Hunted is no longer entertainment, it's a farce

A couple of years ago a mate was telling me over a beer about a TV show that had been on a few weeks earlier.  The premise sounded good, a team of people were on the run (either individually or in pairs) and had to avoid capture for 28 days.

I liked it so much I sought it out and downloaded the series.  I was hooked.

I was a little dubious of some of the methods used by HQ to track their prey but it was good fun nonetheless.

Then came a second series, I honestly thought, "You know what, I could go on this and I really could evade capture, you'd not find me" and I still think I could do it now.

But being successful does not make good TV, which is why HQ has to cheat.

Yes, it's all good clean fun, it's entertaining and edge of the seat stuff.  Or it was.

Because three series' in (plus a ludicrous Celebrity Special) it has become tedious and lacking in credible ideas.

As I said, the premise of the show is great, anyone who remembers The Interceptor with the delicious Annabel Giles (she's 58, I still would) in the late 80s plus the excellent Wanted in the mid 90s could not fail to be be interested in a show such as Hunted.  From the outset the show claimed that some of the powers of the state such as ANPR, CCTV and phone tracking were simulated - presumably for two reasons:

  1. State spying secrets and methods would not be allowed to be divulged, and more appropriately
  2. There is no way on this earth that a TV show, regardless of budget would be afforded access to such technology, and certainly not in realtime.

So when a contestant is spotted on CCTV walking down a particular street in say, Dorchester, it just so happens that there's a car of trackers just down the road.  They're always 10 minutes away from their target.

Given that there is always at least 1 camera person with the contestant as well, bit of a giveaway.

What else lets it down though?  Well, approaching family members or friends of the contestant, asking them questions and searching their mobile phone and house as if it's a legal requirement.  These people are EX Police and Forces.  None of them are currently serving, this is purely entertainment.  

In the latest series, people's laptops are, according to HQ, "hacked".  They're not hacked if they are just switched on!  A USB stick is put into the laptop and a "backdoor" installed.  Ostensibly it's a simple remote control tool such as Team Viewer.  It's not hacking and it's not a trojan they're installing!  That is against the law, and these people, as I said earlier are not the law.

It's clear that the contestant has signed off on their house being "broken in to" (I.E wife leaves back patio door unlocked when she goes out for the trackers to enter), because otherwise what we're watching is video evidence of breaking and entering.

Finally there's the get away scenes where the contestant manages to get away right at the last minute, literally seconds before the trackers arrive.

That said, I will continue to watch this series as I'm invested in it now.  Whether or not I chose to go back for anymore after this remains to be seen.

 
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