Trivia / Primeval

  • Actor Allusion: In the Season 4 premiere, Abby plays S Club 7 "Don't Stop Moving" to distract a dinosaur. Her actress Hannah Spearritt had been a member of the group.
  • Channel Hop: In the UK, season 5 aired on Watch before it aired on ITV1. New World is also shown on Watch, this time instead of on ITV.
  • The Danza: Lucy Brown as Claudia Brown.
  • DVD Commentary: Starting from Season 2, at a pretty fixed rate of one commentary per disc.
  • Fake Brit
    • English-born Jess is played by Irish actress Ruth Kearney. Oddly fellow Irish actor Ciarán McMenamin gets to keep his own heavy Northern Irish accent while Kearney doesn't keep her southern Irish accent, perhaps because the showrunners didn't want to open up a can of worms by introducing a foreign character (and thus imply that knowledge of the The Masquerade had spread beyond the British government).
    • Also in Series 4, we have another Irish actress (Ruth Bradley) playing a Londoner (Lady Emily Merchant.)
    • Many of the incidental/supporting cast were Irish, their RP varying wildly. Notably the submariners in 4.02 and April, who would probably have been less of a ham if Janice Byrne had been kept her natural accent. A few characters are Not Even Bothering with the Accent, which is justified by the amount of Irish immigrants London usually has.
  • Flip-Flop of God: The decision of the genus for the Raptors seen in the series has gone back and forth between the show's creators right up until Series 5. Comments alternated between them being Velociraptors or Utahraptor (which was mentioned by Helen Cutter in the first series). After a while they eventually settled on saying they were based on Deinonychus, which is the closest approximate match the Primeval Raptors have for a real life equivalent in terms of appearance and size. And now it's decided that they're Dromaeosaurus instead... meaning they changed their minds to make for a less accurate depiction.
  • McLeaned: Sarah after the S3 finale; she's mauled to Death in a car (revealed in the first webisode) in the future while calling out for Becker. Nasty way to go.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Laila Rouass was reluctant to relocate to Ireland to film Season 4 when the show was picked back up again, and Jason Flemyng was busy with other commitments in America. As a result Sarah is killed off in between seasons and Danny only comes Back for the Finale.
  • Romance on the Set
    • Abby and Connor's actors were a couple in Real Life, while slowly inching to it in the show. However, after a long engagement, they ended up splitting up.
    • Lester and Christine were also married in real life. Yep. The best part about the Lester/Christine one is that it was completely unintentional. According to the actress, Belinda Stewart-Wilson: "I had been to a few meetings and at one, the director said, 'Do you realize that you will be playing opposite Ben Miller?... Do you know Ben Miller at all?' 'Well, I AM married to him'." They separated later on.
  • Un-Canceled: After Season 3 it was picked up by BBC for two more seasons.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Adrian Hodges had wanted Gary Oldman (an established fan of the show) for the role of Phillip Burton. It didn't come to pass and Alexander Siddig played the role instead.
    • Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges attempted several times to make a Primeval movie but failed each time, as they either could not get the appropriate funding or were scrapped due to disagreements with executives. At one point it was almost about to be a deal, but the studio executives wanted to relocate it to America. When the creators insisted on a British cast, the studio suggested using British stars. Their suggestions were Gemma Arterton as Abby and Liam Neeson as Cutter.
    • Speaking of the Primeval movie, several treatments were drawn up that sound incredibly fascinating:
      • The first attempt to make a movie, titled Rebellion, was pitched in 2006 (when the series was still in early production), with Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges writing and producing and Ridley Scott rumored to direct. It was a prequel set in the Roman era, thousands of years before the series. A former centurion who was sold into slavery (Christopher Eccleston and Hugh Jackman were considered for the part) is bought by a Roman and befriends a dinosaur that was made to fight in the arena. Together they would lead the slaves to revolt against the despotic Emperor Nero (with Gary Oldman in mind for the role), basically making the film Gladiator with dinosaurs. Framestore was attached to the effects and Danny Elfman was going to score, but the project was cancelled after Ridley Scott dropped out.
      • Alfonso Cuarón was approached in 2008 following a rumor that he was interested in directing a Primeval film. He wasn't. In fact, before being told of the rumor by Fox execs, he wasn't familiar with the series at all, but when he went to watch it, he quickly became a fan. He suggested to Haines and Hodges, the idea of a new film that would discard all the previous Primeval mythos, centered instead on "a team of scientists discovering depictions of anomalies and dinosaurs in Native American petroglyphs, with a cult called ''The Children of Time'' who have been keeping the existence of the anomalies secret (in order to prevent people from changing the past) pursuing them in order to keep their discoveries from being revealed."
      • Taking off Cuaron's idea, Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges wrote the ultra-violent and deliciously bizarre Primeval script in 2008. A movie adaptation of the series, Primeval opens with a disgraced scientist named Dr Robert Plant being approached by the ARC team (due to his theories about the anomalies) and asked to join them. When a cult called The Children of Time open an anomaly to Africa 102,000 years in the past to locate the "mitochodrial Eve" and kill her so that the human race ceases to exist. A team (including Plant) travel through the anomaly to find her before the cult do and prevent their plans from happening. They find that "Eve" is a child named "Aiv" (pronounced "Eve"). In the end, the team succeed, ensuing the survival of humanity 102,000 years later. Matt Damon signed to play Plant, Framestore was doing the effects, Michael Bay was directing and $100 million was allocated to start filming immediately. But in the last moment, executives decided that the script could be "improved" with comedy, and demanded in particular that the team saw a group of early humans trying to play baseball and they taught them to do it properly. Haines refused, the execs fired him, everyone else quit and the project went back into Development Hell. However, parts of it were used for Helen Cutter's plan in the Series 3 finale.
    • Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (with creative aid from Tim Haines, who was also executive producer) wrote a more comedic and kid-friendly script in 2009. The film (which Bay was still attached to direct) would open with several enormous anomalies opening all over the planet, letting through Future Predators and a swarm of Megaopterans, who would promptly proceed to overrun the Earth. The ARC team travel through an anomaly to the creature's home time in order to find a way to defeat them, and what followed was very much like Mad Max, with Future Predators and Megaopterans hunting humans in a post-apocalyptic world. The team would discover that the catastrophe that created this world was the one they travelled to this era to prevent. They also discover a way to destabilise anomalies, trapping the Future Predators and Megaopterans in their dying world. The film would end with a surviving group of Future Predators and Megaopterans hiding in the present day.
    • James Cameron took the helm as producer in 2009 and went back to the idea of making an movie adaptation of the series, but refused to write or direct as he was too busy doing Avatar. The treatment called for the use of stock-footage of the original Primeval series, with narration from Lester. The Masquerade has broken wide open, with the ARC being a semi-famous organisation that monitors the use of the time travel. The script then cuts to the protagonist (whom Mark Whalberg was attached to play), an ARC soldier, and follows him as he discovers a plan to harvest natural resources from the past. Michael Bay was at one point attached to direct the film, which would have included some large-scale action sequences. Universal rejected the treatment, however, and Bay and Cameron dropped out.

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