Fans tweeted in disbelief during the final episode of Channel 4’s Hunted after the hunters were able to catch all of the contestants for the first time ever.
The show follows a group of ordinary people – known as ‘fugitives’ either in a pair or alone – as they attempt to avoid capture from a group of former police and intelligence officers for 25 days, in the hopes of winning £100,000.
On day 25, the remaining fugitives must head to an agreed extraction point – in this case Birmingham City Centre – where they would be removed via helicopter to victory at 1pm.
However, many branded the final chase in the 2019 season an “ambush”, saying the remaining fugitives had “no chance” of escape – despite being on time and at the correct extraction point.
And in a new twist, a source close to the production team has exclusively claimed to OK! online that the helicopter didn’t even LAND at the extraction point until 2pm – one hour after the fugitives were supposed to meet there.
“The helicopter didn’t land until just gone 2pm,” the source exclusively revealed. “It was impossible for any of the remaining lads to do it.
“There was no sign of the helicopter at 1 – it went straight to the landing point at 2pm, where it was seen landing and taking off.
“Everyone online is in uproar about the final episode, and this just makes it even worse for them. The finalists were robbed.”
OK! online contacted Channel 4 on Sunday evening, asking for comment on the claim that: “On the day of filming for the final episode, the helicopter that was supposed to land at 1pm at the Birmingham extraction point didn’t actually land until 2pm, this making it near-impossible for any of the contestants to get away.”
By Wednesday, Channel 4 had still not responded to the query.
After spending nearly four weeks on the run, only four of the original ten contestants made it to the final day – Nate, Ish, Harry and Frank.
After the hunters caught Ish, a note in his backpack said “1pm Birm” – leading the hunters to head to Birmingham, where they guessed a helicopter would be taking the boys to safety.
After Harry’s capture, shortly followed by Nate’s, Harry’s brother Frank was left to sprint to the top of the car park to the extraction point – only to see he’d been surrounded by hunters and had no chance of escape.
While the programme showed footage of a helicopter flying, it also showed that when Frank ran to the top, there was no chopper in sight.
Many took to Twitter to share their shock over the final episode, with one fan writing: “Don’t feel like #hunted was very fair. The kid got to the extraction point, even if he camped out on the top of that car park a day earlier you’d have caught him because the helicopter didn’t land in time. Proper fix, not watching next time. @Channel4.”
“I love #Hunted but that was a total fix. Completely unachievable extraction. I am gutted for Frank and Harry – the Hunters might’ve captured them but those brothers CAPTURED MY HEART!” another wrote, while a third added: “What a piss take #hunted. The lads had no chance. Gutted for Harry, Frank, Ish and Nate. If anyone deserved the cash it was those boys. The chopper was nee where near landing when Frank got lifted. Not amused. #fix.”
But others jumped to the show’s defence, with one fan writing: “People on here saying #Hunted was a fix. 3 weeks on the run, mentally drained, hungry, exhausted. The ground hunters and @PeterBleksley and his team nailed it. If you think it was set up you’re all kinds of stupid.”
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