Why the BBC will ax a controvers​ial Torchwood sex scene

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Dec 14, 2012

Sad news for U.K. fans of Torchwood: the BBC has apparently chosen to ax a very explicit gay sex scene featuring our favorite omnisexual sci-fi character, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman).

First things first: Yes, that apparently "too-sensational" sex scene WILL air for U.S. audiences on Starz. It's the home of Spartacus, after all, where you have more graphic sex scenes this side of non-porn cable channels (with the exception of HBO) than anywhere else on TV.

The scene in question, which will appear in an upcoming episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, will feature Captain Jack (John Barrowman) having, in the words of The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper, "coitus" with a barman. Barrowman himself previously mentioned that he'd filmed a pretty graphic sex scene.

According to a source over at the Daily Mail, the BBC has decided to cut that scene from transmission because:

"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.

"Even though the show airs after the watershed, it has a lot of young fans who would have been shocked at the graphic nature of the sex."

So ... we guess U.K. fans of Torchwood will have to look elsewhere to get titillated, because it won't happen on BBC One's watch.

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