‘Watching ‘The Tourist’ and already obsessed!’ BBC has 2022’s first binge-worthy show

TV tonight Jamie Dornan plays a man trying to piece together the past
Jamie Dornan in 'The Tourist’ (Image credit: BBC)

Jamie Dornan adorns the screen in new BBC One thriller The Tourist and while his mesmerising good looks seem distracting to many viewers it’s the beguiling narrative that is capturing most people’s attention.

Jamie Dornan plays a nameless Irishman driving through the Aussie outback in a beaten-up hatchback when he’s suddenly involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with an articulated HGV. He thinks he’s escaped when he’s side-swiped and his car is thrown into a series of violent rolls.

When he comes to in a country hospital he has no recollection of the crash, his past or even his name.

It’s a thrilling conceit and one we shouldn’t be surprised by, considering the creators are Jack and Harry Williams, the supremely gifted brothers who kept us guessing through two series of the brilliant drama The Missing between 2014-16.

It seems the BBC has a hit on its hands as The Tourist viewers were lining up to praise the mystery on social media. One wrote: “Great first episode of #TheTourist. Having spent a year travelling around Australia, that’s a pretty accurate portrayal of the Outback folk! Funny, helpful and brutally honest!”

The Tourist is completely binge-worthy, according to many, so it’s great that the entire series can be watched on iPlayer. “It was worth staying up until 3am to binge watch The Tourist. Well done Jamie Dornan and the other actors it was a top show lots of twists and turns”. 

Others agreed. “Finished #TheTourist and absolutely bloody loved it… it had a great cast, storyline and who new the BBC could make something so great?! 100% recommend!”

People were also quick to spot the thriller’s obvious influences, from Steven Spielberg’s debut film Duel to Twin Peaks, Fargo, Buried and Memento, which esteemed company.

Of course, there will always be detractors and this viewer felt a massive letdown was in store.

They were in the distinct minority, however, as The Tourist has received a massive thumbs up from the public and critics. The first unmissable series of 2022? “Watching #TheTourist & already obsessed..” was the verdict of many.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.