The Doctor Who spin-off looked to be doomed earlier this year when two of its main characters left the show, but Torchwood fans can now take a collective sigh of relief as the sci-fi series looks set to return for a fourth season.
Speaking to TV Guide Magazine, writer Russell T Davies admitted: "The recession has hit British television, but fingers crossed, it will be a go. We expect things to start to move in January."
"We've got great ideas for the show. I think there's a further lease on life for many years to come, but certainly for a [fourth season]," he added.
Torchwood viewers could been forgiven for doubting whether the show would return after the Children of Earth mini-series ended earlier this year. Key character Ianto Jones had been killed off, while another lead, Captain Jack Harkness, made a grand farewell in the finale. This left Gwen Cooper, played by Eve Myles, the only remaining main character at the end of the season.
John Barrowman, who plays Harkness, is currently finishing his West End run as a transvestite in the London musical La Cage Aux Folles, so it's quite possible he'll be back for the show next year. We'll keep you posted.