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Fandom: Primeval

A guide to Primeval on Livejournal


Primeval is a British TV show that first aired in 2007. It centres around the discovery of “anomalies”, rips in the fabric of time and space, that allow creatures such as dinosaurs from the past, as well as creatures from the future to appear in the present. Naturally this causes all sorts of problems and the show follows a team of scientists and government officials as they attempt to keep the anomalies a secret from the general public, protect the innocent from rampaging dinosaurs and discover exactly why the anomalies are occurring.



In the first series the team is made up of Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall), a Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the fictional Central Metropolitan University, his lab assistant Stephen Hart (James Murray), one of his students, Connor Temple (Andrew-Lee Potts), a zookeeper they meet at the first anomaly site Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt) and Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown) a civil servant employed by the Home Office to debunk the creature sightings. Other important characters include James Lester (Ben Miller) a senior Home Office official tasked with keeping the anomalies out of the public eye, Captain Tom Ryan (Mark Wakeling) in charge of the Special Forces team assigned to the project, and Helen Cutter (Juliet Aubrey), Cutter’s estranged wife who was presumed missing at the beginning of the show but who we quickly learn has more to do with the anomalies than anyone expected.

At the end of series one/beginning of series two the timeline is changed because of something done in the past. This leads to the team now working out of the Anomaly Research Centre (the ARC) headed up by Lester and new team members such as Oliver Leek (Karl Theobald) and Jenny Lewis (Lucy Brown).

More characters were introduced in series three as the team dealt with the fallout of catastrophic events from the first two series and continued to try and work out how the anomalies worked and more importantly, how to stop them. These new characters included Captain Becker (Ben Mansfield) who took over military security for the team, Sarah Page (Laila Rouass) an Egyptologist brought in to trace the myths that can be put down to anomaly incursions and Danny Quinn (Jason Flemyng) an ex-policeman who's still haunted by the loss of his brother through an anomaly years ago.

Primeval was cancelled by ITV on 15 June 2009 but managed to claw its way back in 2011 and series 4 and series 5 continued the adventures of the ARC team, joined by new characters such as Matt Anderson (Ciarán McMenamin), Jess Parker (Ruth Kearney), Emily Merchant (Ruth Bradley) and Philip Burton (Alexander Siddig) as well as some old favourites. There seems little hope of a series 6, especially given that a Canadian spin-off, Primeval: New World, lasted one season before getting cancelled.



For the sake of completion I’m going to list every single Primeval community that exists, but clearly label what each is for and whether or not they are currently active. As of 2011 I shall be noting how many posts an active comm has had in the previous month. Active comms are those that have had at least one post in the previous month. The only exceptions are the newsletter and the seasonal/fic exchange/challenge comms, where naturally posts aren't expected to be made every day.

Also, because I'm not a member of every single comm I will only include public posts in my tally.



Newsletter

anomaly_news - The Fandom newsletter. Picks up all the Primeval-related posts made to Livejournal and some off LJ as well. Posts once a week during the hiatus and more often when the show airs. Active.

General Communities

arcadians_ad - An adults only community for fic, graphics, discussion etc of the show. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

bosque_de_dean - A community for fic, discussion etc for Spanish speakers. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

dino_hos - A Femmeslash community for fic, discussion and art revolving around the female characters in the show in a femmeslash context. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

dw_primeval - A community for fic, graphics, discussion etc of Primeval crossed with Doctor Who (and its Spin Off's). Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_canon - A community for fic, discussion and news involving the canon characters of the show. See the userinfo for further clarification. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_denial - An adults only community for all fic, graphic posts, discussion and news involving both the canon characters and a vast array of original characters. Anything is welcome as long as it is about or spins off from the premise of Primeval. Active. (106 posts in the last month)

primeval_itv - A PG rated community for fic, discussion and news. Anything NC-17 can be linked to from the community, but not posted directly to it. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

rifts_anomalies - A community for fic and discussion centred around Primeval and Torchwood. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

saveprimeval - Inactive.

Fiction Communities

anomaly_bigbang - A Big Bang community. Check the userinfo for sign-up details and deadlines. Active

anomalyexchange - Fic exchange community. Check the userinfo for sign-up details and deadlines. Currently inactive.

pmv_crossovers - For fanfiction crossovers with one other tv show/movie etc. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval100 - The Fandom’s drabble challenge community. New challenges are posted every Tuesday. Active. (27 posts in the last month)

primevalathon - Ficathon community. Check the userinfo for sign-up details and deadlines. Currently Inactive.

primevalbigbang - For novel length Primeval fanfiction. Check the userinfo regarding rules, deadlines etc. Active.

primeval_fanfic - General fanfiction community. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_flash - For flash fanfiction. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_slash - For all m/m and f/f stories. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primevalusa - A community for fans to write US based versions of Primeval teams. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_vsx - An AU fic community. See userinfo for more details. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

Character Specific Communities

cutters_lab - For fic, discussion, graphics etc., to do with the character of Nick Cutter. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

Pairing Specific Communities

abby_stephen - For fic, graphics and discussion of the Abby/Stephen pairing. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

beckerconnor For fic, graphics, discussion of the Becker/Connor pairing. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

becker_jess - For fic, graphics, discussion etc., of the Becker/Jess pairing. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

beckermattslash - For fic, graphics, discussion etc of the Becker/Matt pairing. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

connorandabby - For fic, graphics and discussion of the Connor/Abby pairing. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

conbykink - A comm for prompts and plot bunnies with a kink or smut focus for the Connor/Abby pairing. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

emily_matt - Community for fic, graphics, discussion etc. focusing on the pairing of Emily Merchant and Matt Anderson. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

just_kiss_her - A prompt tag community dedicated to the pairing of Jess/Becker. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_love - For fic, graphics and discussion of the Nick/Claudia and Nick/Jenny pairings. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

stephen_claudia - For fic, graphics and discussion of the Stephen/Claudia and Stephen/Jenny pairings. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

Graphics Communities

iconnor - For icons of the character Connor Temple. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

ihazanomaly - For the posting of macros of the show. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

prime_media - Community for any Primeval related media except for fiction, e.g. icons, banners, music videos etc. Inactive [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primevalicons - Community for Primeval related icons. Currently Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primevaldaily - Daily community for Primeval. Inactive. (0 posts in the last month). Also available on Tumblr [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primeval_rumble - A rumble icon contest community. Please see userinfo for details. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

Actor Specific Communities

andrewleepotts - Community for Andrew-Lee Potts (plays Connor Temple). Active. (2 posts in the last month)

benmillerfans - Community for Ben Miller (plays James Lester). Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

hspearritt - Community for Hannah Spearritt (plays Abby Maitland). Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

jamesmurrayfans - Community for James Murray (played Stephen Hart). Active. (7 posts in the last month)

jamesmurraynews - Community for James Murray's future projects. Currently inactive. (0 post in the last month)

mansfieldfans - Community for Ben Mansfield (plays Captain Becker). Active (5 posts in the last month)

pervypottsheads - Community for Andrew Lee Potts (plays Connor Temple), of the more adult variety than the general comm listed above. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

wakeling_fans - Community for Mark Wakeling (played Captain Tom Ryan). Active. (5 posts in the last month)

Misc/Unknown Communities

primeval_rate - A community where you fill out an application and answer questions for other members to vote on about which character they think you are most like in a particular category. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

futureprimeval - Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

primevalest - Community for discussion of the non-white characters and/or the female characters in the show. Inactive. [Hasn't been updated in over a year.]

Off LJ Links

Fanfiction.net – The Primeval category of fanfiction.net has an RSS feed – here. Active



Created: 8th Feb 2009
Last updated: 1 July 2017 (as of August 2017 I'm no longer going to be regularly updating this post with community stats)
Tags: overview, primeval
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