A star of Australia’s No.1 show has come out to reveal its secrets.
Dr. David Craig, better known to millions of viewers as the Chief investigator on Channel 10’s Hunted, claims that the reality TV thriller is ‘as real as it can be’.
Hunted follows 18 contestants going on the run as they try to avoid being captured by a team of former intelligence agents and police officers led by Craig.
The gripping series, in which contestants must evade capture while being pursued by a team of surveillance experts, averaged 1.09 million viewers nationally across its nine episodes.
The veteran of the Australian Federal Police has defended the show, after viewers claimed it was ‘fake,’ on the TV Reload Apple podcast on Tuesday.
After taking part in pursuit simulations of the highest professional standards all over the world, he congratulated the Hunted production team on their efforts.
‘It’s the most realistic experience that can be created that’s not actually real,’ he said.
The 58-year-old, hero of such high profile cases as the 2005 Bali bombings, addressed sceptics who claimed that a camera crew following the fugitives ruined the shows premise.
‘That’s a legitimate question,’ Craig said candidly.
‘The way its done in production is that there are not two fugitives on the run, there’s three, and one is carrying a camera.’
He said that the camera people following the fugitives endured the same hard-ships as the contestants who were on the run.
Elsewhere in the chat, Craig addressed other criticisms of the show, including why there seem to be so many coincidences.
Why were the Hunters were always one step ahead of their targets?
‘We chased down every lead,’ Craig explained. ‘It would be very boring TV if they showed all our false leads.’
Hunted Australia has been the breakout television hit of the year and Channel 10 has already commissioned a second season.
Craig said fans can look forward to the fugitives having a lot more tools at their disposal.
Earlier this week, the show stirred controversy when the Andrews Government has slammed Hunted for ‘failing to apply for a permit’ before filming inside Victoria’s Metro rail network.
Hunted, which was filmed in Victoria earlier this year, included several scenes filmed at Flinders Street Station and inside public train carriages.
Rob and Stathi won Hunted Australia during Tuesday’s finale.
In the nail-biting closing moments, the men were whisked away in a helicopter on a beach in Inverloch after the hunters failed to catch them.