10 February 2007
Evolutionary zoologist Professor Nick Cutter has still not come to terms with the disappearance of his wife Helen eight years ago. She is on his mind when he goes to the Forest of Dean with his friends Stephen Hart (an expert tracker) and Connor Temple (an archaeology student and avid conspiracy theorist) to investigate some reports of a large animal at large there. After finding some damage done by something large with claws they retire to a local hotel bar where Cutting is approached in a matter sure to get his immediate attention by Claudia Brown, a young employee of the Home Office, and the four set off back into the forest to try to find whatever made those claw marks and did that damage. Coincidentally, peroxide blonde Abby Maitland, a zoo keeper devoted to reptiles (especially lizards, iguanas, and chameleons), hears that day from her boss that, despite her dedication to her work, she'll soon be out of a job because of budget cuts. Meanwhile she takes on a visit to a local household on the edge of the Forest of Dean where a young boy has an unusual reptile pet that he found in the forest. This turns out to be a hitherto unknown species of flying lizard, so she sets off with the boy who intends to show her where he found it. Thus the protagonists of this series meet up in the forest and encounter their first Anomaly, and one or two of the dinosaurs that have arrived in the present day by walking through it. Brown has to call in the authorities and we meet James Lester, the arrogant Downing Street troubleshooter who "will be leading the response" of the British government to these discoveries. Indue course, Nick Cutter and a Special Forces minder step through the Forest of Dean anomaly, and discover that more than one person, including Helen Cutter, had indeed been in the prehistoric landscape on the other side and that at least one of them had not survived. Meanwhile, a carnivorous dinosaur rampages through a local school after hours, when the only people about are one small boy in detention, and the teacher minding him who (of course) is dismissive when he says "Miss, there's a dinosaur in the playground!" --- until, that is, it starts trying to smash its way into the classroom where they are cowering.
17 February 2007
Connor and Abby join forces to investigate another anomaly suspected of being in the New Forest (Hampshire/Dorset). Meanwhile gigantic bugs (beetles? spiders? ancient...) attack people on the London Underground and Professor Cutter concludes that another anomaly has opened up, to a much earlier prehistoric era --- the carboniferous. After a special forces sortie, he is persuaded to allow Abby to join the team as they go to see for themselves after Lester has agreed (under protest) to stop trains through the affected tunnel section.
24 February 2007
A prehistoric aquatic creature like a huge crocodile appears in a London swimming pool, eats a life guard, then vanishes. Later a special forces diver vanishes, but then the diver's bones turn up in a flooded basement in a town some way to the south west. Nick Cutter predicts that incidents will occur at places on a straight line through these two locations on the map of southern England. Eventually Cutter is allowed to go through an underwater anomaly, tethered by a safety rope a mile long. Finally, amid a prehistoric landscape, he meets his long missing wife.
3 March 2007
Lester begins interrogating Helen Cutter in a high-tech Home Office maximum security wing, but gets nowhere; she demands that Nick be brought to her. Meanwhile Connor achieves his dream and moves in with Abby, to the amazement of his friends Tom and Duncan, who decide to put a tracker on him and thereby follow the team to a sport stadium where another anomaly has opened in the restaurant kitchens. Tom and Duncan manage to take a dodo home with them before they realize it has a very nasty bite.
10 March 2007
Tension between Cutter and Lester continues, with Claudia Brown, as ever, caught in the middle. Stephen Hart reveals his connoisseur's ability to analyse by taste exotic animal dung. A golfer is savaged on the green at a deserted country hotel. Connor is still lodging with Abby, still at arm's length even after outstaying his one-week welcome by three more weeks, but still hopeful of romance. When summoned to the new scene of action, he accidentally takes Abby's tame flying green dinosaur Rex with him. This is not good, because the team soon discover that the prehistoric threat is now from the air. It is also greatly attracted by the scent of blood.
17 March 2007
Missing people could be the work of a new creature that arrived via a rift in time from the future.
12 January 2008
Cutter grapples with Claudia Brown's disappearance whilst struggling to adjust to working with her replacement - Oliver Leek. Meanwhile, the team try to re-capture a pack of Raptors on the loose in the local shopping center.
19 January 2008
An anomaly to a period before an oxygen-based atmosphere opens in an office tower.
26 January 2008
An outdoor adventure park is terrorized by a hungry saber-tooth tiger.
2 February 2008
The new anomaly detector detects a new anomaly opening in the middle of the river Thames. When the team investigate they discover not one but two waterborne predators hunting in the murky depths of the river!
9 February 2008
An anomaly in a drainage pipe leads a young girl chasing her dog into a bleak, sandy past landscape filled with burrowing monsters.
16 February 2008
The team capture a Mammoth running rampant on the M25. The conspiracy is finally revealed as they attempt to kill Cutter and his team and destroy the ARC.
23 February 2008
The conspiracy unravels and people working closely on the project die -- or do they?
23 March 2009
A crocodilian, a creature from the Eocene period which was mistaken for a god and worshipped in ancient Egypt is released through an anomaly whilst on display at an Egyptian exhibition at the British Museum. It kills the curator, Marion and flees across London, diving into the Thames. Cutter recruits Dr. Sarah Page, Marion's assistant, to help his team retrieve it.
30 March 2009
The team discover a creature that can camouflage itself at an abandoned house. As they investigate, they cross paths with an interfering cop. Meanwhile, their headquarters is infiltrated by someone who should have been dead.
6 April 2009
The team must dispose of a number of diictodons, cute-seeming but malevolent burrowing creatures who appear via an anomaly in a hospital, where they cause a power failure by biting through cables. Mick Harper, a nosey journalist, takes an interest in the team's work. The diictodons are disposed of but Helen Cutter makes a clone of her husband in order to enter the ARC and find out more about an artefact she has stolen.
18 April 2009
Whilst Lester appoints Jenny as temporary leader and Connor perfects his machine to close anomalies, a Giganotosaurus, a huge carnivorous dinosaur, appears in an aircraft hangar and eats a television crew summoned by greedy reporter Harper and his editor. To the team's initial annoyance, Danny Quinn arrives but proves his worth when they have to save a besieged air crew from the monster. Lester is suspicious that his boss Christine Johnson is conducting secret experiments in the ARC.
25 April 2009
An anomaly appears in the flat of unsympathetic millionaire Sir Richard Bentley,ultimately turning him into a flesh-eating monster,slowly evolving into a giant fungus. Sir James allows an enthusiastic Danny to replace Cutter at the ARC and,along with Connor,he destroys the former Sir Richard by exposure to extreme cold. Jenny sees an old photograph of herself from the days when she was Claudia and decides to move on.
2 May 2009
Sarah establishes the purpose of the artefact - it can predict the whereabouts of anomalies. Johnson, anxious to claim it for herself, deposes Sir James, causing the team to flee with it to a ramshackle safe house in deep woodland, where large and carnivorous prehistoric birds emerge through an anomaly to pursue them. Good teamwork sees off the predators and Johnson but Abby gets a shock due to her imbecile brother.
9 May 2009
An odd-looking, wounded dinosaur leaps through an anomaly in a scrapyard, pursued by a medieval knight, who thinks it is a dragon and causes havoc in the high street during a carnival, believing he is in Hell. Whilst Abby patches up the creature's wounds, Sarah steps back in time through the anomaly to discover that the knight is William de Mornay, seeking redemption for his sins by slaying a dragon and on her return persuades him to spare the dinosaur and return home. Connor meanwhile takes drastic action to retrieve Abby's pet Rex, lost in a card game by her stupid brother Jack.
16 May 2009
A giant ant from the same future location as the artefact comes through an anomaly and kills two guards. Jack, Abby's daft brother,from whom she has kept her job secret and is anxious to know what she really does, arrives at the site and is chased through the anomaly by the ant and its offspring. The team follow him into an urban wilderness where they are besieged in a bus by carnivorous monsters but manage to escape. Jack atones for his bad behaviour by telling Abby how much Connor loves her but Danny and James are disturbed to find that Johnson and her henchman Wilder also have access to anomalies and have brought a young woman back through one.
23 May 2009
A herd of rhinoceros-like creatures, embolotherium, come through a rift at a camp-site. Danny rescues Eve, the young woman Johnson and Wilder have brought from the future and takes her to the site where she saves the day with a device which creates an anomaly, through which the beasts return home. She is taken to the ARC where she is not who she first appears to be.
6 June 2009
Sarah and Becker battle giant insects who have come through the rift at Johnson's H.Q. whilst Abby, Connor and Danny pursue Helen Cutter through the anomaly she has created. Her plan is to travel back to Africa in the year four million B.C. in order to stop the evolution of human life. With Connor injured Danny faces her alone but has an unexpected ally to help him save the world. Can he make it back to his own time before the anomaly closes?
1 January 2011
Connor and Abby struggle with life in the Cretaceous Period, meanwhile the A.R.C. has been rebuilt and updated with two new members.
2 January 2011
When Connor looks up old friends Duncan, he doesn't expect to find him obsessed with creature sightings. Warning him of the elusive dock creature, the pair track it down to the docks, only to find evidence of a fresh kill. With Abby and Matt arriving to help, they find the creature after a tense chase through a container yard. Will Connor's quick-thinking and bravery earn him back his place on the team?
8 January 2011
A mysterious group come through an anomaly in a theatre, unknowingly followed by deadly tree creatures. As they attempt to escape, Matt inadvertently brings one of the group - Emily - back against her will. She promises to help him find the creature, in return for going back through the anomaly. In a frantic chase through the city, they track the creature down, only to discover the anomaly has closed, leaving Emily stranded.
15 January 2011
Whilst Abby is arguing with Burton,who wants to kill the menagerie,the team gets called to a school where a Therocephalian has come through a gateway and killed a young teacher. Unaware of his fate two nerdy boys in weekend detention accidentally lock the school's security system so that the ARC lads are unable to reach the anomaly. By the time Connor has rectified the system a a whole tribe of the creatures appear and have to be killed with a smoke bomb. Sir James stops Burton from disposing of the animals,making him Abby's hero though she is annoyed at Connor's lack of support,whilst Emily gets taken prisoner by Ethan.
22 January 2011
Abby and Connor travel to coastal Witchfield Cove,home to the legendary giant worm,after the death of a camper. They find the worm is no myth but a Labyrinthodont,come through a portal in a cave,accidentally opened by a farmer and her son,tipping waste acids. After its disposal Connor accepts a role in Burton's secret project. Matt traces Emily via the black box he has given her and saves her from being buried in a vault,the former burial place of Ethan's sweetheart Charlotte. However Ethan escapes .
29 January 2011
Doglike Hyenadons come through an anomaly in the basement of a stately home and when the team go to investigate they meet ex-ARC worker Jenny Lewis,who is about to get married in the hall. It is a true epiphany for Jennifer's groom,unaware of her background,as he and other terrified guests watch Jenny and her old colleagues push the creatures back through the portal. Jess saves Becker from being killed by a booby trap rigged up by Ethan,whose police record from 1900 shows him to be a wanted assassin and anarchist in his own time. Matt learns that Emily was once the subject of a marriage of convenience before promising his expiring father,Gideon,that he will catch Ethan.
5 February 2011
The ARC team gets called to a prison where they find themselves unable to control the anomalies and suspect that Ethan is manipulating them. Suddenly Danny emerges from one of the worm-holes and it transpires that Ethan is his brother Patrick,who went through an anomaly as a boy and for whom Danny has been searching ever since. He had assumed the name Ethan and appeared in different time schemes to wreak havoc and,as he returns through an anomaly,Danny goes after him to keep an eye on him. Before this Danny has warned that Burton knew Helen Cutter and is not to be trusted. This ties in with a revelation Matt makes to Emily before she returns to her own time.
24 May 2011
The team is called out when a giant,subterranean insect surfaces to drag victims to its nest - including Connor though Matt manages to save him. Connor is recruited by Burton to his New Dawn project,supposedly to harness energy from anomalies and he is given a glamorous,if mysterious helper,April,who stresses the top secret nature of the scheme. After Abby has caught Matt hacking into Connor's computer she learns that he is a visitor from a very bleak future,sent by Gideon to save the world and that Burton is merely using Connor for his own ends.
31 May 2011
A Liopleudon enters submarine HMS Gartside through an underwater anomaly, though the sub's captain bans the team from bringing their weapons on board and it is left to Connor to try and shoot the creature back through the hole on a torpedo. However the craft is sucked through the anomaly,causing a loss of power and is surrounded by a school of the creatures. Whilst Sir James dissuades a gung-ho admiral from nuking the area the team discharge the animal and return to their own time where Abby tries in vain to dissuade Connor from working for Burton before showing a Matt a newspaper cutting telling the fate of Emily.
7 June 2011
When a raptor comes through an anomaly at an art exhibition Matt pursues it back to Victorian England,where it is credited with being the mysterious bogey man Spring Heel Jack. Matt also encounters Emily,who is investigating the creature,incurring the wrath of her nasty possessive husband Henry,who wants her committed. Circumstances allow Emily to return to the twentieth century with Matt though the raptor and Henry are less fortunate. Abby meanwhile manages to secure evidence of Connor's work for Matt,though she incurs April's suspicion.
14 June 2011
Still naively believing that he is working to make free energy Connor completes his first task for Burton - creating an artificial anomaly,which he claims is too small to be dangerous. Needless to say he is proved wrong as thousands of deadly beetles swarm through,killing a guard and almost finishing off computer operator Jess. Abby and Matt are able to send the creatures back thanks to the information they stole from Connor's hard drive. However Connor now realises that Burton is not to be trusted and,worse,has created a machine capable of making far larger anomalies.
21 June 2011
As the team explains to James that Burton was in league with Helen Cutter in wishing to return the world to its primeval state a huge T Rex which has come through one of his anomalies and is on the rampage in London needs their attention. Anomalies are opening the world over and Burton leaves Connor to die at one nearer home though fortunately Abby comes to the rescue. The team tries in vain to get Burton to close down his New Dawn machine but,after pterodactyls have seen off April,Burton closes all the other anomalies worldwide putting all their power into a huge one at ARC through which Connor is sucked.
28 June 2011
Abby and Matt follow Connor through the anomaly,finding themselves in a vast wasteland,in which they fight off predators before returning to their own time. Eventually realising that he has been used by Helen Cutter Burton sacrifices himself along with the destruction of the New Dawn machine but the team still have to close off the giant anomaly by merging it with the smaller one created by Connor and causing it to implode. The world is saved but,as the team heads off on another mission, Matt has a disturbing confrontation.
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