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July 7, 2009

Review: Torchwood - Children of Earth - Part 1

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Torchwood - Children of Earth

In the UK: Monday 6th July, 9pm, BBC1. Parts 2-5 airing Tuesday-Friday
In the US: Monday 20th July, 9/8c, BBC America. Parts 2-5 airing 21st-24th

You know Apple, right? Makes iPods.

Well, it was set up by a guy called Steve Jobs. You know him, right? He has a reality distortion field.

Anyway, he got thrown out - and the whole company fell apart. When he came back, it suddenly became great again. Insanely great.

All of Apple's intervening bosses said more or less the same thing: Apple has Steve Jobs' DNA. Only Steve Jobs can run it.

I'm beginning to wonder if Russell T Davies is the Steve Jobs of Torchwood. He created it. It's his baby. He wrote the first ever episode, which was really very promising. Since then, he's had minimal input and it's range from absolutely horrifically bad to not bad but still not great.

However, has it ever quite achieved the heights we thought it could achieve?

No.

Essentially, it's an embodiment of all his obsessions and interests: sci-fi, soapy relationships, sexuality, Welshness, action and Doctor Who. Who else could ever work with those themes as well as he can?

Well, guess what? After moving from BBC3 to BBC2 and now to BBC1, Torchwood once again has Russell T Davies in charge for a five-part, nightly mini-series called Children of Earth. I won't pretend episode one was an absolute classic of television, but it really was pretty good.

See what I mean? He'll be creating the TorchPod before you know it.

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July 3, 2009

Rupert Penry-Jones on (not being in) The Forgotten

Posted on July 3, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Rupert Penry-Jones in The Forgotten

The Forgotten, a Jerry Bruckheimer show set to appear on ABC in the Fall, was going to be Rupert Penry-Jones' stab at US stardom - sort of. He was to play the part of Alex, a former cop whose daughter was kidnapped and never found, and who now runs a network for identifying dead bodies. You can read all about it in my ABC fall preview.

However, Penry-Jones - and just about every foreign actor in every pilot - was dropped from the show, along with former 24-star Reiko Aylesworth. No reason's been given but the general assumption is that to save cash, the networks hired cheaper actors from outside the US for the pilots, with the intent of dropping them in favour of bigger, more expensive names once the pilots had gone to series.

Anyway, our Rupe has been talking to Simon Mayo about being dropped from an unnamed US pilot (ie The Forgotten) and what he thought of it.

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July 1, 2009

Review: Torchwood - Asylum

Posted on July 1, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Torchwood

In the UK: Wednesday 1st July, 2.15pm, Radio 4. Available for download until 7th July. Also available from Amazon.co.uk

I feel violated. Violated and stupid. Don't I learn? Am I no better than invertebrates or small yappy dogs? Couldn't I tell that another Torchwood Radio 4 play was going to make the last one look like a work of art?

Apparently not, because I actually sat down and listened, live, to Torchwood - Asylum.

Well that's 45 minutes I'm not getting back.

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