'The Tourist': US release date, cast, plot, trailer, and all you need to know about the twisty thriller

Jamie Dornan in The Tourist.
Jamie Dornan lands himself in danger in 'The Tourist'. (Image credit: © Two Brothers Pictures (photographer: Ian Routledge))

The Tourist has brought mystery and intrigue to BBC1 and now the drama is heading to HBO Max for US viewers. 

Created and penned by award-winning brothers Harry and Jack Williams, whose previous credits include Liar, The Missing and Baptiste, the series sees Jamie Dornan as a mysterious character known as "The Man," who faces huge danger as he searches for his identity in the Australian outback.

Here’s everything we know about The Tourist...

'The Tourist' release date

The Tourist arrives on HBO Max in the US on Thursday, March 3. 

The thriller first aired on BBC1 in the UK on Saturday, Jan. 1 2022 (New Year's Day) and now all episodes are available on streaming service BBCiPlayer. 

What is the plot of 'The Tourist'?

Jamie Dornan in The Tourist.

Jamie Dornan is feeling the heat in 'The Tourist'. (Image credit: © Two Brothers Pictures (photographer: Ian Routledge))

The twist-laden, action-packed, darkly comic drama follows The Man, a Brit, who has ended up Down Under and finds himself being chased by a massive truck, which is attempting to drive him off the road. 

After a breathtaking pursuit, The Man wakes up some time later in hospital but has no idea of his name or identity. But as people from his past return to haunt him, he faces a race against time to get to the truth about who he once was and who he is now before he is discovered by those who want to silence him forever...

The Tourist has some of the most exciting scripts I’ve ever read,” says Jamie Dornan, best known for The Fall and Fifty Shades of Grey film. 'I wanted The Man to come across as likeable because then the things you hear about him are more shocking as the shadiness of his past catches up with him…”

“We're hugely excited about this show. It's tonally breaking new ground for us, and having Jamie Dornan on board is the icing on the Australian cake,” add the Williams brothers.

Who does Danielle Macdonald play in 'The Tourist'?

Danielle Macdonald in The Tourist.

Danielle Macdonald as probationary cop Helen Chambers in The Tourist. (Image credit: BBC)

The drama also stars Danielle Macdonald (Unbelievable, Dumplin’, Patti Cake$) as rookie probationary constable Helen Chambers.

“Helen is a fascinating and intriguing character, I fell in love with her on page one,” says Macdonald. “I ended up reading all the episodes in one sitting because I couldn’t put them down! I’m so excited to get to be a part of this incredible project and I can’t wait to start filming alongside the amazing cast and production team.”

Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald in The Tourist

Helen (Danielle Macdonald) has questions to ask of The Man (Jamie Dornan) in 'The Tourist'. (Image credit: BBC)

Who does Shalom Brune-Franklin play in 'The Tourist'?

Shalom Brune-Franklin in The Tourist.

Shalom Brune-Franklin as Luci Miller in The Tourist. (Image credit: BBC)

Shalom Brune-Franklin in The Tourist

Luci (Shalom Brune-Franklin) has her eye on something in The Tourist. (Image credit: BBC)

Shalom Brune-Franklin (Line of Duty, Roadkill) is enigmatic waitress Luci, who crosses paths with The Man.

"This story is unique and I'm excited to be a part of bringing it to life with this brilliant team,” reveals Brune-Franklin. “I'm looking forward to adding to the thrilling mystery of these scripts with the wonderfully intriguing character of Luci. It's very exciting to be working on such a great project in Australia — it's going to be a lot of fun."

Shalom Brune-Franklin and Jamie Dornan in The Tourist.

Can Luci (Shalom Brune-Franklin) help The Man (Jamie Dornan) in 'The Tourist'? (Image credit: BBC)

Who else is in the cast of 'The Tourist'?

Damon Herriman in The Tourist

Damon Herriman as Inspector Lachlan Rogers in The Tourist. (Image credit: BBC)

Damon Herriman (Mindhunter, Justified) plays quirky cop DI Lachlan Rogers, and replaces Hugo Weaving who had to leave the production due to scheduling issues. Meanwhile Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Trapped, The Missing) also appears as Billy Nixon, an American who gets embroiled in the case, and Alex Dimitriades (The End, The Cry) is Kosta Panigiris, a wealthy but shady businessman. 

How many episodes of 'The Tourist' are there?

Jamie Dornan in The Tourist

Jamie Dornan finds jeopardy in the outback in 'The Tourist'. (Image credit: © Two Brothers Pictures (photographer: Ian Routledge))

There are six 60-minute instalments.

Is there a trailer for 'The Tourist'?

Yes! The action-packed teaser features explosions, helicopters and guns. It begins with The Man driving along in the Outback singing to the radio before a truck shockingly crashes into him. As he later sits sipping a beer he muses, "Why would somebody want me dead?" We then get glimpses of several other characters including an anxious-looking Helen and Luci before we see The Man lying in his hospital bed suffering from amnesia and the ominous words What He Doesn't Know Could Kill Him are emblazoned on the screen.

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.