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Primeval resurrected

29/09/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The world believed that Primeval was as dead as a dodo after the credit crunch killed the time travelling dinosaur-hunting TV series, but no, ITV has told SFcrowsnest that Primeval will now return for two new series from 2011, in a deal between ITV, UKTV and Impossible Pictures (and the help of BBC America).

The new series will be showrun once again by Adrian Hodges, and will feature the return of stars from the previous series, including Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee Potts and Jason Flemyng, alongside the special effects created by the team at Framestore CFC.


The premieres of Series 4 and series 5 of Primeval will be split between ITV1 and UKTV's new entertainment pay TV channel, Watch. ITV1 will be the first to broadcast series 4 (in early 2011), while Watch will premiere series 5 later that year. ITV1 will then broadcast season 5.

Laura Mackie at ITV noted, "We're delighted to have agreed this new deal with Impossible to return Primeval to ITV1. The innovative nature of this partnership will allow the show to maintain its high production values and deliver the fantastic programme that our viewers know and love."

Paul Moreton at Watch, added, "We are really excited to be part of this truly innovative deal that guarantees the continuation of this fantastically entertaining series. I know Primeval is going to be a massive hit with Watch viewers and the perfect complement to other popular sci-fi dramas such as Doctor Who and Torchwood."

Tim Haines at Impossible Pictures Ltd, told the Nest, "I am thrilled that ITV has agreed to this new deal which will allow Impossible Pictures to produce another 13 episodes of Primeval. The confidence demonstrated in the programme's continued success here and abroad will help us bring more big screen action and a whole host of new creatures roaring back into people's living rooms."

Impossible Pictures has worked with BBC Worldwide to implement a new funding strategy for the series, in which BBC America, which has acquired previous series for broadcast in the US, joins Germany's Pro7 as a co-production partner for the new episodes.

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