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What's the prize on Hunted on Channel 4 and how the show works

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Hunted returns on Channel 4 tonight – how does it work and what’s the prize?

Channel 4’s hit factual thriller returns for a sixth series as nine British citizens turn fugitive and go on the run.

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For the first time on Hunted, the fugitives must make their escape from an island, the Isle of Wight, under the ever-watchful eye of the hunter helicopter which is streaming live video direct to HQ

The contestants will start with only a change of clothes and a small amount of cash.

The stakes are high; if the fugitives can evade capture for 23 days they could win a share of £100,000.

Those taking part this year include an ex-military veteran, serving police officer and mother of two; a couple who are experienced urban explorers; two profoundly deaf young men in the prime of their lives; two sisters who have something to prove to their mum; and a mother of four who is hoping to evade detection with her grown-up son.

Leading the hunt is Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Lisa Theaker. Lisa has led many complex homicide investigations.

Now she oversees a handpicked team of top police and military personnel, armed with the powers of the state, which includes live CCTV, ANPR, GPS positioning, drones, tracker dogs, mobile phone monitoring and publicity campaigns.

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In tonight’s opening episode, the hunters lie in wait at an abandoned ski centre, expecting urban explorers Katie and Liam to arrive. But will they walk into the trap?

Police officer Sarah misses her children and hopes to see them at their weekly football session on her way to collect camping gear from her colleague Deano. But the hunters have Deano in their sights, banking that he’ll lead them straight to Sarah.

The hunters get a tip-off from a member of the public on the whereabouts of Shoba and Amarinder, and the Chief hatches an elaborate plan to reel them in.

Hunted airs Sunday and Monday nights on Channel 4 at 9PM.

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You can watch episodes from the past series online via the All4 player here.

Alongside the main series, a Celebrity spin-off airs in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

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