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    http://tinyurl.com/yqsjyx Captain Jack and friends top BBC2 ratings Feb 1 2008 by David James, South Wales Echo IT S not just the aliens fleeing in terror.
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      Captain Jack and friends top BBC2 ratings

      Feb 1 2008 by David James, South Wales Echo

      IT'S not just the aliens fleeing in terror.

      Cardiff-set sci-fi series Torchwood has blasted its way straight to
      the top of BBC2's ratings.

      Despite some criticism of its fruitier storylines, newly-released
      official figures show the second series' first episode recorded 1m
      more viewers than anything else on BBC 2 that week.

      In its first week on the terrestrial channel, 4.2m people watched John
      Barrowman's team of alien investigators see off a threat from Buffy
      star James Masters' rogue time agent.

      That figure does not include the 1.1m people who watched the
      child-friendly pre-watershed version and the 250,000 who saw the BBC3
      repeat.

      Insiders at BBC Wales' Llandaff headquarters, where the show is
      produced, are pleased with the figures and are already turning their
      minds to consider a third series.

      A source said: "The average for the slot on BBC2 is 2.8 million.
      Heroes averaged 2.3m so it's doing incredibly well."

      The show has won positive reviews, with one national newspaper
      describing it as "significantly sharper than its prime-time BBC1
      cousin, Doctor Who".

      The reviewer said: "That's the brilliant thing about Torchwood:
      everyday Cardiff hums alongside psychotic blowfish and time loops. In
      between the dizzying action, there are gorgeous shots of its orange
      street-lit arteries."

      Overnight figures for episodes two and three show the adult-themed
      sci-fi drama is holding on to its 14 per cent audience share pulling
      in 3.4m and 3.2m viewers before the number of people who record it to
      watch later are added.

      In the USA, where Torchwood was BBC America's biggest show, reviewers
      have praised the show with one saying:

      "It's sci-fi for grown ups, a rare treat."o
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