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Starz keeps ‘Torchwood’ ablaze

Net cuts deal with BBC for 10 more episodes

Starz has picked up the next batch of “Torchwood” episodes, cutting a deal with BBC Worldwide Prods. for a 10-episode order of the BBC cult hit.

New episodes will bow on Starz and the Beeb in the summer of 2011. The new segs will be co-produced by Starz, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide, with BBC Worldwide distribbing outside the U.S.

“Torchwood” creator Russell Davies is back on board as exec producer, along with BBC Worldwide’s Julie Gardner.

“We’re committed to programming exceptional television that is entertaining, imaginative and provides a premium TV experience, and by any measure the new concept for ‘Torchwood’ fits that mandate,” said Starz prexy Chris Albrecht.

Deal was announced Monday by Albrecht and BBC Worldwide Prods.’ exec veep Jane Tranter.

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