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‘I watched The Chase for the first time in my life and it was an hour I’ll never get back’ – Tom Haynes


Why does all people love The Chase a lot? Honestly, it would not matter whether or not it’s on ITV each night time or not, if Bradley Walsh or considered one of the Chasers is concerned, folks lose their minds.

I’ll be actual with you, I’ve never seen the attraction of The Chase, however it is by far and away the hottest quiz present on TV in this nation.

To attempt and get a way of why The chase instructions fairly the stage of cultural relevance it does, I made a decision to look at it for the first time in my life and see if it would shock me.

I’m watching this episode on catch-up. It’s an hour-long if you issue in the advert breaks, making it twice so long as it must be.

Tony, a driving teacher from Kent, Will, a 21-yr-previous flying teacher, Michelle, from Manchester, and George, a full-time mum from Suffolk.

Thankfully the premise of The Chase is easy: reply questions accurately.

Me watching The Chase

Tony’s up first. Bradley makes boring small discuss with him. Canned laughter performs. It’s not humorous.

He’s a mad West Ham fan, I be taught. Bradley appears to care even lower than I do. With the perfunctory chat out of the approach the quiz begins.

Here’s the factor with The Chase. Bradders asks the questions so rapidly you actually solely have sufficient time to say the first reply that pops into your head, even when it’s seemingly the unsuitable one.

Obviously, time-pressured quizzes aren’t distinctive to The Chase however for me, it would not fairly nail the similar nail-biting stress of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? or University Challenge.

Tony is requested what sort of lodging combines a chunk of furnishings and he sort of panics and says “breakfast” earlier than Bradley corrects him and says it’s “mattress and breakfast”.

Tony can solely chuckle sadly as Bradders tells him that these had been some difficult questions. He provisionally has 4 grand, however I’m advised the Chaser is about to vary all that.

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The Chasers themselves are like the Eggheads 2.0, huge nerds with monikers that they’ve clearly okay’d however nonetheless really feel imply-spirited. Bradley makes a joke about The Beat’s weight and Greggs to the sound of extra canned laughter.

Bradders makes dumb jokes about all of the Chasers and then with all the gravitas of somebody who is aware of that is more likely to be the most secure paycheck he’ll ever make, Bradders declares the Chaser as much as bat.

It’s the Governess this time, who introduces herself curtly and makes a nasty joke for extra canned laughter.

So here is The Chase’s huge factor: The Chaser and Tony will now compete in the similar quiz. Right solutions “transfer” both participant nearer to residence base. Answer unsuitable and they keep the place they’re.

If Tony makes it again to the squad earlier than the Governess, he retains the cash, if she overtakes him he loses it. Pretty easy.

The different twist is that the Chaser makes two presents – a excessive one and a low one. The low provide reduces Tony’s prize cash however provides him a much bigger headstart, making it a safer choice. The reverse is true of the excessive provide, however Tony might simply go for the paltry £4,000 he received.

Usually, the excessive provide is eye-wateringly tempting to encourage the contestant to take a threat. Mind video games – we like to see it.

Sadly the contestant not often takes the excessive provide as a result of on stability of possibilities it’s not often price it. You see, the Chasers are superb at quizzes, so it would merely be a bit foolish to hedge your bets in opposition to them, particularly if you happen to’re Tony and you panic beneath stress.

Bradley typically pretends to not know the solutions for a bit in order that the Chaser can provide some patronising rationalization as to what oscillation means, or no matter.

The Governess would not get something unsuitable, predictably, and even is aware of additional trivia about most of the solutions. Further reinforcing the concept that this isn’t a good combat.

So that is the factor, the excessive provide not often ever comes into play since you would merely never threat it, particularly when your teammates are telling you to not threat it.

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Will, being solely 21 and realizing nothing about Nat King Cole or Ragtime music, will get barely something proper and Bradders may be very good to him. I’m unsure why however I simply do not discover watching folks being unhealthy at quizzes is a enjoyable time.

And so it goes for one other three rounds. It all feels a bit predictable: Either the contestant narrowly escapes with a reasonably mediocre amount of money or the Chaser effortlessly catches them. The stakes all really feel very low and it usually appears like the contestant cannot actually do an entire lot to have an effect on their destiny.

By the finish of the episode, I was completely bored and left questioning why folks care a lot about this present. The banter is lame, the quiz uninteresting, and the runtime far too lengthy.

I am unable to say I’ll be tuning in once more, however I do suppose Bradley Walsh has good hair, so it will get a 2/10 for that alone.