Hunter is a two-part BBC One police crime drama, commissioned in 2008 as a follow up to Five Days, the 2007 series which introduced the protagonists of Hunter – DSI Iain Barclay (Hugh Bonneville) and DS Amy Foster (Janet McTeer) – who reprise their roles as the dysfunctional detective pair. The two part miniseries aired on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 January 2009 on BBC One, and achieved an average of 5.4 million viewers during first episode. The miniseries was also simulcast on BBC HD. The drama was intended as a backdoor pilot for a potential series, but no further episodes were commissioned. On 15 October 2009, the miniseries was released on Region 4 DVD in Australia via Roadshow Entertainment.


DSI Iain Barclay heads up a team of police officers that are looking into the disappearance of two boys. He calls in the assistance of former colleague DS Amy Foster to help with the investigation. The perpetrators turn out to be radical members of the anti-abortion movement, who threaten to kill the two children unless the BBC screens an anti-abortion propaganda film. Barclay, Foster and their colleagues must race against time to apprehend the kidnappers before they can carry out their threats. This led Britain's Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Pro-Life Alliance and kindred groups to claim that the portrayal of the anti-abortionists was "distorted".