Friday 25 March 2011

BBC Worldwide Press Release: John Barrowman and Bill Pullman to launch - Torchwood: Miracle Day at MIPTV 2011

BBC Worldwide have issued a press release reported on an appearance by two lead actors from Torchwood: Miracle Day at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the show, namely John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes).

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John Barrowman and Bill Pullman to launch Torchwood: Miracle Day at MIPTV 2011

John Barrowman and Bill Pullman will be heading to Cannes to promote the new series of hit sci-fi drama Torchwood at MIPTV 2011.

The fourth instalment, titled Torchwood: Miracle Day, is distributed by BBC Worldwide, and will be launched to buyers on Monday 4th April with the two stars attending the event alongside executive producer Julie Gardner.

Barrowman returns to lead the cast in his iconic role as Captain Jack Harkness, and is joined in the new series by film star Pullman, whose credits include Independence Day, While You Were Sleeping and Lost Highway.

Julie Gardner, Senior Vice President, Scripted, BBC Worldwide Productions, has worked on all four series of Torchwood, and her other credits include Life on Mars, Doctor Who and Casanova.

Her producing partner is Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies, who has scripted Miracle Day with an A-list team of writers including John Shiban (Breaking Bad, The X-Files), Doris Egan (House) and Jane Espenson (Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer).

Torchwood: Miracle Day is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for Starz Entertainment, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide.

Featuring locations in the US and around the world, the plot sees a C.I.A operative (played by ER’s Mekhi Phifer) join forces with the team to investigate a global conspiracy that has put an end to human death, causing a population boom and resource crisis.

Pullman plays Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution, and Eve Myles reprises her role as Gwen Cooper.

Steve Macallister, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, commented, "We’re thrilled to have John Barrowman and Bill Pullman with us at MIPTV.

The fact that Torchwood: Miracle Day is able to attract such a high-calibre, international cast reflects the quality of the production – so it’s sure to prove popular with buyers again, along with the rest of our exciting drama slate."

In addition to Torchwood: Miracle Day, BBC Worldwide will also be presenting popular returning series Doctor Who (S6), the critically-acclaimed Luther (S2), series three of Being Erica, Primeval (S4&5), and the second series of the BAFTA winning Misfits.

New dramas on this year’s MIPTV slate include ratings hit Upstairs Downstairs, which has already been re-commissioned for an extended second series; South Riding, starring David Morrissey and Anna Maxwell Martin; an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, The Night Watch; star-studded sci-fi series Outcasts; and the Will Young-starring supernatural thriller Bedlam.

BBC Worldwide MIPCOM Stand G3.4

Shows on offer:
Torchwood: Miracle Day (10 x 50’) HD – Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and Starz Entertainment
Doctor Who series 6 (13 x 45’ & 1 x 60’ Special) HD – A BBC production
Luther series 2 (4 x 50’ or 2 x 100’) HD – A BBC/BBC America co-production
Being Erica series 3 (13 x 45') HD – A Temple Street production for CBC
Primeval series 4 (7 x 50’) HD – An Impossible Pictures, ProSieben and Ingenious Broadcasting co-production for ITV/BBC Worldwide in association with WATCH and BBC America
Misfits series 2 (6 x 50’ plus 1 x 50’ special) HD – A Clerkenwell production for E4
Upstairs Downstairs (3 x 50') HD – A BBC/Masterpiece PBS co-production
South Riding (3 x 50’) HD – A BBC production
The Night Watch (1 x 90’) HD – A BBC production
Outcasts (8 x 50’) HD – A Kudos Film & Television/BBC America co-production
Bedlam (6 x 50') HD – A Red production for Sky Living HD

Media Coverage:
Virtual Press Office(25th) - John Barrowman and Bill Pullman to launch Torchwood: Miracle Day at MIPTV 2011

PR Newswire(22nd) - A Star-Studded Lineup for MIPTV 2011
MIPTV(21st) - A Star-Studded Lineup for MIPTV 2011