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Saturday 15th September 2007

Torchwood This Week - September 15, 2007
(posted 15th Sep 2007, 4:21am - TWIDW post #0578)
(#0579 was a duplicate)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
September 15, 2007
Volume 1, Number 45
The weekly guide to Torchwood transmissions.
BBC America had its all time highest ratings result so far with the premiere of Torchwood - 496,000 viewers for the Saturday 9PM premiere, 214,000 viewers at Midnight. BBC America had been heavily advertising the premiere - lots of on- air promotions, billboards in major cities, and the work paid off. BBC America treated the premiere about as well as one could expect:

1) Torchwood started and ended on time (unlike the Hex premiere in June - where the whole day was about 2 minutes late).
2) If you are going to cut a show for time due to your commercial load, the Torchwood premiere is a good example of what to do. The story flowed comfortably. The story held together, if not as well as the original cut. It seemed a very sympathetic edit.
3) Torchwood aired in the proper 16:9 aspect ratio that it was filmed in. BBC America is a bit inconsistent on this. Some 16:9 shows get 16:9 treatment, some get 4:3 treatment. Doctor Who got 16:9 in Series 1 but is getting 4:3 now (see This Week In Doctor Who). Thanks for getting it right for this show.

Hopefully Torchwood will continue to be treated well by BBC America. BBC America has just added a Tuesday night repeat of Torchwood. Torchwood will air Tuesdays at 8PM and 11PM Eastern (5PM and 8PM Pacific), replacing the repeat of the previous week's featured Nitro Tuesday drama (currently MI-5, soon to be Ultimate Force).
Meanwhile, the commercial free unedited high definition version of Torchwood premieres in the US on HD Net this Monday 17 September. 5 to 6 airings a week on Mondays and Wednesdays (sports events may bump individual broadcasts). Specific days and times below in the listings. I don't have HD Net myself, so I don't know if they still air shows without putting a logo on the screen. If they refrain from using a logo, then this will be the best appearance of Torchwood anywhere to date. The BBC HD airings of Torchwood had a BBC HD logo on screen during the episodes. No high definition DVDs of Torchwood are planned at this time - Standard Definition only, so these broadcasts will give a picture unlike what Americans can get through other sources.
CBC TV Canada has listed the premiere of
Torchwood as Friday October 5 at 9PM all time zones (9:30PM
UK viewers are getting Torchwood Series 1 Fridays at 9PM BST on BBC
Three, catching viewers up before Series 2 on BBC Two early in the
new year.
Doctor Who schedule information is in This Week In Doctor Who .
I am trying to find websites and station information for some of the
more elusive Torchwood sales. If you spot it airing or getting ready
to air in your country, and I've missed it, let me know so it gets
into the next edition and more fans get informed.
Corrections and updates are welcome at torchwood- , TWIDW on AIM, and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger.
Torchwood Website -
Australian Website -
Canal 22
Episodes air as 2 parters.
Monday 10:30PM 1-09 Random Shoes pt 1?
Wednesday 10:30PM 1-09 Random Shoes pt 2?
Canal 22's website is not particularly helpful in determining what
episodes are airing, unfortunately.
People + Arts
Tuesday 10PM, Wednesday 4AM and 4PM, Friday 7PM 1-04 Cyberwoman
Dubbed into Italian
Saturday 5PM, Sunday 1:40PM CET 1-02 Primo Giorno
Monday 9:50PM, Tuesday 11:40PM, Wednesday 8:20AM and 10:30AM and 3:30AM (late night), Thursday 11:50PM, Saturday 22 September 4:50PM, 23 September 12:55PM CET 1-03 La Machina Dei Fantasmi

24 September 9:50PM, Late 25 September 12:35AM, 26 September 8:30AM and 10:40AM, 27 September 4:20AM and 12:15AM (late night), 29 September 4:30PM, 30 September 12:50PM CET 1-04 La Donna Cybernetica
1 October 9:50PM, 2 October 11:35PM, 3 October 7:55AM and 10:30AM and 3AM (late night), Late 4 October Midnight, 6 October 4:50PM, 7 October 1:10PM CET 1-05 Le Fate Cattive
8 October 9:50PM, Late 9 October 12:05AM, 10 October 8AM and 10:35AM and 3:30AM (late night) CET 1-06 Il Villaggio Degli Orrori
BBC America
DirecTV 264 Dish 135
16:9 Letterbox format
Saturday 3, 8, and 11PM EDT/Noon, 5PM, and 8PM PDT, 22 September 2PM EDT/11AM PDT 1-01 Everything Changes
Saturday 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT, Tuesday 8 and 11PM EDT/5 and 8PM PDT,
22 September 3, 8, and 11PM EDT/Noon, 5, and 8PM PDT, 29 September 2PM EDT/11AM PDT, 30 September 3PM EDT/Noon PDT 1-02 Day One
22 September 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM, 25 September 8PM and 11PM EDT/5 and 8PM PDT, 29 September 3, 8, and 11PM EDT/Noon, 5, and 8PM PDT, 30 September 4PM EDT/1PM PDT, 6 October 2PM EDT/11AM PDT 1-03 Ghost Machine
29 September 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT, 30 September 5PM EDT/2PM PDT, 2 October 8 and 11PM EDT/5 and 8PM PDT, 6 October 3, 8, and 11PM EDT/Noon, 5, and 8PM PDT, 13 October 2PM EDT/11AM PDT 1-04 Cyberwoman
6 October 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT, Late 7 October 1AM EDT/10PM PDT, 9 October 8 and 11PM EDT/5 and 8PM PDT, 13 October 3, 8, and 11PM EDT/Noon, 5, and 8PM PDT 1-05 Small Worlds
13 October 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT 1-06 Countrycide
20 October 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT 1-07 Greeks Bearing Gifts
27 October 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT 1-08 They Keep Killing Suzie
3 November 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT 1-09 Random Shoes
10 November 9PM and Midnight EST/6 and 9PM PST 1-10 Out of Time
17 November 9PM and Midnight EST/6 and 9PM PST 1-11 Combat
24 November 9PM and Midnight EST/6 and 9PM PST 1-12 Captain Jack Harkness
1 December 9PM and Midnight EST/6 and 9PM PST 1-13 Out of Time
BBC America On Demand (certain digital cable systems, not on satellite)
Now playing:
Preview - Welcome to Torchwood
1-01 Everything Changes

Starting 17 September:
1-02 Day One
Starting 24 September:
1-03 Ghost Machine
HD Net
DirecTV 79
Dish 9422 (5510 Alaska and Hawaii only)
High Definition 16:9 format
Monday 7PM and 10PM and 1AM EDT/4PM and 7PM and 10PM PDT, Wednesday 11PM and 3AM EDT/8PM and Midnight PDT 1-01 Everything Changes
24 September 7PM and 10PM and 1AM EDT/4PM and 7PM and 10PM PDT, 26 September 9PM and Midnight and 3AM/6PM and 9PM and Midnight PDT 1-02 Day One
UK Broadcasts:
BBC Three
Series 1 Repeat Run
Friday 9PM and 2:40AM BST 1-02 "Day One"
Friday 9:50PM BST Declassified 1-02 "Bad Day At The Office"
28 September 9PM BST 1-03 Ghost Machine?
28 September 9:50PM BST Declassified 1-03 ?
No repeats scheduled in next 2 weeks.
HD on CBC HD, 16:9 Letterbox analog, co-producer on Torchwood.
Friday 5 October 9PM (9:30PM Newfoundland) 1-01 Everything Changes
(Canadian Premiere!)
12 October 9PM 1-02 "Day One"
19 October 9PM 1-03 Ghost Machine
26 October 9PM 1-04 Cyberwoman
Stations That Will/Have Aired Torchwood:
CANADA - Ztele (in French) - not on Fall 2007 schedule, probably premieres in 2008
CANADA - Ztele
Israel - Yes Stars 2 - Series 1 completed.
Sweden - TV4 Plus - Series 1 completed.
SPAIN - Cuatro - Series 1 completed.
AUSTRALIA - Network Ten - Series 1 completed.
There are exclusive interviews and clips on the Ten website as well as Torchwood De-Classified - as of this writing, you have to be in Australia to view the clips.
Southern Cross Ten
(Regional service that carries portions of Network Ten's lineup) - Series 1 completed.
And other countries who I haven't seen identified yet
Series 2 - coming early 2008. 13 episodes, premieres on BBC Two.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care. Vote Saxon.
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