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My Reason to Revive Primeval

Primeval as a concept for a series was something totally unique to anything that has ever appeared on television in my lifetime. For many British viewers, Dr Who was the big show on the block. For Americans, it was the X-Files. Unfortunately, the good Doctor, Mulder and Scully were all eaten by Future Predators in my eyes when Primeval arrived on the screen. 

It is the first show I’ve ever seen that was such a brilliant mix of scientific fact and research along with drama and character development. Arguably the best bit about this show isn’t just the brilliant special effects brought to us by the people behind the Walking With series but the down to Earth and realistic take to the series. The creatures are seen as animals that have lost their way through time rather than antagonistic monsters. Naturally, most of them are predators and are dangerous but the strong sentiments of the principal characters help the audience to care for the creatures as much as for the characters. 

Primeval, much like the Jurassic Park films, was also educational. Most of the creatures that appear are animals that have existed at some point in the Earth’s history and rather cleverly, they avoided having too many dinosaurs. As impressive and as captivating a T-Rex skeleton can be, seeing one come alive on screen will always capture the imagination of children and adults alike. 

Not only does the show educate people on the existence of these creatures but also the many varied time periods that they lived in, providing the viewer with a greater appreciation of our world as it was, as it is and as it will be. 

The icing on the cake is the idea of future creatures. For me, as a zoology student, the question of what wildlife could evolve in the future just sends my imagination rocketing off. 

For all of this to be convincing, it also requires the talents of some of the best actors in the British film industry and Primeval has been fortunate to have many of these great actors. 

The concept is one thing but the writing is another. The stories have to be interesting and emotionally appealing, something that the combination of writing and acting achieves brilliantly. 

Primeval is a show unlike any other I’ve ever seen or probably ever will see. I could tell a great deal of thought, time and effort was put into it and for us to lose it when we were about to discover the answers to so many questions just doesn’t seem fair. 

You can have as many crime-dramas as you want on TV but until one of the detectives is eaten by a Gorgonopsid I won’t be interested in watching it. 
Not only is Primeval something totally different, it is a fantastic example of the professional level of the British film and television industry. Something that should be taken pride in instead of cancelled because too many people would rather watch Coronation Street. A street that I’d personally love to introduce a Smilodon to. 

My last reason to revive Primeval is to simply allow it to finish. Let the writers plan out and execute the story they originally intended to tell. Allow the show to reach its conclusion before you decide to leave it in the past; extinct. The past has a habit of coming back these days ;)

A message from Adrian Hodges
A group of us recently got together to write to certain people connected with the show on behalf of the Primeval community regarding the show and we thought we’d share the lovely response we received from Mr Hodges with all of our followers:   “First of all let me say that throughout our experience of making Primeval Tim and I always relished contact with our amazing fans and we are so grateful for your support and love for the show. Sci-Fi and Fantasy fans aren’t like any other - they care more, they love the shows more, and they contribute in all sorts of ways. I love that passion and am truly grateful for it.  I can’t answer all your points but will try to give you a response to a few of them.First of all, the decision to end Primeval wasn’t taken by me or Tim and had we had the choice we would have carried on. We loved the show and would like to have picked up the story where we left it. The fact is that ITV, who were our main broadcaster, felt that we didn’t get sufficient ratings to justify them carrying on investing in the show, and so that’s why we finished. That said, there were many reasons why the ratings might have declined and I think you are right in some of your views about the time slot, the day and so on. Being up against Doctor Who didn’t help and neither did the fact that our time slot was never fixed and often varied by a couple of hours or more. It was very frustrating. Unfortunately direct to DVD or Kickstarter and other non-broadcast ways of making the show aren’t really viable as we just couldn’t raise enough money that way for what is a pretty expensive show to make - good sfx, which we pride ourselves in, don’t come cheap sadly and neither do good actors. So although we have never given up hope of reviving the show, at the moment there are no easy ways to do it. But please don’t think we don’t want to, because we certainly do. I can tell you we still have hopes of making a feature film one day, and that’s still a strong possibility.I do think most of the cast would return if we asked them as I know they too loved the show. And if we did do that, I would certainly be looking to bring back one or two cast members from the earlier days, such as Claudia Brown and perhaps Danny as well, alongside the regulars in the last series.  I understand you might want to know the answer to some plot questions but just in case we do come back one day or make the film, I hope you’ll understand why I think it’s best not to answer them in detail, though I can tell you we did have answers prepared for all the questions you ask, which would have featured in season 6.But I can tell you that although I wasn’t personally involved in Primeval New World, it was, as far as I know, Tim’s intention that it should be set at the time of the original arc under Nick Cutter, and therefore before the events of Seasons 3, 4, and 5. I should also say that I’ve visited the Tumblr page and think it’s fantastic. The level of love and care for the show is truly incredible and it makes me very proud to have written something which means so much to people. So thank you very much for that, and rest assured that if the chance ever comes to continue the Primeval story, Tim and I will be there in a heartbeat. And you will be the first to know. Thanks again for your support and your lovely letter. It means an awful lot to us.All best wishesAdrian Hodges”   If by any chance you see this, Mr Hodges, thank you so much for taking the time to respond to us and thank you, again, for being part of the wonderful team that brought us Primeval.

… And as if we needed another one, I’d happy count this as a reason the show should be brought back: Because it matters as much to those who created it as it does to us.