Great news out of the UK yesterday. Torchwood, starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles, will return for a fourth season. As with many big ticket productions in recent years it takes several co-production partners to secure the funding necessary to feed the beast of high budget productions. The follow-up to the highly successful third season, “Children of the Earth”, will be a co-production between BBC Wales, U.S. cable network, Starz Entertainment and the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. Starz is no newcomer to projects of epic proportions given its most recent project, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which is currently airing in the UK and, the BBC is, well, the BBC.
Torchwood’s creator, Russell T. Davies, will head a team of writers that will pair Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper (Barrowman and Myles) with an all-new cast in the 10 episodes that were commissioned by BBC1. The really cool thing about this series is that the Earth is really Captain Jack’s stage now as opposed to in and around Wales. While previous series mainly centered around the Cardiff branch of the Torchwood Institute investigating extraterrestrial activities, the fourth series will feature location filming in the United States and around the world.
I so cannot wait.