When it comes to homosexuality, many of us Brits like to think that we’re slightly more liberal than our plaque-waving damnation-offering American cousins, however after pulling a scene in which Torchwood hero Captain Jack gets off with a barman, it seems the Beeb don’t agree.
The shots from episode three – apparently featuring glimpses of John Barrowman’s arse – were aired on American channel Starz, which co-financed the sci-fi drama, but are expected to be cut from the BBC One version, according to The Sun.
The Corporation confirmed that ‘minimal’ changes have been made to the episode which is due to air next Thursday, but refused to confirm which ones.
“The UK and US versions of Torchwood are slightly different. However these differences do not change the story in any way and the strong storylines are first and foremost to the series,” a spokeswoman said, before explaining that it is normal for co-productions to have slightly different edits because of their different audiences.
Yet this boy-love incident shouldn’t come as a shock to Torchwood fans, as Barrowman has been explicit about the fourth series’ contents in recent weeks: “If you’re under the age of 13 and you don’t know the facts of life, you shouldn’t be watching this series. Because I’m naked in one episode – I am full-on naked. I am bumping and grinding in this one. I am having man sex and it’s fantastic.”