Torchwood is on the move
BBC Bosses have decided to slot the 5 part series Torchwood - Children of Earth right into BBC1, moving it from its original home of BBC2. Whether such a move is a ratings grabber is unknown but it could well open up the series to a whole new audience. Running an entire series in back to back episodes is a bold move as the show could struggle to keep viewers engaged and willing to come back night after night.
John Barrowman, aka Captain Jack Harkness, certainly seems happy with a one hit series - "I think the one storyline works perfectly for this series – it's epic, it is pacy".
He went onto say "This storyline is one of the darker Torchwood storylines. Every time you turn a corner you don't know what's going to happen. And when you watch episode one you're going to want to see two, and when you've seen two you'll want to see three. You're just going to want more and more and more".
Not to be outdone Eve Myles, who plays Gwen Cooper, also had something to say about the format - "The pace increases from the word go. The first episode is an establisher and, by the second episode, you don't know what the hell has hit you. The third, the fourth and the fifth go at such a pace."
Finally Gareth David-Lloyd, who plays Ianto, gave his thoughts - "I found the five-episode storyline effective – there's one emotional journey throughout. I think people will be more scared by this new series. There's a real seriousness to what's going on."
Russell T Davies, who was the lead writer for episodes 1, 3 and 5 explained his thought process behind the idea for the series:
"I wanted to tell a story in which civilisation 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!"
Sharing the writing responsibilities with Davies were John Fay (episodes 2 and 4) and James Moran (episode 3). Davies commented on the process they went through:
"Lots of thrillers are written by just one writer, but we had three, across five episodes – which meant a lot of emailing and late-night phonecalls! But we really worked as a team, all locked in one room, to thrash out the storyline and create the characters, and that's my favourite way of working.
"We also had the producer and director inside the Writer's Room, right from the very start, which is a very unusual way of working in this country, but with huge results – it meant we were all focused, we all knew the tone and the ambition of the piece and we all aimed in the same direction."
No complaints here about the series being available over the space of 1 week and if the popcorn starts to run out, that's what the record button is for.