Thursday, 9 December 2010
First of all, here's the new trailer for Series 4:
Second, Tim and Adrian have just done a massive interview for the Livejournal website "Primeval Denial". Here it is, in six parts, with some spoilers for Series 4/5.
And finally, a bunch of high-quality pictures for Series 4:
Monday, 29 November 2010
Series four picks up approx 12 months after the end of series 3. One year after the death of Johnson and the disappearance of three key ARC personnel (Danny, Connor and Abby), the government lost faith in Lester’s abilities to run such a dangerous and expensive operation on his own. They placed the ARC in the hands of a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by entrepreneurial scientist Philip Burton (think Richard Branson with a microscope). The ARC now operates from the industrial complex which houses Philip’s scientific empire; an estate of buildings with all the hustle and bustle of a thriving scientific community.
As with any public/private partnership, there’s tension over who’s really in charge; Lester still runs the day-to-day operation but begrudgingly, he realizes that Philip will want involvement in the operation when it suits him. Following Connor, Abby and Danny’s departure, the ARC found new recruits to take their place: Matt, new field leader, now handles the incursions. He’s more than just an ex-soldier; he’s a zoologist, with an uncanny ability to understand animals. A private man, Matt carefully guards the secrets of his past - and the real reason he has joined the ARC team. Unconventional Jess now runs operations from the ARC Control Centre – highly efficient and organized, her work ethic is second to none, though she is human enough to nurse an unrequited crush on Captain Becker.
Becker reigned from the military when the ARC was destroyed, and has lived with a sense of responsibility for the original team going missing. He now works as Head of Security for the ARC. They come complete with new uniforms, and most importantly to Matt, new taser guns which avoid killing the creatures.During the year they spent stranded in the Cretaceous, Connor and Abby eeked out an existence by eating roots and grubs and learning when to run fast from the creatures that threaten their lives.
It’s an experience that has brought them closer together, in every sense. But their time there has taken its toll…both emotionally and physically. Abby, always the most practical one of the two, has adapted to her new surroundings slightly better than Connor, who was always happier around technological comforts than out in the wild. But neither are prepared for the changes that have happened to the ARC since they left in search of Helen one year ago…Danny, the only outstanding member of the original team, returns in episode 7, where his revelations will have a profound effect on the ARC and its team. He has struggled through life in the Rift Valley and several other eras, and has fought to find a way back after discovering a secret the team needs to know. His return is greeted with shock and happiness, but he soon makes the decision to return to the wilderness of the anomalies, in search of his lost brother.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Irish cinematographer Donal Gilligan passed away last Sunday, aged 46. Gilligan had worked on numerous Irish productions, including the fourth series of Primeval. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Friday, 17 September 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
Impossible Pictures is set to build on sci-fi drama Primeval with an innovative CSI-style franchise deal with Canadian indie Omni Film Productions.
Following a co-production deal agreed last week, Omni Film will try to line up a broadcaster to partfund a Canadian version of the show, which is likely to cost about $2m per episode.
The yet-to-be-named Primeval franchise will extend the format with new characters, locations and storylines, rather than replicating the existing UK series.
Star Trek: Enterprise writers Judy and Garfield Reeves-Stevens have been earmarked to work on the scripts, which will be distributed to broadcasters.
Impossible has already begun early discussions with a range of UK, US and German broadcasters and distributors to gauge interest, and is hopeful of bringing in further investment with a view to starting production next summer.
Jonathan Drake, managing director of Impossible Pictures, said franchising the brand created opportunities both to distribute the Primeval back catalogue and to help secure its future.
“We won’t be replacing the UK show in the international market but complementing it. It will provide a positive glow for our catalogue of existing Primeval shows,” said Drake. “And if something were to happen to the UK version, the brand still survives.”
The Primeval spin-off will be produced in Canada with Impossible maintaining close control as co-exec producer. Drama and factual producer Omni Film worked with Impossible on ABC’s US drama Defying Gravity last year.
ITV decommissioned the original Primeval but it was rescued last year after Impossible struck a complex co-production deal involving ITV, UKTV, ProSieben in Germany and BBC Worldwide. ITV and Watch will get the first run of series four and five respectively next year. Both are currently being shot in Dublin, with a revamped cast.
Separately, Warner Bros picked up the rights to make a Primeval film in May last year.could mean that Series 4 or 5 could bridge the Canadian spin-off.
Friday, 6 August 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
It seems 'what happens in the Cretaceous, stays in the Cretaceous' because when Connor and Abby return to the present after a year stuck in the past they're a bona fide couple - about bloody time. Then again, surviving by eating grubs and running away from dinos will do that to folk. Finding themselves back in the present working and living together puts a strain on their romance, but at least there'll be plenty of creatures on hand in case they want to vent their frustrations with a tranquiliser gun. Who needs relationship counsellors anyway?
New boy Matt Anderson (Ciaran McMenamin) will have his work cut out filling the ample shoes of Cutter and Danny, but as the new ARC field leader his mix of brains, brawn, charisma and sense of adventure should see him quickly win over the team. We're told he's joined the ARC operation for his own purposes, and with a bit of mystery surrounding his past - not to mention an innate understanding of animal psychology - its unlikey he's there just to make up the numbers.
New Girl In Town
Newbie Jess (Ruth Kearney) runs operations from the ARC control centre, and her skill set includes computer wizadry, coming at problems from unusual angles, winding up Lester and flirting. The (unrequited, alas) object of her affections is the ARC head of security Becker, whos still nursing emotional scars about the loss of team members last year. Will she be able to break down his armour, we wonder?
Home Is Where The ARC Is
Its not only the team thats had a bit of a makeover. With the new-look facility now operating from within Burton's empire - an estate housing some of the greatest minds in the scientific world - its no surprise that theres plenty of tension with Lester as the pair tussle over whos really in charge.
Friday, 16 July 2010
ROB Kearney's girlfriend, Susie Amy (29), is trying to score acting jobs in Dublin, the Herald can reveal.
In the clearest sign yet that she is serious about the strapping Ireland rugby player (24) and wants to make a new life here, the actress was spotted going into an audition recently.
And she had to shed her usual fashion-forward look for the acting role -- which was to play a geeky investigator for cult ITV series Primeval.
"The actresses were all asked to dress down and try to look like real geeks with nerdy clothes, big glasses and minimal make-up for the role," said an insider.
"Everyone was kind of surprised to see Susie there as she has never worked in Ireland before and has obviously worked on some really big shows like Footballers' Wives and so has a load of TV experience.
"It also shows that she's serious about possibly re-locating to Ireland and trying to make a proper go of things with Rob. Once the season starts up again, it's going to be really hard to spend quality time with each other as his schedule is so tightly packed."
Susie, who has been dating Kearney since last December, was asked to try out for a coveted part in the ITV science fiction series.
It was shelved after three series but has now been brought back after receiving substantial funding.
A source has revealed that part of the new series -- which includes creatures from the future attacking a seaside town -- is filmed in Wicklow and inside Luttrelstown Castle in Dublin.
Susie's former Footballers' Wives co-star Laila Rouass played an Egyptologist named Sarah Page in the third series of the cult show but will not be returning.
Starring Douglas Henshall as a biology professor, Primeval follows a team of five scientists tasked with investigating holes in time through which prehistoric and futuristic creatures can enter the present.
ITV announced earlier this year it would be back for a fourth series, filmed largely in Ireland.
The first block of filming for the 13 new episodes has started in locations around Powerscourt estate, The O2, Grand Canal Dock and Park West Business Park.
The UK/Ireland/Germany co-production will avail of Ireland's attractive incentives with support from the Irish Film Board.
Friday, 9 July 2010
Andrew-Lee Potts interview.
Nothing too big with this one, it's pretty much like when they got some of the cast to tease us with Series 3 info.
Hannah Spearitt attending SFX Weekender2.
I think we can be expecting an interview (or two) and some new information on Series 4 and 5.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
With further star guests to be announced over coming months, next year visitors can expect to see stage appearances by important contributors to sci-fi such as Pat Mills (one of the founders of 2000 AD, known as the “godfather of British comics”), authors Stephen Baxter, Mike Carey and Gary Gibson, plus cast and creatives from Primeval, ITV’s hit show which is returning to TV in 2011.
Friday, 25 June 2010
...showing the new team, in what looks like the new ARC.
The cast and crew have been brilliant and they have put in a huge effort over the past four months to deliver some amazing work. We have also been very lucky in that Dublin has afforded us some fantastic new locations and the fact that we've filmed in HD for the first time means that the production values are higher than ever.
The rough cuts I've seen are very exciting and I think we are going to deliver a show that will really please and delight the fans.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Rouass explained: "I'm a single parent and it just wouldn't have been possible for me to carry on in Primeval once filming of the show switched to Dublin for ten months.
You can read more about it here.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
More thanks to Primeval forum member "Luckyhannah25" for providing us with a link with set pictures from an episode of Primeval.
They all feature three of the main actors/characters; Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearitt(Abby Maitland) and Ben Mansfield (Captain Becker). Also Abby seems to be carrying a bag with the handle of a big knife(?) sticking out.
Finally I would like to draw your attention to the new ARC symbol(bottom right) as seen in Episode 3.9 in the future ARC.
You can see more of the pictures here.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thanks to our Primeval forum member "luckyhannah25" for finding these.
Parts 1 and 2 of the video are here for your viewing pleasure, although there is not much to it, apart from a big creature being imagined. Possibly another one of the ARC's rare dinosaur encounters?
It shouldn't too be long before Impossible Pictures or ITV pull these down, I assume.
Monday, 12 April 2010
News has just reached me that the primeval evolved game has won the international digital emmy award. I saw the news on Twitter of all places from the itvprimeval twitter http://twitter.com/itvprimeval
So, congrats to the team behind primeval evolved!
But what do you think about it winning over the other nominees, which i think can be found on the previous blog entry, worthy winner?
All the best
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Primeval: Evolved, is an interactive game taking place "behind-the-scenes" of Series 3 of Primeval. You play the role of a lab technician who has started roughly before the events of episode 3.1 (Series 3 Episode 1) and is forced to help a mysterious woman called Eve (who we later see in episode 3.9). As of now the game (and the set of mini-games called Connor's Games) haven't been pulled down, so try it out and see what you think and comment if it deserves an Emmy.
Final Punishment: BeActive Entertainment/Altec do Brasil/Canal Oi/Milagro
Pietshow II: Grundy UFA TV Produktions GmbH, Germany
Primeval Evolved: ITV1/itv.com/Hoodlum/Impossible Pictures, UK
Print Friends: FremantleMedia/FMX, UK
Read more here.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Speaking exclusively to Total Sci-Fi, co-creator Adrian Hodges said he was delighted with the additions to the cast, including Ciarin McMenamin, who played the older David Copperfield in Hodges’ adaptation of the Dickens novel for BBC Classics, as new leading man Matt Anderson.
“He is a wonderful actor with an enigmatic, heroic quality that fits his character really well,” Hodges said. “Matt is a man with a lot of secrets and I think Ciarin is terrific at being both heroic, accessible but also just a little bit mysterious.”
Former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Alexander Siddig joins as Philip Burton, the co-runner of the ARC with Ben Miller’s James Lester. “It's a real coup for us to get such a fine actor in this important part and I think he's going to bring a lot of quality to the show. It's a joy to be working with him,” Hodges notes.
Playing Jess, the new head of operations at the ARC, is Irish actress Ruth Kearney. “She is a new face – Primeval is her first TV job – and as the character of Jess I think she's gong to be a lot of fun. She has a fresh, lively quality which is lovely and she's also very funny.”
Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee-Potts and Ben Mansfield will be reprising their roles as Abby, Connor and Becker, with Hodges telling us that he’s “also really glad that one or two important faces from the past are going to be returning during the series. Stand by for surprises...!"
- Ciarán McMenamin is to play Matt Anderson, the new field leader. He's an ex-soldier and zoologist, with "an uncanny ability to understand animals." He is "a man with a lot of secrets", and there is a "real reason" why he joined the ARC.
- Ruth Kearney will play Jess, an "unconventional", "highly efficient and organised" woman who now runs operations from the ARC control centre, and has an unrequited crush on Captain Becker.
- The ARC is now jointly run by Lester and charismatic scientist Philip Burton, played by Alexander Siddig.
- Ben Miller, Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee-Potts and Ben Mansfield are all confirmed to return as regulars, and Jason Flemyng for a few episodes. Still no mention of Laila Rouass, though.
- "One or two important faces from the past" are to return to the show. We already know that James Bradshaw (Duncan) is to return, but who else?
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
ACTOR Dougie Henshall has married his Croatian sweetheart in a low-key Las Vegas ceremony.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
So below you will find a new connor temple picture!
There we have it!
Leave those comments!
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Yes, I’m delighted to say we started shooting last Monday and the other details as reported on digital spy are pretty much right so far as casting and timing goes. Needless to say I’m delighted we’re back in production – it’s been a hard and bumpy road to these new series but we’re glad we got there, as the show is doing better than ever worldwide and in my opinion has a long way to run. I can’t say too much about the new series yet, but I can say that while we’ll be retaining our “creature of the week” series format, we’ll also have a strong serialised element that will run right through both series 4 and 5 with a major revelation about the mystery behind the anomalies coming in episode 7 – which will be the climax of series 4.
Monday, 29 March 2010
To begin with we have an article here
Which includes NEW cast members and the RETURN of someone, a male someone....read and ye shall find out!
Then onto something a little more...a possible CONNOR picture, yes....CONNOR. Now, we cant say for sure this is actually connor but, you never know. But please people, i do beg of you not to go hounding andrew! He has as much right to his privacy as we all do, this is not gotten through people snooping around and prying.
Ok, so the pro connor points: The outfit....check end of series 3. Its the same!
Connors ring necklace, Check!
The area he's pictured in, not exactly normal is it?
Facial hair. If we're to take info from the above article, it states how the series catches up on the team several months after they went missing, well it stands to reason that connor wouldnt shave, so....facial hair!
Con Connor points [i like that haha]: They only started filming 22nd march, could this be to soon to have a picture? or would he even be allowed to post it up where it can be found?
Please leave your thoughts on the above two items!
Article thanks too: http://itvprimeval.proboards.com/index.cgi
Picture thanks to: http://community.livejournal.com/andrewleepotts/237016.html
Sunday, 28 March 2010
If your here it means one thing, you like primeval and what better place to be then here? This blog is just your first taster of whats to come, there will be another bigger and better project coming in the summer....It will go hand in hand with this blog, so you'll need to stick here for updates on that
I guess you may be wondering why theres a blog now, well if your not then you should be. Its just a place to get primeval back into peoples minds, to the forefront of peoples minds! Myself and a few other bloggers will post every so often about this and that, it may just be chat or a rant about a previous episode....or, news about series 4 or 5!
Of course in the meantime if you have anything you want us mad primeval lot to rattle on about then you can comment below, any questions for us just ask away.
Well, i guess thats the introductions done, no heavy posting today about primeval as this is just the first post, but as said above, you can comment us with anything, any ideas maybe for what we could talk about, maybe you even have a question or have heard a rumor? Well we'd be happy to find out for you if its true or false, any previous episode queries welcome too.....just anything primeval related!
Thats me over and out for today
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