The BBC Press Office has released news of the BBC3 line-up for autumn, and it all begins with a show called Torchwoodâ€¦
As you no doubt are aware, Torchwood is the brainchild of Doctor Who Executive Producer and writer Russell T Davies, and stars John Barrowman as Jack Harkness, one-time companion of the Doctor.
The full BBC Press Release writes:
Torchwood follows the adventures of a team of investigators as they use alien technology to solve crimes, both alien and human. This new British sci-fi crime thriller, from Russell T Davies, follows the team as they delve into the unknown. They are fighting the impossible while keeping their everyday lives going back at home.
The cast includes John Barrowman (Doctor Who) as the enigmatic Captain
Jack Harkness, the ever-watchful heart of the team guarding against the fragility of humankind.
Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Belonging) plays Gwen Cooper, initially an outsider whose first encounter with Torchwood sparks a burning curiosity to get to the truth and throws her into an unfamiliar but exciting world. Burn Gorman (Bleak House) plays the raw but charming medic, Owen Harper, and Naoko Mori (Absolutely Fabulous) is Toshiko Sato, the team member who specialises in all things technical.
Torchwood is written by Russell T Davies and Chris Chibnall, with contributing writers including PJ Hammond,Toby Whithouse and Helen Raynor.
Itâ€™s BBC3 controller Julian Bellamyâ€™s first season launch, incidentally, which also features a new comedy starring Mark Benton (Roseâ€™s Clive), “Iâ€™m With Stupid”. Promotional material on the Press Office page tells us more about Torchwood:
This autumn on BBC THREE sees a season of bold, contemporary programmes with Torchwood, the new drama from writer Russell T Davies, as its centrepiece.
Starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles, Torchwood is a sci-fi crime thriller which tells the story of a crack squad of secret agents, setting their own rules and operating above the law to protect the public from both human and alien threats.
Julian Bellamy, Controller, BBC THREE says: “Torchwood is just the kind of cutting edge, ambitious drama of real scale that we’re seeking on BBC THREE and I’m delighted to be unveiling it at my first BBC THREE launch as Controller.
“Whether it’s comedy, drama, factual, entertainment or current affairs, BBC THREE’s values should always shine through â€“ maverick, innovative and witty, with entertainment at the core.
I like that bit about “crack squad of secret agents, setting their own rules and operating above the law to protect the public from both human and alien threats”.