All3media International "The Hunted" has been commissioned by Channel 5, in association with All3Media International and produced by Story Films.“I’m delighted to be working on another project with the talented team at Story Films," Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK at Paramount said. "Equipped with a compelling script and stellar cast, The Hunted (w/t) is another exciting addition to our ever-growing Drama slate.”
A working title, "The Hunted" was ordered for Channel 5 by Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK at Paramount. Executive Producers are Sam Tipper-Hale and David Nath for Story Films and David Collins for Samson Films. John Wallace will produce with Megan K. Fox directing the series. Cameron McAllister (Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Primeval) is on board as writer for episodes 1 & 3 and Neesah Muthy for episodes 2 & 4. All3Media International will handle global distribution. “Cameron and Nessah have written a gripping thriller which questions whether the scars of our past have to determine our future," Sam Tipper-Hale, Executive Producer, Story Films said.
Casting for lead roles in the series has also been revealed with Kara Tointon to star as Rachel with Charlie Hodson-Prior as her son Liam. Allen Leech will play Elliot; the mysterious, wealthy businessman whose interest is peaked by Rachel and Liam. Sara Powell plays Simone, Elliot’s associate and Taj Atwal is Jasmine, Rachel’s best friend and colleague at the cleaning agency. John Thomson will also feature as Rachel’s boss, Geoff.
The four-part primetime thriller follows the story of a young, single mother Rachel and her young son Liam. They’re on the poverty line, but she works all hours of the day as a cleaner to give him the best life she can. One day, her boss at the cleaning firm is approached by a businesswoman who says she’s acting for an extremely wealthy client called Elliot. Her client has observed Rachel working at a hotel where he’s a regular guest and she asks if Rachel can clean for him exclusively. Better pay, less hours – it sounds too good to be true. Gradually Elliot’s behaviour towards Rachel and Liam becomes increasingly controlling. When suspicions are raised, Rachel starts to dig into his past, uncovering a dark and disturbing story from his childhood that explains his obsession with them.
I’m delighted to be working on another project with the talented team at Story Films. Equipped with a compelling script and stellar cast, 'The Hunted' is another exciting addition to our ever-growing Drama slate.” Sebastian Cardwell Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, Paramount