Rhys & Ianto's Excellent Barbecue was the forty-fourth story in the Torchwood audio series by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Tim Foley and featured Kai Owen as Rhys Williams and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.
Rhys is planning a lads' night in. Barbie in the back yard, few tins, mates and bants. But the only person who turns up is Ianto – who hasn't been invited. Hell is other people, especially when they've brought board games.
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- Rhys Williams tells Badger that he sent out the "bat-signal", in reference to him inviting Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, in reference to Batman's call signal.
- Rhys and his friends are struggling to come to terms with the suicide of their friend Dav.
- Ianto Jones assumes that the "lads' barbecue" is a cover for toxic masculinity and homophobia. He later discovers that it is a brave attempt from Rhys to bring the greiving friends together to mourn the loss of their friend in their own way.
- Rhys assumes that Ianto is on duty, hence his suit and tie, and that Gwen Cooper has uninvited his friends. Ianto claims that he wears suits simply because Torchwood is always on duty.
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- Rhys mentions when Gwen went to see Martha in Hereford. (AUDIO: Dissected)
- Ianto helps Rhys with his grief by talking about the death of his father, (AUDIO: The House of the Dead) Lisa Hallett (TV: Cyberwoman), and Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper. (TV: Exit Wounds)
- Rhys partially enters the Time Vortex. Fortunately for him, only his hand went in. Jack Harkness once completely entered the Time Vortex by clinging onto the Doctor's dematerialising TARDIS, which temporarily killed him. (TV: Utopia)
- Ianto and Rhys argue about the meaning of "Lads Night". Ianto thinks it might be masking some sort of homophobia. Ianto has dealt with homophobia throughout his life, including from his father and from his brother-in-law. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Four; AUDIO: New Girl et al)
- Shortly before the barbecue, Gwen Cooper and Rhys have had another blazing row. (TV: Out of Time et al)
- Ianto tells Rhys that Gwen and Jack are alone in the Hub monitoring the Rift, which "has [temporal] gas". This is set after the death of Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper. (TV: Exit Wounds)
- Rhys is yet again hostile to Torchwood Three and its employees. He has been hostile towards Jack Harkness numerous times. (AUDIO: Herald of the Dawn et al)
- Kerkour also plays Deirdre, who is only heard with Badger's voice.