous situations.

Mindhunter’s Damon Herriman plays Detective Inspector Lachlan Rogers.

DI Rogers is described as a ‘no-bullshit police officer’. As one of the most highly regarded detective inspectors in Australia, he bears the confidence that comes with this.

Shalom Brune-Franklin plays Luci Miller (Picture: BBC)

The Cry’s Alex Dimitriades is Kosta Panigiris, a wealthy and powerful man who has always kept at arm’s length from the messier side of his nefarious business.

Neither his capacity for brutality nor his intelligence (both of which got him where he is now) should be underestimated.

The Missing’s Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays American man Billy Nixon who runs a trucking distribution company on the outskirts of the small city of Cooper Springs.

Mindhunter’s Damon Herriman plays Detective Inspector Lachlan Rogers (Picture: BBC)

His appearance and his cool tempered voice belie a sinister mind beneath.

Australian actor Kamil Ellis takes on the role of Sergeant Lammon, an easy-going cop in the sleepy tourist town of Burnt Ridge. His personable, small-town attitude to policing is at odds with the serious detectives from Major Crimes that he’ll be forced to work with.

Is there a trailer for The Tourist?

When does The Tourist start? UK release date

The Tourist will air on BBC One on Saturday 1st January 2022 at 9pm.

All six episodes will be made available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

Credit: Original article published here.

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