Jamie Dornan's 'The Tourist' confirmed for a second series at BBC One

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 30/11/2021 - Programme Name: The Tourist - TX: n/a - Episode: Early Release (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  The Man (JAMIE DORNAN) - (C) Two Brothers Pictures - Photographer: Ian Routledge
The Tourist is coming back for a second series. (Two Brothers Pictures/BBC)

Jamie Dornan Australian-set thriller The Tourist has finally been confirmed for a second series after months of speculation over whether it would return.

The series which starred Dornan as The Man, an apparent tourist in Australia who was suffering amnesia after being run off the road in an Outback car crash who was struggling to discover his true identity, was a huge hit for BBC One when it launched at New Year.

It is the highest-rating drama of 2022 so far, having launched with a huge 12 million viewers, and all six episodes were the most-watched episodes on BBC iPlayer in January this year.

A bleak ending to series one showed The Man having taken an overdose after finding out the unbearable truth about his past, as police officer Helen (Danielle Macdonald) tried to call him to tell him her true feelings.

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Programme Name: The Tourist - TX: 01/01/2022 - Episode: Genric (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  The Man (JAMIE DORNAN) - (C) Two Brothers Pictures - Photographer: Ian Routledge
It's unclear whether Jamie Dornan's character will survive for the second series. (Two Brothers Pictures/BBC)

He had been unable to live with the knowledge that the woman appearing in his flashbacks was not a former lover, but turned out to have had her life ruined by him as he had previously used her as a drugs mule.

Viewers were left wondering whether Helen's call would come in time to save The Man, but as yet it is unclear whether Dornan's character will be back for series two - and writers Harry and Jack Williams have changed their cast for returning series of their previous dramas including The Missing and Liar.

Fans of the show will also be hoping to see more of Macdonald, whose character found her confidence as an officer and left her emotionally abusive fiance after teaming up with The Man who had kidnapped her.

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Danielle Macdonald's police officer Helen was popular with viewers. (Two Brothers Pictures/BBC)

Many of the show's other stars, including Shalom Brune-Franklin and Alex Dimitriades were killed off as part of the violent plot.

The Tourist isn't the only popular series coming back for a second run at BBC One - Suranne Jones crime thriller Vigil will also return with a new series set in Scotland again, although it may not be on board a submarine this time.

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Suranne Jones crime thriller Vigil will also get a second series. (World Productions/BBC)

Martin Freeman police drama The Responder, which stars him with a Scouse accent, will also get a second series, as will gritty prison drama Time.

However, it looks as though Time stars Sean Bean and Stephen Graham will not be back as the BBC has announced it will welcome a new cast and be set in an all-female prison.

Watch: See the trailer for series one of The Tourist

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