via press release:
BBC WORLDWIDE LAUNCHES TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY INTO CANADA’S SPACE
Apr 11, 2011 | BBC Worldwide in Canada
Toronto, ON, April 11th2011 – BBC Worldwide Canada, the commercial arm of the BBC in Canada,today announced a deal with SPACE, Canada’s national science fiction, horror and fantasy channel, for a selection of stellar sci-fi andtitles that include the thrilling new series of hit BBC drama, Torchwood: Miracle Day, as well as Bedlam, Primeval and Outcasts.
Hilary Read, COO, BBC Worldwide Canada said: “A leader in the sci-fi realm, SPACE has been a fantastic partner and the perfect Canadian home for these captivating titles. BBC produces some of the world’s most acclaimed sci-fi andprogramming, and we’re looking forward to sharing these exceptional series with audiences across Canada.”
"SPACE is very pleased to continue our valued partnership with BBC Worldwide Canada," said Joanna Webb, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. "Over the course of this relationship, we’ve worked collaboratively to deliver some of the highest quality and most exciting genre programming to Canadian viewers."
Set to make its Canadian premiere in summer 2011, the highly anticipated Torchwood: Miracle Day stars Mekhi Phifer of ERandfame, Bill Pullman, best known for his big screen roles in While You Were Sleeping and Independence Day,whilstJohn Barrowman and Eve Myles return as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper. Phifer will play Rex Matheson, a C.I.A. operative who joins forces with Captain Jack and Gwen to fight a global conspiracy that reaches from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai. Pullman will take on the role of Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution to become the most man on the planet. The 10-episode series is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for Starz, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. The show has been written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies. Julie Gardner returns as executive producer.
Along with Torchwood, SPACE licensed the spooky new series Bedlam, adrama that follows the lives of people who live in and around Bedlam Heights. A hip, new city center apartment building in the heart of Leeds, Bedlam Heights was formerly a pre-Victorian lunatic asylum. Little do its inhabitants know that the building is haunted by the ghosts of the asylum’s violent and harrowing past.
SPACE also picked up the 4thand 5thseasons of gripping sci-fi drama Primeval, which follows evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter who discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, and Outcasts, a new series that follows a group of courageous pioneers in 2045 who depart Earth and travel to a distant galaxy to build a better future for humankind.
The deal was brokered by Linda Steele, VP of Programme Sales for BBC Worldwide Canada with Rachel Goldstein-Couto, Manager, Programming for SPACE.