Cannibals in the Brecon Beacons: Monstrosity and horror in BBC Wales' Torchwood

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This paper examines how the television show Torchwood engages with the horror genre. It explored how the show represents monstrosity differently though female and male characters before examining how Torchwood depicts alien technology as monstrous for its ability to cross borders such as dead/alive and past/present. The paper also locates Torchwood within its context as a production of BBC Wales, examining how its contestable status as 'Welsh' constructs and undercuts its representations of horror and monstrosity, and situating Torchwood both within wider debates surrounding television horror and the context of questions regarding contemporary Welsh television.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61 - 73
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2011


  • television horror
  • torchwood
  • welsh media


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