« "My name is Professor Nick Cutter. Eight years ago, my wife Helen disappeared; I discovered she had stepped into the past through ruptures in time called Anomalies. Now creatures from the past threaten the future of the human race. There's only a small group of people who know the truth: my research team - Stephen Hart, Connor Temple, and Abby Maitland - and government officials James Lester and Claudia Brown. I returned from the past to find something has gone terribly wrong, and Claudia Brown has vanished, as though she was never even born. I've come back to a different world. And Helen and I are the only two people who know it!" »
Nick Cutter's recap of the events leading up to Series 2.[src]

Series 2 of Primeval is the second series of the original British Primeval television programme. Series 2 focuses on the effects on the relationships of, and emotional challenges on the team (primarily Nick Cutter's struggle to cope with losing Claudia Brown), and on Helen Cutter's and Oliver Leek's mysterious plans.


After returning from the past to find that Claudia Brown has been erased from time, Nick Cutter is forced to cope with other changes, including that the team are now their own Anomaly-combating organisation called the Anomaly Research Centre. Just when Cutter finally begins to come to terms with losing Claudia, a new PR guru joins the ARC; Jenny Lewis, who is physically identical to Claudia Brown but temperamentally is a completely different person.

Meanwhile, though Cutter believes that Stephen has gotten over Helen's betrayal, Stephen has in fact begun seeing Helen again and is becoming torn between her and Cutter; while Connor begins dating the mysterious Caroline Steel. Abby doesn't trust Caroline, and her and Connor's opposing opinions on her begin to drive a wedge between them. Unbeknownst to anyone, Caroline is secretly spying on Connor for the mysterious Oliver Leek, who has a secret agenda of his own for the Anomalies alongside Helen.

After the ARC team learn of Leek's and Helen's secret plans to use a creature army that they have captured to create chaos in the present, they are forced to try and stop the creatures from escaping onto the modern world. Helen, Nick and Stephen manage to trap and kill the creatures, but Stephen loses his life in the process. In the aftermath, Cutter finally accepts that Claudia Brown is gone forever and moves on with Jenny, while Helen promises that things will change with her clone army.


Director Writer(s) Air date Main creature(s)
7 1 Jamie Payne Adrian Hodges 12 January, 2008 Raptor
8 2 Andrew Gunn Adrian Hodges 19 January, 2008 Precambrian Worm
9 3 Jamie Payne Richard Kurti,
Bev Doyle
26 January, 2008 Smilodon
10 4 Jamie Payne Cameron McAllistor 2 February, 2008 Mer Creature
Future Shark
11 5 Andrew Gunn Ben Court,
Caroline Ip
9 February, 2008 Silurian Scorpion
12 6 Nick Murphy Paul Cornell 16 February, 2008 Columbian Mammoth
Future Predator
13 7 Nick Murphy Adrian Hodges 23 February, 2008 Future Predator
Creature Army

Cast and characters

Main cast and characters

Guest cast and characters


Series 2 of Primeval was well-received, with fans praising the high-stakes plot and character development, and the emotional and heartbreaking finale.


  • British paleontologist and science writer Darren Naish was consulted for Series 2, notably "[having] a hand in some of the stuff" that was featured in that series.[1]


Photo shoots


  1. (September 27, 2016) Darren Naish on Twitter.

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  • Series 2 Campaign!

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    • There should be, i love series 1. There should also be a series 6 of the UK one. The biggest problem with primeval is, and they need to sort t...
    • aest make a movie to tie it all up.