Tuesday, July 19, 2011

TORCHWOOD Sex Scene Cut From UK Broadcast

The BBC has confirmed that it has cut a sex scene from an upcoming episode of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY.

The moment featured Captain Jack (John Barrowman) sleeping with a barman and is expected to be shown in the US on cable network Starz, The Sun reports.

However, the scene will be cut from the UK broadcast as it was allegedly deemed inappropriate for a primetime slot on BBC One.

"It wasn't that it was a gay scene that worried people, but just the fact that it was such an explicit sex scene full stop," a source said. "You can get away with scenes like that on American cable channels, but you can't on primetime BBC One.

"Even though the show airs after the watershed, it has a lot of young fans who would have been shocked at the graphic nature of the sex."

A BBC spokesperson confirmed that the scene will not be shown in the UK, adding that a violent moment will also be cut later in the series.

"The UK and US versions of TORCHWOOD are slightly different," the spokesperson said. "However, these differences do not change the story in any way and the strong storylines are first and foremost to the series."


  1. Not surprising. When SEX AND THE CITY moved from HBO to basic cable, they cut graphic sex and nudity down. There's a big difference between broadcast networks and pay-cable like HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc. so I'm not thinking this is discrimination. That said, if the fact that he did go home and sleep with the bartender is glossed over or elminated altogether as a story point, then there will be a problem.

  2. Really? This is the same BBC that aired Queer as Folk years ago. Why isn't there a place for adult science fiction? I've never thought of Torchwood as a show for the kiddies. From its beginning, sexuality as been a huge part of it.

    Children have Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures for all-ages science fiction/fantasy.