Reports this week reveal that an attempt to bring FOX on board in a co-production to make a pan-Atlantic version of Torchwood has fallen through.
Torchwood – last seen on British screens in 2009 in the striped, five-day Children of Earth drama – has an unusually insecure status at present, given the success of that drama serial. With creator Russell T Davies and production partner Julie Gardner moving to the USA, speculation has been rife that the pair intended to take the show to America for co-production with a major TV studio.
In a statement, BBC Worldwide said:
â€œBBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized ‘Torchwood’ format.”
“We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.â€
Jane Tranter, former BBC One executive and now BBC Worldwide Vice President of programming and production, has made it clear that Torchwood isn’t dead:
“It’s very much ongoing and very much alive.”
Rather like Captain Jack Harkness himself…