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‘Torchwood’ Has Bigger Budget, Higher Quality

Series will not be toned down for American audience


He’s always said that the 21st century is when everything changes … and this year will be a massive change for BBC’s “Torchwood.”

The popular “Doctor Who” spin-off is not only making the jump to America thanks to a production deal with Starz, but according to series star John Barrowman the production values are higher than ever before and the series just keeps getting bigger.

“There is so much more we can do with Torchwood now having made the leap to America,” Barrowman told Deadline. “It’s going to be even bigger and better … the stunts are more dangerous and the sexual chemistry is more explosive … The stunt work is unbelievable. I used to do quite a lot of stunts except if it was jumping off of buildings but now I’m not allowed to because of the insurance policy. I’m much more valuable in America!”

In the 10-part adventure (sub-titled “Miracle Day”) will see Capt. Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen (Eve Myles) cross the Atlantic to face a new kind of threat when no one in the world dies and life simply continues as it is.

With a more American take on storytelling, “Torchwood” will introduce American talent while production is taking place in the United States. Mekhi Phifer will be playing CIA agent Rex Matheson and Bill Pullman will take on the role of a diabolical killer. Ernie Hudson, known for his role in “Ghostbusters” will also be making an appearance, as will “Dollhouse” star Dichen Lachman.

However, with the show being produced in America one of the key questions has been how much will be toned down? In the last three seasons, “Torchwood” has established itself as an adult-themed science-fiction series complete with cursing, hard-hitting storylines and sexual themes of varying orientations.

Will it be toned down for Starz? Not according to Barrowman.

“Jack will have his little dabblings and the audience will get exactly what they want,” he said. “And I had a lot of fun doing it!”

“Torchwood” launches on Starz in the United States on July 8. An airdate has yet to be confirmed by BBC for the United Kingdom.

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