Confession time: I preferred Torchwood’s star-packed, single-minded second season to its innovative, low-key premiere year. I was totally taken by the life-and-death saga of Burn Gorman’s Owen Harper, and glad to see Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman temporarily join the team. My top episode: “Reset.” Favorite character: PC Andy (yeah, I’m a softie). Must see guest star: between Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones and Buffy’s James Marsters (I know, I know, bad Brit accent and all).
I’m also worried that next year’s five-show season three, Torchwood: Children of the Earth, won’t be enough — so I’ve been devouring the series two DVDs (out tomorrow). Enjoy these exclusive outtakes, below, before running out to buy your own copy. And then share: Did you rock with season two? Who’s your favorite Torchwood character, guest star, and episode?
For more info on Torchwood: Season 2, check out my review here. And take note: Children of the Earth isn’t the only promises-to-be-good show hitting Brit TV in the upcoming months. In case you missed it, check out last week’s Bits and Bobs for the lowdown on future U.K. TV (David Tennant in Einstein and Eddington! Kenneth Branagh in Wallander! Richard Armitage in MI-5!). Or go to TV Fan and debate the possible merits of season 3 with blogger llkane.
Your Bits and Bobs-recommended calendar for the week, after the jump!
Monday (September 15th): Ricky Gervais guests on Late Night with Conan O’Brien at 12:35 on NBC.
Tuesday: The must-get of the week (besides Torchwood, of course): The British Cinema Classic “B” Film Collection, Vol. 1. With Carol Reed’s Girl in the News, staring Margaret Lockwood, this is an essential for British film fans. Add Diana Dors as a sexy vamp in Tread Softly Stranger and this really is a golden set. Must-listen of the week: The Ricky Gervais Show podcast returns on iTunes and Audible.com! (And House premieres on Fox at 8pm.)
Wednesday: Stephen Merchant stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:05 on ABC, while Ashley Jensen visits Chelsea Lately at 2:30am on E!
Thursday: Ricky Gervais continues his week of Ghost Town promotion on Kimmel.
Friday: Pick up Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Best of…What’s Left of…Not Only…But Also…onDVD. Like the “B” Film Collection, this is a must for anglophilesinterested iconic British entertainment (and anyone who can’t wait forthe September 28th premiere of Little Britain). Support Ricky Gervais on the big screen by seeing Ghost Town, even if, like me, you’re terrified it might be rubbish.
Saturday: Catch the Primeval season 2 premiere on BBC America at 9pm.
Sunday: Watch Billie Piper in Ruby in the Smoke on PBS at 9pm.