Season one of Primeval begins in the US on August 8 at 9:00 on BBC America.
Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth’s development to roam the modern world. Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster secret, while dealing with savage dinosaurs and other deadly foes.
Whether it’s a prehistoric predator Gorgonopsid rampaging through the neighborhood, or a swarm of supersized spiders in the subway, Cutter and his team find themselves with some seriously beastly opponents. Ferocious or endearing, these puzzling creatures all have the same simple fact in common – they don’t belong here. While Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster secret, Cutter also has to deal with a deeply personal dilemma when he discovers that his wife, Helen, who disappeared eight years ago, is not dead as he believed, but has been traveling in time. Now she’s back, and can possibly tell him more about the riddle of the anomalies, but is it something she’s willing to share? If not, what does she really want? Why did she come back?
Cutter, his research assistant Stephen Hart, zoologist Abby Maitland, and student palaeontologist Connor Temple, race to understand what’s happening, while shadowy Government officials James Lester and Claudia Brown, insist they have to keep the danger secret from the public. As the past threatens to invade the present and destroy the future, Cutter’s crew faces a life-and-death race against time.
“For the first time since these beasts actually roamed the Earth, it is possible to imagine and show something of their sheer size and impact, and in Primeval that is what we have set out to do,” say creators Tim Haines (Walking with Dinosaurs) and Adrian Hodges (Rome, The Lost World). “But, at the same time, we passionately believe that the best special effects in the world mean little unless they are coupled to an exciting and compelling human story. Our series is as much, or more, about the people who come into contact with our creatures as it is about the beasts themselves. This is a story about all kinds of human emotions – grief, love, laughter, fear and courage – and each of our principal characters has a long journey to go on.”
Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) A brilliant scientist, specializing in the investigation of gaps in the evolutionary record. His wife, Helen, disappeared eight years earlier in an unexplained incident. Theirs was a stormy relationship and they were estranged at the time, which still makes him feel guilty.
Helen Cutter (Juliet Aubrey) Cutter’s wife was thought to be dead, but she has been time-travelling through the anomalies. Her reasons for returning are unclear – she seems indifferent to the danger she poses to mankind, but could she still be in love with Nick?
Stephen Hart (James Murray) With the ability to track almost any animal, Stephen is Cutter’s reliable right-hand man and research assistant. His courage often puts him in highly dangerous situations.
Connor Temple (Andrew-Lee Potts) A super-bright student whose enthusiasm prompts Cutter to investigate the first sightings. His knowledge of dinosaurs is second to none, but his social skills leave a lot to be desired.
Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown) Skeptical and sharp-witted, Claudia is an official from the Ministry of Science and Technology delegated to investigate the same mystery creature sightings that interested Cutter. Her cold exterior belies her deep passions. She and Cutter develop a close friendship, but his unresolved feelings towards Helen are a major handicap to romance.
Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt) A reptile expert from London Zoo, Abby crosses paths with Cutter and his team when she investigates an odd lizard adopted by a boy as a pet. She joins forces with them and quickly forms a strong bond with Stephen.
James Lester (Ben Miller) Claudia’s obnoxious boss distrusts her almost as much as he distrusts Cutter. The devious bureaucrat is prepared to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
Nick Cutter is an evolutionary zoologist who finds himself confronted with the subject of his studies in a way he could never have imagined. Prompted by the enthusiasm of his geeky-but-brilliant graduate student, Connor Temple, Professor Cutter and his lab technician, Stephen Hart, go to investigate strange sightings of an unknown animal in the forest. Meanwhile, Abby Maitland, a zoo worker, is discovering that the forest is also home to the strangest pet she’s ever seen. Could a small lizard, picked up by a young boy in the woods, really be an entirely new species? Determined to find out more, Abby and the boy head off, but as night falls the forest becomes a frightening place.
Claudia Brown, the government official in charge of investigating rogue animal sightings is hoping Cutter will dismiss the sightings as fake, but when Cutter invites Claudia along to join the search, the animal is all too real. When they go down to the woods, they find a petrified Abby face to face with a Scutosaurus – a giant beast straight from the Permian Era of 250 million years ago. Terrifyingly though, this creature seems to be the least of their worries. Abby is convinced the Scutosaurus is vegetarian, so how can they explain the sickening sight of a dead cow hauled high into a tree?
The young boy’s tales of a flesh-hungry monster at his window may sound like nonsense to his mother, but his story confirms Cutter’s worst fears – a savage Gorgonopsid, one of the most dangerous predators of the Permian Era, is also on the loose and it becomes a race against time to track the beast before it finds its next meal. Where on earth are these creatures coming from? Are they an evolutionary throwback? Or an experimental hybrid perhaps?
Premieres Saturday, August 9, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Cutter starts to suspect that his missing wife Helen knew about the anomaly. While everyone presumes the discovery of her camera, millions of years in the past, confirms her death, Cutter is developing an entirely different theory. But for now, he’s keeping his speculations to himself. Claudia’s boss, Lester, is growing increasingly sceptical of Cutter, but Claudia defends him as their only expert and Lester agrees to keep him involved… for now. Emotions run high, and Lester suspects Claudia has ulterior motives for keeping Cutter onboard.
Meanwhile, Abby’s hoping that Stephen might start to see her as more than just an ‘animal expert’. Similarly, Connor tries to win Abby over with a night’s camping, following up a top ‘dinosaur-sighting’ lead. His hopes for adventure fail dramatically, while creatures of the very real variety start to invade the London Underground.
Premieres Saturday, August 16, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Cutter is desperate to make Lester realise the seriousness of the situation, but he remains infuriatingly optimistic that this problem will disappear just as quickly as it arrived. But he is out of luck. The arrival of a vicious sea creature, a Mososaur, at a local swimming pool means bad news all round, particularly for a pair of young lifeguards flouting the heavy-petting ban. The boy becomes the Mososaur’s next meal and the girl is charged with his murder. When the boy’s regurgitated body is found in a nearby reservoir, Cutter realises they’ve got another prehistoric killer on their hands. If that were not bad enough, the anomaly which this particular nasty creature came through is a mobile one…
Premieres Saturday, August 23, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.