Espionage drama Hunted may have been axed after just one series on BBC1, but creator Frank Spotnitz has announced that he’s to revive main character Sam Hunter (Melissa George) for new adventures.
Speaking to BBC Radio Oxford, Spotnitz said: “We’re doing an interesting thing. It’s sort of a spin-off of itself. There’s going to be another series with Sam Hunter, but it’s going to be a different format to what we saw this year. It’s not going to be on the BBC.
“The character of Sam Hunter, if you watched these eight episodes, you’ll have seen that terrible things happened to her as a child. I thought about somebody who lies and kills for a living – how did they get that way? And, in the case of Sam, her mother was murdered and she was kidnapped. And those traumatic events really made her into this invulnerable spy that she is as an adult. So that character, and the contradictions in her, are so interesting that the new series will continue that storyline.”
All of which lends credence to a story reported last week by Deadline that Hunted’s co-producer, the US cable network Cinemax, were intending to continue Sam’s story. Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said in a statement:
“We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology.We are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax’s brand and are very excited about what lies ahead.”
Hunted launched in October with an opening audience of 5.69 million, but a later episode in the series could only manage 2.59 million. A BBC spokesperson commented: "It hasn't found the mainstream audience it was hoped." The series is released on both DVD and Blu-Ray this Monday.