Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Shattering The Dream...

Just two months ago, Woodies everywhere were celebrating the fact that Torchwood's premiere screenings earned record audiences for BBC Three - becoming the most watched non-terrestrial broadcast ('cept a silly football match, and an even sillier episode of Friends) in British television history. 2.4 million couldn't be wrong could they?

Now it seems, barely two months on, that Torchwood's crown threatens to be stolen; for last Sunday evening, the Rupert Murdoch owned Sky One screened "The Hogfather" - an adaption of the Terry Pratchet book of the same name. The screening secured a massive 2.48 million viewers - and it's an anxious wait to see if the offical BARB ratings improve on that number. If they do, "The Hogfather" may offically have been viewed by more people than Torchwood...

So, that's Discworld 1, Cardiff City 0... ?

Another kick in the balls for us Woodies, ratings-wise we were again beaten by Lost. The mid-season cliffhanger managed a solid 1.16 million, whereas Torchwood was viewed by a respectable 900,200 people. At least there's no more Lost until February...!

Moving onto more upbeat news, and the BBC have commissioned a "Maria"-esque series; this time looking to find a new cast for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat". Information about the series can be found here, although it's not been confirmed if John Barrowman will again appear as a judge.

Talking of John, his panto version of the classic children's fable, "Jack and the Beanstalk", has opened in Cardiff city centre. You better hurry if you want tickets - I hear they're selling faster than Jubilee pizzas...

With the panto due to break for the Christmas vacation soon, John's got a very important cival partnership to prepare for - as he marries long term partner Scott Gill on December 27th. Although John did invite practically everybody to his wedding whilst on the Jonathan Ross show last month, Torchwood.TV suggests readers try and respect John's privacy - and avoid wedding cake hunting within Cardiff next week...

Besides, photos are bound to show up in OK! Magazine any time soon...

On behalf of all the team John, good luck - and lets hope marriage brings you everything you've ever wanted and more. If, oh I don't know, you want to contact your two favourite Torchwood.TV writers about the big day, you can drop me a line at the usual address...

At which point, I think I'll sign off for the evening. Take care folks - and don't eat too many mince pies...

...Or the Hogfather will come and gobble you up!
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