It’s a two horse race when it comes to quiz shows.
The Chase and Pointless have charming hosts, significant prize funds, and a whole dose of nail-biting tension – we love them both!
And as is natural with rival shows, they’ve thrown a few joking barbs each others’ ways over the years.
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The two stalwarts of daytime television first aired in 2009 – with Pointless emerging on our screens just two months after the Chase.
Now, they both air during the same 5pm time slot on BBC One and ITV.
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While viewers have had to choose between the two, the funny rivalry between the two beloved programmes has also come to life among the shows’ stars.
Ex-Coronation Street actor and TV legend Bradley Walsh presents the Chase, appearing alongside the intimidating Chasers who try to answer more questions correctly than the contestant in a race to the bottom of the board.
Meanwhile, the charming duo of Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman present Pointless.
But viewers may not know that the shows are actually filmed in studios next door to each other, with Bradley known for playing jokes on the intellectual Pointless pair.
Alexander told This Morning in 2019 that Bradley bursts into their studio “all the time.”
“Suddenly we’ll hear the audience going mad and you think ‘What the?’ and there’s Brad suddenly sitting at Richard’s desk,” he explained.
Bradley has also been savage about Pointless’ more meagre prize fund.
While the Chase regularly gives away thousands of pounds – including £70,000 to one contestant in 2019 – Pointless’ prize fund rises by just £250 an episode.
In a bloopers episode of The Chase from December 2020, Brad joked: “Oooo this week’s jackpot is £2,100, there’s two of you that’s not going to go far, but they will give you a mug to make up for it.”
Brad has also joked about how fun The Chase is in comparison to its rival, saying: “It’s not like Pointless, I’ve been in the studio when they’ve filmed that and it’s so boring, I’d rather stick pins in my eyes.”
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Richard and Bradley flexed over ratings on an episode of ITV’s Play to the Whistle in 2016, with Richard asking: “Let’s let six years of viewing figures decide shall we?”
And when it comes to the numbers, it’s been a very tight competition over the years.
During 2012 and 2013, both shows had similar ratings of just over three million people tuning in.
However, since then The Chase has become the highest-rated British daytime television show after the news, Covid-19 briefings, and sporting events.
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The ITV show also got another ratings boost in November 2018, when 4.9 million viewers watched the programme while Chaser Anne Hegerty appeared on reality show I’m a Celebrity.
Fellow Chaser Mark Labbett said at the time: “We just gained nearly a million viewers overnight.
“Pointless was down to 2.6 million, which I think is the biggest gap we’ve ever had on them.”
However, no matter what side you’re on, we’re hoping for many more series of both shows well into the future!