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January 8th, 2011 26 comments

Torchwood: Miracle Day Press release

TORCHWOOD CAST JOINED BY INDEPENDENCE DAY AND ER STARS

From The BBC…

Contains spoilers

Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Arlene Tur join John Barrowman and Eve Myles for new series as plot and character details exclusively revealed

Los Angeles, U.S – January 7, 2011 – BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network, Starz Entertainment, today announced new cast, plot and character details for the new series of hit BBC ONE hit drama Torchwood. This highly anticipated new series will have the title Torchwood: Miracle Day and will premiere this July.

ER and Lie To Me star Mekhi Phifer will play Rex Matheson, a C.I.A. operative who joins forces with Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper to fight a global conspiracy that reaches from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai whilst Bill Pullman, best known for his big screen roles such as While You Were Sleeping and Independence Day will take on the role of Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution to become the most infamous man on the planet.

Also making their Torchwood debuts are Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond, a deskbound C.I.A employee who dreams of active duty and who suddenly finds herself running alongside Jack, Gwen and Rex; and Arlene Tur as Dr Vera Juarez, a Washington D.C. surgeon, who ends up on the frontline of medical care on “Miracle Day” advising the government think-tanks on the best course of action for the world’s population.

The plot of Miracle Day is the most explosive Torchwood storyline yet. One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively.

The 10-episode instalment has been written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Davies and BBC Worldwide Productions’ SVP Scripted, Julie Gardner, return as executive producers with BBC Worldwide Productions EVP Jane Tranter, and BBC Wales’ Bethan Jones. The series has been commissioned by Controller BBC Drama, Ben Stephenson, and Starz President and CEO, Chris Albrecht.

BBC Worldwide, having previously distributed Torchwood to territories such as Korea, Japan, Italy, Spain, Israel, Russia and across Latin America will distribute the new series to broadcasters globally.

While previous series were based on location in Cardiff, Wales, this new instalment will feature locations in Wales, the US and around the world.

The series was originally commissioned and produced in 2006 by BBC Cymru Wales, with the latest high octane series, Torchwood: Children of Earth capturing UK audiences of more than 6 million.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

REX MATHESON (Mekhi Phifer)

He’s the golden boy. The embodiment of the American dream and has been all his life. Harvard education, Rex is destined for success and could make a fortune in Wall Street or Hollywood, but he chose the C.I.A. because he believes in justice and will fight for it. He can talk his way into anything, then charm his way out, fast. This may be just what he needs as he joins forces with Jack and Gwen to fight a global mystery behind “Miracle Day” that has them racing from one crisis to another, dodging assassins, blackmail, corruption and conspiracy, from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai.

CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS (John Barrowman)

Jack looks like a hero. He’s handsome, witty and subversive with a killer smile. But there’s a reason for that glint in his eye. His dashing style hides a secret. Truth is Jack Harkness is immortal, the only one of his kind. He once ran the Torchwood Institute, a British organization dedicated to fighting the strange and bizarre. But Torchwood closed down, and Jack disappeared, to start yet another of his many new lives. When a new, epic danger affects the whole planet, Jack finds himself back at the center of events, fighting not just for his own life, but for everyone on Earth.

GWEN COOPER (Eve Myles)

Gwen once lived the ultimate double life – the funny, salty, earthy woman who loves home and family, combined with the tough, ruthless warrior, who loves the thrill of the fight. She was the heart and soul of an organization called Torchwood. She was a defender of the human race. But now she lives in seclusion, with her devoted husband Rhys and baby Anwen, knowing that one day trouble would come calling again. When events surrounding “Miracle Day” push Gwen to the limit, she’ll need to call on resources she never knew she had and make the most terrible decisions, on behalf of all mankind.

ESTHER DRUMMOND (Alexa Havins)

Esther is an innocent, in a world of assassins, liars and zealots. She got where she is with the C.I.A through diligence and application. Hard work keeps Esther focused but she still dreams of active duty as a field agent serving her country. The dream is going to happen faster than she thinks and in no time at all, Esther finds herself running alongside Jack, Gwen and Rex, living off the grid, gun in hand, fighting a global conspiracy against enemies ranging from big business to the state. It’s a tough, brutal, hard lifestyle where survival is hard won and life-changing choices have to be made.

OSWALD DANES (Bill Pullman)

Well-educated and a former school teacher, Oswald’s a convicted child killer, both guilty and unrepentant. But when Oswald survives his own execution, he’s given a whole new life. The most infamous man in the world, he becomes the most provocative figure in modern media. He’s a flare, reviled yet mesmerizing, whose very existence embodies how the world changed on “Miracle Day”.

DR. VERA JUAREZ (Arlene Tur)

An attending surgeon in Washington D.C., she’s smart, fast talking and hard working, Vera is on the frontline of medical care on “Miracle Day”. As the world crisis grows, Vera’s surgical and ER experience sees her recruited to advise on government think-tanks until she has to make a moral choice of enormous consequence. Sexy, confident and passionate, Vera’s life is soon inextricably tangled up with Rex’s.

JOHN BARROWMAN (Captain Jack Harkness)

John Barrowman first played Captain Jack Harkness in the award-winning series “Doctor Who.” The character was such a hit with the public and critics alike that when Russell T Davies created “Torchwood,” John was invited back to recreate the character as the leader of the Torchwood team.

Recently voted number three in Broadcast Magazine’s ‘Hot 100 Talent,’ John’s is an accomplished actor, musician and writer. In addition to his lead role on “Torchwood,” John’s television career has included recurring roles on “Desperate Housewives,” “Titans” and “Central Park West.”

John is also well known in the UK for his work as a presenter and producer of primetime entertainment formats, such as “Tonight’s The Night.” He has also appeared as a judge on entertainment properties such as “How to Solve A Problem Like Maria.” His West End credits include “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Anything Goes” and “Miss Saigon,” amongst others.

EVE MYLES (Gwen Cooper)

Eve Myles won the Welsh Bafta for Best Actress for her role as Gwen in “Torchwood,” season one. She has appeared in numerous television programs including “Merlin,” “Doctor Who,” “Tales of Pleasure Beach” and “Soundproof.” Her most recent work was in the BBC’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “Little Dorrit,” as Maggy. Eve was also a winner of an Ian Charleson Award for her work in “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Titus Andronicus” for the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed at The National Theatre playing Doll Tearsheet in “Henry IV: Part I” and Lady Mortimer in “Henry IV: Part II” alongside Michael Gambon and directed by Nicholas Hytner.

MEKHI PHIFER (Rex)

Mekhi Phifer is a critically acclaimed television and film actor best known for his work as Greg Pratt in the Emmy Award-winning series “ER” and his performance as Future, opposite Eminem and Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile.

Phifer was most recently seen on Fox’s compelling drama series “Lie To Me” as FBI Agent Ben Reynolds. His television resume includes an NAACP Image Award-nominated performance as a death row inmate in “A Lesson Before Dying.” He showcased his vocal talents as a love struck cop in the modern musical adaptation “Carmen: A Hip-Hopera.” He was also given the opportunity to highlight his comedy chops in a four-episode stint on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

In addition to his thriving television career, Phifer has appeared in a number of successful films, including O (Lionsgate) alongside Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett; I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (Columbia/TriStar) with Jennifer Love Hewitt; and the mystery thriller An Invited Guest, winner of the 1999 Urbanworld Festival Audience Award and the Acapulco Film Festival Grand Prize.

In 2007, Phifer teamed with writer/producer/actor Ronnie Warner to form two new production companies: Facilitator Films and Facilitator Music. The company’s first project and Phifer’s directorial debut, Puff, Puff, Pass, was acquired by Sony and released in May, 2007. Phifer and Warner have since completed several other film projects, most notably partnering with Clint Culpepper of Sony Screen Gems to executive produce This Christmas, starring Regina King, Nia Long, and Loretta Devine.

He currently resides in Los Angeles and recently completed filming the crime drama Flypaper opposite Ashley Judd and the Sony Pictures Television movie Close Quarters.

RUSSELL T DAVIES – Executive Producer/Creator/Show runner

Russell T Davies is one of the UK’s most influential and highly-regarded television writers. In 2008, he was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his writing services to television, and in 2006 he was honored with the prestigious Dennis Potter Writer’s Award from BAFTA.

In 2003, Russell was charged with reinventing “Doctor Who” for a BBC One’s primetime audience. Russell’s regeneration of the title took the nation to fever pitch and huge ratings success. This critical acclaim characterized his five years as lead writer and showrunner, with audiences reaching peaks of 13 million and over 40% share. The series won countless awards, including a BAFTA for Best Drama Series and National Television Awards for Best Drama and Actor, four years in succession.

The success of “Doctor Who” led to Russell’s creation of two new series, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” In the UK, “Torchwood” retains its record as the highest-rated drama on the digital channel BBC Three. The title’s move to BBC One led to further ratings and critical success.

Russell was also the writer and creator of the critically-acclaimed and vastly popular “Queer as Folk,” the adaptation of which ran for five years on Showtime. Other credits include award-winning series “The Second Coming,” “Bob & Rose” and “Casanova.”

JULIE GARDNER – Executive Producer

Julie Gardner is Russell T Davies’ producing partner and Senior Vice President, Scripted, BBC Worldwide Productions. Prior to joining the team in 2009, Julie was Head of Drama Commissioning and Head of Drama for BBC Wales. In this role, she was responsible for heading up the revival of “Doctor Who,” as well as the successful series, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” Her leadership also led to the production of an unparalleled string of hit dramas including “Life on Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Being Human,” “Girl in a Cafe, Stuart: A Life Backward,” “Mistresses” and “Casanova,” for which she received a multitude of awards.


26 comments

  • rival321

    June 28th, 2011 - 4:15pm

    i miss toshiko she was great . hope torchwood isn’t to americanised

  • rival321

    June 28th, 2011 - 4:10pm

    only 10 days to miracle day !!!!!!

  • massivejohnbarrowmanfan

    April 25th, 2011 - 2:42pm

    it sounds like its set to be good one, much like the other 3 series. its good story line and im glad that russel and julie have been kept on the team. john and eve played their characters amaizingly last time and im sure they will not disappoint this time around. it will be a shame not having ianto (gareth), owen (burn) and toshiko (naoko) on the team, but time moves on unfortunatley 🙁 good luck to all, i cant wait until it airs in the uk – i will be glued to the screen im sure 🙂

  • The face of Boe

    April 10th, 2011 - 9:35am

    Its better without him

  • The face of Boe

    April 10th, 2011 - 9:34am

    Torchwood is all right but not as good as SJA or Dr.Who but it is better then K-9

  • James of Gallifrey

    March 20th, 2011 - 11:04am

    Im Confused, will this be the same as children of earth with only 1 alien, 1 plot or will it be like a sub plot like the cracks in time in Doctor Who with each episode being different but the sub plot being in every episode

  • Joojams

    February 27th, 2011 - 7:18pm

    Ianto Jones needs to be back in Torchwood!It wont be the same 🙁 But still, I am looking forward to it sooo much 😀

  • torchwood fan

    February 14th, 2011 - 6:16pm

    They need to bring ianto jones back because it wont be the same with out him 🙁

    Torchwood cast and crew please bring him back im begging you

  • Paul Gray DJ

    February 3rd, 2011 - 9:06am

    Hope the whole history of The Torchwood Institute is mentioned in the series as there a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to their office in Scotland….. But BRING IT ON! Can’t wait until July.

  • Anna Page

    January 30th, 2011 - 1:42pm

    With John Barrowman and Russell T Davies teaming up again it’s going to be great, irrespective of the American slant.

    Just can’t wait !!!

  • jack

    January 22nd, 2011 - 2:08pm

    well it sounds interesting, but it might be awful. i miss owen and toshiko

  • FormerPM

    January 11th, 2011 - 10:10am

    ‘[Miracle Day]…will change what it means to be human forever.’
    Probably as much as CoE did.

  • The Pandorica

    January 9th, 2011 - 5:45pm

    Miracle day makes it sound like the whole series will be broadcast in one day.

  • James of Gallifrey

    January 8th, 2011 - 6:41pm

    Torchwood – Series 1 and 2 – Monster of the week – Ok, Not as dark though which is a disapointment
    Torchwood : Children of Earth – A Good title – Very well thought of of
    Torchwood : Miracle Day – The Best Title of All – Much better than The New World

  • Andrew Winthrop

    January 8th, 2011 - 4:31pm

    I loved the 1st three Torchwood series but with the likes of American backing and many American writers for series 4,is it going to be garbage like the rest of the USA rubbish that we see on TV.To me,Torchwood was very British with great scripts and emotion going in to it.Are we going to lose that.

  • king gerbil

    January 8th, 2011 - 4:14pm

    woo looks soooooooooooo gooood can’t wait loving the characters and the new plot u can tell its gonna b great.

  • Captain jack

    January 8th, 2011 - 1:30pm

    @ doctor stu

    i hope so and at least as horrible as the COE ones

  • Jordan

    January 8th, 2011 - 1:28pm

    It all sounds very interesting, Children of earth was excellent so lets hope this follows on from that

  • I Love Cybermen

    January 8th, 2011 - 12:57pm

    Not quite right…I’m sorry but Ianto is truly finished with. Russel T Davies states he won’t return and certainly, as a program about to launch itself in America, it doesn’t want to have a whole lot of backstory to explain. I doubt Captain Jack’s history will get a detailed explanation in series one (I’m guessing he will be played as a ‘mysterious’ black dog). I think it’s best to see this series as a bit of a reboot. Less to do with the original episodes and more to do with evolving from the highly popular Childeren Of Earth mini series and branching that idea of program into the States.

  • doctor stu

    January 8th, 2011 - 12:56pm

    is there any aliens or monsters in it? 😕

  • Calum Smith

    January 8th, 2011 - 12:23pm

    Well, I am loving the idea. I think if that is what they are calling it, that is what they are calling it.
    DoctorWhoDW – do you complaint about the title of Doctor Who or Sarah Jane Adventures or any other Torchwoods? If not, why make a difference with this one?
    I think this is a great idea and can’t wait to see it.

  • DoctorWhoDW

    January 8th, 2011 - 11:14am

    dont like the title why cant they just call it ‘TORCHWOOD’ without the weird sounding ‘Miracle Day’ (it makes it sound like one long special, but i was OK with ‘children of Earth’ because that was like a special 5ep mini series, but i do like the plot!

  • Not quite right….

    January 8th, 2011 - 9:02am

    Hmm, if people cannot die; can those dead, come back? I note that Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto Jones in Torchwood; is unavailable for work, all through Jan Feb……due to a “secret project”
    Coincidence?

  • The 8th Doctor

    January 8th, 2011 - 8:18am

    Wow some terrific new info there, its getting to sound really good, I hope it pans out to be as good as COE

  • Peter

    January 8th, 2011 - 8:15am

    Change or title, the synopsis sound great

  • Time reversed

    January 8th, 2011 - 8:12am

    Cool! Ill watch it on iplayer.

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