The prime time BBC TV drama Torchwood 5 part mini-series Children Of Earth, broadcast on consecutive nights, mixed the Dr.Who spinoff alien science fiction (with the usual UK Government and United Nations secret agencies) with even more fast action and political treachery and manipulation à la Spooks.
Both the sci fi Torchwood and the spy fi Spooks achieve the necessary suspension of disbelief when it comes to technology, and create dramatic suspense with interesting human characters, just do not expect the plot to stand up to even cursory scrutiny.
The consecutive nightly screenings of the 5 part mini-series format, could also work well for Spooks, hopefully allowing a suitably well written story to aspire towards , for example, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy classic status.
The real headquarters building of the Security Service (MI5), located at Thames House, south of the Houses of Parliament, just south of where Lambeth Bridge meets Millbank, on the north bank of the river Thames.
It is the key location around which the plot of Children of Earth revolves, as the "thirteenth floor" is where, for some reason, the alien "456 monster" has chosen to descend from the sky in a pillar of flames. Consequently there are several exterior and aerial views of this building in the programmes.
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How many of Torchwood Children Of Earth estimated 5 to 6 million viewers on average, spotted that the depiction at the start of Day Three episode of the "warehouse in Battersea", which was a "disused Torchwood 1 Holding Facility", which became the new base for the Torchwood team, was actually an aerial view of the
Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) at 45-46 Ponton Road, London, SW8 5AX., which supplies vehicles and drivers to Government Minister and top civil servants etc, The agency also collects and delivers classified mail and parcels, and offers secure confidential waste handling and destruction.