From left, David Mazouz, Kiefer Sutherland and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the TV series Touch.
From left, David Mazouz, Kiefer Sutherland and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the TV series Touch. Contributed - Brian Bowen Smith/FOX

TV show Touch a global phenomenon

INTRICATE drama Touch is a worldwide phenomenon following its large-scale global release, a first for TV.

The show's success has been propelling its stars into the international spotlight, but star Gugu Mbatha-Raw nearly did not audition for the series.

The 28-year-old British beauty, best known for her role in the fifth series of Spooks, admits to feeling gun shy after her last television series was not renewed.

"I was hoping I wouldn't like it," she said.

"I'd just done a network TV show (Undercovers) the year before and it went for 13 episodes and then was cancelled, so I was a bit guarded."

Tim Kring, the man behind TV shows Heroes and Crossing Jordan, created the complex premise of Touch, which explores the interconnectedness of the world through the special vision of 11-year-old mute math genius Jake.

The script was, of course, too good for Mbatha-Raw to pass up.

"I loved the concept of the red thread of fate, the idea we're all connected," she said.

"It had everything you'd expect from a thrilling, well-paced drama but it also had a really soulful element.

"It had an emotional centre that I found really moving."

Touch marks the return of 24 star Kiefer Sutherland to TV.

Not only does he play the lead role of Jake's father Martin, but is an executive producer.

"He really understands what it means to lead a hit show.

"He's very passionate about the story and acting. His commitment is second to none," she said.

Mbatha-Raw's character Clea Hopkins is a social worker tasked with improving Jake's quality of life.

"She comes in as somewhat of a sceptic," she said.

"When he's able to predict her mother's phone number, she starts to become more open to the idea that he's an exceptional child."

And Mbatha-Raw is full of praise for her young co-star David Mazouz who does not say any lines on camera but instead narrates the series.


Touch - Ten - Sunday 8.40pm