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Torchwood: Miracle Day trailer

By Eugene Jones on 23 May 2011

After three BBC series shot entirely in the UK, ‘Torchwood’ comes back later this year with a fourth series shot partially in the US, subtitled ‘Miracle Day’. Following on from the surprise critical success of the high-concept mini-series ‘Children of Earth’, ‘Miracle Day’ also starts with a big idea – one day, no-one on Earth dies.

The BBC’s US partners for the all-new ‘Torchwood’ show are Starz, most known in the UK as being the network behind ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’, so if anyone was worried about the series being toned down, relax – if anything, Starz are likely to want the content spiced up.

Here’s a trailer from Access Hollywood:

Well, that’s certainly a lot of stuff being blown up, and those are definitely John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively. Then there’s Bill Pullman being creepy, Lauren Ambrose pretty much stealing the trailer with one line, and Mekhi Phfifer and Alexa Havins being there.

The US cast will be key to whether this revamp of ‘Torchwood’ takes off, not only because they’ll be vital to securing an American audience but also because there’s always been a disconnect between how wonderful the producers and scripts seem to think Jack and Gwen are, and how they appear on-screen. It’s no wonder that fans latched on to Ianto Jones, the one character in the original line-up who wasn’t hard-sold to the audience as the most brilliant and impressive person in their field, and who was therefore allowed to just be unassuming and witty.

Ianto’s dead now, notoriously, so it will be for the new cast to pick up the slack in terms of charm. Let’s hope so, because there’s a lot of warning signs in this trailer – Gwen Cooper as missile launcher-wielding superhero is clearly supposed to be awesome instead of faintly ridiculous, while we’re yet again expected to find John Barrowman wearing a long coat intriguing, rather than just a cosier alternative to John Barrowman in a short jacket.

Nevertheless, most of the new cast and writers have decent credentials, so hopefully ‘Miracle Day’ will build on the good aspects of ‘Children of Earth’ when it’s broadcast later this year.

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By Eugene Jones

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