« "Anomalies are starting to appear; doorways in time to worlds we can barely imagine. The Anomalies are conclusive proof that the past exists, in a fourth dimension as real and solid as those we already know. Our job is to predict and contain them." »
Nick Cutter in the Series 1 recaps.

Series 1 of Primeval is the first series of the original British Primeval television programme. Series 1 focuses primarily on Nick Cutter's team's mission to predict and control the Anomalies and learn why they are happening, and on Cutter's search for answers about the disappearance of his wife Helen.


Eight years after his wife Helen disappeared, evolutionary zoologist Professor Nick Cutter - along with his friend Stephen Hart, his geeky student Connor Temple, zookeeper Abby Maitland, Special Forces leader Captain Tom Ryan, and government officials James Lester and Claudia Brown - discovers that mysterious rifts in time and space called Anomalies are allowing creature from across Earth's history to run rampant in the present; and the group subsequently become a Home Office research team tasked with predicting the Anomalies and containing the creatures which come through them, and learning more about the Anomalies and why they are happening.

However, Cutter secretly has an agenda of his own about the Anomaly operation: as the team investigate the Anomalies, Cutter begins to find more clues that imply his long-missing wife Helen is alive and living in the past on the other sides of the Anomalies. The rest of the team eventually learn of this, and that Helen is indeed alive and in the past, but she has been greatly changed by her time there and her study into the Anomalies, and the team are uncertain which side she is on. Eventually, Helen seemingly allies with the team to find and contain a future Anomaly located the past and to combat a deadly predator from the future which is on a killing spree in the present; but while Nick and Helen are searching in the past for the future Anomaly, Nick discovers that Helen only wanted to find the Anomaly and see the future, and after Captain Ryan is killed, Nick returns to the present. However, there, Cutter finds that Claudia Brown has been erased from the timeline while he and Helen were in the past.


Serial Number Promo Image Writer/s Director Air date Overall
1.1 Gallery 2 (11) Adrian Hodges Cilla Ware 10 February 2007 1
A sighting of a large predator leads scientist Nick Cutter and his team to the Forest of Dean - the same forest his wife disappeared into eight years ago. While searching, they find other strange beasts and a rip in time leading to the Late Permian Period.
1.2 Gallery 2 (23) Adrian Hodges Cilla Ware 17 February 2007 2
When a giant spider attacks in the London Underground, Cutter's team decends into the maze of tunnels to investigate. However, there are more than spiders lurking in the darkness and soon the team comes face to face with an even more ferocious creature.
1.3 Gallery 2 (30) Adrian Hodges Cilla Ware 24 February 2007 3
An ancient, vicious sea monster attacks a lifegaurd but when the anomaly disappears and reopens several miles away in a reservoir, Cutter realises the key to the Anomalies may lie with his long-lost wife. He must travel through time in a desperate attempt to find her and bring her back to the present.
1.4 Gallery 2 (87) Richard Kurti,
Bev Doyle
Jamie Payne 3 March 2007 4
Helen is captured and interrogated by the Home Office. Elesewhere, a flock of Dodos come through an Anomaly bringing a deadly Parasite with them. Connor's friends steal one, leading to Tom becoming infected and Cutter and the team must find him before they have a pandemic on their hands.
1.5 Gallery 2 (16) Chris Lang Jamie Payne 10 March 2007 5
A golfer is apparently killed by a Pteranodon and the team argues over whether to kill it or send it back to the past. When Connor and Abby trek into the forest to find Rex, they quickly learn that the Pteranodon did not come alone.
1.6 Gallery 2 (17) Adrian Hodges Jamie Payne 17 March 2007 6
Helen returns and informs the team of a highly evolved predator from the Future is attacking people in the present, and even worse, breeding. To find the Future Anomaly, Helen and Cutter travel back into the past, but their journey through time causes unexpected and radical changes to the present.

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Primeval Series 1 received largely positive reception and acclaim, with critics praising the special effects, the deepening and compelling plots and storylines and the solid character development.


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