Primeval (2007–2011)
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Episode #1.1 

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... See full summary »



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Connor Temple (as Andrew-Lee Potts)
John Voce ...
Tim Parker
Dave Greene
Gail Kemp ...
Mary Trent
Jack Montgomery ...
Ben Trent
Jane Cameron ...


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 ... Written by IPH

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Gorgonopsid and Scutosaurus are not actual dinosaurs. They lived during the Permian era while dinosaurs only appeared during the Triassic era. They are mammal-like reptiles and are the ancestors of mammals. See more »


During the first scene in Nick's office, he picks up a pile of papers from his desk and dumps them straight down into a trash basket. The top of the pile initially has only white paper. As it's dropped into the trash, Connor's dissertation with the pink plastic report cover suddenly appears on the top of the pile. See more »


Connor Temple: [running after Nick and Stephen] Professor! Professor Cutter!
[Connor catches up to them and extends a hand to shake]
Connor Temple: Connor Temple.
Nick Cutter: Sorry, never heard of it. I think you want archaeology. If you go around up there to your right and keep on walking, it's on your left.
Connor Temple: No, its not... it's not a place, it's my name. I'm one of your students.
Nick Cutter: Really?
Connor Temple: Uh-huh.
Nick Cutter: Well why... why don't I recognise you?
Connor Temple: Well... you've never actually turned up for the seminars.
Nick Cutter: Uh-huh.
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Mediocre show for kids, but, all right, I'll watch a few more episodes
15 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Originality? None a'tall! Primeval seems like a land-based rip-off of the U.S. show "Surface", starring cutesy dinosaurs, and intended for the same young audience. Also, when the woman from the Home Office is calling for somebody beyond the police to come and take charge, of course we expect Torchwood to show up.

Originality? Nah. That young guy who "never met a conspiracy theory he didn't like" is just tiresome. It's like those guys from The X-Files. And it's suppose to give us some cheap thrills by nudge-nudging us into believing that half the conspiracy theories are really true!!!! OOOOOHH!!

Sigh. Boooring, okay?

And that flying cuteysaur; I'm pretty sure that's not based on an authentic fossil. When they have a myriad of authentic species to choose from, why the heck do they have to go and invent something of their own? It just lowers the believability factor of the show, sabotaging our suspension of disbelief. This is the sort of thing you do when you want mindless, commercial entertainment with no artistic redeeming values.

The problem with this show is that it is not new. The exact same plot and story could have been done any time inside the last forty years or so. It isn't current! It isn't cool! Still, the plot of the initial episode does raise a few questions. What happened to Helen? Who was the dead man at the Cretaceous camp site; and who took the photos of Helen? (But hey, if somebody is taking photographs in the Cretaceous, wouldn't they make *damn* sure to feature some *dinosaurs* in those photos?!?! Apparently not. Or, maybe they didn't show us all of them.) And can Helen jump in and out of different eras in time?!

Going by the "next time" preview, these and many other questions will be ignored. Apparently, every episode is just going to be a new creature feature, featuring the prehistoric creature of the week, with the main plot moving at the pace of continental drift - assuming it moves at all.

So, I'm not being kind to this show, and it doesn't deserve much kindness. But I will say that the main guy acts quite well, the accents are a real challenge for non-Brits (which is fun), and despite all shortcomings there is one eye-catching thing that will probably make me keep coming back to this show: Super-cute Hannah Spearritt... 'Nuff said! :-)

5 out of 10.

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