How to watch The Tourist season 2 — all episodes available now

Helen (Danielle Macdonald) and Elliot (Jamie Dornan) hold hands across a picnic bench in front of a lake in The Tourist season 2
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The Tourist season 2 is here. Emmy-nominated heartthrob Jamie Dornan returned to our screens in January as Elliott Stanley, a man we first found in an Australian hospital with no recollection of who he was, or why everyone wanted him dead. Season 2 shifted the action from Oz to the Emerald Isle as Elliott and Helen (Danielle Macdonald) made ever more troubling discoveries about Elliott’s past.

Read on below for how to watch The Tourist season 2 online for free. And, should you find yourself away from home, you can stream the series stream the series from anywhere with a VPN.

The Tourist season 2: channel, start time, and streaming options

Release date and time: The Tourist season 2 released early January in the U.K. with all 6 episodes available now on BBC iPlayer.
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The Tourist, created by siblings Harry and Jack Williams, the Emmy-winning producers of The Missing and Fleabag, was the most watched drama of 2022 in the UK and a hit internationally, with season 2 proving just as popular domestically. 

After learning some hard home truths about our amnesiac anti-hero, did Elliott manage to balance the karmic scales this season? No spoilers here of course, but we can say that season 2, saw Helen escort him to his native Ireland where they found themselves unwittingly in the middle of a bitter family feud and also hunted by brand new enemies.

Yet, as Niamh Cassidy (Joyride’s Olwen Fouéré) cautioned Helen in the series' trailer, “You don’t know him sweetheart. You don’t even know his real name.”

The second outing also welcomed Conor MacNeill (Industry), Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings), and Francis Magee (Kin) to the cast, and delivered even bigger twists and turns than the first season of this compelling crime drama series. Read our guide below for how to watch The Tourist season 2 online and from anywhere in the world.

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How to watch The Tourist season 2 online and FREE with BBC iPlayer

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The Tourist season 2 arrived on BBC iPlayer in January, and all 6 episodes out now to stream at your leisure.

Of course, if you’re watching The Tourist on BBC iPlayer, you’ll need a valid TV license.

Travelling outside the U.K.? Don't worry — as we explain below, you can watch it live or on-demand when you download a VPN.

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How to watch The Tourist season 2 online from anywhere with a VPN

Currently traveling in a country where BBC iPlayer isn’t available? With the right VPN (Virtual private network), you can continue to access your usual platforms and watch your favorite shows online no matter where in the world you are.

We've evaluated many options, and the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more down to a minimum of $6.67).

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the show. Head to BBC iPlayer and stream new episodes of The Tourist season 2 online.


How to watch The Tourist season 2 in the U.S.

Although HBO Max co-produced season 1 and was the U.S. streaming home of The Tourist, the company hasn’t been similarly involved with the second season and has even removed the show’s initial episodes from its platform. 

However, The Tourist has a new home alongside other crime thrillers on Netflix. It will arrive a little later thank the U.K, dropping on Monday, February 29, however the first series arrived on February 1 if you want a refresh in the meantime. 

A U.K. citizen travelling abroad? With a VPN you can connect to BBC iPlayer from anywhere, and stream hit shows like The Tourist season 2 online no matter where you are.

Can you watch The Tourist season 2 online in Canada?

There’s no release date in Canada for The Tourist season 2 just yet. Rights to stream the series were initially purchased by Amazon Prime in 2022 – the early episodes are available to stream now – but the platform hasn’t confirmed whether it will also host the second season.

Abroad and unable to access BBC iPlayer? As mentioned above, a VPN will let you stream The Tourist season 2 online no matter where you are.

How to watch The Tourist season 2 online FREE in Australia

Stan, the company co-producing The Tourist with the BBC, is the place to find all new season 2 episodes in Australia with the whole season available right now

Stan offers an incredible free 30-day trial to check out the streaming service. After that, the Basic plan costs $10 AUD/per month, with pricier options if you want to stream on more than one device and in HD or 4K quality.

But remember: if you're based in the U.K. but aren't there at the moment, you could still connect to BBC iPlayer and stream The Tourist season 2 live or on-demand. All you need is a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

The Tourist season 2 episode guide and schedule

The Tourist season 2 TV aired in the U.K. on the following dates:

  • The Tourist season 2 episode 1 – Monday, Jan. 1
  • The Tourist season 2 episode 2 – Tuesday, Jan. 2
  • The Tourist season 2 episode 3 – Sunday, Jan. 7
  • The Tourist season 2 episode 4 – Sunday, Jan. 14
  • The Tourist season 2 episode 5 – Sunday, Jan. 21
  • The Tourist season 2 episode 6 – Sunday, Jan. 28

The Tourist season 2 full cast

  • Jamie Dornan as Elliott Stanley
  • Danielle Macdonald as Helen Chambers
  • Greg Larsen as Ethan Krum
  • Conor MacNeill as Detective Ruairi Slater
  • Olwen Fouéré as Niamh Cassidy
  • Diarmaid Murtagh as Donal
  • Nessa Matthews as Orla
  • Mark McKenna as Fergel
  • Francis Magee as Frank

Watch The Tourist season 2 trailer

Before you check out how to watch The Tourist season 2 online, take a look at the explosive trailer, below:

What to expect from The Tourist season 2?

Harry and Jack Williams, Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures say: "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."

Lindsay Salt, BBC Director of Drama, says: “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.”

The Tourist series 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.

Who is joining the cast of The Tourist season 2?

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).

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Daniel Pateman has been a freelance writer since 2018. He currently works across a range of brands including TechRadar, T3, GamesRadar, What Hi-Fi? and CinemaBlend, where he regularly pens How To Watch articles about where our readers can stream the latest new movies and TV shows, as well as producing detailed guides on the best streaming services, from Disney Plus to Netflix. He received a first-class degree in Humanities and Media in 2013 from Birkbeck University and later an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture. In addition to his work for Future's websites, Daniel writes across the broad spectrum of arts topics – including photography, sculpture, painting, film – and has been published in The Brooklyn Rail and Eyeline magazine, among others.