Adrian Hodges wrote a long response to fans explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of Primeval and their future plans. It’s a really interesting read. A million thanks to BringBackPrimevalUK.tumblr.com for it.
“First of all let me say that throughout our experience of making Primeval Tim and I always relished contact with our amazing fans and we are so grateful for your support and love for the show. Sci-Fi and Fantasy fans aren’t like any other – they care more, they love the shows more, and they contribute in all sorts of ways. I love that passion and am truly grateful for it. I can’t answer all your points but will try to give you a response to a few of them.
First of all, the decision to end Primeval wasn’t taken by me or Tim and had we had the choice we would have carried on. We loved the show and would like to have picked up the story where we left it. The fact is that ITV, who were our main broadcaster, felt that we didn’t get sufficient ratings to justify them carrying on investing in the show, and so that’s why we finished. That said, there were many reasons why the ratings might have declined and I think you are right in some of your views about the time slot, the day and so on. Being up against Doctor Who didn’t help and neither did the fact that our time slot was never fixed and often varied by a couple of hours or more. It was very frustrating.
Unfortunately direct to DVD or Kickstarter and other non-broadcast ways of making the show aren’t really viable as we just couldn’t raise enough money that way for what is a pretty expensive show to make – good sfx, which we pride ourselves in, don’t come cheap sadly and neither do good actors. So although we have never given up hope of reviving the show, at the moment there are no easy ways to do it. But please don’t think we don’t want to, because we certainly do. I can tell you we still have hopes of making a feature film one day, and that’s still a strong possibility.
I do think most of the cast would return if we asked them as I know they too loved the show. And if we did do that, I would certainly be looking to bring back one or two cast members from the earlier days, such as Claudia Brown and perhaps Danny as well, alongside the regulars in the last series. I understand you might want to know the answer to some plot questions but just in case we do come back one day or make the film, I hope you’ll understand why I think it’s best not to answer them in detail, though I can tell you we did have answers prepared for all the questions you ask, which would have featured in season 6.
But I can tell you that although I wasn’t personally involved in Primeval New World, it was, as far as I know, Tim’s intention that it should be set at the time of the original arc under Nick Cutter, and therefore before the events of Seasons 3, 4, and 5.
I should also say that I’ve visited the Tumblr page and think it’s fantastic. The level of love and care for the show is truly incredible and it makes me very proud to have written something which means so much to people. So thank you very much for that, and rest assured that if the chance ever comes to continue the Primeval story, Tim and I will be there in a heartbeat. And you will be the first to know. Thanks again for your support and your lovely letter. It means an awful lot to us.
All best wishes