Let season three of Primeval finally be known as the point when it managed to fully gel together. Unfairly dismissed in recent years as ITV’s attempt to rival the BBC’s Doctor Who juggernaut, and also as a monster of the week blockbuster, the show’s third series adds plenty of meat to the proverbial bones.
At heart, Primeval remains vibrant Saturday night entertainment, and very good entertainment at that. Each episode is action-packed, and boasts steadily improving special effects, as different creatures from time continue to appear in the present day. However, for Nick Cutter and his team, there’s a deeper problem, with a conspiracy to uncover alongside the various monsters to survive.
And it’s the underlying narrative that really strengthens this series of Primeval. Taken aside, the individual episodes are welcome slices of entertainment in their own right. But as Cutter and his team begin to unravel things around them, the show builds up to a compelling and interesting climax. It’s, as a result, an increasingly confident show, and one that’s willing and capable when it comes to throwing major twists and turns into the pot. With rumours now of a big screen version in the works, Primeval goes from strength to strength, and season four simply can’t come soon enough. --Jon Foster
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