Sometimes our city doesn’t play itself in upcoming Vancouver-as-Vancouver series Primeval: New World. Tonight a section of Gastown doubled as a London square and street with a prop red double-decker bus, prop black London cabs, prop red post box and a real British star.
Andrew-Lee Potts, aka Conner Temple from the original British series Primeval, is back to film another episode of the Vancouver spinoff, more than three months after guest-starring in the series premiere. He and Robert Lawrenson (Sanctuary) and two other ARC actors did take after take of the four of them chasing what will be a computer-generated dinosaur through Maple Square and along Alexander Street for half a block. It was a long run, especially when repeated over and over again (I did not envy the guy carrying the big case). Here are the ARC foursome walking back to the start point on Carrall Street, looking a bit like the cover of The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album (should be a zebra crossing but it’s not part of the scene).
This perfectly-cast London cabbie hid from the dinosaur in a scene filmed earlier in the day on Columbia Street.
And the ARC runners did another leg in the big dino chase, running from the middle of the block on Alexander into an alley off Columbia Street. That’s Robert Lawrenson skipping back to his mark as Andrew-Lee Potts laughs.
Primeval: New World filled the Alexander Street block with London props from licence plates to Music Festival posters to a red Phone Box to a UK cashpoint.
Primeval: New World launches its first 13-episode season this fall on SPACE in Canada.