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Torchwood creator returns to city roots for Welsh premiere

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 22, 2011

  • Russell T Davies at the Brangwyn Hall

  • Bill Pullman at the Brangwyn Hall

  • Eve Myles at the Brangwyn Hall

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TORCHWOOD creator Russell T Davies enjoyed a special homecoming yesterday at the Welsh premiere of the hit show's new series.

Speaking at the premiere of the fourth series of the hit sci-fi show at the Brangwyn Hall, Russell, who was born in Swansea, said the show won't forget its Welsh roots — despite the majority of filming taking place in Los Angeles for the new series.

For Russell, who is himself now based in Los Angeles, Torchwood will always remain a Welsh show.

The former Olchfa school pupil said: "It is good to spend time back home, I spent the weekend here and visited my dad who is 86 now.

"I don't come as often as I should, but it is lovely to be back. Torchwood has such a Welsh heritage, we wanted to bring it here to show it off and repay the city really.

"One of the first scenes in the first episode is at the (white National Trust) house in Rhossili. I spent my life wondering what it was like inside and I never thought we would get it, but lo and behold we managed it.

"It was a joy to film there and it looks epic and huge.

"It is an exciting adventure to be in Los Angeles and America at my age (48) but you will always come home to Swansea."

Hollywood star Bill Pullman, who appears in the show, said: "I am very pleased with the episodes I have seen. Torchwood and Dr Who has a loyal following in the United States, it is amazing.

"Russell sees human nature in the most incredible ways, he was great to work for."

The new 10-part series will centre on a world where suddenly nobody dies, and includes a dramatic action sequence at Rhossili Bay.

And the show has a distinct Swansea Valley feel, with Ystradgynlais-born Eve Myles returning as the show's heroine Gwen Cooper.

She said: " We had the premiere in London on Monday, which was lovely, but this is the one I am really excited about.

"It was unbelievable to film at Rhossili, it was wonderful.

"I had always wanted to live at that house and the beach is where I walk my dog, so it was unbelievable to blow it up!

"It is one of the most important things on the whole show, a huge element of it is Welsh, the show will always have a link to Wales."

Since it was launched in 2006 as a spin-off from the Russell T Davies-revived Dr Who series, Torchwood has gone on to gain a loyal following of fans.

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