With auspicious origins as an "adult" alternative to Doctor Who – which really meant that Torchwood was watched by midteens and students – Torchwood is about to be reborn as family-friendly drama, with its move to BBC One.
It’s all down to the US market, according to flashing star John Barrowman.
"We’re not swearing or doing anything close to the bone because it’s been a huge success in the US and the networks won’t accept it with all that stuff in it."
"We’re doing everything so it doesn’t have to be heavily edited for the US," Barrowman claimed, before adding: "I’ll still be getting naked and it will still be saucy – but it’s done with taste."
The five-part mini series 3 Torchwood: Children of Earth is likely to be broadcast on consecutive nights during the Spring.