The BBC has confirmed that four of its biggest dramas aired over the past year are back. The Tourist, The Responder, Vigil and Time are all set to make a comeback with a second series after each drama was a hit with viewers.
The Tourist, which aired on January 1 this year, is the broadcaster’s highest-rated drama of 2022 so far, with 12 million viewers. The six-part thriller was created by Jack and Harry Williams, the masterminds behind fellow BBC hit dramas Baptiste and The Missing, and followed a British man who finds himself in the Australian outback with no idea who he is. East.
The second-biggest new drama of 2022 so far is The Responder, which racked up nearly 10 million views over 30 days. The crime drama starring Martin Freeman was written by a former police officer. Set and filmed in Liverpool, the series follows rush constable Chris working five tough night shifts in a row.
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Released in August 2021, Vigil was the UK’s most-watched new drama since the launch of Bodyguard in 2018. With the first episode drawing an audience of over 13 million views over 30 days, the six-part thriller series was a hit with the audience. It centered on Chief Detective Inspector Amy Silva, who was assigned to investigate the death of a crew member found dead aboard the submarine.
The intense prison-based drama Time was one of the best-performing new dramas of 2021 with nearly 12 million viewers in the first month. Sean Bean played Mark Cobden, a teacher, husband and father, who is sentenced to four years after killing an innocent man in an accident.
The Liverpool actor played Stephen Graham as prison warden Eric McNally, who starts committing crimes in order to protect his son from violence while behind bars. The second series will welcome a new cast and will take place in a prison for women.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Content Manager, said: “The BBC is on fire creatively and the return of four of our greatest dramas over the past year demonstrates the breadth and range of storytelling on the BBC.”
The BBC has yet to release a return date for the second series of these programs. The first series of the four dramas is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
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