Series 5 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

It’s a little-known fact but the Victorian legend of Spring Heeled Jack was begun by a velociraptor... according to the latest freewheeling instalment of Primeval. Matt clumsily sends the beast back to 1868 London through an anomaly and when he follows it through to make amends, he meets his old flame Emily.

The time-torn sweethearts both try to track down the lethal therapod, but that’s not the only monster in Emily’s midst: her appalling husband Henry wants her sectioned.

It’s a moody, impassioned instalment and the period setting – all top hats, gas lamps and smog – adds a gritty new dimension to the usual roar-and-claw. Best episode so far.

About this programme

3/6. The team accidentally sends a ferocious raptor back to Victorian London, where it claims several victims. Matt races to track the creature down, only to find Emily trying to do the same thing - and just as they get over the shock of seeing each other again, two dark strangers drag her away. Meanwhile, at ARC, Abby hatches a plan to infiltrate Connor's lab and find out what he has been up to. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ciaran McMenamin, Ruth Bradley, Hannah Spearritt and Andrew-Lee Potts.

Cast and crew


Matt Anderson
Ciaran McMenamin
Connor Temple
Andrew-Lee Potts
Abby Maitland
Hannah Spearritt
Ben Mansfield
Jess Parker
Ruth Kearney
Ben Miller
Philip Burton
Alexander Siddig
April Leonard
Janice Byrne
Emily Merchant
Ruth Bradley


Tim Haines
Tim Haines
Adrian Hodges