When the British science fiction show Primeval returns for its new season next year, Alexander Siddig (Lt. Julian Bashir) will be one of three new characters joining the show.
Siddig will play “charismatic” scientist Philip Burton, according to ITV’s press release, joining Ciarán McMenamin (Silent Witness, Jericho) and Ruth Kearney (Gracey).
The new team members have brought aboard “join the team at the ARC after the government loses faith in Lester’s (Ben Miller) ability to run such a dangerous and expensive operation on his own. The anomaly operation is now a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by charismatic scientist Philip Burton (Alexander Siddig).
“With Connor, Abby and Danny trapped in the past at the end of series three, the ARC has found new recruits to take their place: Matt (Ciarán McMenamin), new field leader, is more than just an ex-soldier; he’s an zoologist, with an uncanny ability to understand animals. A private man, Matt carefully guards the secrets of his past, and the real reason he has joined the ARC team. Unconventional Jess (Ruth Kearney) now runs operations from the ARC Control Centre, highly efficient and organized, her work ethic is second to none, though she is human enough to nurse an unrequited crush on Captain Becker (Ben Mansfield).
Primeval will return for series 4 and series 5, with ITV1 broadcasting series 4 early in 2011, and UKTV’s new entertainment pay TV channel “Watch” premiering series 5 later in the year, after which ITV will broadcast season 5.