It seems it almost was Game Over for me today. I was fine this morning, but my head fogged up increasingly through the day until by midday I had a sick headache and had to skip lunch for fear that I would see it again shortly after. But, now I'm feeling better again - and just in time to fully enjoy Primeval, which I am still digging above and beyond even Vincent D'Onofrio in Law and Order: Criminal Intent which has lost a portion of its mojo this series, I think.
It's a shame that Primeval is kind of being seen as Doctor Who's poor cousin. While I'm sure the success of the revived BBC show was the chief reason why ITV commissioned Primeval, the people behind it clearly have their own strong ideas and it's anything but a knock-off. (I'd argue that the Beeb are the ones who seem to be producing most of the pale Doctor Who knock-offs, with Torchwood and that kid's show. Oh, wait, those are 'spin-offs', right.)
But regardless of how and why it got made, Primeval has really impressed me as a British show that is both way smarter and way funnier than anything else we seem to be making, by a substantial margin. Which is not to say that its portrayal of evolutionary biology is flawless or that I can understand why exactly that pterasaur decided to chew through the phone-line (presumably because it read that it was supposed to in the script), but that I just find this to be a charming, and very genuine show, without the humourless sense of self-importance that so much of the rest of British TV seems to have been infected with (including a certain sci-fi show about a mysterious doctor).
I'm also really liking Lucy Brown's character, Claudia*. Kind of like Darth Vader in that she's the baddy's second-in-command, but you can tell that really she's nice inside. And also, unlike Darth Vader she's female and cuddly and has gorgeous dark eyes. Maybe it's because I'm a soppy fool, but there's something about a character with a hard exterior and a soft interior that always gets me. -sigh-
*This also doubles as a handy link to the official site that skips the pointless and (for me) lengthy Flash loading sequence.