The six-part series is set in the Australian outback and follows a British man as he is pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road.
A cat and mouse chase ensues and the man later wakes in hospital - injured - but alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man's search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.
The synopsis reads: "The Tourist is a character-driven mystery packed thriller, full of shocking, surprising, funny and brutal turns. Set in a world populated by quirky, enigmatic characters, off-beat black comedy punctuates high-stakes action.
"The series takes twists and turns through the dusty outback of Australia, to the frantic noise and lights of Singapore, and to the calm, luxury white-sand beaches of Bali."
Harry and Jack Williams - whose writing credits include The Missing, Baptiste and Liar - announced in a statement: "The Tourist is a departure from anything we've written before. It isn’t an easy show to categorise - so we won't.
"We are, however, hugely excited to have Chris Sweeney on board as director, and to be making this for the BBC. We're thankful for their support of this ambitious project."
Filming will begin later this year and casting will be announced in due course.
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