'Torchwood' reupped, moved to BBC2


LONDON -- The BBC has re-commissioned "Doctor Who" spin-off "Torchwood" and will shift the hugely successful show from digital network BBC3 to a new home on BBC2, BBC drama head Jane Tranter said Tuesday.

"Torchwood," which averaged 2.4 million viewers for the broadcast of its first two episodes -- the highest-ever rated show on BBC3 -- follows a shadowy government agency, which investigates alien crimes. Headed by time-traveling Capt. Jack Harkness, played by Jack Barrowman, the Russell T. Davies-scripted show will begin filming new episodes in the spring. Season two will air late next year.

" 'Torchwood' is a modern and innovative drama that has truly captured the imagination of its audience," Tranter said. "We are very excited that there will be more of the adrenaline-fuelled, action-packed adventures of our team of 'Torchwood' heroes."