08/06/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
The BBC’s Doctor Who spinoff series, Torchwood, is coming back, and they’ve gone global, baby. Both in real life, with backing from Starz Entertainment - the US media giant better known to scifi fans as the creators of the new blood, sand and totty TV series, Spartacus - as well as with their plot.
Captain Jack’s boys are going global too, with the Torchwood remit being internationalised as part of UNIT, so expect plenty of US settings, rather than just Cardiff.
A team led by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies and produced by BBC Worldwide productions will write the new ten episode series. BBC Wales are still in play in this new co-production partnership to create the next series of Torchwood.
John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack and Gwen respectively, along with some new American actors, including, early rumours suggest, Lucy Lawless. While previous series were based on location in Cardiff, Wales, this new series will see story-lines widen to include locations in the US and around the world.
Ben Stephenson, at the BBC noted, “Torchwood will burst back onto the screen with a shocking and moving story with global stakes and locations that will make it feel bigger and bolder than ever."
Starz, CEO Chris Albrecht, added, "I've been part of successful partnerships with Jane Tranter and the BBC previously, and I'm very much looking forward to working with them again."
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