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Oxford's finest, DC Morse, is back where he belongs in Endeavour's solid series 3 opening episode...

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3.1 Ride

Endeavour’s second series ended its run back in April 2014, leaving us desperate to find out how the events of its final episode would be resolved. We last saw the young Endeavour Morse in prison, falsely accused of the murder of Chief Constable Standish. His mentor, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, was at death’s door after his shooting by the real killer, corrupt Assistant Chief Constable Deare. Would Morse be freed, and would Thursday survive the attack? The first of those questions wasn’t too hard to answer for long-time fans of the future Inspector Morse, but the second was considerably more troubling.

Ride begins in summer 1967, a year after the events of series two. It’s a relief to find Thursday alive and back on duty,
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Theatre Review: Great Britain

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Richard Bean

Starring: Lucy Punch, Iain Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Ben Mansfield, Andrew Woodall, Rupert Vansittart, Dermot Crowley, Robert Glenister, William Chubb.

Synopsis: Set in a fast paced, quick talking news room, Great Britain follows an ambitious news editor who stumbles across the ability to hack phones.

Great Britain arrives at The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the back of some wonderful exposure and a lot of love pushed towards its satirical take on the world of Britain today. ‘Press. Police. Politics’ is the tagline, and each one is deconstructed and overblown to the point of absurd comedy that has a worrying sense of truth behind it all.

Richard Bean’s play is certainly a brave and bold attack on the British media and other such institutions, but it’s also something we are all aware of. There are many times when the script dances into serious territory,
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Preview: McM Comic Con / Memorabilia Birmingham

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This weekend (November 23rd & 24th) sees the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there on the Saturday, checking out what’s happening at one of the UK’s biggest conventions. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, ok, so some of you may still be undecided, so let me tempt you with a rundown of just some highlights of the guests attending the event this weekend…

Red Dwarf Reunion – Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer); Hattie Hayridge (Holly); Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) from much-loved British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Quadrophenia Reunion – Stars Phil Daniels (Jimmy); Toyah Willcox (Monkey) and Daniel Peacock (Danny) celebrate the ultimate mod movie, based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera.

Richard Donat and Kate Kelton from popular sci-fi series Haven. Donat plays Vince Teagues, leader of The
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Primeval Volume Three

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Thank goodness the wicked Helen did not bring about the end of mankind and civilization as we knew it. This meant the characters of ITV’s Primeval could come back for a fresh go-round. The show took a breather after the third season ended in 2009 and came back in seven and six episode arcs, making for abbreviated fourth and fifth seasons respectively and they are now available as a combined third volume in either standard DVD or, for the first time, as a Blu-ray option from BBC Video.

I find myself enjoying the series more for the characters than the writing, which either leaves holes as big as the anomalies the heroes deal with or are overly convoluted, leaving me wishing for a happy middle ground.

Season three ended with three of our heroes – Connor Temple (Andrew Lee Potts), Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt), and Danny Quinn (Jason Flemyng) – trapped in
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TV on DVD Round-up: ‘The Adventures of Merlin,’ ‘An Idiot Abroad,’ ‘Primeval’

Chicago – We’re back with another DVD Round-up of recently released titles that may catch your attention when you’re browsing the DVD store this week. (Do they still have DVD stores?) This time, read this entire piece aloud in a British accent. Once again, these round-ups are designed as informative, to let you know about releases that might not get as much attention and what special features to expect if you pick them up. Having said that, this is a particularly strong round-up. Ricky Gervais, Camelot, and dinosaurs? You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

All three titles were released on January 10th, 2012.

The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season”

The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season

Photo credit: BBC

Available: DVD

Starring: Bradley James, Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, Richard Wilson, Colin Morgan, Anthony Head, and the voice of John Hurt.
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Primeval Series 5 Hits BBC America This November +Episode Guide

Primeval will return to BBC America this November with six episodes beginning on Nov 12. The season stars Ciarán McMenamin, Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Mansfield, Ruth Kearney, Ben Miller, Alexander Siddig, Janice Byrne and Ruth Bradley. When rips in time, called anomalies, started opening across the UK, dangerous creatures from the past and future began appearing in the most unexpected places, endangering lives and putting the whole of humanity at risk. A crack team of specialists were appointed to deal with these “creature incursions,” creating the Anomaly Research Center (Arc), which has now become privatized. This season an underground creature causes chaos to a city, a nuclear submarine encounters an anomaly in the sea and a raptor roams the same streets of the infamous murderer Spring Heeled Jack in Victorian London. Episodes: Episode 1 An underground creature brings chaos to a city, forcing the team to chase around its streets
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TV Review: Primeval, 5.1

As part of ITV’s co-financing deal with BBC America, Germany’s Pro Sieben and UKTV, that allowed the return of their axed sci-fi drama Primeval, it’s UKTV’s digital channel Watch who receive the British premiere of series 5. This results in mixed fortunes: loyal fans get new episodes mere months after series 4 ended on ITV, but it’s no longer accessible to everyone and isn’t being simulcast in HD. It also strikes me as odd that Watch have moved Primeval from its customary Saturday timeslot, as I suspect they could have lured a sizeable post-Doctor Who audience their way…

Regardless of the business decisions behind its scheduling, Primeval itself remains a frustrating sci-fi series that’s never achieved its huge potential to be Stargate-meets-Jurassic Park. Its fans are eager to excuse its failings on grounds Primeval‘s never trying to be anything more than a romp with impressive-for-television CGI,
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female gazing at: Ben Mansfield

Primeval Series 4 is out on Region 2 DVD this week. Which reminds me that I need to see Series 4 of Primeval. Because it has dinosaurs and Ben Mansfield, and so needs nothing else to be perfect. My, what a big gun Mansfield has! Seems like I’m not the only one who likes Mansfield’s enormous gun. I found the next image via the the Internet Movie Firearms Database, which actually exists: Mansfield hasn’t done much except Primeval, so it’s tough to find images of him that aren’t from the show. But here’s a peek at him on the set, holding something other than a gun: I’m posting pictures like these every weekday, of a man who is attractive and desirable, because I like to look, dammit -- and because the female gaze doesn’t have to be such serious business. (If you have a suggestion
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Primeval Episode Five Teaser From The New Season Four!

Connor and Abby are sent to investigate an odd anomaly signal, and uncover the existence of an ancient Labyrinthodont in a small coastal town. While trying to track it down, they discover a group of farmers smuggling dangerous fuel. Back at the Arc, Matt sets out to find Emily after her mysterious disappearance. Stars: Jason Flemyng as Danny Quinn Andrew-Lee Potts as Connor Temple Hannah Spearritt as Abby Maitland Ben Miller as James Lester James Bradshaw as Duncan Ben Mansfield as Hilary Becker Lucy Brown as Jenny Lewis Ciarán McMenamin as Matt Anderson. Ruth Kearney as Jess Parker. Alexander Siddig as Philip Burton. Ruth Bradley as Emily Merchant. Anton Lesser as Gideon. Jonathan Byrne as Ethan Dobrowski. LEEE777 - Primeval episode five airs tonight on BBC America 9/8c and ITV 1 at 7pm.
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Mansfield hints at 'Primeval' romance

Mansfield hints at 'Primeval' romance
Primeval star Ben Mansfield has confirmed that Becker's relationship with Jess (Ruth Kearney) will develop throughout the fourth series. The actor told SFX that the "spark" between the pair will progress into something more in future episodes. "She has a bit of a crush on Becker... and [he] reciprocates that as well, in his slightly emotionally retarded way. Having lost [the old team] I think he's reluctant to get close to anyone quickly." He continued: "There's a physical attraction there, but not something (more)
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TV Review: Primeval, 4.1

The opening titles of Primeval involve triangular shards of light with various dinosaurs and monsters emblazoned on them, synchronized with the appearance of each cast member’s credit. This speaks volumes about the show itself, which has always placed an emphasis on CGI beasties over characterization and acting.

Primeval suffered an extinction event in summer 2009, when ITV decided to cancel the expensive series in the face of strong ratings, because of financial difficulties. In a remarkable rescue, the show was revived by ITV agreeing to split production costs between three partners: UKTV (who’ll premiere series 5 on Watch), BBC America and the German broadcaster ProSieben. It’s great to see a TV show survive death thanks to some business creativity, to benefit the millions who enjoy it, but Primeval is unfortunately a series that remains more of a special-effects showreel than a compelling action drama.

One big problem is the casting,
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Hannah Spearritt spills the beans on new series of Primeval

Former pop star Hannah Spearritt says fans will be impressed by the comeback of Primeval.

In a new interview, she reveals how the primetime show has been revamped for its return to the screen - and also takes us behind the scenes on her relationship with co-star Andrew-Lee Potts.

When the dinosaur drama was cancelled after three series, it wasn't only the fans who were shocked. Hannah Spearritt, who plays Abby, says she was left stunned too.

"It was a tough time for everybody - there were a few shows that were unfortunately dropped because of the credit crunch," says the 29-year-old.

"It was bizarre because when we spoke to people on the street there was a sense that the public really believed in the show."

Spearritt took advantage of her time off by enjoying what she calls "life time".

"I was doing loads of stuff for the house, an ongoing project of mine,
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Primeval Returns To UK And Us TV In January!

After the rumor that the very cool BBC show Primeval got the cancel boot we now have an early Christmas present saying the show returns for a Season 4 on January 1st, 2011 in the UK and here in the Us. This makes me happy and we all know we need to keep me happy! Who's all pumped about the show returning? From the Press Release:

New Year’s Day marks a new beginning for acclaimed series "Primeval", when it premieres in the Us on BBC America, the same day as its UK broadcast. Returning to screens thanks to a unique international collaboration, including new co-producer BBC America, the seven-episode Season 4 delivers ambitious adventures and opens the franchise to new audiences. From the creators of "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Survivors", "Primeval" sees the arrival of new faces and headquarters along with the surprise return of some notable guest stars from earlier seasons.
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Primeval Returning to the Airwaves on January 1, 2011, in Both the UK and the Us!

We're well aware that the UK's awesomely fun TV series "Primeval" is more sci-fi than horror, but damnit, it's full of dinosaurs and tons of other scary creatures so while we'll not be covering it full-time here on DC, we do want to make our readers aware of its return to the airwaves in Both the UK and the Us simultaneously on January 1, 2011.

From the Press Release:

New Year’s Day marks a new beginning for acclaimed series "Primeval", when it premieres in the Us on BBC America, the same day as its UK broadcast. Returning to screens thanks to a unique international collaboration, including new co-producer BBC America, the seven-episode Season 4 delivers ambitious adventures and opens the franchise to new audiences. From the creators of "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Survivors", "Primeval" sees the arrival of new faces and headquarters along with the surprise return of some notable guest stars from earlier seasons.
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BBC America Reveals Primeval Premiere Date

Seems like BBC America will be the place to park your tellys on during the holiday season this year.

After announcing that this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, appropriately titled "A Christmas Carol," will air on Christmas Day, the same day as the U.K. broadcast, BBC America will give the U.S. audience the same treatment with the revival/season four premiere of Primeval, which will air on New Year's Day on both sides of the pond.

The new season of Primeval will pick up a year after the events of the third season cliffhanger that left fans in an uproar after the show was canceled. Well, thank God for second chances...

Here's a synopsis from the press release with a trailer to follow:

When rips in time called anomalies started opening across the UK, dangerous creatures from the past and future began appearing in the most unexpected places,
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Primeval to return

'Primeval' is to return for a fourth and fifth series. The sci-fi drama - which follows a group of scientists as they battle prehistoric creatures - has been commissioned to return to TV screens in 2011 as part of a joint venture between ITV1 and UKTV. Viewers will see three new characters join the cast - Matt (Ciaran McMenamin), Jess (Ruth Kearney) and Captain Becker (Ben Mansfield) - with stars Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt) returning as ''very different'' people after getting stuck in the past at the end of series three. Hannah explained: ''Connor and Abby are very different people, but ..
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TV News: Primeval, Dexter, Office, Minds

Primeval

The four-month shoot in Dublin for the seven-episode fourth season of the previously cancelled British sci-fi series "Primeval" has just wrapped reports Den of Geek.

It was almost a year ago ITV announced the axing of the series after its third season due to production costs. A deal was then worked out between ITV, German television company ProSieben, UKTV and BBC Worldwide to fund two further seasons of the show. The six-episode fifth season is already in production and will wrap in November.

ITV1 will broadcast season four in early 2011, while UKTV’s new entertainment pay TV channel 'Watch' will premiere the fifth season later that year before its run on ITV1. Both seasons will be broadcast in HD.

Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee-Potts, Ben Miller, Jason Flemyng, Lucy Brown and Ben Mansfield have all returned to the show. New cast members incorporated over the fourth and fifth season include Alexander Siddig,
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'Primeval' series four filming finishes

'Primeval' series four filming finishes
The cast of Primeval have finished filming the upcoming fourth series. The show was originally cancelled by ITV but was later revived when the channel teamed up with UKTV, BBC America and German broadcaster ProSieben. Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee-Potts, Ben Miller, Jason Flemyng, Lucy Brown and Ben Mansfield have all returned to the show, while new cast members include Alexander Siddig, Ciarán McMenamin, Ruth Bradley, Jonathan Byrne, Anton Lesser and Ruth Kearney. The programme's executive producer Tim Haines said: "The cast and crew have been brilliant and they have put in a huge effort (more)
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ITV confirms new 'Primeval' cast

ITV confirms new 'Primeval' cast
Ciarán McMenamin, Alexander Siddig and Ruth Kearney are among the new faces joining the cast of Primeval, ITV has announced. Last year, the Saturday night show was recommissioned for a seven-episode fourth run and a six-episode fifth under a new co-production deal between ITV and UKTV. Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Ben Miller (James Lester) and Ben Mansfield (Captain Becker) will be reprising their roles but the story sees the Arc recruiting new members to take the place of their alter egos after they became trapped in the past at the end of season three. The premieres of seasons four and five of Primeval will be split between ITV1 and UKTV’s new entertainment pay TV channel Watch. ITV1 will be the first to broadcast season four in early 2011, while Watch will premiere the fifth run later (more)
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TV News: Closer, Dead, Primeval, Who

The Closer

Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica") will return for no less than five episodes for the show's upcoming sixth season says Entertainment Weekly.

McDonnell will reprise her role as Captain Sharon Raydor which she played in three episodes last season, and will become a wedge between Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) and Pope (J.K. Simmons).

The sixth season kicks off on TNT in July.

Walking Dead

AMC have officially ordered a six-episode first season of the zombie drama says The Hollywood Reporter with Jonny Lee Miller ("Mindhunters," "Eli Stone") in talks to play the lead says Bloody Disgusting.

Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic, Miller would play Rick Grimes, a police officer who leads a group of zombie survivors in search of a safe place to live during the apocalypse.

Shooting begins this June in Atlanta for a premiere in October.

Primeval

Shooting kicked off last week in Ireland on the resurrected
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