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Monday, October 23, 2006


CSI:Cardiff Torchwood started last night on BBC Three and BBC HD. A double-header. And it was fab. The first episode was a bit of a scene-setter so perhaps didn't have quite the impact of the second. But things really kicked off in episode two. A sex-crazed alien was on the loose (sci-fi and sex go so well together) so before long we were treated to a full-on shag in a club toilet. And a security guard wanking off while he watched. And later girl-on-girl snogging. And man-on-man snogging. And a threesome (two men and a woman). And a bisexual lead. And a gay wanker in a fertility clinic. Oh and another alien. And dozens of people getting killed. And on screen blood, guts and gore. And alien technology. And lots of humour. And that BBC feel to everything. And great music. It was sort of Dr Who with sex. Marvelous.

Not without it's faults, but as you can tell I loved it.

Here's some blurb about the series for those unacquainted:

Torchwood is a British television science fiction and crime drama created by Russell T. Davies and starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles dealing with the machinations and activities of the fictional Torchwood Institute. An initial 13-part series was commissioned by the BBC as a spin-off from the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who.

An in-house BBC Wales production for digital television station BBC Three, it is the first television spin-off of Doctor Who since the unsuccessful pilot of K-9 and Company in 1981 and the first to be commissioned for a full series. The Canadian network CBC is co-producer of the series, with exclusive rights to broadcast the North American premiere of the show.

The title "Torchwood" is an anagram of "Doctor Who". (The name was used as the "codename" for the new series of Who while filming its first few episodes, and the name was subsequently used in the series, leading to this spin-off.) BBC Wales Head of Drama Julie Gardner serves as executive producer alongside Davies. Torchwood premiered on October 22, 2006 at 9pm BST on BBC Three and was followed immediately by episode two. According to the website of John Barrowman, who plays Jack, the series is to be repeated on BBC Two every Wednesday at 9pm BST. This is confirmed by the Radio Times.


  1. Anonymous11:51 am

    Hey Jonathan,

    I totally agree. Possibly the best thing on TV right now. And John Barrowman makes such a great bisexual action hero. I love it, I love it!


  2. I really enjoyed it too, despite the start, which had the most obviously artificial rain I've seen in a TV show for years. Parts of it were silly, but overall I was hooked. I wasn't prepared for the hostility the next day though. Reaction to it on Simon Mayo's Five Live show was VERY mixed. Some people really hated it, so it'll be interesting to see how it develops in the rest of the run.

    (PS. The best thing on TV right now is The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard!)

  3. Anonymous3:19 pm

    OMG have you all been lobotomised?


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