Nat Geo to challenge forensic experts in “The Great American Manhunt”

London-based Wide-Eyed Entertainment (WEE) will produce The Great American Manhunt (pictured) for National Geographic Channel, which will air the series in the U.S. and internationally.
March 20, 2012

London-based Wide-Eyed Entertainment (WEE) will produce The Great American Manhunt (pictured) for National Geographic Channel, which will air the series in the U.S. and internationally.

Also to be known in international territories as Mystery Manhunt, the 8 x 60-minute series will challenge investigators to use only forensic clues, such as clothes, hair and skin, to identify a complete stranger’s occupation, location and full name.

Nat Geo U.S. will premiere the series on April 19, with a global rollout beginning in May.

“We have been blown away by the brilliance of our sleuths in piecing together the clues and hunting the targets down,” said David McNab, WEE’s creative director. “The team tests everything from blood to psychology – from MRI scans to the pollen on the target’s clothes. The science is jaw-dropping and the investigation takes the team on a thrilling chase across the country.”

Michael Cascio, EVP of programming for NGC, added, “With Wide-Eyed Entertainment’s keen approach, The Great American Manhunt puts expert investigators to the test to identify one person amongst 313 million. It’s a compelling real-life mystery series that will draw in audiences.”

The series is executive produced by Kathleen Cromley for National Geographic Channel, series produced by Paul O’Connor and Dan Gold, and line produced by Charlotte Wheaton. WEE’s David McNab executive produces.

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