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The Tourist season 2 starts shooting in Dublin

April 13, 2023

Filming has commenced in Dublin, Ireland, on the second season of The Tourist, for BBC One and iPlayer, in association with Stan, ZDF and All3Media International. The six-part thriller which is created and written by Jack and Harry Williams, is produced by Two Brothers Pictures (Baptiste, The Missing, Fleabag).

Joining the BAFTA and Golden Globe award nominated Jamie Dornan (Belfast, The Fall) and Danielle Macdonald (Unbelievable, Dumplin’) are Conor MacNeill (Industry, The Fall), Olwen Fouéré (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Northman), Francis Magee (Kin, Then You Run), Mark McKenna (Sing Street, One of Us is Lying), Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings, Outlander), and Nessa Matthews (Fair City). Season two also sees Greg Larsen (Dirty Laundry Live, How Not to Behave) reprise his role as Ethan Krum.

After their adventure in the Australian Outback, The Tourist’s second season follows Dornan and Macdonald’s characters Elliot and Helen as they travel to Ireland together. In an attempt to rediscover Elliot’s roots following his memory loss, they’re dragged into the dangerous whirlwind of his past life and are confronted by friends and foes both old and new, including Niamh Cassidy (Olwen Fouéré) and the McDonnell family – Donal (Diarmaid Murtagh), Orla (Nessa Matthews), Fergal (Mark McKenna), and Frank (Francis Magee). Detective Ruairi Slater (Conor MacNeill) becomes embroiled in the crossfire between the McDonnells and the Cassidys as the secrets of the family rivalry unravel.

Harry and Jack Williams, Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures, said: “We’re so excited to take Elliot and Helen to Ireland, where they will meet a host of dark and off beat new characters. With a stellar cast to match, we can’t wait for it all to be brought to life.”

Sarah Hammond and Daniel Walker, Executive Producers for Two Brothers Pictures said: “Harry & Jack create worlds and characters like no one else – and this series of The Tourist is no different. We’re delighted to have drawn such a talented cast and crew to deliver on this fresh and exciting second series.”

Lindsay Salt, BBC Director of Drama, said: “I could not be happier to welcome the phenomenon that is The Tourist back to BBC One and iPlayer. With an ingenious new adventure from the dazzling minds of Harry and Jack Williams, things are about to get even wilder for Elliot and Helen.”

Cailah Scobie, Stan Chief Content Officer, said: “The first season of The Tourist was a great success and one of our most watched shows on Stan ever. With the announcement of the new cast confirmed to join Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald, we know season two will once again thrill our Australian audiences. We are delighted to be working with BBC One and Two Brothers Pictures to deliver more world class original content.”

Having launched with 11.4 million viewers in the UK and holding the title as the UK’s most-watched drama of 2022 across all platforms, The Tourist is a true hit. Internationally, sales for the first season spanned five continents, with the show seen from South Korea to Scandinavia. The series was crowned the winner of three Golden Nymphs Awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival including Best Series, the festival’s highest accolade.

The Tourist season two is a Two Brothers Pictures (an All3Media company) production for the BBC, in association with Stan, ZDF and All3Media International created and written by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Baptiste, Fleabag). Fergus O’Brien (Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack) directs the opening block with Johann Perry (Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack) as DOP, while Lisa Mulcahy (Blood, Years and Years) and Kate Dolan (Kin, You Are Not My Mother) direct block two and three respectively. Alex Mercer (Inside Man, Crossfire) is producer, with Louise Kiely (The Banshees of Inisherin, Normal People) as casting director. Executive producers are Harry and Jack Williams, Daniel Walker and Sarah Hammond for Two Brothers Pictures, with Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC, and Jamie Dornan. International sales will be handled by All3Media international.

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