NCS: Manhunt

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NCS: Manhunt
Genre Police procedural
Created by Malcolm McKay
Written by Malcolm McKay
Directed by Michael Whyte
Paul Unwin
Starring David Suchet
Keith Barron
Samantha Bond
Melanie Hill
Sara Stewart
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Fred Tammes
Producer(s) Sue Austen
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Home Entertainment
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 26 March 2001 (2001-03-26) – 19 March 2002 (2002-03-19)

NCS: Manhunt is a British crime drama television series starring David Suchet, and based on the National Crime Squad. Created by Malcolm McKay, the first series premiered with two episodes on BBC One on 26—27 March 2001.[1] The second series debuted on 4 March 2002,[2] and concluded its six episode run on 19 March 2002.[3]


David Suchet said of his role in the series, "I don't ever recollect reading a script like this and I've certainly never seen anything like it on television before. When I read it, I was mesmerised. It was quite impossible to say no. Borne is probably the most complex character in the team. He is a man who fascinates by being endlessly enigmatic.

He uses language sparingly, but with him everything is going on underneath the surface. And in a sense, I'm not playing another detective at all. I'm merely playing a different, complex human being who just happens to be a detective. You may find him in a police station, but I'd like to think that the audience are aching to see him too."[4]


Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2001)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Pilot: Part 1" Malcolm McKay Michael Whyte 7.41 26 March 2001
NCS is called in when a convicted criminal kidnaps the mother of a police inspector.
2 "Pilot: Part 2" Malcolm McKay Michael Whyte 7.30 27 March 2001
Bourne and the team continue their investigation and make a surprising discovery about Anne Warwick's personal life.

Series 2 (2002)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Collision Course: Part 1" TBA TBA 6.08 4 March 2002
The team ambushes a group of drug smugglers who have landed in a Norfolk field and seize a consignment if cocaine. They plan to track the drugs to source through the pilot and one of the crew, but are taken off the case to deal with a series of contract killings by two leather-clad scooter riders using silenced handguns.
2 "Collision Course: Part 2" TBA TBA 5.41 5 March 2002
The team struggles to come to terms with the loss of one of their own. A series of arrests helps to raise spirits, and a tip-off leads Borne to an old acquaintance. Borne becomes convinced that a criminal whom he convicted five years earlier holds the key to the contract killings.
3 "Tinderbox: Part 1" TBA TBA 5.22 11 March 2002
A new member joins the team, which is despatched to investigate a series of apparently straightforward armed robberies on Indian restaurants in Birmingham. MI5 gets involved when a paratrooper is killed.
4 "Tinderbox: Part 2" TBA TBA 4.60 12 March 2002
It becomes clear that the crimes are racially motivated, and the team uncovers a secretive right-wing organisation bent on starting a race war.
5 "Out of Time: Part 1" TBA TBA 4.93 18 March 2002
The team attempts to bring down the Colombian cocaine smuggling ring. Information has been received that a shipment is on its way. To get to the elusive "Number One", the detectives go after dealers further down the supply chain, but DC Crowe is kidnapped outside Benny Luck's club.
6 "Out of Time: Part 2" TBA TBA Under 4.33 19 March 2002
The team sets up a deal to sell the shipment of drugs to Benny Luck, who arranges to meet the Colombians at Tilbury docks, setting up a dramatic showdown.


  1. ^ Nightingale, Julie (26 March 2001). "So PC". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Hodgson, Jessica (5 March 2002). "Beckham brings 8m to ITV1". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Cozens, Claire (20 March 2002). "C5's Armageddon flattens BBC". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^,+9.00pm.-a072193114
  5. ^ a b Virtue, Graeme (25 March 2001). "Plod devices; A new crime drama looks set to earn its stripes, but put that down to the stars rather than their hi-tech tactics". Sunday Herald. p. 46. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Melanie is armed and ready; NCS: Manhunt BBC1, 9pm". Evening Times. 12 March 2002. p. 21. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Beacom, Brian (26 March 2001). "Pick of the Day NCS: Manhunt BBC1, 9pm". Evening Times. p. 19. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
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