MANY viewers of The Tourist were captivated by the drama directed by Jamie Dornan, but some couldn’t get past a glaring “plot hole.”
Lead actor Jamie plays a Northern Irishman who finds himself in the glowing heart of the Australian outback, chased by a huge tanker trying to get him off the road.
An epic cat-and-mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes up in the hospital, injured, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is.
With ruthless figures from his past in pursuit, the man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and ruthless hinterland.
However, at its heart lies a story of self-discovery with a time bomb underneath: As The Man begins to uncover the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now – and quickly.
But one thing the man seems to know about himself is that he cannot drive a car with a shift lever.
Towards the end of the third episode which airs Sunday night on the BBC, The Man attempts to hijack the car of probation officer Helen Chambers.
Holding her at gunpoint, she reluctantly throws down her keys and he gets into the car briefly before cursing loudly.
“I’m going to need you to drive,” he says shyly to Helen, who shouts “why?” ” in response.
The Man hesitates: “I don’t think … I don’t think I can drive a stick.”
But viewers watching from the house didn’t believe a person from Northern Ireland wouldn’t be able to drive a manual car.
“[The] head injury was an incredible part of the plot. Tell yourself what’s most amazing – the character from Northern Ireland who can’t drive a car with manual transmission. I look forward to this story, “said the viewer on Twitter.
Another added: “Loving # TheTourist @ BBCOne Violent but funny and captivating. But some guy from Northern Ireland who can’t drive a shifter car? No.”
And a third wrote: “Why can’t someone from Northern Ireland know how to drive a stick? #TheTourist.”
In the UK, around 90 percent of drive tests are still passed in manual cars, automatic cars are on the increase with 40 percent of new cars on the road being automatic, according to insurer Marmalade.
The six-part series began on BBC1 on Saturday January 1, 2022 at 9 p.m. and will air every Sunday with all episodes now available on BBC iPlayer.
In the United States, the series is slated to air on HBO Max, but there is no release date yet.