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Primeval

14/02/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy Primeval in the USA - or Buy Primeval in the UK

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When ITV's new TV series goes on the rampage with their six part drama, the question has to be asked. Is this their answer to Dr Who?

Douglas Henshall, Lucy Brown, Hannah Spearritt, James Murray, Ben Miller, Andrew-Lee Potts and Juliet Aubrey go pre-historic as ITV 1 sinks its teeth into sci-fi.

A crack team of scientists headed up by world renowned evolutionary scientist Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall - The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle Frances Tuesday, Anna Kerenina) are recruited by the government to investigate a series of dinosaur sightings.

From a Gorgonopsid rampaging through the local woods, to a swarm of giant spiders in the tunnels of the London Underground, they find themselves doing the monster mash with some seriously beastly opponents.

Long extinct creatures are tearing through a series of rips in time, and as the seemingly impossible becomes a terrifying reality, Cutter and his research assistant Stephen Hart (James Murray - Marple, Cutting It) struggle to find answers.

Enlisting the help of zoologist, Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt - Agent Cody Banks II), and student palaeontologist Connor Temple (Andrew-Lee Potts - I Deal, Trial and Retribution, Boudica), the four work to uncover the secrets of the temporal anomalies.

In doing so, it swiftly becomes clear that all traditional methods of research have become extinct.

Aided and abetted in equal measures by shadowy government officials James Lester (Ben Miller - The Worst Week of My Life, Johnny English) and Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown - Sharpe, Whatever Love Means, North and South), the team find themselves heading into previously un-chartered territories. As the past threatens to invade the present, and destroy the future, Cutter’s crew face a life and death race against time.

As history roars off the pages of his books, Cutter’s own, intensely private battle continues to rage. Haunted by the disappearance of his wife, Helen (Juliet Aubrey - A Good Murder, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Middlemarch) some eight years previous, he has never given up hope of finding her alive. As the prehistoric investigation intensifies, he begins to suspect that events are somehow linked.

Impossible Pictures (the award winning team behind Walking with Dinosaurs, and upcoming ITV Drama, Pickles), unleash their creations through the temporal rips and bring their own brand of monster mayhem to ITV1.

Primeval is commissioned by Nick Elliott Director of Network Drama for ITV, produced by Cameron McAllister (Jericho, Forgotten, Daylight Robbery), is co-created and written by Adrian Hodges (The History of Mr Polly, Ruby in the Smoke, Charles II: The Power and the Passion) is Executive Produced and co-created by Tim Haines, Impossible Pictures and directed by Cilla Ware (Wild at Heart, Spooks) and Jamie Payne (The Baby War, At Home with the Braithwaites).

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