Episode 5

Knights Of GodMordrin wastes no time in publicizing Gervase’s betrayal of the resistance movement and his father. When Owen finds out, he begins to question the danger he’s sent his son into, but is powerless to interfere. Nearby, Julia is discovered, injured by gunfire from the helicopter chase but not dead. At the training camp for Knights of God officers, Gervase is proving to be in less-than-ideal physical condition. Talking to fellow recruits, he discovers that he’s the only officer trainee to have been personally inducted by Prior Mordrin, and he begins to quest why – and wants to know what happened to Julia. Mordrin discovers that his most trusted henchman, Brother Hugo, issued orders to kill Julia, when in fact Mordrin wanted her brought back alive.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Andrew Morgan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: Claire Parker (Julia), Don Henderson (Colley), Anne Stallybrass (Nell), John Vine (Williams), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), John Woodvine (Mordrin), George Winter (Gervase), Gareth Thomas (Owen), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Christopher Bowen (Pilot), Shirley Stelfox (Beth), Ron Boyd (Fen), John Hallam (Commanding Officer Wetherby), Tony Guilfoyle (Sergeant), Spencer Leigh (Wilson), Nigel Stock (Simon)

Notes: Actor John Hallam (1941-2006) was a recurring player on the short-lived early ’70s BBC sci-fi drama Moonbase 3, and appeared in such later series as The Black Adder and Doctor Who (including the very last episode filmed of the original series). His genre movie appearances included The Wicker Man, Flash Gordon, Dragonslayer, Lifeforce and Kull The Conqueror. Don Henderson (1932-1977) also appeared in Sylvester McCoy-era Doctor Who (as easily the most formidable foe of McCoy’s troubled first season) and Red Dwarf, but most sharp-eyed genre fans will recognize him as General Taggi, the Imperial officer who questions the Emperor’s dissolution of the Senate in Star Wars (1977).

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Episode 6

Knights Of GodAs Mordrin tries to control and redirect Gervase’s anger at the news of Julia’s death, Brother Hugo begins working in earnest to build his own power base within the Knights, growing paranoid that Prior Mordrin will try to eliminate him soon. Hugo also anticipates that Gervase will be set against him at some point, and so he sets events in motion to try to eliminate Mordrin’s prize catch, using Julia as the bait again.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Michael Kerrigan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: Claire Parker (Julia), Anne Stallybrass (Nell), George Winter (Gervase), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), John Woodvine (Mordrin), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Shirley Stelfox (Beth), John Vine (Williams), Christopher Bowen (Pilot), Spencer Leigh (Wilson)

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Episode 7

Knights Of GodBarely surviving the hit Brother Hugo has ordered on his life, Gervase abandons the Knights of God as quickly as he joined them. He finds Julia, but the woman who has been caring for her is mortally injured in the crossfire. All but one of the Knights trying to ensure Gervase’s assassination are killed, and Gervase wounds the last one and sends him back to base with a message: if Brother Hugo wants Gervase dead, he’ll have to come to the wasteland to see to it personally. The wounded man’s return to Mordrin’s HQ further confirms the prior’s suspicions that Hugo is actively working against him, rather than simply being a bumbling idiot. Gervase’s bittersweet reunion with Julia is cut short by more danger: one of the more recklessly violent resistance cells is pursuing Gervase, still believing him to be a Knight.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Michael Kerrigan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: George Winter (Gervase), Claire Parker (Julia), John Vine (Williams), Anne Stallybrass (Nell), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Harrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Don Henderson (Colley), John Woodvine (Mordrin), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), Christopher Bowen (Pilot), Roy Boyd (Fen), Jackie Webb (Nurse)

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Episode 8

Knights Of GodCaptured by the resistance, Gervase and Julia are shoved into a cell to await their fate. The fighters who found them – and lost one of their number to Gervase’s bullet – want Gervase executed as a traitor, but Arthur intervenes and talks to Gervase personally, discovering that Mordrin has mentally conditioned him. Arthur sends a message through his highest-ranking contact in Mordrin’s inner circle, demanding a meeting with Mordrin himself. Mordrin receives the message and sets out to meet Arthur on neutral ground, where Mordrin ends the agreed-upon truce almost instantly by drawing a knife and handing it to Gervase. Prior Mordrin’s instructions to the boy still stand: kill the Prior’s greatest enemy. Even if that enemy is Mordrin’s estranged father, Arthur.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Andrew Morgan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: George Winter (Gervase), Claire Parker (Julia), Don Henderson (Colley), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), John Vine (Williams), John Woodvine (Mordrin), Harrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Gareth Thomas (Owen), Shirley Stelfox (Beth), Nigel Stock (Simon), Peter Childs (Tyrell), Jacki Webb (Nurse)

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Episode 9

Knights Of GodDuring Mordrin’s mysterious absence from the headquarters of the Knights of God, Brother Hugo makes his first real grab for power, calling a meeting of the council and trying to build a majority to depose the Prior upon his return. Hugo’s arguments are persuasive: he insinuates that the rumored meeting with the leaders of the resistance could be a step toward surrender, and hints that Mordrin may be trying to install himself as England’s new King – a position that the Knights of God outlawed. Mordrin calls his own council meeting when he returns, setting out to make quick work of Brother Hugo’s insurrection, and finding an ally (and useful cannon fodder) within the ranks of Hugo’s followers. But before he sets Hugo up for his downfall, Prior Mordrin announces that he could ascend to the royal throne if he decides to. And among the ranks of the resistance, passions run high as Arthur insists on a trial for Gervase and Julia. They are sentenced to banishment in the wastelands – the most merciful fate that Arthur’s engraged resistance fighters will tolerate.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Andrew Morgan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: John Woodvine (Mordrin), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), George Winter (Gervase), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), Nigel Stock (Simon), Harrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Gareth Thomas (Owen), Shirley Stelfox (Beth), Claire Parker (Julia), John Vine (Williams), Don Henderson (Colley), Peter Childs (Tyrell)

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Episode 10

Knights Of GodGervase and Julia haven’t wandered very far through the Wasteland before Arthur appears, offering them food and supplies (including a gun) and new instructions: the resistance leader needs Gervase to go to Canterbury, where a lone church has been left standing, the last enclave of Christianity not wiped out by Mordrin. There, Arthur tells him, Gervase will discover the identity of the one man who can reunite England and end the reign of Mordrin and his Knights. But Brother Hugo’s grab for power has split the Knights of God down the middle; Hugo’s loyalists help him escape from Mordrin’s compound and assemble his forces in what’s left of London. Both Mordrin and Hugo are aware of the significance of Gervase’s flight to Canterbury and order their respective forces into action; Mordrin wants Gervase captured alive, Hugo wants the boy dead. And following Gervase and Julia the entire time is Colley, determined to give Gervase the death sentence that Arthur refused to give him.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Michael Kerrigan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: George Winter (Gervase), Claire Parker (Julia), Don Henderson (Colley), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), John Woodvine (Mordrin), Nigel Stock (Simon), Harrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Peter Childs (Tyrell), Christopher Bowen (Pilot), Bunny Losh (Officer), Alan Mock (Communications Officer), Mark Burgess (Knight in Carrier), John Rapley (Crown Maker)

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Episode 11

Knights Of GodSpared from capture by Julia’s father, Gervase and Julia continue on to Canterbury, where they seek sanctuary in England’s last church. But it’s not considered sacred ground by Hugo’s men, who are already laying in wait. Hugo, in London, has declared himself the new Prior, and attempts to consolidate his power base as Mordrin’s grip on reality slips. In his own compound, Mordrin secretly has a new crown made, believing that declaring himself King of England will end both the division among the Knights of God and the fight from the resistance. He eschews any kind of military strategy or spin control in favor of planning his own coronation. In Canterbury, just as the head priest is about to reveal the identity of the true King, Hugo’s forces strike.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Michael Kerrigan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: John Woodvine (Mordrin), Nigel Stock (Simon), Gareth Thomas (Owen), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), Claire Parker (Julia), George Winter (Gervase), Barrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Shirley Stelfox (Beth), Owen Teale (Dai), Tenniel Evans (Dafydd), David Lyon (Archbishop Armstrong), Robert Swann (Chaplain), Peter Childs (Tyrell), Paul Holmes (Assassin), Toby Ostrom (Assassin)

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Episode 12

Knights Of GodTheir security compromised by the attack by Hugo’s men, the remaining priests of Canterbury smuggle Gervais and Julia out of the church and across the sea to an island monastery, where a blind monk who also knows the secret of the King’s identity is hiding. The Knights of God, turning to fight among themselves as the divide between Mordrin’s and Hugo’s forces escalates into civil war, leave their lines undefended, an advantage that Owen is only too happy to use. The resistance takes – and is able to hold – strategic positions that were considered impassible mere weeks before. Mordrin grows more delusional, refusing to heed warnings of the resistance advance. At the monastery, the monks reveal to Gervase the identity of the last surviving member of the royal family, hidden away from Mordrin and Hugo and raised in secrecy: it is Gervase himself, the sole survivor of the massacre of the royalty. Gervase can reunite England, which makes him the most potent threat to Mordrin’s reign of terror.

But Gervase has been mentally conditioned to kill whoever poses a threat to Mordrin’s rule.

written by Richard Cooper
directed by Andrew Morgan
music by Christopher Gunning

Knights Of GodCast: George Winter (Gervase), Claire Parker (Julia), John Woodvine (Mordrin), Nigel Stock (Simon), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Gareth Thomas (Owen), Barrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Frank Middlemass (Father Gregory), Robert Swann (Chaplain), Peter Childs (Tyrell), Tenniel Evans (Dafydd), Owen Teale (Dai), Dean Harris (Brother Dean)

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Episode 13

Knights Of GodJulia is barely able to stop Gervase from committing suicide (per Mordrin’s conditioning), though what breaks that conditioning is Julia accidentally putting her own life at risk. Gervase saves her, and with the aid of the monks, they set out for Anglia to put Gervase on the throne. Somehow aware that Gervase’s conditioning has been broken, Mordrin finally goes insane, and prepares to install himself as King. Gervase and Julia arrive, now accompanied by Arthur, Owen, Julia’s father, and the combined force of resistance fighters and many former Knights of God who no longer follow either Hugo or Mordrin. As Gervase is declared King in a live radio broadcast, Hugo’s forces strike at the heart of Mordrin’s headquarters; the two remaining factions of Knights and the resistance fight a massive three-way battle on those grounds. Owen is mortally wounded by Hugo, but Mordrin kills Hugo and tries to escape, crown in hand, still planning his own ascension to the throne until he’s killed by the dying Owen. With both of their leaders fallen, the Knights scatter or surrender. Arthur crowns Gervase and tasks him with ruling more wisely than those who have perished.

Knights Of Godwritten by Richard Cooper
directed by Andrew Morgan
music by Christopher Gunning

Cast: George Winter (Gervase), Claire Parker (Julia), John Woodvine (Mordrin), Nigel Stock (Simon), Julian Fellowes (Hugo), Frank Middlemass (Father Gregory), Patrick Troughton (Arthur), Gareth Thomas (Owen), Shirley Stelfox (Beth), Barrie Cookson (Brigadier Clarke), Michael Sheard (Doctor), Peter Childs (Tyrell), Dean Harris (Brother Dean), Owen Teale (Dai)

Knights Of GodNotes: Brigadier Clarke broadcasts Gervase’s speech on “Radio 3 Britain” (though it’s almost certainly due to the series airing on ITV, there’s an easy story justification for this, as the BBC likely didn’t survive the civil war). The end credit music is different for this episode, as is the flowing flag in the background of the credits: for the previous 12 episodes, the Knights of God flag has flown during the credits, while the British Union Jack appears here, accompanied by more triumphant, less oppressive music.

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Resurrection

Eleventh HourA police chase leads police to a field of buried fetuses, each of them wrapped in a cloth tied shut with a crucifix necklace. A government science troubleshooter, Dr. Ian Hood, arrives on the scene and discovers that all of the fetuses have exactly the same DNA fingerprint – they’re failed attempts at human cloning. The driver arrested after the chase confesses that he was actually paid to burn the fetuses, but couldn’t bring himself to do it, trying to give them a Christian burial instead. The police eventually dead-end on the case, but Hood, with his often frustrated bodyguard Rachel Young, continues to follow the clues that the police are unlikely to find, clues that lead to a makeshift cloning laboratory/delivery room in a warehouse and a disgraced gynecologist who’s been relieved of his license to practice. But Hood still can’t find the crumbs on the trail to the person who’s paying them to clone someone. But who is being cloned, and how far will the people behind the illegal experiments go to cover their tracks?

written by Stephen Gallagher
additional material by Simon Stephenson
directed by Terry McDonough
music by The Insects

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Dr. Ian Hood), Ashley Jensen (Rachel Young), Jane Lapotaire (Gepetto), Clive Wood (Gifford), Nicholas Jones (Dr. Sidney Hayward), Michelle Newell (Lana), Joanna Horton (Kelly Fox), Scott Baker (Bruno), Jack Pierce (Doug Cook), Steve Evets (Caretaker), Bronson Webb (Roly), Claire Benedict (Westall Manager), Zachary Butterworth (Davy), Michelle Bonnard (Junior Doctor), Sally Sheridan (Nurse), Ross Adams (Barman), Joseph Simpson (Salesman), Pauline Jefferson (Elderly shopper), Nicola Maxfield (Supermarket manager), Rhea Bailey (Housing estate mother)

Notes: Series creator Stephen Gallagher has won acclaim as an SF novelist, and also wrote a couple of the more elaborately-plotted Doctor Who stories of the 1980s, Warriors’ Gate and Terminus. Though Eleventh Hour was sold largely on the renown of its creator and its star, Gallagher was relieved of creative control over his own show at an early stage by ITV, and had disassociated itself from it by the time it hit the air. Gallagher also spent much of the months leading up to the premiere railing against the media’s labeling of Eleventh Hour as a show commissioned by ITV to compete with the BBC’s recent successful revival of Doctor Who – a notion which the network itself did little to dissuade anyone from believing.

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Containment

Eleventh HourA man’s body is found in a disused church, having decayed unusually rapidly; when a volunteer disease containment team is called in to remove the body, they find to their horror that he’s only just now dying. Professor Hood is called to the scene not long afterward. With mere hours to determine the contagious potential of the disease, which could be a new strain of smallpox, the carrier must also be found. A number of leads turns up, including a group of migrant workers who are enduring barely-livable conditions to lie low and avoid deportation, but even with Hood’s best efforts to track the source of the disease down, something isn’t adding up – and worse yet, Rachel may have been contaminated while trying to keep one of the migrant workers from fleeing. Is someone on the team that’s trying to contain the potentially catastrophic outbreak actually working to make sure the disease spreads?

written by Stephen Gallagher
additional material by Simon Stephenson
directed by Terry McDonough
music by The Insects

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Professor Ian Hood), Ashley Jensen (Rachel), Nicholas Woodeson (Martin Callan), Jack Deam (Ellis Gibson), Michael Begley (Ned), Benedict Wong (Danny), Neil Bell (Luke), Will Tacey (Undertaker), Claire Oberman (Eunice), Rina Mahoney (Disease Nurse), Lindsey Dawson (Ned’s Wife), Karen Asemper (Ned’s friend), Lorraine Bruce (Ellis Gibson’s partner), Vincent Wang (Chase victim), Steven Chapman (Bus station guard), Colin Meredith (Tram person), Ian Blower (Grave digger), Danny Burns (Grave digger), Jennifer Chan (Cantonese translator), Michael Woodford (Megaphone copper)

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Kryptos

Eleventh HourHood is summoned to meet with an old classmate from university, climatologist Richard Adams, under conditions of strict secrecy, but en route to Adams’ home, Hood and Rachel run into Adams, literally – he dashes out into the road and their car almost hits him, and he disappears again. Hood and Rachel continue to Adams’ home, finding his wife Gillian there, as well as Adams himself, who insists that someone has just tried to kill him because he’s made a major finding about the Earth’s climate that “they” want silenced. Hood offers his help, but Adams thinks Hood is here to discredit him to settle an old grudge – the two were once rivals for Gillian’s affections. Before kicking Hood out of his home, Adams says the Environment Institute, at the behest of petroleum companies, is trying to prevent his findings from ever seeing the light of day. Adams goes back into hiding, quietly trying to find someone who will publish a scientific formula of which he only has half – the other half being held by the Environment Institute. When Hood hears from Gillian again, it’s bad news: Adams has gone missing, and his empty car turns up later on a remote bridge. Hood tries to recover Adams’ research from his home computer, but everything is encoded and encrypted – and password-protected with personal references that only Hood would know. The deeper Hood digs into ADams’ research, the more the Environment Institute seems to take an unhealthy interest in him. Is Hood on the verge of cracking a secret that could change the world, or was his old friend losing his mind? Is Adams actually dead – or will Hood be before he finds the secret?

written by Mike Cullen & Simon Stephenson
directed by Roger Gartland
music by The Insects

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Professor Ian Hood), Ashley Jensen (Rachel), Donald Sumpter (Richard Adams), Susan Wooldridge (Gillian), Tom Mannion (Destrano), Ken Drury (Martin Godley), Stephen Tomlin (Baxter), Jessica Hall (Publisher’s receptionist), Belinda Everett (Institute receptionist), Kate Deakin (Godley’s Secretary)

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Miracle

Eleventh HourHood visits a “healing spring” that has drawn attention for supposedly curing a young boy’s tumor, but runs into resistance when he tries to take a small sample of the water for study; the boy’s father, who has practically turned the spring into a tourist attraction, insists that a sample will taint the spring’s “aura.” But when those who come to drink the water instead find themselves falling dangerously ill, Hood’s investigation switches from trying to debunk a myth that could stop people from seeking proper treatment to finding out what’s slowly killing the village. When government agents move in to take command of the situation, however, Hood realizes that – against all of his scientific training – the miracle cure may be real, but it may also be a symptom of something far more sinister.

written by Simon Stephenson
directed by Roger Gartland
music by The Insects

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Professor Ian Hood), Ashley Jensen (Rachel), Clare Holman (Dr. Williams), Roy Marsden (Drake), Sandra Voe (Mrs. Evans), Darrel D’Silva (Daniel), Matthew Williams (Alfie), Donna Alexander (Hospital Manager), Russell Dixon (Landlord), Nicholas Blane (Surgeon), Martin Reeve (Hydro Manager), James Vaughan (MI6 Officer), Vashti MacLachlan (Journalist), Smug Roberts (Policeman), Elianne Byrne (Nurse), Clyve Bonelle (Paramedic)

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Episode 1

PrimevalPaleontologist Dr. Nick Cutter finds his attention drawn to a recent sighting of a “monster” near the Forest of Dean. Initially setting out to debunk it as a hoax, Cutter and his assistant, Stephen Hart, stumble upon evidence that something roughly the size and weight of a dinosaur has been active in the forest. Recently laid-off zoo employee Abby Maitland, following up on a letter from a young boy who needs help with an unusual lizard, makes a house call and discovers that the lizard in question is a new species. Asking the creature’s owner to show her where it was found, Abby also wanders into the Forest of Dean, stumbling upon Cutter’s expedition just as an enormous creature moves past them. The discovery of a glowing portal, hanging in the air, throws Cutter’s entire conception of science into chaos: the portal leads to what appears to be prehistoric Earth, from which the creatures – both large and small – are originating. The British government soon gets involved, over Cutter’s objections; the scientist now thinks his missing wife (long presumed dead) may have wandered through one of the anomalies, and intends to explore the past and look for her. The government, in the person of Sir James Lester, is far more interested in sealing off what could be the biggest threat to public safety ever known.

Order the SeriesDownload this episodewritten by Adrian Hodges
directed by Cilla Ware
music by Dominik Scherrer

PrimevalCast: Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter), James Murray (Stephen Hart), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), John Voce (Tim Parker), Mike Goodenough (Dave Greene), Gail Kemp (Mary Trent), Jack Montgomery (Ben Trent), Lucy Brown (Claudia Brown), Mark Wakeling (Capt. Tom Ryan), Ben Miller (Sir James Lester), Jane Cameron (Teacher)

Notes: Devised by Adrian Hodge and Tim Haines, creators and producers of the popular Walking With Dinosaurs documentary series, Primeval not only offered a new venue for the realistic CGI dinosaurs that had become a hallmark of their work, but was also ITV’s most popular attempt to create a science fiction series to rival the BBC’s revival of Doctor Who. Ironically, it was BBC America that gave Primeval exposure in the US.

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Episode 2

PrimevalBelieving that he’s sighted his missing wife Helen alive and well, Nick Cutter begins obsessively scouring her written research notes, looking for any vague mention of the anomalies that he wouldn’t have recognized before. Connor learns of a possible sighting of huge prehistoric bugs in the Underground system, and talks Abby into joining him to investigate. This irritates Cutter, who decides that Connor is too young and inexperienced to stay on the team. But when the rumors of giant insects in the Underground turns out to be true, Lester sends in the Special Forces, who are promptly driven back to the surface. Cutter, Abby and Stephen investigate for themselves, and quickly discover that the biggest and deadliest of the bugs has yet to make an appearance…

Order the SeriesDownload this episodewritten by Adrian Hodges
directed by Cilla Ware
music by Dominik Scherrer

PrimevalCast: Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter), James Murray (Stephen Hart), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Ben Miller (Sir James Lester), Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown), Stephanie Street (Dr. Lewis), Mark Wakeling (Capt. Tom Ryan)

Notes: At the end of the first Special Forces visit to the bug-infested Underground, see if you can “spot” the famous Wilhelm scream over the two-way radio.

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Episode 3

PrimevalCutter and the his loosely-organized ad hoc anomaly response team are called in to what seems like the murder of a man at a swimming pool, except that there’s no body. As unlikely as it seems, Cutter’s theory is that a prehistoric aquatic beast is involved, by way of an intermittent underwater anomaly that changes positions. At a nearby reservoir and swimming area, a creature is sighted again, and it deposits the remains of the missing swimmer for all to see. Cutter and Stephen lead a team of divers to find the anomaly underwater, only to see a diver accidentally pass through it, followed by the creature. Cutter theorizes that the anomaly could be shifting positions along a “temporal fault line,” an idea that meets with disbelief from Lester. When the missing diver’s body is recovered, with yet another hint that Helen is alive, Cutter can no longer keep his search for her a secret.

Order the SeriesDownload this episodewritten by Adrian Hodges
directed by Cilla Ware
music by Dominik Scherrer

PrimevalCast: Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter), James Murray (Stephen Hart), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Ben Miller (Sir James Lester), Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown), Andrew French (Detective Inspector), Mark Wakeling (Captain Ryan), Pascale Burgess (Jane Dexter), Jake Curran (Tom), James Bradshaw (Duncan), Aled Pugh (Plumber)

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Episode 4

PrimevalBrought back to modern-day London by force, Helen Cutter is ordered held by Lester for questioning. Helen makes a threat – prehistoric creatures will be unleashed into London unless she is allowed to go back through an anomaly. She leads the team straight to one and then bolts and runs through the anomaly, leading them to a prehistoric hillside where dozens of anomalies lead – the nexus point of time travel. Helen disappears, but there’s a new problem: a small flock of dodos waddle into the present day, bringing with them a parasitic infection that modern medicine can’t hope to contain. One of Connor’s college roommates becomes patient zero.

Order the SeriesDownload this episodewritten by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle
directed by Jamie Payne
music by Dominik Scherrer

PrimevalCast: Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter), James Murray (Stephen Hart), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Ben Miller (Sir James Lester), Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown), Manjeet Mann (Mrs. Davis), Amaar Sardharwalla (Small Boy), Mark Wakeling (Captain Ryan), Jake Curran (Tom), James Bradshaw (Duncan), Billy Carter (Doctor)

Notes: Connor says his Thursday nights with Tom and Duncan used to consist of “Battlestar Galactica, Blake’s 7, and pepperoni pizza.” Which doesn’t sound bad, really.

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Episode 5

PrimevalSightings, and a grisly death, at a golf course confirm that a new prehistoric predator is on the loose. After tranquilizing a large pteradon and finding that it has eaten no human meat recently, Cutter and Stephen find the culprit soon enough: a flock of small pterodactyl-like creatures that feasts on victims en masse, following the scent of blood if any is spilled. Unfortunately, Cutter’s government liaison (and Lester’s reluctant underling), Claudia Brown, has been injured, making her the new meal of choice for the creatures. Just when Claudia believes she’s about to die, she is helped by the last person she expected to see.

PrimevalOrder the Serieswritten by Chris Lang
directed by Jamie Payne
music by Dominik Scherrer

Download this episodeCast: Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter), James Murray (Stephen Hart), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Ben Miller (Sir James Lester), Ike Hamilton (Andy), Mat Curtis (Jeff), Mark Wakeling (Captain Tom Ryan), Adam G. Goodwin (Medic)

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Episode 6

PrimevalAnother string of deaths and disappearances is the first clue of another deadly predator from the anomaly, but this time Helen Cutter arrives to offer her help. This time, the team’s adversary is very different: it’s a highly-evolved hunter from the future, a revelation which startles Cutter, who assumed that all of the anomalies led to the distant past. Worse yet, it’s a hunter following the scent of a very specific prey – Helen herself – so her willingness to help is hardly a gesture of goodwill toward Cutter or his team. Cutter’s increasing attachment to Claudia also seems to irritate Helen, who strikes back with the revelation that she had a brief affair with Stephen even while she was married. It’s only when Cutter agrees to accompany Helen through the anomaly in an attempt to lead the predator back to its native time zone that he realizes it’s all another scheme of Helen’s. Cutter barely survives this trip to the past, and when he returns, he’s the only one who remembers a woman named Claudia Brown.

Order the SeriesDownload this episodewritten by Adrian Hodges
directed by Jamie Payne
music by Dominik Scherrer

PrimevalCast: Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter), James Murray (Stephen Hart), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Ben Miller (Sir James Lester), Mark Wakeling (Captain Ryan), John Voce (Tim Parker)

Notes: Not just one, but two “Wilhelm screams” can be heard in the course of the bloody encounter with the future predator. The “future camp” was glimpsed, complete with the partly-unearthed skull of its unfortunate victim, in the series premiere.

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