John Barrowman on ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’

The man behind Captain Jack Harkness promises that 'Torchwood' will be on a much larger scale than ever before.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

With the upcoming fourth season of "Torchwood" coming to Starz as a co-production with the BBC, the budget for the show has reportedly tripled from what it was before. Naturally, series star John Barrowman is happy to explain where the money is going.

“There is so much more we can do with 'Torchwood' now having made the leap to America. It’s going to be even bigger and better,” Barrowman told Deadline  "And for me on a personal level the move to America has been f***ing amazing.”
 
Barrowman also described the opening scene of the season which features a helicopter in action.
 "If we were in Wales shooting, we might not have had that, or we would have had to re-write the sequence," noted Barrowman. "The audience is going to need a forklift truck to pick their jaws off the ground. The stunt work is unbelievable. I used to do quite a lot of stunts except if it was jumping off of buildings but now I’m not allowed to because of the insurance policy. I’m much more valuable in America!”
 
Starz has earned its reputation for producing dramas like "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" that push the boundaries of nudity and sex on television. While it's currently unclear if "Torchwood: Miracle Day" will follow in those footsteps, Barrowman did indicate that his character, Captain Jack Harkness would continue to hook up with members of both sexes.
 
According to Barrowman, "Torchwood" creator and executive producer Russell T. Davies is currently in Los Angeles writing the tenth and final episode of the season. For "Miracle Day," Barrowman will be joined by returning cast members Eve Myles and Kai Owen alongside new cast members Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Arlene Tur.  Bill Pullman will star as one of the villains while Wayne Knight, Ernie Hudson and C. Thomas Howell will also make guest appearances.
 
"Torchwood: Miracle Day" will debut on Starz Friday, July 8.