U.K.’s Watch picks up Omnifilm’s ‘Primeval’

Show was greenlit by Canadian broadcaster Space

LONDON — U.K. pay web Watch, part of the UKTV channel lineup, has acquired the North American version of fantasy skein “Primeval,” originally created by Blighty’s Impossible Pictures.

Production bowed in Vancouver March 7 on the 13-part “Primeval: New World,” which will premiere exclusively on Watch.

Show was greenlit by Canadian broadcaster Space and is produced by Omnifilm.

“Primeval: New World” follows the escapades of an all-new team of scientists and animal experts with a guest appearance from Andrew-Lee Potts from the original series.

Watch has been increasingly active in the acquisitions market, snapping up high-profile U.S. fare including “Alcatraz” and “Grimm.”

Meanwhile, the original U.K. version of “Primeval,” first aired on ITV in 2007, is facing an uncertain future. ITV reportedly has no plans to greenlight a sixth series.

The fifth series aired on Watch last year, with an ITV transmission due this summer.

ITV originally shuttered the show after its third season in 2009, but it survived for two more runs following a deal between ITV, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, Watch and Germany’s ProSieben.

Warner Bros. is working on a feature version of the sci-fi skein.

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