The ITV chequebook was waved very firmly in the direction of Primeval
, a big-budget prime-time Saturday rival to the success of the BBCs Doctor Who
. But unlike some efforts to buy big ratings, theres actually a lot of entertainment throughout the episodes here that make up the complete first series.
The crux of the programme surrounds a series of strange creatures from both the future and the past who appear to be roaming around in the present day. So whats going on? And what can be done about the dinosaur-esque creatures, big insects and assorted parasitic lifeforms that are suddenly roaming the Earth? Thats where Nick Cutter and his team come in, and the fun really begins.
A surprisingly human action-drama, Primeval clearly draws influence from the BBCs megahit, and while it never really threatens to rival it, it is nonetheless a good show in its own right. The special effects are suitably smart, but theres also, more importantly, a half-decent script at the heart of things, and that really does help lift the show.
Already commissioned for a second series, these maiden adventures for the Primeval team offer some rollicking entertainment and plenty of rewatch value. And with that in mind, this complete first season is a smart buy. --Jon Foster
Thrilling action, terrifying creatures and spellbinding special effects; this collection brings together all five series of the hit series Primeval
Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the past, and the future, to roam the modern world. Not knowing where the next anomaly will appear and what on earth will come out of it, the government grudgingly turns to evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter and his team of experts in ARC - Anomaly Research Centre.
As the ARC team fight to save Earth from rampaging dinosaurs and deadly future predators, their work creates its own enemies, those eager to sabotage the project or harness the power of the anomalies.
“Goodies, baddies, monsters and breathless chases… Children will adore Primeval.” Radio Times
“Expertly put together, this is as good as family drama gets.” The Mail
• The Making of Primeval Series 1
• Through the Anomaly by Andrew Lee-Potts
• Cutter's Odyssey
• Genesis of a Creature
• New Dawn - Making the New Primeval
(Series Four and Five)
• Audio Commentaries