Coronation Street and Strictly stars join Celebrity Hunted

Celebrity Hunted: Channel 4 reveal trailer for third series in 2019

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The thrilling show has left viewers shouting at the TV in the past thinking of their own escape plans for the contestants. This year, 10 celebrities will take on the challenge and become fugitives hoping to evade being detected by the Hunters and surveillance experts.

The 10 celebrities will be trying to outsmart the police, former intelligence officers and members of the armed all in the name of Stand Up To Cancer.

Former Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp, who played Nicola Rubinstein the long-lost daughter of serial killer Pat Phelan, appears in the line-up.

Her actor fiancé Nikesh Patel, who has starred in Law and Order, Midsomer Murders and London Has Fallen is also taking part.

This Morning’s Nik and Eva Speakman will be taking a break from trying to help people with their worst fears to go on the run for the series.

Strictly stars Katya Jones and Saffron Barker will be hanging up their dancing shoes and waltzing their way into difficult situations as they try and hide from the police.

Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller will join them as she uses her quick reflexes to dart into any willing members of the public to help hide her.

Finishing the line-up are comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster and TV mathematician Bobby Seagull.

The five pairs have the task of trying to stay hidden and undetected for two weeks without the Hunters figuring out where they have decided to hide in the country.

Producer Tom Hutchings has teased: “Get ready for the adventures of our best set of celebrity fugitives ever.

“We release them, for the first time, in epic prison break-out style!

“Expect the unexpected as our fugitives enlist the help of their celebrity friends, hide out in the most daring locations and get chased around the UK by our fearless team of Hunters.

“[The team will be] headed up by Chief Lisa Theaker.”

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Commissioning editor for factual entertainment at Channel 4, Ian Dunkley, said: “We are delighted to be bringing back one of the most thrilling nationwide chase games with an esteemed group of celebrities supporting the amazing efforts of Stand Up to Cancer.”

Last year’s series saw stars including Made in Chelsea’s Ollie and Gareth Locke, Lisa Maffia and The Vivienne take part.

The normal version of the Channel 4 series came under fire last year as fans claimed the show was fixed.

Sarah Kibble claimed the prize money after reaching the extraction point in Scotland, arriving at the helicopter before the Hunters had even arrived on the island.

She had evaded some close calls throughout her time on the show, however, taking to Twitter Lou Clarey penned: “I hate Hunted – it’s so staged. What a waste of my time.”

John Maries commented: “Such a shame that Hunted is clearly a fix. Channel 4, can we please have a show that isn’t staged?”

Bill Holland added: “I mean, Made in Chelsea is less fake, but I enjoyed that.”

Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up To Cancer will air on Channel 4 at the end of March 2023.

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