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Weekend TV: 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' makes BBC America premiere

September 5, 2013


Sept. 05--Love is in the air this weekend on TV, and so are bayou folks mutating into gators, a team desperately trying to save the world, and an innocent and endearing version of Ricky Gervais you've probably never seen in a new web series.

Don't feed the gators

It's on to a new B-movie this weekend with Syfy introducing yet another campy film where beer and a sense of humor will get you through "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Gators." The film debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday on cable 45.

It appears something is making the down-home folks in the bayou mutate into gators. Jordan Hinson ("Eureka") stars.

Watch a classic

"Metropolis," Fritz Lang's silent black-and-white film about a mad scientist who threatens the future of a city, is making an appearance at 7 p.m. Friday on TCM, cable 210.

"Generally considered the first great science-fiction film, 'Metropolis' (1926) fixed for the rest of the century the image of a futuristic city as a hell of scientific progress and human despair," according to iconic film critic Roger Ebert. See a clip at

New online

Netflix begins streaming all episodes of the bittersweet comedy-drama "Derek" at 11:01 p.m. Saturday.

The 30-minute comedy-drama follows a group of outsiders like Derek Noakes, a tender-hearted man who loves his job at a retirement home. And then there is his wholly unlucky co-worker and landlord Dougie, a lovable trainwreck named Kev and Derek's best friend Hannah, an unlucky-in-love manager. The show ran last year on the UK's Channel 4. Gervais stars in, wrote and directed. See the trailer at

Save the world

The members of the Torchwood team are back to face a new fierce enemy -- humanity -- in "Torchwood: Miracle Day" airing at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America, cable 176.

Led by team leader and former "Doctor Who" companion Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and former Torchwood agent Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles, another "Doctor Who" alum), they must join forces with CIA agents Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer, "Divergent") and Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins, "Grey's Anatomy") to discover why people all over the world have stopped dying. Bill Pullman ("Independence Day") also stars in the supernatural miniseries that first aired in 2011.

Leading into the BBC America premiere of the Starz original series, the channel will air a marathon of "Torchwood" season two and "Torchwood: Children of the Earth" beginning at 10 p.m. Friday.

'Treasure' this

Bruno Mars will be you host and musical guest on rebroadcast of "Saturday Night Live." It airs at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on NBC, channel 2, cable 9.

Fall in love ... again

Childhood sweethearts who fell in love nearly 60 years ago but were parted are reunited in "Last Tango in Halifax," airing at 7 p.m. Sunday on PBS, channel 11.

The comedy-drama tells the love story of Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid), both widowed and in their 70s, who fall in love all over again amid the drama of their families.


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