Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

The Tourist: Jamie Dornan’s Australian mystery series simmers literally and figuratively

© BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian RoJamie Dornan as The Man and Shalom Brune-Franklin’s Luci in The Tourist.
Jamie Dornan as The Man and Shalom Brune-Franklin’s Luci in The Tourist.

Jamie Dornan’s Australian mystery series simmered along both literally and figuratively last week.

The Northern Irish actor plays “The Man”, a Kim-Carnes-loving, Bette-Davis-Eyes-singing ragamuffin who is deliberately driven off the road in the dusty Australian bush by a lorry, knocking him unconscious and leaving him with amnesia.

The first episode built up sympathy for The Man as he tried in vain to find out his true identity, but the second episode revealed that we might not like what we find when his true colours are finally revealed.

Clearly influenced by both American westerns and Australian comedies, The Tourist feels like it should be more of a scream than it actually is. Alas, the Australian bush is a large place and even in TV world it takes characters ages to get from A to B.

A lot of the action has been taken up so far by Dornan’s character quizzing the natives about local landmarks and their distances from their current location, puzzling over which dry lead to follow next. It is hardly edge of your seat, nail-biting stuff. I mean.

Things picked up at the end of episode two when we found out that The Man, real name Elliot, killed someone in his previous life. What is worse, finding out you are a murderer, or finding out you have a dorky name like Elliot?

Something to ponder during Elliot’s next boring car journey through the bush.


The Tourist, BBC One and iPlayer