Primeval co-creator Adrian Hodges has explained why the team decided to kill off Sarah Page (Laila Rouass) for the fourth series..
The producer told Total Sci-Fi that the move had been a ‘creative decision’ made because he was keen to have new characters added for the show’s comeback in 2011.
“Sarah Page has gone as a character,” he explained. “[That was] just one of those creative decisions that we took in the downtime. It was nothing to do with Laila Rouass. [Co-creator] Tim [Haines] and I felt that we had to have new characters and to do that we had to let one or two of the others go [because] we couldn’t afford them all!”
Hodges said that Page’s off-screen death will be mentioned in the new season.
He added: “There is some dialogue about her death, and there’s an expanded reference in the webisodes on the ITV website.”
On new character Matt Anderson (Ciaran McMenamin), Hodges said that his addition was made necessary by the departure of former ‘leading man’ Jason Flemyng.
“Once we knew Jason wasn’t going to come back for the whole run, we needed a new leading man,” he said. “We wanted to take what had worked best about [Douglas Henshall’s character Nick Cutter] combined with what we liked about [Jason’s character] Danny, and we wanted to go slightly younger.”
He added: “We spent more time in development on Matt and his back-story than on anything else because we wanted to make the text and the subtext come together over the whole 13 episodes.”