New spy drama series Hunted premiered last night on BBC One and pulled in 4.5 million viewers and a 19% share in its 9pm time-slot. The series won the 9pm slot despite being up against competition from ITV1’s Homefront (2.3 million total viewers/10% share) and the tenth season premiere of Red Dwarf on UKTV’s Dave channel, which drew in the second highest audience in the history of UKTV (1.5 million viewers/6% share).
Created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Hunted follows Sam Hunter, a highly skilled operative for an elite private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she performs her secretive duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead. The drama series is being produced by Big Light and Kudos Film & TV in association with HBO/Cinemax. Hunted stars Melissa George as Sam Hunter and Adam Rayner as Aidan Marsh, Sam’s colleague and potential love interest at the firm. Also starring in the series is Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Morven Christie (The Sinking of the Laconia), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Lex Shrapnel (Captain America: The First Avenger), Uriel Emil (Criminal Justice), Patrick Malahide (Billy Elliot), Stephen Campbell Moore (The Bank Job, History Boys) and Oscar Kennedy (Toast). The drama series will continue to air weekly in the Thursday 9pm time-slot on BBC One.