Production is now underway in Ireland on the new installment of ITV’s hit cult series ‘Primeval’. 13 new episodes of the sci-fi drama will film on location here until early November.
The new series will feature the return of stars from the previous series including Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee Potts,Ben Miller and Ben Mansfield. Irish talent joining the cast include Ciarán McMenamin (Outcast, One Hundred Mornings) and Ruth Kearney (Shark City) who play new characters Matt and Jess respectively. James Bradshaw (Brideshead Revisted), who appeared in the first series of ‘Primeval’, also returns as Duncan.
Beginning 22nd of March shooting will continue until November 2010 on locations around Dublin and Wicklow. Locations Manager Dermot Cleary confirms the first block will see filming in Powerscourt Estate, The O2, Dublin port, Grand Canal Dock and Park West Business Park.
A lineup of top directors will work on ‘Primeval’ with series three veterans Mark Everest and Cilla Ware beginning the helmer rota and more directors’ names will be confirmed at a later date. Production design is by Michael Ralph (Silent Witness) with costumes designed by Irish designer Gaby Rooney (Wardrobe Assistant, My Boy Jack).
Irish DOP Donal Gilligan (Omagh, Dead Bodies) will photograph the series using cameras supplied by Panavision Ireland. Cine Electric has provided lighting with editing facilities serviced by Windmill Lane. Framestore CFC will continue their collaboration on special effects with Richard Cox editing the series in-house.
A team of twelve screenwriters have worked on the drama with series four picking up several months after the explosive conclusion to series three, which saw characters Danny, Connor and Abby stranded in different time periods.
A UK/Ireland/Germany co-production, ‘Primeval’ avails of Ireland’s attractive Section 481 incentives with support from the Irish Film Board. The series is produced by Jim Bradley of Impossible Pictures and Rob Walpole for the Irish based Treasure Entertainment. Series four will screen on ITV1 from 2011 with series five continuing on UKTV’s new entertainment pay TV Channel, Watch. The producers have worked closely with BBC Worldwide to implement a new funding strategy for the series, in which BBC America, which has acquired previous series for broadcast in the US, joins Germany’s Pro7 as a co-production partner for the new episodes.
Tim Haines, Creative Director of Impossible Pictures Ltd, said: “I am thrilled that ITV has agreed to this new deal which will allow Impossible Pictures to produce another 13 episodes of Primeval. The confidence demonstrated in the programme's continued success here and abroad will help us bring more big screen action and a whole host of new creatures roaring back into people's living rooms.”
Excitement continues for the new series with Paul Moreton, Channel Head of Watch, commenting: “We are really excited to be part of this truly innovative deal that guarantees the continuation of this fantastically entertaining series. I know Primeval is going to be a massive hit with Watch viewers and the perfect complement to other popular sci-fi dramas such as Doctor Who and Torchwood.”