BBC America Announces Official "Torchwood: Children of Earth" Air Date, Kicks off BBC America HD
Written by Jace | Monday, June 01, 2009 | 3 comments Â»
Just a few days after unveiling the world premiere of the new trailer for Torchwood: Children of the Earth, the third season of the Doctor Who spin-off series, the digital cabler has announced an official launch date for the Russell T. Davies-scripted event series.
BBC America will premiere Torchwood: Children of Earth on July 20th at 9 pm ET/PT. The third series, comprised of five serialized episodes, will air across five consecutive nights that week.
The timing of Torchwood's return to the schedule is linked to the launch of BBC America HD, a high-definition simulcast of the BBC America channel, which will also bow on July 20th to digital cabler subscribers.
"BBC AMERICA is a truly unique channel in the cable landscape," said Garth Ancier, President of BBC Worldwide America in a statement. "We bring viewers some of the best programs on television and now with the option to experience them in HD, theyâre going to be even better. The launch of BBC AMERICA HD coupled with the existing VOD channel, BBC AMERICA On-Demand, expands the opportunity for viewers and distributors to access the best of British entertainment."
The week of July 20th will see not only the launch of BBC America HD but a slew of new programming intended to capitalize on the HD feed, such as the aforementioned Torchwood: Children of Earth, the latest Doctor Who special ("Planet of the Dead") starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan, and the launch of supernatural drama series Being Human.
The full press release from BBC America announcing the launch of BBC America HD and Torchwood: Children of Earth can be found below.
BBC AMERICA HD LAUNCHES JULY 20 WITH A SPECIAL SCI-FI WEEK
- U.S. Premieres of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead and Being Human to Air in HD -
New York, NY - Monday, June 1, 2009 - BBC Worldwide launches BBC AMERICA HD on July 20 with the high-definition simulcast of BBC AMERICA. BBC AMERICA HD kicks off with an extraordinary week of sci-fi U.S. premieres - the return of the channelâs highest rated series, Torchwood, the latest Doctor Who special, Planet of the Dead, the BBC AMERICA co-production, Being Human and the thrilling season finale of Primeval, Season 3.
Since its inception in 1998, BBC AMERICA has seen substantial growth, recently celebrating its highest ratings ever in total live viewers for the first quarter of 2009. The channel is responsible for bringing the BBCâs world renowned news stateside with BBC World News America as well as some of the yearâs most buzzed about and critically acclaimed UK shows - from the popular Torchwood and addictive Mistresses to the provocative Skins and charming Gavin & Stacey. It has introduced American audiences to such marquee series as The Office, Top Gear and Ramsayâs Kitchen Nightmares. This unique and high quality programming has aided BBC AMERICA to see an increase in ad sales of almost 40% in the last year. It has also secured the channel two Golden Globes, six Peabody Awards and availability in over 64 million households nationwide.
Garth Ancier, President, BBC Worldwide America says, âBBC AMERICA is a truly unique channel in the cable landscape. We bring viewers some of the best programs on television and now with the option to experience them in HD, theyâre going to be even better. The launch of BBC AMERICA HD coupled with the existing VOD channel, BBC AMERICA On-Demand, expands the opportunity for viewers and distributors to access the best of British entertainment.â
The highly anticipated return of Torchwood: Children of Earth will kick off the first of BBC AMERICAâs HD offerings. Told over five consecutive nights starting July 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, the series re-joins Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloy