Torchwood: Miracle Day to air on BBC AmericaBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 - Reported by Harry Ward
Torchwood: Miracle Day. Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins), Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) (Credit: BBC)BBC America has announced it will be airing the fourth series of Torchwood on its channel starting in September. This will be the first time Miracle Day has been shown in the US on a basic cable channel. The series originally aired in 2011 on the premium cable channel Starz.

All episodes will broadcast on Saturday at 9pm ET/PT.

Episode 1: The New World - September 14th
Episode 2: Rendition - September 21st
Episode 3: Dead Of Night - September 28th
Episode 4: Escape To LA - October 5th
Episode 5: The Categories Of Life - October 12th
Episode 6: The Middle Men - October 19th
Episode 7: Immortal Sins - October 26th
Episode 8: End Of The Road - November 2nd
Episode 9: The Gathering - November 9th
Episode 10: The Blood Line - November 16th




Miracle Day Premieres On ZtéléBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
Torchwood: Miracle Day premiered on the Canadian French-language channel Ztélé on Monday. The series originally premiered in Canada on SPACE in July 2011.

Premiere dates:
Episode 2: Le transfert - 30 January, 9pm
Episode 3: Phicorp - 6 February, 9pm
Episode 4: Mort, c'est mort - 13 February, 9pm
Episode 5: Les modules - 20 February, 9pm
Episode 6: Les témoins - 27 February, 9pm
Episode 7: Péchés immortels - 5 March, 9pm
Episode 8: Le bout du tunnel - 12 March, 9pm
Episode 9: Le rendez-vous - 19 March, 9pm
Episode 10: La fin du miracle - 26 March, 9pm

You can view the full schedule including repeats at This Week in Doctor Who.

Ztélé are also showing Torchwood: Web of Lies - the animated web series companion to Miracle Day - on their website.




Torchwood nominated for GLAAD AwardBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 January 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Torchwood: Miracle Day has been nominated in the Outstanding Drama Series category of the 23rd Annual GLAAD Awards. The Starz series is up against Degrassi (TeenNick), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), Shameless (Showtime).

The GLAAD Media Awards honor outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that inspire change. The GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans.

The Awards ceremonies take place at the Marriott Marquis (New York, 24 Mar), the Westin Bonadventure (Los Angeles, 21 Apr), and at the Marriott Marquis (San Francisco, 2 Jun).




iPlayer - September TotalsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 4 October 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: iPlayerDoctor Who took four of the five top places in the list of most accessed programmes on the BBC iPlayer for September.

Top of the list was the Tom MacRae episode, The Girl Who Waited, which had 1.16 million requests up until the end of the month.

Second was Mark Gatiss's Night Terrors with 1.11 million. Outnumbered Episode 1 sneaked into third place with The God Complex and Closing Time coming 4th and 5th respectively.

Let's Kill Hitler, which topped the August charts, also managed 16th in the September ones.

Torchwood took the 10th spot with its season finale getting 0.59 million requests.

The recent repeats of the comedy series Come Fly With Me have seen Episode Two of the series retake the top position, just ahead of The Impossible Astronaut, as the most accessed programme of the year.




Torchwood: Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day has a consolidated audience of 5.13 million viewers, making it the 14th most watched programme on BBC One for the week.

With figures now available for the whole series, the 10 episodes averaged 5.17 million viewers each week. Highest rated was episode one, with 6.59 million watching and the lowest rated was episode 7 with 4.48 million.

Each episode ranked amongst the highest programmes accessed on the BBC iPlayer with over half a million requests each. Episode one was by far the most popular episode on the iPlayer with over a million programme requests. Successive episodes scored lower on the iPlayer, but were available for a shorter time.

Series Three of Torchwood, Children of Earth averaged of 6.60 million when it was shown on BBC One in 2009. Series One had its preimere on on BBC3 on Sunday evenings, achieveing an average of 1.42 million with Series Two on BBC Two averaging 3.78 million.

Torchwood Ratings Torchwood Ratings

Full Ratings data can be found in the Series Guide.




The God Complex: Australian ratingsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 September 2011 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The God Complex has debuted in Australia to respectable ratings. TV Tonight reports that, up against the football finals on the commercial stations, the episode averaged 591,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the second highest rating drama and the eighth highest rating programme for the day overall. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown rated 408,000 viewers in the five major capitals. These overnight figures, however, do not include regional, rural and time-shifted viewers and hence significantly understate the actual national ratings.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the latest episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day (both on Prime) rated 119,850 viewers and 77,780 viewers respectively.





Stonewall Award nominations 2011Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The nominations for the sixth annual Stonewall Awards have been announced, and include the following recognisable names amongst this year's shortlists:
  • Matt Smith features in the Entertainer of the Year category, nominated for his role as Christopher Isherwood in the recent BBC film Christopher and His Kind; other shortlisted include Jane Hazlegrove (Kathleen Dixon in Casualty), Harry Derbridge (The Only Way is Essex), Christopher Plummer (Hal in Beginners) and Jessie J (singer).
  • Torchwood features in the Broadcast of the Year category, alongside other shows like Lip Service (BBC3), The World’s Worst Place to be Gay (BBC3), The Night Watch (BBC2), and Jamie’s Dream School (Channel 4).

The awards take place on 3rd November at the V&A in London - see the Stonewall site for full details.




The Gathering: Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Episode Nine of Torchwood, The Gathering, had a final consolidated audience of 4.63 million viewers according to figures released by BARB.

The episode was the 17th most watched programme on BBC One for the week.

No figures have been published for ITV1 for the week, so a chart position for Torchwood and Doctor Who is not yet available. Figures should be released later in the week.





Torchwood: The Blood Line - Press reactionBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A roundup of some of the comments in the press for the finale of Torchwood: Miracle Day, The Blood Line. Please note that as these are reviews, spoilers will be present.

United Kingdom


Neela Debnath of the Independent:
With twists and turns right up until the last minute, ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ was rounded off in supreme style. ‘The Blood Line’ mirrored the first episode of this series with continuous, edge-of-the-seat action. ... The other surprising thing about ‘The Blood Line’ was the hopeful tone. Compared to previous series finales, which have been bleak and desolate, the conclusion to series 4 seemed to suggest that the team will keep fighting to protect the earth. ... The Transatlantic nature of the show gives an all-encompassing feel and is a unique selling point which should be kept if possible. The future of ‘Torchwood’ looks bright. Let’s hope there will be more to come next year.

Dan Martin of the Guardian:
After 10 often-painful weeks, Miracle Day wheezes to a close. And you know what? It was actually pretty enjoyable. Let yourself go with the nonsense and at its finale this series showed the best of itself, with explosions, bloodshed and forced philosophical standoffs at every turn.

Gavin Fuller of the Telegraph:
Certainly by going Transatlantic Torchwood: Miracle Day was a distinctly different beast from previous series; it had added production gloss and a more epic scale but did lose something of its distinctiveness in the process. At 10 episodes it was arguably overlong, and the attempt to meld science-fiction with something of a political/espionage thriller wasn’t entirely successful either. Nevertheless given that there is little enough drama in this sort of genre on television made for decent enough, if not as spectacular as might have been hoped, viewing.

David Brown of the Radio Times:
So how’s the Torchwood team looking at the end of all this? For starters, I need to put my hands up and admit that I foresaw the demise of the wrong member. Rex did die, but because he had Jack’s blood flowing through his veins, he was able to resurrect himself. Thank goodness - he was definitely the most sparky new addition. It was Esther, the agent so fuzzy and disposable that she could have been played by a packet of cotton-wool pads, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

We won’t be seeing her again, but then will we be seeing any of them again? If Torchwood fails to return, would it be (pardon the pun) something of a blessing? My advice to the writers would be to forget about doing a mini-series and return to episodic, small-scale alien-of-the-week sci-fi tales. But maybe, thanks to this lacklustre offering, there won’t be the opportunity to do even that.

Simon Brew of Den of Geek:
Miracle Day has been a bumpy, but worthwhile ride. It’s been an interesting, occasionally brilliant season, punctuated by a bit of overpondering and some strong ideas. Episode seven, in particular, is up there with Torchwood at its very best. The Blood Line, though, isn’t, and given that this is the season finale, it’s a pity that it couldn’t quite rise to the occasion.

Dave Golder of SFX:
It’s all so frustrating, because there are flashes of brilliance, when characters affect you, when dialogue moves you when plot twists surprise you and when explosions dazzle you. But none of that cancels out the huge, great, yawning disappointment that the big revelation is irritatingly vague and amorphous, and that the big resolution involves a lot of nattering and a wearying succession of noble sacrifices (with an equally wearying number of surprise resurrections). Torchwood: Miracle Day, it seems, was never interested in the rich moral, social, economic, political and religious issues of living forever. Shame, really

United States / Canada


Todd VanDerWerf of Los Angeles Times:
The biggest problem with "Miracle Day," ultimately, is that the premise wrote checks the execution couldn’t cash. The idea of a worldwide mystery about just why everybody abruptly turned immortal is a good one, but the actual process of solving that mystery was unspeakably dull and filled with red herrings that didn’t amount to anything. For instance: Angelo’s story line was undoubtedly moving, but it ultimately had so little to do with anything else that it was obviously a way to kill time before the final two episodes. ... "Miracle Day" is obviously made by people who have interesting ideas and lots to say. But it’s also a show that bit off way more than it could chew. Just the central idea could have easily fueled a cool 10-episode story. But that idea had to be mixed with unsubtle politics, largely pointless side trips, and new characters that never took off. In the end, for all the shouting and forced excitement, there was nothing human at the core of "Miracle Day." The best works of Russell T. Davies may be messy and too ambitious, but they also have a recognizably emotional core. “Miracle Day” strived to find that center at all times, but it always fell just short.

Charlie Jane Anders of io9:
All in all, this was a perfectly solid final episode, with a few standout moments. It only falls flat because of a larger failure on the part of Russell T. Davies to devise a story arc that could sustain ten hour-long episodes, with enough twists and layers of mystery to keep us guessing. In trying to follow up Children of Earth, Davies took away all the wrong lessons — the key element of CoE, it turns out, was not the "something creepy happens all over the world," thing, but the "single unswerving storyline with horrifying villains, in which you can barely catch your breath and the stakes keep escalating" thing. ... Torchwood has reinvented itself before, and maybe it will again. If it does, there are a lot of elements of Miracle Day that I'd love to see the show build on. Like idea-driven storytelling that trusts the audience to grasp some challenging concepts. Like the sparky rivalry between the two alpha males, Jack and Rex. Like the quintessentially RTD misanthropy of exploring the worst and the most self-deceiving elements of humanity. And like the willingness to mine Captain Jack's ever-bountiful past for horror. Miracle Day did a lot of things right, which the show can build on in future versions.

Christian Blauvelt of Entertainment Weekly:
Based on that globetrotting, apocalypse-flirting season finale of Torchwood, it’s hard to believe that this series began as just a Doctor Who spinoff on BBC Three about a black ops unit fighting aliens in apparently extraterrestrial-packed Cardiff, Wales. No, it still hasn’t come close to fulfilling its original mandate to give a more “adult” spin to the Who formula. Not by a mile. But what Torchwood still lacks in maturity it almost makes up with sheer expansiveness. ... Torchwood’s always been pulled between smart sci-fi and snark sci-fi, and after that promising opening, "The Blood Line" seemed more interested in getting geeks to drool than think. ... I liked the idea that Harkness would have to die and give up all his blood to The Blessing in order to make people mortal again, though, and that dying would literally be the way for him to become immortal again. That led to one of the best moments of the finale, when Capt. Jack confronted Bill Pullman’s killer, Oswald, about how he’d deliberately made his life "small." But instead of that being the climax, Harkness and Mekhi Pfifer’s Rex had to gush gobs of CGI blood to make mankind mortal again. Good sci-fi should be about inner space more than outer space…but not this kind of inner space. Still, it’s a bold series that builds a major arc not around saving lives but preserving the right to die.

Brian Lowry of Variety:
I won't spoil the finish for those who haven't seen it, but frankly, I'm not sure I could even if I wanted to. "Torchwood" has always showcased cheeky humor and wacky sci-fi concepts, but while "Miracle Day" kicked off with an extremely provocative premise -- namely, what happens when people suddenly stop dying, triggering a global crisis -- the ensuing episodes felt padded to reach its 10-episode length (twice as long, notably, as the tight miniseries "Children of Earth"), and the payoff wasn't worthy of the build-up. Starz and the BBC have pacted to collaborate on future series, but let's hope this isn't a preview of what's to come.

Tim Surette of TV.com:
Perhaps what's so maddening is all the wasted potential. There was so much to explore thematically that the show didn't cover—or tried to cover, but unsuccessfully. We got early looks at the world descending into chaos when no one died, but as the global situation got worse, the scope of the show got smaller and focused only on the core characters. In short, a great premise was based on was squandered. However, it's still impossible to stay completely upset with the show. Jack and Gwen are two of my favorite characters on television right now, and Torchwood has been very entertaining at times. But am I going to care whether Starz or the BBC renew the series for another season? I doubt it.

Sean Elliott of Assignment X:
This episode is a pretty satisfying wrap up of the series. As I’ve said before the plot meandered for me around the middle episodes, but then got back on track as we headed towards the finale. There were some nice moments between Jack and Gwen that we’ve never seen before in the course of this TORCHWOOD, but perhaps expanding the cast out as much as they did watered it down too much in places for hardcore fans that only really wanted to see Jack, Gwen, Rhys and other familiar faces.

Everything is left wide open for a fifth TORCHWOOD series, but I would honestly like to see it return to a more episode by episode style of storytelling instead of a single serialized adventure, or if they need to make it an overreaching serial have the single episodes with more subplots and bang and less of the talking heads we ended up with on this one.




The Blood Line : Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, The Blood Line achieved an average audience of 3.9 million viewers on BBC One and BBC One HD, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The episode had 17.1% of the audience share and was the 9th most watched programme of the day.

The programme faced strong opposition from Billy Connolly's Route 66, which had 5.4 million watching and which won the timeslot.

Final ratings, which include those who record the programme and watch it within seven days,will be released next week.


The broadcast of the episode on Starz on 9th September achieved a total of 950,000 viewers over its premiere evening, with 640,000 watching at 10:00pm and 310,000 for the 11:00pm repeat.

With the figures of the finale in the United States now in, here is a round-up of how Miracle Day has fared over its ten week run thus far:
 

Starz Premiere UK Overnight UK Final BARB
The New World 1.506m * 4.8m 6.59m
Rendition 1.4m ** 4.4m 5.75m
Dead of Night 1.018m 4.2m 5.49m
Escape to L.A. 0.935m 4.0m 5.19m
The Categories of Life 1.024m 4.1m 5.17m
The Middle Men 0.804m 3.4m 4.60m
Immortal Sins 0.917m 3.4m 4.48m
End of the Road 1.172m 3.5m 4.64m
The Gathering 1.024m 3.5m (due 19 Sep)
The Blood Line 0.950m 3.9m (due 26 Sep)

* - Starz reported 2.7m viewers for the full week/Live+3 DVR data
** - This is a weekend figure, with 609,000 viewers for the 10:00pm broadcast




New Zealand ratings roundupBookmark and Share

Thursday, 15 September 2011 - Reported by Harry Ward
The second half of the 2011 series of Doctor Who premiered on Prime TV on Thursday evening with Let's Kill Hitler receiving 117,110 viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day also premiered on Prime at the beginning of this month with 119,440 viewers while Episode 2 dropped to 58,550 and Episode 3 slightly increased to 73,910 viewers.

Prime Evening News was the most watched programme of the day on Prime for the 1st, 8th and 15th of September.





Ratings UpdateBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Ratings
Figures released by BARB show Doctor Who: Night Terrors, was the 19th most watched programme of the week.

The episode was the 7th most watched programme on BBC Television.

ITV1's HD ratings helped Red and Black edge slightly ahead of Doctor Who, although Doctor Who outrated the game show for the period the programmes were in direct opposition

The figures do not include those watching on iPlayer.



Meanwhile episode eight of Torchwood, End of the Road had a final UK rating of 4.64 million viewers. It was the 39th most watched programme of the week.

The AI score for Episode Nine of Torchwood, The Gathering, was 85.




Torchwood: Miracle Day - BBFC ClassificationsBookmark and Share

Friday, 9 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBFC have now certified all the episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day, which also confirms the running time for the episodes:

The New World            15   51m 42s  contains strong gore and bloody injury detail
Rendition 15 52m 1s contains strong gore and violence
Dead of Night 15 53m 44s contains strong sex and violence
Escape to L.A. 15 54m 50s contains infrequent strong violence and threat
The Categories of Life 12 51m 50s contains moderate violence and a gory moment
The Middle Men 12 51m 55s contains moderate horror, violence, threat and language
Immortal Sins 15 51m 51s contains strong bloody violence
End of the Road 15 52m 50s contains strong bloody violence and threat
The Gathering 12 53m 45s contains moderate violence
The Blood Line 15 53m 46s contains strong bloody violence and threat

The forthcoming boxed set will have an overall 15 certificate. Special features have yet to be classified.

Torchwood: Miracle Day is due to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 14th November 2011.







Next Time: The Blood LineBookmark and Share

Friday, 9 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Tonight sees the final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day premiering in the United States, with The Blood Line being broadcast at 10:00pm ET on Starz; it will be repeated on the channel several times in the following week.

The broadcaster has released a preview to introduce the episode (for US residents only):


Torchwood: The Gathering preview 1, Starz, via YouTube (may not play outside the United States)


The episode airs in the United Kingdom next Thursday (15th September) at 9:00pm on BBC1/BBC1HD. The episode will also be repeated on BBC2/BBCHD the following Tuesday at 12:50am, and available to watch online in the UK via the BBC iPlayer until 23rd September.


PLOT SYNOPSIS FOR THE BLOOD LINE - MAY BE CONSIDERED A SPOILER



The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission – but the Three Families are unstoppable, unless a terrible sacrifice is made...

The Blood Line: Preview, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom
Alternatively there is a YouTube version.