BBC ‘creatively on fire’ as four major dramas are slated for a second series

The BBC is “creatively on fire,” its chief content officer said, as four major dramas are slated for a second series.

Harlotte Moore said the hugely popular shows The Tourist, The Responder, Vigil and Time have all been mandated to return to screens.

All four shows were watched by millions across the UK after their respective launches.

The Tourist is currently the highest rated drama of 2022 with 12 million viewers tuning in for its first episode.


The Tourist starred Jamie Dornan as a truck driver who wakes up in a life-and-death situation in the middle of the Australian outback (Ian West/PA).

Jamie Dornan plays a truck driver who faces a life-and-death situation after waking up with no memory in the middle of the Australian outback.

The Responder, starring Martin Freeman, was the second most popular new drama this year with 10 million viewers in 30 days. Filming is set to return to Liverpool.

After launching last year, dark mystery thriller ‘Vigil’, starring Suranne Jones and Martin Compston, has been the most-watched new drama in the UK for three years since 2018’s ‘Bodyguard’.

The series attracted an audience of over 13 million 30-day viewers for the first episode, and the series averaged 12.6 million 30-day viewers overall.


Emotional prison drama Time, starring Sean Bean, will also return, but with a new cast (BBC/PA)

The emotional prison drama Time, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, will also return but with a new cast, with the second season set in a women’s prison.

“The BBC is on a creative fire and the return of four of our biggest dramas over the last year demonstrates the sheer scale and breadth of storytelling at the BBC,” said Ms Moore.

More information on each series will be announced in due course. BBC ‘creatively on fire’ as four major dramas are slated for a second series

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