Many thanks to Canadian journo Malene Arpe for sending us the following titbit. It’s from her blog for Canadian newspaper The Toronto Star, for which she interviewed John Barrowman. Although the piece was supposed to be about the Canadian How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Malene, being a Torchwood fan (apparently SFX helped turn her onto the show), couldn’t help but ask about season three. Here’s what she got out of him:
“I just had the undiluted pleasure of interviewing that hot piece of actor, John Barrowman aka Captain Jack. I had read that the third season of Torchwood was going to be only five episodes and was wondering why. Well, the reason is the show, which started on BBC3, and then got promoted to BBC2, is now going to BBC1 and they want to start there with a splash and give the move a greater impact. "But if we come back for series four, it will be ten episodes."
For the full blog, with loads more from Barrowman, go here .
UPDATE: The Official Torchwood site has named the show’s new producer as well as revealing that Euros Lyn – acclaimed director of such Who episodes as "The End of the World”, "Tooth and Claw" and "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" – will be calling the shots on episodes of season three. (Since season three is just one five-episode story we assume he'll be doing the whole lot, but that isn’t confirmed on the site).
The new producer is Peter Bennett, who, the site says, has previously worked on Torchwood and Doctor Who as assistant director, as well as a second unit director on The Mummy and A View to a Kill, and location manager on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.