UK TV fastracks Torchwood

By David Knox on April 2, 2009 / Filed Under Pay TV 22

torchwood_childrenofearthAustralia, get excited. The UK TV channel has confirmed to TV Tonight it will screen the third series of Torchwood “Children of Earth” in June.

The series will be fastracked by the channel after its UK premiere.

The 5 part series will air in the UK across five consecutive nights, as it will in Australia via UK TV.

UK TV will also simulcast the series in Australia on BBC HD.

1965: Twelve children are gathered together on a deserted moorland, before being surrounded by a harsh, bright light, and then they are gone!

Today: All over planet Earth, children stop moving. Stop playing. Stop laughing. Stop everything. Then, as one, they begin to speak with the same voice, announcing to the governments of the world the imminent arrival of a new alien threat. ‘We Are Coming, We Are Coming’.

As the British Government closes ranks, it issues a death warrant against Captain Jack and Torchwood. Now forced to flee for their lives, it becomes clear to the Torchwood team that this isn’t the aliens’ first visit to Earth, and a terrible price is going to be paid for sins of the past…

ABC has re-run rights to Torchwood which it will air mid year. Series two is currently screening on UK TV.

TV Tonight will keep you posted on an airdate…..


  1. Emma May 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm -

    All I can say about Torchwood Season 3 coming to Tv (I din’t care whether it is free to air of subscription)- it’s about bloody time. As a Doctor Who fan of way back (to when it first started), I have payed close attention to Torchwood- nearly as good the Doctor. I am looking forward to seeing what happened to the Torchwood gang after the Season 2 finale and also the events of Doctor Who Season 4. Cheers All

  2. Ooh Me Plums! April 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm -

    So does this mean BBC HD will play Season 2 of Torchwood first? They have only played Season 1 so far.

    To all the people whinging that it’s on Foxtel, get over yourselves. ABC didn’t want it, Ten chucked it out, so suck it up :)

  3. Todd April 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm -

    DaRedAnt – Totally agree with you!

  4. Craig April 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm -

    If it was upto FTA we would have never seen the BSG final since 10HD is gone…

  5. 'ct' April 4, 2009 at 10:16 am -

    This is a positive step, however, I will view the UK version which will be ad free and minus bug/logo/watermark.

  6. DaRedAnt April 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm -

    @Tish. Really? There are 14 people who subscribe to UKTV eh? Never have I read so much BS in my life than the statement you just made. Sounds like a case of sour grapes, because you and a few other people who have posted in this thread are pissed off that this show is not on FTA and that, it should be.

    Have you and the other non-foxtel subscribers thought that, 1) That FTA don’t want to show these type of programs even on their HD channels.
    2)That Foxtel has every right to pick up the rights for this show as well as Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies,Battlestar Galactica(last 1/2 of season 4 in particular) Damages season 2, etc etc.
    If the FTA channels are not going to air them, then Foxtel has every right to grab the rights, and try and attract new customers, they are not going to attract new customers on old, repeats, sports and music channels, they have to have some kind of product to advertise or promote, like season 3 of Torchwood, like True Blood(Showcase).

  7. Jenelle April 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm -

    I think this is a positive step.

    Although in a perfect world it would be fast tracked to free-to-air, the nature of Science Fiction TV in Australia is that it is continually relegated to graveyard (or completely ignored) on free-to-air TV.

    Pay TV at least recongises Sci Fi fans as being worthy of fast tracked programs. Years of neglect by free-to-air means it’s up to pay TV to satisfy rabid sci fi tv fans.

  8. Marco April 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm -

    Thanks UKTV! I’m appreciative. Time to reinstate my HD package for a month? ;-)

  9. David Knox April 3, 2009 at 9:58 am -

    I think we all remember what FTA did with Torchwood last time they had it. I reckon pay tv fastracking it is a positive step.

  10. Jack! April 3, 2009 at 9:15 am -

    David wrote: “… Why complain when they do?…”

    Because it should be on free to air!


  11. David Knox April 3, 2009 at 2:04 am -

    Think this is a case where we should be acknowledging a positive move by UK TV. Everyone always complains when there isn’t fastracking. Why complain when they do?

  12. Tish April 3, 2009 at 1:50 am -

    And they wonder why Australians download so much… Still, I’m sure the 14 people who actually pay for UKTV will be happy.

  13. Kenhardly April 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm -

    How long before we see Series 3 released on DVD ? , may i ask how long did Series 1 & 2 take to be released on DVD ? , Thankyou David and everyone ! , Oh ! and also what is the latest news if there will be anything of Torchwood after Series 3 ? , repeats , spinoff’s….etc , Cheers everyone !

  14. Ruthy April 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm -


    I’ve heard that ABC have the rights to series 1 and 2 of TW.

  15. Craig April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm -

    So they are fast tracking but when and how fast?

    I wish ABC (or ABC2) had the rights to TW but at least it will be shown here.

    Any news on with the DW Easter special will air here David?

  16. Jack! April 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm -

    Yep! Off to the internet for the rest of us who refuse to be forced into paying excessive fees to Foxtel to see what should be Free-To-Air!!!

    The next Docotr Who special, Planet Of The Dead
    … will air in the UK on 11April!


  17. pietro April 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm -

    It’s getting so that unless you have payTV you miss out on many of the good US and UK shows. And once again the regionals miss out on HD as Austar in its wisdom doesn’t provide it.

    Yet again, people will turn to the internet.

  18. David Knox April 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm -

    Fixed thanks. I think 1&2 at ABC, not that that means they will necessarily be consecutive.

  19. Natalie April 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm -

    Fantastic! So glad somebody is finally taking this show seriously.

  20. Jack April 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm -

    David, the embedded video isn’t showing. Also, does ABC have rights to all of Torchwood or just the first series?

  21. James April 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm -

    Great news

  22. Matthew See April 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm -

    This is excellent news. Look forward to it.

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