At last, an intelligent, stylish and hugely entertaining science-fiction series that is, for a change, home-grown.
I refer, of course, to the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood,
currently airing on BBC Three on Sunday nights, followed with a BBC Two
prime-time showing on Wednesday evening, plus various re-runs on
digital throughout the week. The plots are utterly fantastical, but
believable, thanks to the solid cast and the tight scripts, which show a
respect for the main theme and arc of the Torchwood story (as much as
has so far been revealed) that has long been missing from serious
British SF. And make no mistake, for all its speculative unreality,
Torchwood is serious adult stuff, about real people caught up in a world
they are still trying to understand.
In the face of
such epics as the new Battlestar Galactica and other serious SF from
across the pond, British TV now has something to hold up and say, 'See,
we can do it too!'
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