Torchwood

Torchwood looks set to return in June, with the 5-nightly miniseries Children of Earth airing on BBC One set to thrill and scare combining political intrigue, a death warrant on Torchwood and an alien invasion!

With a special preview showing at the National Film Theatre on Friday, 12th June, it seems likely that Torchwood: Children of Earth will air the following Monday – and with Ashes to Ashes finishing on June 8th, 9pm on Monday June 15th would be a definite shoe-in for the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones!

The concept of Children of Earth is simple – children in the 1960s were abducted by aliens. Now the aliens are coming back…

1965: Twelve children are gathered on a deserted moor, before being surrounded by a harsh, bright light …. and then they are gone!
Today: all over Earth, children stop moving. Stop playing, stop laughing. Then, as one, they begin to speak with the same voice, announcing the imminent arrival of a new alien threat. “We are coming…”. As the British government closes ranks, it issues a death warrant against Captain Jack and Torchwood…

Befitting its new status on BBC One, Torchwood: Children of Earth features a superb cast that includes Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as civil servant Frobisher, Paul Copely (Coronation Street) as Clem, a survivor from the 1960s abduction and Liz May Brice (Bad Girls) as Johnson – the cynical covert government agent determined to expose Torchwood.

Check out this new teaser trailer below:

Broadcast of the third run of the popular alien-hunting series Torchwood has yet to be confirmed in any territory; however anticipation continues to build for the show as it breaks down its traditional format and heads into the world of 5-part miniseries for its move to BBC One.

Although it is known that each episode of the show is planned to be broadcast on both BBC One and BBC America on the same day, little else is known, with speculation of an Easter week broadcast (the 5 parts will apparently be shown nightly) vying for attention with the equally likely summer broadcast.

Torchwood: Children of Earth sees Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones (John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd) as the remaining members of a Torchwood team devastated by the loss of Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper in Series 2. An alien invasion of earth is taking place, but on the ground terrible secret has been buried…
The transition to BBC One is effectively Torchwood’s rehabilitation.

Starting out with its first run premiering on BBC Three before moving to BBC Two for its second series, the show has edged ever-closer to the mainstream. The Torchwood crew have become very familiar to BBC One viewers, particularly those that tuned into the Doctor Who series finale in 2008. The show has finally thrown off the initial shackles of being “adult” (when in reality it was aimed at teens) and moves to BBC One as part of the channel’s prime time drama output.

Guest stars in Torchwood: Children of Earth include some or Britain’s finest character actors in Peter Capaldi (civil servant Mr Frobisher), Paul Copley (Clem, a survivor haunted by the past) and Liz May Brice (Johnson, a cynical government agent), and the series is written by creator Russell T Davies, John Fay and James Moran, with Euros Lyn (responsible for some of the most popular recent Doctor Who episodes) directing.

 

Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) is back and reunited with Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) when she teams up with Torchwood (BBC Two) to help them solve a series of mysterious deaths in Cardiff.

Pictured here as she steps into the Hub for the first time, a more grown up and worldly-wise Martha brings her medical knowledge and the expertise learnt during her travels with The Doctor to help Torchwood do battle against an alien threat.

Freema Agyeman says: “Martha has grown up a lot since Doctor Who. She’s now a fully qualified doctor and a bit hardened by life experiences. When she finds out that Captain Jack needs her help, she joins Torchwood for a while. She continues to develop her knowledge of alien intelligence, but this time keeping her feet on the ground.

“These will be invaluable skills to take back with her on future adventures with The Doctor. She outgrew The Doctor, in a sense, and so the next time they meet it will be in a more professional capacity. I’m so proud of her journey and who she has become.

“And for me as an actress, it’s a great new challenge to be able to broaden and expand Martha as she develops in other directions for this more adult series. The Torchwood team are fabulous to work with and have made me very welcome.”

Creator of Torchwood, Russell T Davies, says: “Freema is a wonderful actress and we want to give her the chance to add another dimension to Martha. She is going to cause some waves in the team – especially as she joins Torchwood at a point when everything is going to change for one of them.”

Freema is one of many special guest stars appearing in the new series of Torchwood.

Richard Briers is the latest to join the line-up, playing Parker, a reclusive millionaire who is the keeper of alien secrets, much later in the series.

Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, Lost) and James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) have also been confirmed.

The second series of Torchwood begins on BBC Two in the New Year and Martha will be starring half way through the series, appearing in three episodes.

Torchwood is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales. The producer is Richard Stokes and the series is filmed in Cardiff.

It has been revealed that Torchwood season two will switch from BBC Three to BBc Two. Filming of the second season starts in Cardiff on Monday.

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