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Barrowman’s Bonks in Torchwood Touch Viewers’ Nerves

On a recent article in Metro, John Barrowman has responded to some viewers’ negative criticism on the current gay sex scenes in Torchwood’s new series, Miracle Day.

Jack and Angelo: Whisperings of Sexual Intimacy

Speaking of the received criticism, John said:

‘When you watch Torchwood there is a warning at the very beginning that some scenes may offend or disturb people. So if you allow your children to sit and watch it with you that’s your responsibility, not ours any more.’ – John Barrowman

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BBC Bans Torchwood’s Bare Bum Sex Scene

The show has gone from strength to strength over the past five years since its initial launch in 2006, and now has broadened its horizons into the land of Oz, or should I say, America.

A show that has broadcasted various sex scenes to British audiences, the BBC have finally put an end to a rather racy love affair involving Captain Jack Harkness and a barman. By all accounts, a source from the BBC has been quoted saying,

‘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. You can get away with scenes like that on American cable channels, but you can’t on primetime BBC One.’ 

Ianto and Jack in an Embrace

The nude scene has been reported has showing John Barrowman’s bare bum (now that I wouldn’t mind seeing!) however the BBC has claimed that some members of Torchwood’s regular viewing audience may find it disturbing. However, US audiences will be able to see such scene on their cable channel. Obviously the BBC have not thought this through. Someone, somewhere and somehow will broadcast this on the internet from America.

For a show that is aimed directly at adult audiences why has the BBC banned this?

‘It wasn’t that it was a gay scene that worried people’…

No it doesn’t worry Torchwood fans, nor does it worry the general population, but it seems to worry the BBC. Why mention the fact that it is a gay scene if it does not affect you? The BBC axed the scene because they were worried on receiving complaints about such a sordid scene, but what they should be worried about is the backlash from the statement above.

If this was a sex scene involving a heterosexual couple, would there be any reason to axe such a scene after the watershed?
I think not. (On seeing the full episode, they did in fact axe a sex scene with Rex and his female friend from the BBC. Was this due to backlash?)
So what if it’s a graphic sex scene? If the BBC are worried about viewers watching this, then do what other channels have done before and screen the episode at a later time.

Since the BBC have made such a ‘hoo-hah’ over the scene, they have elevated curiosity. Viewers will find other means of watching it; it’s a free country, and we have freedom of rights.


I just managed to see the ‘naughty’ sex scene by finding it through this available link.
Skip to 29 minutes, if you want to see it.

On reflection of seeing this sex scene, I don’t think I saw anything remotely ‘explicit’ between the two men, and quite frankly I’ve seen racier sex between Jake Gyllenhall and the late Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.

What do you think, are the BBC prudish and close-minded in our current climate?