BBC1 spy drama Hunted axed after one series

Melissa George vehicle saw its viewing figures almost halve over six weeks

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BBC1 spy drama Hunted axed after one series
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Tom Cole

BBC1 spy drama Hunted will not be recommissioned for a second series, RadioTimes.com can confirm.

Starring Melissa George, Hunted was originally earmarked as a possible replacement for Spooks but the drama has seen its viewing figures almost halve over the course of its six-episode run.

The show debuted with an audience of 4.5m viewers (19.3%) for its first episode in early October, but last Tuesday’s episode only pulled in an viewership of 2.6m people (11.2%).

A source told the Guardian that the programme’s failure to connect with viewers was the reason for its demise, saying: "It hasn't found the mainstream audience it was hoped."

Set in Morocco, London and Scotland, Hunted centred on a female spy played by former Home and Away actress George who worked for a private security company. It was written by X Files screenwriter Frank Spotnitz and made in collaboration with HBO Cinemax.

Prior to its cancellation, George revealed that a second series of Hunted had been planned.

She told IGN: "Next year it's in Berlin, and there's a whole link to Hourglass, which is the covenant group that killed her mother. So there will be a lot of accents and things like that."

Since airing, Hunted has drawn a mixed critical reaction, most recently being lambasted by Radio Times TV editor Alison Graham for its inconclusive ending. She wrote: “So it will never get the chance to explain what the hell went on in the first series? So what? I can live perfectly happily in joyful ignorance.”

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