Hunter (British TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Created by Gwenyth Hughes
Written by Mick Ford
Gwenyth Hughes
Directed by Colm McCarthy
Starring Hugh Bonneville
Janet McTeer
Nathan Constance
Anna Koval
Eleanor Matsuura
Jonathan Slinger
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Harriet Walter
Composer(s) Ben Bartlett
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Jessica Pope
Simon Curtis
Producer(s) Emma Benson
Cinematography Damian Bromley
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Studios
Distributor Roadshow Entertainment
Original network BBC One, BBC HD
Original release 18 January (2009-01-18) – 19 January 2009 (2009-01-19)

Hunter is a two-part BBC One police crime drama, commissioned in 2008 as a follow up to Five Days, the 2007 series which introduced the protagonists of Hunter - DSI Iain Barclay (Hugh Bonneville) and DS Amy Foster (Janet McTeer), who reprise their roles as the dysfunctional detective double-act. The two part series aired on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 January 2009 on BBC One, and achieved an average of 5.4m viewers during first episode.[1] The series was also simulcast on BBC HD. The drama was intended as a backdoor pilot for a potential series, but no further episodes were commissioned. On 15 October 2009, the series was released on Region 4 DVD in Australia via Roadshow Entertainment.[2]


DSI Iain Barclay heads up a team of police officers that are looking into the disappearance of two boys. He calls in the assistance of former colleague DS Amy Foster to help with the investigation. The perpetrators turn out to be radical members of the anti-abortion movement, who threaten to kill the two children unless the BBC screens an anti-abortion propaganda film. Barclay, Foster and their colleagues must race against time to apprehend the kidnappers before they can carry out their threats. This led Britain's Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Pro-Life Alliance and kindred groups to claim that the portrayal of the anti-abortionists was "distorted".[3][4]



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