KICKING off the first of BBC America’s HD offerings in July is Torchwood: Children Of Earth premiering over five consecutive nights. The series re-joins Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) as they are still coming to terms with the death of two of their closest friends. Despite their pain, they know they have a job to do. This time they are faced with their fiercest threat to date – one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. Battling against the odds, do they stand a chance of saving mankind?
Series creator, lead writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies on the concept of Torchwood: Children Of Earth - “I wanted to tell a story in which civilization snaps, in which we turn on ourselves, in which nothing is safe. Plenty of people live like that, on this planet. In this story, it’s Britain’s turn.”
An ordinary day becomes a world of terror as every child around the globe stops – stops playing, laughing, stops doing anything. Then, as one, they begin to speak with the same voice, announcing to the governments of Earth, “We are coming.” As Torchwood investigates, a trap closes around Captain Jack and sins of the past return as long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth. Torchwood is forced underground, as the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state, with the mysterious and powerful 456 drawing ever-closer. Jack, Gwen and Ianto are helpless as events escalate, with humankind ultimately facing the end of civilization itself.
Special guest-stars in Torchwood: Children Of Earth are Peter Capaldi (In The Loop, The Thick Of It, Skins) as Mr. Frobisher, a government official hiding a terrible secret, Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem, a survivor still haunted by his past, and Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson, the cynical government agent determined to expose Torchwood. The new season promises to be Torchwood’s most disturbing and intense adventure to date.
The first episode of Torchwood: Children Of Earth airs on Monday, July 20th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST, with a new episode premiering each subsequent night from Monday, July 2oth through Friday, July 24th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Prior to the premiere of Torchwood: Children Of Earth, BBC America takes a behind-the-scenes look at the series as a whole with Torchwood: Inside The Hub. This original premiere features everything there is to know about Captain Jack and the rest of the Torchwood team. Using exclusive interview footage and clips from earlier seasons, revisit the history of this top-secret group, relive some of their greatest victories and get a sneak peak at what Torchwood: Children Of Earth holds in store for our heroes. Torchwood: Inside The Hub premieres Monday, July 20th @ 8 p.m. EST/PST.
Torchwood is separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations, more secret than MI5 or MI6. Not even the government is supposed to know about them.
The Torchwood hub is situated deep beneath the Cardiff Millennium Centre.
Torchwood was formed in 1879 by the Royal decree of Queen Victoria as a result of her experiences in the season two Doctor Who episode Tooth and Claw.
Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who. When the first season of the new Doctor Who (2005) was being made, TV pirates were desperate to acquire the preview tapes. one of the people in the office had the idea of labeling the tapes with the anagram Torchwood rather than Doctor Who as a security measure to disguise the tapes when they were delivered from Cardiff to London. Writer Russell T. Davies liked the idea so much that it later inspired him to use it as a title when creating this spin-off series.
John Barrowman first appeared as Captain Jack Harkness in Episode Nine (The Empty Child) of the first season of Doctor Who. He also appeared in The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways in the same season, and again, in the season two stories Army of Ghosts and Doomsday.
The part of Gwen in Torchwood was written specially for Eve Myles. She first appeared as Gwyneth in Episode Three (The Unquiet Dead) of the first season of Doctor Who.
Gareth David-Lloyd’s character of Ianto Jones began as the team’s assistant who always sports a finely-tailored suite while ensuring the rest of the team has everything it needs, including a fresh pot of coffee. Ianto has since come to be an integral part of the team, especially after the loss of Tosh (Naoko Mori) and Owen (Burn Gorman) in season two.
Torchwood fans can get an additional fix of their favorite program with a special Torchwood weekend. Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper, Ianto, Tosh and Owen Harper are all back on BBC America with a marathon leading up to the premiere event of Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Enjoy an action-packed, adrenalin-fueled weekend with every single episode of the Sci-Fi smash hit from seasons one and two. The Torchwood weekend starts with Season one on Saturday, July 18th beginning @ 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST, and season two on Sunday, July 19th beginning @ 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST.
Last but not least, if you miss installment of Torchwood: Children Of Earth, you can watch the entire five-episode run again in yet another special marathon on Sunday, July 26th starting @ 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.
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