- "The Anomalies are conclusive proof that the past exists, in a fourth dimension as real and solid as those we already know. Our job is to predict and contain them."
- ―Nick Cutter[src]
Primeval is a British science fiction drama television show produced by Impossible Pictures for ITV. It was created by Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on 10 February, 2007, running for five series.
On 15 June, 2009, after the broadcast of Series 3 of the show, ITV announced that they had cancelled the show and that there would not be a fourth series. However, on 29 September 2009, it was announced that a deal had been struck between ITV and fellow television channel Watch to revive the programme and produce two new series of the show, which were transmitted in 2011.
Primeval follows a secret government research team which is tasked with investigating mysterious Anomalies in time and space which are opening and allowing creatures from across Earth's Past and Future to cross into and run rampant in the Present; the team are tasked with predicting and learning more about the Anomalies and how to predict and contain them, and with containing the creatures that come through the Anomalies and sending them back through to their time periods if possible.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Ciarán McMenamin as Matt Anderson (13 episodes)
- Andrew-Lee Potts as Connor Temple (36 episodes)
- Hannah Spearritt as Abby Maitland (36 episodes)
- Ben Mansfield as Hilary Becker (21 episodes)
- Ruth Kearney as Jess Parker (13 episodes)
- Ben Miller as James Lester
- Ruth Bradley as Emily Merchant (9 episodes)
- Douglas Henshall as Nick Cutter (16 episodes)
- Jason Flemyng as Danny Quinn (9 episodes)
- James Murray as Stephen Hart (13 episodes)
- Lucy Brown as Claudia Brown (6 episodes) and Jenny Lewis (13 episodes)
- Laila Rouass as Sarah Page (10 episodes)
- Juliet Aubrey as Helen Cutter
- Alexander Siddig as Philip Burton (10 episodes)
- Mark Wakeling as Tom Ryan (6 episodes)
- Karl Theobald as Oliver Leek (7 episodes)
- Tim Faraday as The Cleaner
- Naomi Bentley as Caroline Steel (6 episodes)
- Belinda Stewart-Wilson as Christine Johnson (6 episodes)
- Jonathan Byrne as Patrick Quinn (5 episodes)
- Janice Byrne as April Leonard (4 episodes)
The first series of Primeval focuses on the newly-founded research team's attempts to combat the Anomalies and learn about them and what's causing them. It also initially focuses on team leader Nick Cutter's search for answers on how the Anomalies are linked to the disappearance of his wife Helen eight years ago, and then later on what Helen's agenda is and who's side she's on. It is ultimately discovered that Helen merely wants to know more about the Anomalies for herself and does not care about the damage they are causing. At the end of the series, after returning from a mission into the Past, Cutter discovers that team government official Claudia Brown has been erased from the timeline while he was in the Past.
The second series of the show focuses on Cutter's struggle to cope with losing Claudia Brown and with the arrival of the team's new PR guru Jenny Lewis, who seems to be Claudia's doppelganger in the new timeline. It also focuses on Helen Cutter's and Oliver Leek's mysterious plans for the Anomalies and the creatures, and on Stephen's relationship with Helen and Connor's with Caroline Steel; and how this affects Connor and Stephen's other relationships with their friends. Leek's and Helen's plans are ultimately stopped and Leek killed, but Stephen is killed in the process.
In the aftermath of Stephen Hart's death, the ARC team go through several challenges and against enemies; including Christine Johnson's plans for the Anomalies and attempts to take over the ARC, and Helen's deadly mission to save the Future by attempting to destroy the ARC and then later to stop Humanity from evolving. Johnson and Helen are both ultimately killed, but Connor, Abby and new team leader Danny Quinn are left marooned in the Past.
Series 4 focuses on how greatly the ARC has changed in Connor and Abby's absence and on the two's changing relationship; and on new team leader Matt Anderson's mysterious mission and his attempts to protect Victorian time traveller Emily Merchant from the murderous Ethan Dobrowski. Eventually, it is revealed that Matt is secretly from the Future and has been sent back to stop the ARC from using the Anomalies to destroy the planet, and that a massive phenomenon with the Anomalies will soon occur.
Shortly after the events of Series 4, Philip Burton fully recruits Connor into his New Dawn project with the Anomalies, while Matt and the newly-recruited Abby secretly work against them to stop New Dawn from destroying the Future. The fifth series initially focuses on how Connor and Abby's opposing views and allegiances affects their relationship, and then later on the ARC team's efforts to stop Philip and New Dawn from destroying the Future. New Dawn is ultimately destroyed, but Matt then encounters a battered double of himself telling him he must "go back".
A series of novelisations based on the first nine Primeval episodes.
A series of novel Primeval stories.
A Canadian spin-off of the original Primeval show, following another Anomaly research team located in Vancouver.
Fringe writer Jeff Pinkner has been hired to write a Primeval film.
|Production of Primeval|
Primeval Title Sequence • Primeval Theme Tune • Cancellation and Revival of Primeval • Primeval Trailers
|Primeval Main Cast|
|Andrew-Lee Potts • Hannah Spearritt • Ben Miller • Ben Mansfield • Juliet Aubrey • Lucy Brown • Douglas Henshall • Ciarán McMenamin • Ruth Kearney • James Murray • Alexander Siddig • Laila Rouass • Jason Flemyng • Ruth Bradley • Karl Theobald • Tim Faraday • Mark Wakeling • Belinda Stewart-Wilson • Naomi Bentley • Jonathan Byrne • Anton Lesser • Robert Lowe • Alex McSweeney • James Bradshaw • Janice Byrne • Jake Curran • Ramon Tikaram|
|Primeval Main Characters|
|Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • James Lester • Hilary Becker • Helen Cutter • Nick Cutter •Jenny Lewis •Matt Anderson • Jess Parker • Stephen Hart • Philip Burton • Sarah Page • Danny Quinn • Emily Merchant • Oliver Leek • Claudia Brown • Captain Tom Ryan • Christine Johnson • Caroline Steel • Patrick Quinn • Gideon Anderson • The Cleaner • Jack Maitland • Captain Wilder • Duncan • April Leonard • Tom • Cleaner Clone • Mick Harper|
|Episode 1.1 • Episode 1.2 • Episode 1.3 • Episode 1.4 • Episode 1.5 • Episode 1.6|
|Episode 2.1 • Episode 2.2 • Episode 2.3 • Episode 2.4 • Episode 2.5 • Episode 2.6 • Episode 2.7|
|Shadow of the Jaguar • The Lost Island • Extinction Event • Fire and Water|
|Episode 3.1 • Episode 3.2 • Episode 3.3 • Episode 3.4 • Episode 3.5 • Episode 3.6 • Episode 3.7 • Episode 3.8 • Episode 3.9 • Episode 3.10|
|Intro • Week 1 • Week 2 • Week 3 • Week 4 • Week 5 • Week 6 • Week 7 • Week 8 • Week 9 • Week 10|
|Series 4 Prequel Webisodes|
|S4 Prequel Episode 1 • S4 Prequel Episode 2 • S4 Prequel Episode 3 • S4 Prequel Episode 4 • S4 Prequel Episode 5|
|Episode 4.1 • Episode 4.2 • Episode 4.3 • Episode 4.4 • Episode 4.5 • Episode 4.6 • Episode 4.7|
|Totally Primeval Comic Strips|
|Eye Strain • Picture This!