Manhunt With Joel Lambert

Manhunt With Joel Lambert

Mondays 2000, from 7 April (1900 BKK/JKT, 2100 KUL)

Former Navy SEAL and escape and evasion expert Joel Lambert is on an ultimate real-life chase against the world’s most elite military and law enforcement tracking teams.

To capture Joel, these highly trained tracking units can use any assets available to them in a real world manhunt. Joel, on the other hand, will only be provided with minimal supplies to survive – for anything else that he needs, he must search for along the way. Armed with only a basic survival kit and his wits, Joel is dropped on location in the Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, United States, Poland and Panama with a head start. He has up to 48 hours to reach a pre-determined extraction point that only he is aware of, with a different hunter force agency hot on his heels each week. He will also have to face treacherous terrain and deadly wildlife. 

Catch the excitement in this extreme version of hide-and-seek. The hunt is on.


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Watch some of the incredible challenges Joel and the crew faced while filming, and pick up some valuable tips for travelling in the wild from Inside The Hunt.



Joel was raised in Washington State in a small logging town on the Columbia River. Growing up, Joel had no direction but only knew he wanted something that would challenge him and was searching for a path that would be the most rewarding and the most risky.

In 1998, Joel joined the Navy and made it through Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S), the brutal and gruelling selection course for the SEAL Teams. During his 10 years in the military, he was deployed on combat missions to locations including Afghanistan, the European theatre and Kosovo. Joel operated within SEAL Teams 2 and 4 for eight years; he planned and participated in over 20 real-world combat missions, headed the mission critical ordnance department containing all weaponry and optics for 16 SEAL operators, and trained SEAL operators and foreign special operations personnel from Singapore, Thailand, Greece, Egypt, Germany, Netherlands and Estonia.

Joel’s qualifications include training in Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape; heavy weapons, stinger missile systems, close quarters defense and battle, Military Free-fall, and also Dive Supervisor.

After his last tour in Afghanistan, Joel spent two years as a BUD/S instructor, the screening and selection program for the Navy SEALs. Joel earned the designation ‘Master Training Specialist’ in recognition of superior training and briefing skills and was consistently in the top 10 percent of instructor staff.

Did You Know...?

  • The Philippines’ Army Scout Rangers are the most elite unit within that country’s Special Operations Command, and are adept at using camouflage to hide themselves from the human quarry they are pursuing.  
  • Combat aviators wear one-way signal-emitting transmitters attached to their uniforms, so they can be tracked if they’re shot down or crash behind enemy lines. [1]
  • One useful drill in survival training is the KIMS game, in which participants try to recall assortments of 10 to 20 objects that they only briefly see. [2]
  • Navy SEALs learn in their training that the ‘V’ in Survival stands for “vanquish fear and panic.”
  • In survival lingo, a camouflage outfit is also known as a “Ghillie Suit”, a term borrowed from Scottish hunters.
  • Ancient Egyptian and Roman soldiers used tracker dogs to hunt down human quarry. [3]
  • Trackers look for disturbed leaves, soil and other subtle indications that their target has passed through an area. [2]
  • The easiest place to track a fleeing target is in tall grass, where it is difficult to avoid tramping down areas and leaving a trail.[2]    
  • Trackers know that targets eventually will have to empty their bowels, and will look for human waste as a clue to their whereabouts. [2]
  • One way to throw off trackers using dogs is to drag your clothing through animal manure or mud to mask your scent.  
  • Insects actually contain 60 to 85 percent protein, compared to 20 percent for beef. That makes them an excellent food source for someone trying to escape through a wooded area. [4]
  • Survival experts say that sheer stubbornness – an annoying trait in ordinary times –can be a valuable quality when evading capture. [4] 
[1] The Spokesman-Review (29 August 2007). Behind Barbed Wire. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last accessed: 9 January 2014]
[2] Robert Valdes. How Military Snipers Work. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 10 January 2014].
[3] Barry Davies, (2011). The Complete SAS Survival Manual. 1st ed.
[4] Headquarters, Department Of The Army (May 2002). FM 3-05.70 Survival. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 10 January 2014].


Joel Lambert provides some essential tips. Click on the image below. 


Episode Guide

7 April
Kicking off the series is a behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous conditions battled during production. Joel Lambert, an ex-Navy SEAL, takes on some of the world’s most specialised military and law enforcement tracking units as he puts them to the test and challenges them to physically capture him over a period of up to 48 hours. Shot in some of the most remote and exotic locations of the world, meet each of the hunter forces and hear about the difficulties Joel experienced in trying to escape and evade each one. The making of the series proves just as challenging as severe injuries and near-death accidents plague the crew, all while trying to capture this ultimate game of cat-and-mouse.  

14 April
Joel is hunted across a private game reserve in South Africa as he faces off against one of the most specialised forces yet – the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF). With the reserve full of deadly animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos, Joel must be hyper aware of both the hunter force behind him – and the dangerous game ahead. Comprised of ex-military and ex-poachers, the IAPF’s keen tracking skills allow them to detect even the faintest hint of Joel, without the aid of high tech assets. But when the IAPF finds a pride of lions on the prowl, the hunt changes to a life-and-death rescue mission to find Joel before he becomes a lion’s lunch.  

21 April
Joel has just 36 hours to escape and evade Poland’s elite border guard, the Straz Graniczna. Over a distance of 25 kilometres, the border guard deploys all their assets, including thermal camera helicopters, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), motorcycles, tracking dogs and world-class field units, in an attempt to intercept Joel before he reaches his extraction point. As the Straz Graniczna mobilises dozens of troops, Joel is forced to utilise all of his deception tactics – not to mention, make his way down a 20 metre cliff, and risk a daring truck ride – in this battle of Polish pride versus Joel’s rigorous training.

28 April
Panama's elite anti-drug trafficking unit SENAFRONT has just 36 hours to track, hunt and capture Joel through the jungles of San Jose Island, situated close to 100 kilometres off the coast. Joel battles for his freedom through thick rainforest, rocky shorelines, and some surprising wildlife, while SENAFRONT unleash their full arsenal using ATV patrols, boat units, and ground trackers to pressure Joel from all sides. When Joel decides to use the natural terrain to conceal his trail, SENAFRONT turns the tables by using one of Joel’s signature moves against him.

5 May
Joel goes up against the U.S. Army's Phantom Recon unit – a battle-tested group of trackers, supremely skilled in hunting down the most elusive of enemy targets. Their turf in southern Arizona is the harsh 75,000 acres of terrain surrounding Fort Huachuca military base, an area home to mountain lions and bears – and a much-favoured route of illegal immigrants and heavily armed drug smugglers trying to gain passage into the country. If Phantom Recon is not intimidating enough, Joel is also being monitored by a squadron of sophisticated unmanned aerial drones, whose cameras have locked in on his every move. Pitted against both top-notch trackers and the latest aerial spyware, will Joel’s skills and endurance be enough to get him to a successful extraction before the “enemy” closes in?

12 May
Joel faces off against the Philippines Army Scout Rangers, with just 48 hours to escape the dense jungle. Over a distance of 25 kilometres, and with two trucks as their only assets, the Scout Rangers prove they are among the world’s best at jungle tracking as they utilise their unique skill set to stay hot on Joel’s trail. But the harsh heat and humidity of the Philippine jungle and an unfortunately timed typhoon push Joel, the hunter unit, and the crew to the brink.

19 May
Joel takes on the South Korean National Police (KNP) SWAT unit in a challenge like he has never faced before – urban evasion. Situated on the heavily populated and highly trafficked tourist island of Jeju, Joel must alter his tactics to escape the KNP’s web of over 5,000 closed-circuit television cameras, in addition to their boat, air and mobile assets. Nothing is off limits to Joel as he tries to avoid physical capture through the back alleys of the city. But when the pressure of the KNP becomes too much for Joel, he leads them out into the wilderness on a wild path of deception and near misses.