Series 3 of Primeval is the third series of the original British Primeval television programme. Series 3 focuses primarily on the ARC team, as they go through numerous changes and challenges; including the death of Nick Cutter, the attempts of Christine Johnson to take control over the ARC, and Helen Cutter's attempts to destroy the ARC to try and save the future.


As the ARC team still reel from Stephen's death, they are joined by several new team members, including new security leader Captain Hilary Becker, and sparky Egyptologist Sarah Page. Meanwhile, after discovering a future world where the Earth is overrun with Future Predators, Helen Cutter sets out on a mission in the present against the ARC, whom she blames for the future catastrophe, and launches an attack on the ARC in which Nick Cutter is killed by Helen.

The ARC subsequently manage to obtain a mysterious artifact from the future from Helen, which in turn causes military liaison Christine Johnson to target the ARC and attempt to take control of it and get the Artifact for her own purposes. Following Cutter's death, the ARC team are ultimately joined by ex-cop and new team leader Danny Quinn, and Jenny Lewis learns of her alternate life as Claudia Brown and ultimately leaves the ARC. Meanwhile, Connor himself is forced to move out of Abby's flat and into Lester's (to the latter's chagrin and misery) when the troublesome Jack Maitland moves in with Abby.

As Johnson's mission to get the Artifact from the ARC continues, Helen returns and kills Johnson. When the ARC team learn that Helen intends to wipe out humanity's ancestors to stop them evolving to cause the future disaster, Danny, Connor and Abby are sent on a race after her through the Anomalies. Helen is killed before she can kill off enough of humanity's ancestors to have a temporal impact, but Abby, Connor and Danny are themselves left marooned in the past.


Director Writer(s) Airdate Main creature(s)
14 1 Tony Mitchell Steve Bailie 28 March, 2009 Pristichampsus
15 2 Cilla Ware James Moran 4 April, 2009 Camouflage Beast
16 3 Tony Mitchell Mike Cullen 11 April, 2009 Diictodon
17 4 Mark Everest Paul Mousley 18 April, 2009 Giganotosaurus
18 5 Mark Everest Catherine Linstrum,
Paul Mousley
25 April, 2009 Future Fungus
19 6 Cilla Ware Paul Farrell 2 May, 2009 Terror Birds
20 7 Richard Curson Smith Andrew Rattenbury 9 May, 2009 Dracorex
21 8 Richard Curson Smith Cameron McAllister 16 May, 2009 Megopterans
Future Predators
22 9 Matthew Thompson Paul Farrell 23 May, 2009 Embolotherium
23 10 Matthew Thompson Steve Bailie 6 June, 2009 Future Predators

Primeval Evolved

Primeval Evolved was an interactive spin-off series from Primeval, featuring some of the cast from the show. It ran parallel with Series 3, playing in this order:

Cast and characters

Main cast and characters

Guest cast and characters


Series 3 received generally mixed critical reception. Fans of the previous two series praised the action sequences and original creatures and ideas, but criticised the writing, storyline and acting as poor.

Series rewrites

Due to cast members like, Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter) and Lucy Brown (Jenny Lewis) deciding to leave, this series had to go through several rewrites:

  • Episode 3.3 was originally the second episode and 3.2 was the third. As such, James Moran had to draft four versions of Episode 3.2 before it was finally revised by Adrian Hodges. [1]
  • Four - five other episodes featuring Nick Cutter had to be scrapped and completely new ones written for Danny Quinn.

Title sequences

  • There was four version of the title sequence used for this series unlike all other series that just used one, this was because the cast kept changing.

Cancellation and Revival of Primeval

After the broadcast of Series 3, in June 2009, it was announced that Primeval had been cancelled. However, by September 2009, it was revealed that two more series' of Primeval would be produced.


Photo shoots