Tuesday, 29 September 2009

So basically...

Primeval has been recomissioned for two more series. Series 4 will appear in 2011 on ITV, and later in the year Series 5 will appear on Watch, then later on ITV. And now thanks to Digital Spy I have for you a longggg interview with co creatore Tim Haines about this fab anouncement:

You must be feeling good about today's announcement...
"Oh, very good. Obviously I knew about it before! But it was very good to finally crack it. The series was doing fine, we were prepared to continue the story and then everything that happened at ITV gave us a very, very high bar to get over."

How did the new deal come about?
"We started down the process way back, and we had got agreement with ITV in principle to look for other people to come in on the project, but come the summer we had to do absolutely everything. So there is the new deal with Watch and there is some more money from co-producers. Fortunately the series is very successful abroad and none of those producers wanted to see it finish either. Also we're moving the show to Dublin, where we'll be getting tax breaks, so that helps. Essentially, the budget stays as a £1 million show, which is important, because you don't want to come back with a cheap show. But we had to make the deal different for ITV."

How will moving to Dublin affect the show?
"It was shot in Surrey but apart from one show, which was in the British Museum, we never really identified it as being anywhere in particular. Actually going to Dublin is brilliant because it gives us a lot more locations nearby - there will be modern blocks, castles and shopping centres. But now we can do the coast as well if we want to!"

Was there ever a point where you thought the show was finished?
"I can't really answer that question. I don't give up easily and as I say, except for ITV's predicament, there was no reason it should finish. It was a very tricky time."

How big a part does someone like Pro7 play? The show seems to be wildly popular in Germany!
"They are very important. They certainly stayed with us and held the slot open, because they believed we would find a way of bringing it back. If, after ITV's announcement, they'd decided to abandon it, then we'd have faced the problem of reselling it to them in two or three months' time. So that was very good. BBC America has had a great success with it, and also, BBC Worldwide sold it to 45 countries worldwide. It's bigger than Lost in South Korea! These sort of things help."

Have you got all of the cast back?
"Yes, they're all coming back, which is fantastic. Obviously we've got to be careful about how we book them. This is the longest run that's been commissioned. We started off getting six episodes, then seven and then ten. Now it's 13. So it's a long stint for them, but they've all signed up."

Technically this is going out as two series though. Is it going to be considered one in terms of storytelling?
"No, it's always got very heavy serial elements. As far as Watch is concerned, there'll be a midseason climax, but it can be viewed as one long run."

What's the timescale for getting up and running with production again?
"We're starting to write scripts straight away and we're aiming to deliver in January 2011."

And are you still progressing with a US version of the show?
"Yes. Well, there's a feature film, contracts for which should be signed shortly. We are still talking to Canadian partners about a US version, as well as a children's animation and things like that. But you never know how those go. Sometimes they seem to stop, then accelerate forward, but they're still all there."




Right, phew, I will give you more information tomorrow... right... bye!

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Laila dances the Cha Cha Cha

Right, so Laila Rouass appeared on Strictly Come Dancing on Friday and Saturday night. On the first night she came joint second getting 30 out of 40 for her Tango, which all the judges seemed to enjoy. On the second night she got 25 out of 40 gaining an overall score of 55 out of 80. She came 3rd out of the 8 contestants that danced on the last two nights.

Meanwhile, this site is turning into a blog all about Laila on Strictly... hopefully there'll be some more news about the Primeval film soon...

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Strictly Again

Right, so I got it wrong. Laila Rouass is dancing on Friday and Saturday next week not today. However, she did do a group dance yesterday in which she seemed pretty good at dancing.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Strictly Starts tonight

Today Strictly Come Dancing begins and the second part will follow on Saturday. Laila Rouass will be doing a latin dance on the Saturday night show, so we'll have to wait until then to see whether she is any good at dancing, and whether she has a chance of winning. Thanks for voting on the poll, the majority think she will do well, with a couple of people saying that she will do OK.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Makeover is over

Well tell me what you think... I've changed the site rather alot... completely new colour scheme, new banner, new poll... I'm hoping to finish my monster pages and perhaps restart my primeval fanfic, there's a chance of a fanfic with a crossover to Doctor Who.

Please tell me what you think on the cbox. And please vote on the poll and feel free to visit the pages.


Yep, I've decided to change the look of this site... well the colour scheme... and the banner... and possibly the template...

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Strictly Come Dancing

Yes, Strictly Come Dancing is waltzing back onto our screens this autumn, but how exactly does this concern Primeval? Well...

Laila Rouass who played Sarah Page in Primeval Series 3 is appearing in the series, dancing with Anton. She says: 'I used to dance in clubs, but that's the extent of my experience. I'd love to win, but I'm mostly out to have fun. I see it as a journey signposted with laughter. Having said that, I'm terrified of messing up on the Cha-cha-cha'.

The odds on Laila winning are 10/1 according to the Radio Times.

In other news Andrew Lee Potts (Connor) and Hannah Spearritt (Abby) have both been nominated for best Actor/ Actress in the National Television awards for their roles in Primeval. Primeval has also been nominated for Best Drama, going up against Torchwood and Doctor Who.