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Hub 4

I’ve just realised it’s now a week since I went to Northampton for the Hub 4 convention (“a 3 day event for Torchwood fans”) and I still haven’t blogged about the weekend. I’m going to put that right now.

We had been to the Hub 2 and Hub 3 conventions last year and had a good time at both, so when the line up for the Hub 4 included both Eve Myles and Naoko Mori for the whole weekend we decided we would attend. The line up as a whole was good, we’d seen Kai Owen and Tom Price before, and Eve was at Hub 2 for one day. In addition Naoko was there for the whole weekend, Cush Jumbo, Ian Gelder and Susan Brown from Children of Earth all did one day, as did Anthony Lewis who had appeared in “To The Last Man”, Ian Hilditch who is a Weevil and also John Barrowman’s body double, and directer Colin Teague.

The morning signings were all as smooth running as they normally are at anything organised by Showmasters / Massive Events. The best guest for the signings was Colin Teague who was on a mission to tell as many people as possible about his new project Resonance. It is a multi platform project that he feels will appeal to fans of genre tv, and it will be interactive so that followers can help to direct the ways that plots and characters will develop. It sounds really interesting and he seemed incredibly passionate about it so I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.

Both afternoons were taken up by q&a panels. The highlight on Saturday was the panel of Eve, Naoko and Cush. They were all hugely entertaining and witty, Cush had never done a convention before but she got the hang of it quicker and better than most first timers we’ve seen at these events. It would be hard to pick a favourite panel from Sunday, again the first timers were excellent.

Saturday afternoon also so a first in that they did an episode screening with live commentary. They chose the episode “Meat” and Colin, Eve, Kai and Naoko all took part in the commentary. It worked pretty well, there were a few technical teething issues but nothing that couldn’t be improved on for future events. It was a really nice addition to the weekend, one I hope they’ll be including in future events.

All in all it was another brilliant weekend. The tone and atmosphere was different to the previous two Hub events that we had been to, we suspect this was a combination of one of the actors not attending, and some of the fans who attend primarily to see him not going as a result. It was all very nice and laid back though, very enjoyable. I definitely won’t be going to the Hub 5, it’s taking place on the first weekend I’m away at uni. I’m not sure whether there will be a Hub 6, I suspect it will depend on whether another series of Torchwood is greenlit. If it happens I’ll certainly consider being there.

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