Series 2 of Torchwood will air on ABC2 from Friday, 18 Sept 2009 and begins with Captain Jack and the Torchwood team reuniting to fight a rogue Time Agent Captain John Hart (James Marsters from Buffy). With fearsome new aliens, compelling new storylines, and amazing guest stars, the second series takes the close-knit Torchwood team through dare-devil action, temptation, heartache… and a life-changing event for one of the team.
ABC2 has picked up repeat broadcast rights for Series One and Two of Torchwood after they were shown on CH10 and then shunted to TEN HD. In addition ABC2 will also screen Torchwood Declassified, the “behind the scenes” extras.
The third series of Torchwood is a 5 episode mini-series called “Children of Earth” which aired in Australia on Pay TV in July 2009. No word on whether Ch10 or ABC TV will broadcast it on free to air TV or when.
The second series of Torchwood was filmed in Spring 2007 and premiered on BBC Two in Jan 2008. Episode plotlines included Torchwood’s encounter with a rogue Time Agent, a time-slip from World War One; and a memory-thief who uncovers long-forgotten secrets among the entire team.
Guest appearances will be made by James Marsters (Spike, the punk-goth vampire, in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel) in the first episode and Doctor Who’s companion Martha Jones halfway through the series.
Channel Ten had assured fans that Torchwood series two would still return to air – but delayed for a long time. Ten committed to two series of the British sci-fi when it acquired the show, but it had a chequered scheduling history when it didn’t attract strong ratings.
Realising that they were losing younger viewers whose parents might not allow them to watch Torchwood, the BBC created an alternate family-friendly version of Torchwood from series 2 onwards. If Season 2 episode 1 is a good example the swearing was cut and replaced with other lines, some of the violence removed, and the camera cuts away from s*x scenes faster. Overall 3 minutes were cut from the full-length episode.
For series 1 Channel 10 pushed Torchwood series 1 from prime time on Mondays nights into a late night slot where it stayed until they finished the remaining episodes. I hate to say I told you so … but I told you so. Commercial TV is not the place for science fiction shows and Ten stuffed up anyway by making it look like a cop show in their promos. Ten should have let ABC TV buy the show and show it in conjunction with Dr Who.
Fans who want to watch Torchwood ad-free and uncut can buy the DVD set from Chaos DVD’s for a competitive price
Original review:To the dismay of fans, the hit new Dr Who spinoff series Torchwood will be broadcast on the commercial Network 10 channel in Australia despite an earlier report by Michael Idato in the SMH TV Guide saying it would be on ABC TV.
Sci-fi series have traditionally been poorly scheduled on Australian commercial TV and Ten is likely to broadcast it late at night and will probably move it around on different days or pull the series altogether if it doesn’t rate well in the first few weeks.
I have had it confirmed that the ABC was very interested in Torchwood because it holds rights to the sister series Dr Who, but was unable to outbid Channel 10 due to cuts to the ABC budget made by the Liberal/National Federal government.
John Barrowman’s Captain Jack [editor: he was last seen in the 2005 Christopher Eccleston series of Dr Who] plays the dashing leading man in this alien-technology-equipped spin-off to the BBC’s successful Dr Who franchise. It has sexy toys, CSI-style production values, an engaging cast and ripper stories. In short a winner.
“Torchwood is a British sci-fi paranoid thriller, a cop show with a sense of humour,” [said creator Russell T. Davies [RTD]]
“It’s dark, wild and sexy, it’s the X Files meets This Life. It’s a stand-alone series for adult audiences which will have its own unique identity.”
The cast includes John Barrowman as the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness – the ever watchful heart of the Torchwood team, guarding against the fragility of human kind.
Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper – initially an outsider whose first meeting with Torchwood sparks a burning curiosity to get to the truth, throwing her into an unfamiliar but exciting world.
Burn Gorman plays the raw but charming medic Owen Harper and Naoko Mori is Toshiko Sato, the team member who specialises in all things computer, surveillance and technical.
RTD, acclaimed creator and writer of such television programs as Queer As Folk and Casanova, brought roaring back to life (and huge ratings) a much beloved U.K. series, when his version of Doctor Who took to the airwaves in 2005.
From the beginning he knew he needed a ‘swash-buckling’, ‘matinee-idol’ type for the character of Captain Jack Harkness. RTD knew of only one man in the U.K. who fit that bill, John Barrowman.
John was such a huge success in only five episodes of the series, that when RTD started developing a spin off series from Doctor Who, Torchwood, it seemed a matter of course that it would center around the character of Captain Jack and the man who portrays him.
The Torchwood Institute: Established by Queen Victoria after an extra-terrestrial incursion on British soil in 1879.
Based deep within the Hub, housed under 21st century Cardiff Bay, Torchwood is a repository for the accumulation and safe keeping of alien artefacts and beings that emerge via the Rift – an invisible but powerful tear in the fabric of reality.
Earth’s first line of defence, the Torchwood team protects humanity from dangers threatening it, both from beyond the Rift and closer to home in a century where everything changes. Torchwood is led by Captain Jack Harkness, who knows that everything they discover is invaluable for mankind to survive what he believes is coming…
The name came from the Doctor Who production team’s habit of using an anagram – Torchwood – when sending sensitive tapes between buildings.
The announcement that the show would be adult in nature startled everyone. With the programme’s creator mocking the idea of “CSI: Cardiff”, no one knew whether to expect a quirky cop show or an adult twist on Doctor Who.
Starring rampant omnisexual Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and ex-policewoman Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), the show was almost stolen by its location. Torchwood’s Cardiff is a foxy and brutal city, infested with aliens, psychopaths and wideboys. Never formulaic, the series moves from sex vampires to fairies, cybernetic girlfriends to cannibals.
Debuting on BBC Three, Torchwood gave the channel its highest-ever audience.