No Sex Please, We’re British; No Lemonade Jokes Please, We’re American

Gwen and Jack

Well, this is annoying:

When Torchwood returns to television next month, there’ll be two different versions of every episode. Some scenes will only be in the US version, while other scenes will only be in the UK version. … Off the top of my head, there’s one somewhat racy sex scene in the third episode that I could easily see being trimmed for UK broadcast television. And presumably some of the British in-jokes that no American will get (like the one about lemonade being “fizzy”) might find themselves on the cutting-room floor in the US. … It sounds like, overall, the British versions will be the longer cuts because of the refrence to “episode timings.”

So I guess nobody gets to see the fourth season in full until the dvd comes out.

6 Responses to No Sex Please, We’re British; No Lemonade Jokes Please, We’re American

  1. Mandel June 29, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Well, that sex scene’s gotta be pretty racy (by TV standards), since there’s been quite a few sex scenes on the show so far that would likely not have been allowed on broadcast TV in the US.

    As for the observation that this an annoying development: let’s be honest, it does give certain geeks (e.g. ones with non-geek significant others) a legitimate excuse for multiple viewings of each episode…

    • Roderick June 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      Everything’s about you!

      • Roderick August 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

        Well, the lemonade joke made it through to the US version, but the sex scene apparently did get censored in the UK.

        • Mandel August 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

          Noticed that. Maybe I’m mis-remembering (I don’t keep a logbook of the details of every sex scene I watch), but the sex scene doesn’t seem that much racier than we’ve seen in previous seasons of Torchwood (or on the BBC more generally). Wonder why they censored it…

        • Roderick August 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

          Did you click the link? It offers a possible explanation.

  2. Mandel August 2, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    Ah, yes, I read it when you first posted it, but forgot about its content…

    In any case, I’m loving the new series. The show has come a long way, although I might be in the minority in *missing* a tighter focus on the polyamory and sexual fluidity of the characters. Sure, it was often cheesily done, but not more so than a lot of shows that make the same moves, only with exclusively straight sex. It irritated me when people called the show ‘sex-obsessed’: I always thought it was mostly just heteronormative bias rearing its ugly head. Still, the stories for the third and fourth seasons are leaps and bounds more intellectually interesting than most of what went on in the first and second seasons. And, of course, it was much easier and more natural for them to explore polyamory and sexual fluidity when there were five members of Torchwood and before Gwen became a mum…

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