As we reported a few weeks ago, the BBC has succeeded in securing extra funding from US cable station Starz Entertainment, resulting in the resurrection of Captain Jack for a fourth series of Torchwood.
It was said at the time that the expanded budget would see Jack's adventures head further afield, taking in locations in the US and elsewhere. And as the new series enters the casting stage, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Torchwood series four will introduce three new recurring characters, at least two of which will be American.
These are CIA agents Rex Matheson and Esther Katusi (the former described as " a wickedly funny CIA agent born to make waves"), and Oswald Jones, "a convicted murderer and paedophile".
Who will play these roles hasn't been officially announced as yet, but with Russell T Davies still at the helm, the series is still in good hands, and we can't wait to see what he can do with his newly expanded budget.
Torchwood series four is due to air next summer.