BBC renew four popular new dramas for second series

The BBC has renewed four of its recent major dramas for a second series. The Tourist, The Responder, Vigil and Time have all been commissioned to return to screens for a second instalment. All four shows were watched by millions across the UK following their respective launches.

The Tourist – starring Jamie Dornan as a truck driver who wakes up with no memory in the middle of the Australian outback – is currently the highest-rating drama of 2022 with 12 million viewers tuning in for its first episode. The Responder, written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher and starring Martin Freeman as a night-duty police officer in Liverpool, was the second most popular new drama this year with 10 million viewers across 30 days. Cast and crew will return to the North West city to film the second series.

THE RESPONDER, a distinctive new take on crime drama from the makers of The Salisbury Poisonings, Dancing Ledge Productions

Dark mystery thriller Vigil – which launched its first series in September 2021 – saw Suranne Jones and Line of Duty’s Martin Compston join forces for a Scottish drama.

It became the UK’s most-watched new drama launch in three years since Bodyguard in 2018 attracting an audience of more than 13 million viewers across 30 days for episode one and overall an average of 12.6 million viewers over 30 days for the full series. A new cast is set to appear in a second series of the emotional prison-based drama Time – which will be set in a female prison. The first series had viewers gripped as Sean Bean starred as a Mark Cobden, a man convicted for four years and Stephen Graham as Eric, a prison officer who’s put in an impossible position.

On the announcement, Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer said: “The BBC is on fire creatively and the return of four of our biggest dramas over the last year demonstrates the sheer scale and range of storytelling on the BBC.”

Further information about each series will be revealed in due course but series one of all four dramas are now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.