Primeval Logo Episode 3.5

by Catherine Linstrum
and Paul Mousley
Primeval Cast

When an anomaly opens in the luxury Thames-side flat of financier Sir Richard Bentley, his assistant, Lloyd, mistakes the portal for an expensive work of abstract art. Stepping through, Lloyd is transported to a hot, damp world, where a large mass of fungus releases a spray of spores into his face. Stumbling back to Sir Richard’s flat, the infected Lloyd vomits up mores spores, before something drags him back through the portal… Returning to his apartment Sir Richard comes into contact with the spores – and as the financier sets off for the city in his chauffeur-driven car, the fungus quickly starts to take over his body… At the A.R.C., Lester discovers that Connor has temporarily set up home in his laboratory while Abby’s brother stays for a visit at their flat. When an alarm sounds Captain Becker and his soldiers swiftly locate the intruder: Danny Quinn, who has broken into the facility to ask Lester for a job. Lester’s day continues to get worse: not only has one of Connor’s pet Diictodons escaped and chewed through the Anomaly Detector’s power cable, but Christine Johnson has come for a visit, accompanied by her colleagues Captain Wilder and Mark Baker. Elsewhere, Jenny is shaken by the discovery of a photograph of Claudia Brown in a box of Cutter’s personal possessions – proof that she was once someone else. Having repaired the A.D., Connor learns that an anomaly appeared while the machine was offline; he, Abby, Jenny and Captain Becker immediately race to Sir Richard’s flat, where they find traces of the highly contagious fungus. While Jenny, Abby and Becker go in search of the financier, Connor returns to the A.R.C. to analyse the spores; but when Connor steps out of his lab for a moment, Mark Baker seizes the opportunity to sneak inside to do some snooping – he too becomes infected by the fungus, and as the mould consumes his body with frightening speed, Baker is transformed into a giant, ferocious, mould-creature. Jenny, Abby and Becker track Sir Richard to a busy train station, only to lose him amongst the crowds; wracked with pain, the contaminated financier stumbles outside and seeks refuge in the sewer tunnels beneath the city, where he quickly becomes another of the vicious fungus creatures. Learning of the monster now menacing the A.R.C., Jenny and her team realise that they have just minutes to find Sir Richard – otherwise the voracious fungus will spread, infecting millions of new hosts…

Jason Flemying (Danny Quinn), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Lucy Brown (Jenny Lewis), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Laila Rouass (Doctor Sarah Page), Juliet Aubrey (Helen Cutter), Ben Miller (James Peregrine Lester), Ben Mansfield (Captain Becker), Belinda Stewart-Wilson (Christine Johnson), Alex Sweeney (Captain Wilder), William Scott-Mason (Sir Richard Bentley), Theo Cross (Lloyd), Terrance Magrund (Chauffeur), Mark Leadbetter (Mark Baker)

Directed by Mark Everest
Produced by Tim Bradley
Executive Producer Tim Haines, Adrian Hodges and Cameron McAllister
An Impossible Pictures production for ITV / ProSeiben

25th April 2009 @ 7:00 pm

*Featuring Connor Temple, Abby Maitland, Doctor Sarah Page, Jenny Lewis, Captain Becker, James Lester and Danny Quinn