When BBC Worldwide announced that John Barrowman and Bill Pullman would come to the MIPTV in Cannes to promote Torchwood: Miracle Day, I thought immediately that this was a great occasion to “accueillir” the Torchwood stars in France. Well, I’m actually not French but I’ve been living here in the South of France for over 20 years and I think that counts a bit. ;) My French friend Cathy, who only lives 40 km from me and whom I first met in London, believe it or not, was also enthusiastic. And as spring had finally started with warm and sunny weather, we decided, instead of going just for a day, to make a short holiday of it. It’s the Côte d’Azur after all! :-)
As MIPTV is a TV dealer fair and purely for professionals, I wrote to BBC Worldwide to ask if there would be any public event where we could see the Torchwood actors, and they answered me that there would be a Welcoming Cocktail with a red carpet appearance of all the stars at the Carlton on Monday. To my utter surprise I got another email from the BBC a few days later, this one from BBC Wales producer Ian Smith who wrote that he was doing a documentary about Torchwood and that he would like to interview us. Cathy and I were both a bit shocked, as English is not our native language and we aren’t used to speak in front of a TV camera. But as we are both Torchwood fans and this was the opportunity to speak about our love for the show, we decided to go for it whatever the outcome would be. lol
The arrival of the stars was minutely timed and we knew through Ian that the Torchwood stars were expected at 8.23 pm. More onlookers had arrived in the meantime; some wanted to see Schwartzenecker who never showed up. We didn’t give a damn about him. lol Then finally the Torchwood actors arrived. When John got out of the car, after hugging Bill who got out of another one, he came straight to us. I have to say we have met him several times before and he recognised us. John greeted us warmly and guessed immediately that it was chocolates in that bag. And we all know him, he couldn’t help but peek inside. That’s when the MIPTV photographer caught us all on camera. lol
John told us that Cannes was quite busy for him and that after the reception he had a dinner with the BBC. People called his name and he went on writing autographs for everyone who asked. I suppose not all the people calling him knew who he was but just repeated the name they heard, as a few asked us for his name later and I had to spell “Barrowman” and “Torchwood” several times, but they were rather starstruck seeing him, men and women alike. I suppose there will be a few more watching Torchwood this summer. ;-) Bill Pullman followed John and we also called him over (no chocolates for him though lol), and he too was patient to give autographs and to talk to the fans. They both posed for the photographers for a while, along with Julie Gardner. And we saw Gavin Barker, John’s manager and friend, who stayed a bit in the background.
After the Torchwood stars and some French actors I didn’t really know, the Camelot (another Starz series) actors Jamie Campbell Bower, Eva Green and Joe Fiennes arrived and also got cheers from the crowd. It was all in all a very glamourous event for which only Cannes with its Croisette and the splendid Carlton Hotel could deliver the right background. Ian told us he had never seen something so glamourous for Torchwood, and I suppose he has great film material from this soirée. I’m looking forward to his documentary, not the part where he interviewed us though (I hope he really cuts it down to some soundbites lol), but the whole appearance of the Torchwood stars at the Côte d’Azur.