Last night, viewers of Channel 4’s Hunted called the show “unrealistic” and “scripted” after officials claimed to have tracked down the location of a pair of contestants via an Instagram login.
The game show treats the volunteers as fugitives, who must avoid CCTV, ATMs and phones in order to remain untracked for 25 days.
They turned their backs on the comforts of their home and kept running without getting caught, each getting a £100 bank card and a photographer who discreetly followed their every move.
But the rules of the game are simple – hide for as long as possible while being hunted by a team of ex-military, police and CIA agents, surveillance and capture art experts to win a portion of the £100,000.
In last night’s episode, Nathan and James, from Castleford, met a close friend Ross in a pub car park, and Ross then showed them a video the Hunters posted on James’ Instagram page.
Meanwhile, at headquarters, the hunters claim they are tracking Ross’s cell phone, and they can deduce their exact location from Ross’s activities with the boys.
But many who watched were unconvinced by the scenes, with one writing: “This series is the biggest tosh you’ve ever made. Totally unbelievable, tons of unrealistic leads.
Last night, viewers of Channel 4’s Hunted called the show “unrealistic” and “scripted” after their friends logged on to Instagram after police claimed to have tracked down Nathan and James’ location from Castleford
‘absolutely b*****. Just happened to be 3 miles from the Cherry Tree bar and logged into a stranger on a random Instagram account? fuck it.
Meanwhile, another said: “So they can’t actually access that guy’s phone, but they know he’s just logged into Instagram. How exactly? Anyone from Hunted want to comment?”
At the start of the project, roommates Nathan and James had been on the run for nearly two weeks and had to rely on friends’ worn-out camping gear.
The pair were camping in the woods, and Nathan said: “The one thing I can’t wait is when I get home you can have your own comfortable bed.”
After a friend logged onto Instagram to show Nathan and James the video, hunters at HQ claimed it allowed them to pinpoint the location of the pair
They paid the price on the run and decided to head back to their Doncaster home to pick up the camping gear they had stashed away with friends.
The men traveled 40 miles on public transportation to meet their friend Erin.
Nathan said he wanted to write Erin a letter to their friend Ross asking him to meet them with their new camping gear.
“Ross is a good friend, so we can trust him,” James said.
In the letter, the two suggested to Ross that they meet at Cherry Tree Bar on Wednesday.
Many viewers slammed the show on set, with some calling it “rigged” and “scripted”
Nathan and James decided to hide in the woods until then, but struggled to miss their family and friends.
Nathan explained: “I think [James] Feeling fed up and wanting to go home.
James said he missed home, admitting: “I miss my dog. Really, really hard.
The boys hope their friend Ross will receive their letter and start heading to the scheduled meeting place.
On the show, James admits he’s struggling to stay away from home and misses his dog Roxy
However, with no indication of the boys’ whereabouts, web analyst Sophia was shown to have hacked into James’ Instagram account.
She thinks she has spotted a possible weakness, saying: “A lot of the information he gave friends was about his dog Roxy and how much he hated leaving her and how much he would miss her.”
The team said they plan to put the dog in a “team hunter” onesie to capitalize on James’ love for her.
After visiting James’ home, they photographed Roxy’s outfit and posted it to his social media accounts.
The team at HQ visited James’ home where they filmed Roxy’s “Team Hunter” onesie, which they later posted to his Instagram
Meanwhile, the boys were ecstatic to see their friend Ross arrive at the bar before he explained the Instagram post.
They asked if they could look at the post, and James said, “They’re using my Instagram.”
Back at headquarters, one of the analysts explained how they monitored James and Nathan’s social media accounts — but also claimed to have been tracking activity on Rose’s phone.
The analyst, who asked not to be named, said: “Ross is a well-known colleague of theirs and he is already on Instagram. There is a good chance that James, Nathan and Ross are watching on Instagram together.
The pair giggled after meeting a friend who showed them clips of the dog from James’ Instagram account
“We’ve triangulated on the map.”
From there, the hunters claimed they were able to identify a handful of buildings in the area and deduced from this that the team must be at Cherry Tree Bar.
But the hunters were unable to catch Nathan and James, and they fled on foot before catching a carriage further north.
Many who watched were disbelieving the scenes, with one person writing: “This guy logs in to check his Instagram and we immediately knew he checked it out with the guy we were looking for…”
However, many who watched were disbelieving it after the hunters claimed they were ‘tracking Ross’ phone and claimed to infer he was with the boys because he had ‘seen the video’
‘what? I saw smaller leaps in the Olympic long jump.
Another wrote: “What is that? Someone James knows has seen the video on his Instagram post? They should be together right?
“This season is really starting to piss me off now.”
A third commented: “I love watching ‘Hunted’ but the show is rigged. From a guy logging into Instagram to see his friend’s posts, they infer the two runaways are with him. So rigged.”