Interview with Matt Mason, 29, Royal Marine from Devon, who has done three tours of Afghanistan for the new series of Hunted

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How will you succeed, what tactics are you willing to employ, and are there any that you are trying to avoid?

Matt – I think succeeding is all down to your personal decisions, everything is in your control, it might not seem it but every decision that you make is in your control and that does make success and failure. So, for me, the decisions that I am going to be making are very calculated, not off the cuff. Rural, I’m going to be rural and completely out of CCTV, being able to hide out is part of my job anyway, and I think that will give me an edge. I won’t use people I don’t know for hitchhiking and stuff, you don’t know their background or if I can rely on them. They might dob you in for 500 quid, so I will be negating that by not using them. Unless it is an utter emergency and I need to get out of the area as fast as possible! I won’t be using any mobile devices or any form of digital footprint at all… again, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Okay, so why did you want take part in Hunted?

Matt – To take part in Hunted will give me a great opportunity to win a substantial amount of money, whether it will be ten grand or a hundred, to support my family. Especially giving my wife a few more months if not years off work, so that she can look after and help develop my nine month old son.

What do you think going on the run will be like, and how confident are you that you could stay hidden until the end?

Matt – I think going on the run is going to be a great experience, it is something that I have obviously never done before, it is going to be completely different to my normal life. So that is quite exciting, I am confident in my own motivation, focus and I think that although it will be difficult it is more than achievable.