A brand new series of Hunted kicks off on Thursday, February 13th 2020 for another instalment of the most nail-biting shown on the telly.

Watching the Channel 4 series raises plenty of questions. It’s a complicated and intricate series that seems too cool to be real.

How do they have access to CCTV across the country? How are weeks of 24/7 footage crammed into a handful of episodes?

Here’s a reality TV expert’s opinion on whether Channel 4 series Hunted is fake or legit.

Zoe Spinner with HQ Hunters
Zoe Spinner with HQ Hunters

The Hunters – Real

For starters, we know that the Hunters are real.

Pete ‘Bleks’, Ben Owen and co are all ex-police investigators, officers or experts in the communications as surveillance industry.

Within the office of 20-25 Hunters, all of them serve a purpose, with no actors floating around the place for entertainment purposes.

We’ve tracked down future reality TV stars just from a few Instagram hacks so there’s no doubt that the Hunters can do a lot of work with a few laptops at their command.

Hunter Peter Bleksley with Ben Owen and Zoe Spinner

CCTV Footage – extremely debatable

The Channel 4 series rarely explains the huge network of CCTV footage and surveillance cameras that they supposedly have access to.

Hmm… do they really have complete access to one of Britain’s most prized possessions?

It’s more likely that certain cameras in certain areas have been given the green light for Channel 4 to use, such as the CCTV around St Paul’s Cathedral on launch night.

However, the ability to plug-in to all of the U.K.’s CCTV database seems highly unlikely, which instantly delegitimises the Hunters so-called ability to track down the fugitives without any pre-scripting.

Hunted Season 4: Fugitives going on the run

Hunters on Foot – Fake

Unfortunately, every TV show has moments that are totally fake. It’s just the way reality TV works these days!

It’s often moments that add intense suspense or unbelievable entertainment.

Just like in Top Gear when the head of any challenge would come to a nail-biting finish, the filming in Hunted can’t be 100% true to the time in which events take place.

Juggling around clips so it looks like the Hunters on foot only narrowly miss the fugitives is pretty easy.

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Final opinion

Series 3 contestant Magid Magid made some shocking revelations when it came to Hunted, posting a controversial Twitter feed explaining how he actually got caught.

He said that he was always in touch with executive producers throughout the show and was even directed to do certain things.

After all, who would want to watch someone sat in their basement for two weeks attempting to ride it all out?

As far as reality TV series go, compared to the likes of TOWIE and MIC, Hunted isn’t that fake.

However, nothing makes good entertainment without a little scripting, and that’s what you have to remember.



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