But if you're not entirely au fait with the show's world of anomalies, high-tech gadgetry and escaped dinosaurs, then worry not - Week in Geek is on hand with a crash course on the original show and a few hints at what to expect from the new series and its characters...
> Primeval: New World stars: 'It's an evolution of the original' - video
So what is Primeval?
Primeval was a sci-fi drama that aired five series between 2007 and 2011 - the show's first three series aired exclusively on ITV1, while the final two aired on both ITV1 and Watch as part of a new co-production deal which saved the series when it came dangerously close to being axed for good...
The show originally centred on Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) and the team he assembled to investigate a series of strange "anomalies" - mysterious portals to different periods in history - and to combat the often uncontrollable forces that emerged - dinosaurs, wild beasts and even relentless "future predators".
Cutter was killed off midway through the third series, with first Jason Flemyng - as copper turned dino hunter Danny Flynn - and then enigmatic Irishman Matt Anderson (Ciarán McMenamin) filling the role of the show's square-jawed lead.
Throughout the five series though, one character who gained increasing prominence was fan favourite Connor Temple (Andrew-Lee Potts) - a loveable geek and scientific genius who became the world's utmost expert on anomalies following Cutter's demise. And he's back in Primeval: New World...
And what the heck is Primeval: New World?
New World is Primeval's edgier Canadian cousin - a darker, more adult spinoff series that takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia. When anomalies begin opening in Canada, software visionary Evan Cross creates the Special Projects Group to investigate, having had a tragic encounter with one such anomaly six years previous.
Niall Matter plays Evan Cross
"Evan's very conflicted and haunted by his past," former Eureka star Matter reveals. "But he's able to work through that and he's a very strong leader. He puts his team together and, at all costs, it's all about saving human life.
"I think Evan Cross is a combination of Cutter and Connor Temple - like a hybrid between those guys. He's the type of guy that wants to be doing good and looking out for everybody's best interests, but when you're dealing with unpredictable creatures... anything can happen."
Sara Canning plays Dylan Weir
Vampire Diaries actress Canning plays Dylan Weir - the team's resident conservation officer and an expert in predatory behaviour. "She falls into Evan Cross's world of anomalies relatively quickly and we see her go through a gauntlet of shock and awe and fascination!" the actress revealed.
"I think there's definitely an empathy that Dylan brings to each situation - she's a grounding force for the team when things get heated, because these creatures are causing traumatic situations and very personal rifts in the team. She brings an empathy for the creatures... and she's also always trying to hold the team together."
Danny Rahim plays Mac Rendell
Bringing a little British flair to this Canuck effort is Danny Rahim, who plays charming rookie Mac Rendell: an expert in firearms. "He has a loyalty to Evan, but that's tested throughout season one," Rahim explained. "But ultimately they care about each other and in some ways Evan fills the void of Mac's father, who passed away."
Mac serves as the audience's way into the series, the actor suggested. "All the other characters have some awareness of the anomalies and what's going on - Mac doesn't. At the start of the season, he thinks he's a security guard. He does his job, checks out the ladies and then is off to do some extreme sports - he's quite happy with his life like that, and then things eventually get turned upside down!"
Primeval: New World begins tonight (January 8) at 9pm on Watch.