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Melissa George's Hunted facing BBC axe

Hunted, Melissa George

Story by Jack Foley

SPY drama Hunted has reportedly been axed by the BBC.

The high-profile series, which starred Melissa George as wronged spy Sam Hunter, won’t be back for a second series on the BBC, according to a report in The Guardian.

This is contrary to recent speculation in which both George and series creator Frank Spotnitz had expressed hope that they would get at least one more run.

But a BBC spokesperson is quoted as saying: “It hasn’t found the mainstream audience it was hoped.”

Hunted debuted to 5.69 million viewers in early October, but the most recent episode – the show’s sixth – attracted just 2.59m on November 8.

George had previously hinted that the series “could potentially be long-term” with a projected series run of up to “five years”. It was viewed as a potential replacement to Spooks.

While script work is also believed to have started with Spotnitz suggesting that a second series could be set in Berlin.

Related: Read our interviews with Melissa George l Adam Rayner l Frank Spotnitz

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  1. one of the best things on tv got to be a 2nd series

    neil    Nov 16    #