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Primeval: Series 4 (2 Discs)

Released on 21 February 2011

Featuring: Ruth Kearney, Ben Mansfield & Ciarán McMenamin

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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A year after the death of Johnson, the ARC face their most terrifying challenges yet, with the disappearance of Abby, Connor and Danny still troubling the team. Thrilling from start to finish, Primeval: Series 4 is arguably the strongest season yet from the smash-hit UK show.

It's one year on and following the death of Johnson, the ARC has been shaken by the long-term disappearance of Abby, Connor and team leader Danny. The government has appointed entrepreneurial-scientist Philip Burton to take charge of the operation, with a brand new building and new team. Ex-soldier and zoologist Matt, the highly efficient if unconventional Jess, the mysterious Gideon and anomaly-travelling Ethan all join the team, but are they ready for the challenges ahead?

As Connor and Abby finally escape the terrifying creatures of the Cretaceous to an uncertain welcome back at the ARC, Danny continues to fight his way through a Pliocene age Rift Valley, desperate to return to the team with a vital secret that will change their whole outlook.

With a new team and new creature threats, the ARC team are facing their toughest challenges yet...

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As with series three of Primeval, series four is very hit and miss. Firstly, theres yet another new set of characters to get used to, although this is worked nicely into the cliff-hanger from series three. It does however mean that we are given a slightly wooden new lead man Matt (Ciaran McMenamin) and the initially annoying but beautiful Jess (Ruth Kearney) yet over time these characters do start to develop, especially Matt whose mysterious storyline is quite intriguing. As well as this, Alexander Siddig shows up now and again in a slightly underused role that appears to be that of the new villain, which makes a nice change from the constant return of Helen Cutter which was becoming quite boring and pantomime. In terms of regulars, Andrew Lee Potts is back as Connor and Ben Miller is also back as James Lester, both of whom steal the show, with Connor getting some decent mature character development. Hannah Spearitt is also back as Abby, who sadly this time around, doesnt seem to do much and in all honesty is quite boring this series. Recurring characters Emily (the stunning and talented Ruth Bradley) and Ethan (Jonathyn Byrne) are strong supporting actors but sadly arent given much to do this series until the brilliant finale.

Next theres the production of the series, which appears to take place solely on an industrial estate in Ireland (where the series is now filmed) or in the surrounding buildings where there are little to no extras which makes things hard to believe when the series is supposed to be taking place in London. As well as this the creature of the week storylines seem to dominate the series with the anomaly investigation taking second place and only becoming prominent in the final few episodes, which is a disappointment as the monster of the week angle is getting very tired now after three plus series. In addition to this most of the monsters this series all appear to be (look) the same, which makes it look and feel quite boring and repetitive. There is however a good side story of the time travellers coming through various anomalies which adds a different if underdeveloped angle to the series that comes to a decent enough cliff-hanger. In terms of episode highlight, episode two and episode seven are easily best with the latter being the finale which is one of the best episodes of the show in a long while.

Overall this is a decent enough series with some strong elements with boring or dull characters like Sarah Page from series three being gotten rid of, some strong character development for the longer term residents, some decent enough new characters, some funny humour, the return of some old faces for continuity, some anomaly investigation, a couple of very strong episodes, a new fresh villain with a mysterious agenda and a strong ending. It does however suffer with some things that are quite frankly unforgivable. Firstly it all appears to be shot in the same place, with little to no support in the form of character extras and secondly the monster storylines seem to be taking priority with the anomalies coming second which is becoming tedious and boring after chasing creatures around for over three series. However, giving the excellent cliff-hanger this series it looks like were moving into something darker and anomaly related which is good but I just hope the writers and producers can up the production values and inject some fun and entertainment back into the show like we had with series one and two and first part of series three as this is what seems to be missing as of late.


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this series was the comeback of PRIMEVAL and for the die hard fans of it it was very good. I just feel however that Laila Rouass was really missed as she was a great addition in series 3.Her supposed "death" was a little clumsy. Shame she quit, not gotten rid of as a previous reviewer thought. Douglas Henshall is also still missed. Some of the new members were extremely wooden. Apart from that ok.

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Series 4 is without a doubt the best yet, it steps up completely with several story arcs and questions running throughout the episodes. Can't wait for series 5!

 Keep the Creatues Coming!

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I watched the new series on TV and I'm definately going to own the series 4 box-set as soon as it comes out!
The new series gives you everything you expect from Primeval: the team, the problems, the person trying to rip the world apart, but most of all the anomalies and the creatues.
The series is by far my favourite of the 4, and I love new additions Jess and Matt. The whole team is tied together, and they've covered every base possible. Once again, the makers of Primeval have done an outstanding job.

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ActorsRuth Kearney, Ben Mansfield, Ciarán McMenamin, Ben Miller, Andrew Lee Potts, Alexander Siddig & Hannah Spearritt
Certificate12 years and over
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.