Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced with the BBC, the return of the hugely successful Stan Original Series The Tourist, a six-part thriller starring Jamie Dornan confirmed to start production in April.
One of Stan’s most popular Original Series, season one of The Tourist saw Jamie Dornan (Belfast, The Fall, Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar) star as Elliot, who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback on an epic cat and mouse chase with a vast tank truck. Elliot wakes in hospital, hurt, alive – and bewildered with no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, Elliot’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving landscape of Australia.
A year on from their adventure in the outback, the new series, which is set in Dublin, follows Jamie Dornan, who also serves as Executive Producer, and Danielle Macdonald (Stan Original Series Poker Face, Patti Cakes) who reprise their roles as Elliot and Helen, as they travel to Ireland together.
Deciding that it’s finally time for Elliot to rediscover his roots following the car crash that left him with severe memory loss, the pair find themselves dragged into the dangerous whirlwind of his past life. Whilst Elliot fights with his own demons, Helen is left to pick up the pieces of a larger mystery; forcing them both to confront foes, old and new.
Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said: ‘Originals are a key pillar of our content strategy and are amongst our highest performing programs in terms of subscriber acquisition and audience engagement. The first season of The Tourist was one of our most successful original series and we are delighted to be working again with BBC One and Two Brothers Pictures, bringing Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald back to our screens for this thrilling season return’.
Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures, Harry and Jack Williams said: ‘The Tourist was unlike anything we’d written before and we’re hugely grateful for the incredible response to series one. It’s been an exciting journey getting stuck into that world again with the quirky characters that were so loved, and seeing where we could take them next, whilst continuing to deliver a tonally unique and off-beat drama’.
Executive Producers for Two Brothers Pictures, Sarah Hammond and Daniel Walker said: ‘Series two of The Tourist will surprise and delight viewers in the same way that the first did so successfully. With comedy embedded throughout the dark and thrilling narrative, we’re sure this series will continue to appeal to a wide audience, and are excited to explore that in a different setting’.
Jamie Dornan commented: ‘I’m incredibly excited to continue the story with The Tourist. Harry and Jack Williams are brilliant writers, and I can’t wait for audiences to see how well Ireland and its characters are utilised to keep them guessing as the tale progresses.’
Danielle Macdonald commented: ‘I’m so excited to team up with Jamie again and return for another wild adventure with an amazing cast and crew. Jack and Harry Williams are brilliant story tellers and it’s exciting to see what their minds will come up with next’.
The Tourist season two is a Two Brothers Pictures (an All3Media company) production for the BBC, in association with Stan and ZDF, created and written by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Baptiste, Fleabag), who alongside Jamie Dornan, Daniel Walker (Dinosaur, Boat Story) and Sarah Hammond (Fleabag, Back To Life, Boat Story) serve as executive producers for Two Brothers Pictures, and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC. Alex Mercer (Inside Man, Crossfire, Doctor Who) produces; Fergus O’Brien (Happy Valley series 3, Gentleman Jack, The A Word) directs the opening block with Johann Perry (Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack, Against The Law) as Director of Photography. Louise Kiely (The Banshees of Inisherin, Normal People, The Green Knight) is Casting Director. Stan Originals Executive Producers are Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie. International sales are handled by global partner All3Media International.
The second season of the Stan Original Series The Tourist will commence production in April.