Bradley Walsh has revealed the prime time TV show’s lawyers are always close by on set and can often be forced to intervene.
The Chase presenter told the Radio Times how strict filming is, particularly if he stumbles on any words when asking the questions – especially during the Final Chase.
He revealed he’s also not given the questions in advance of asking them.
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Bradley said: “If there is a slight misread, I am stopped immediately – bang – by the lawyers.
“We have the compliance lawyers in the studio all the time.
“What you have to do is go back to the start of the question, literally on video tape where my mouth opens – or where it’s closed from the previous question – and the question is re-asked. It is stopped to the split second.
“It means no time is lost for either the contestant or the Chaser.”
He also explained how he’s required to read the questions at a certain speed during the Final Chase, saying: “You have to be at such a speed: if you’re a contestant and I go ‘what’s… the capital… of France… ’ they’d be dead and buried in thirty seconds.
“I have to make sure they get up to speed and they’re getting about 18 or 19 questions answered correctly.”
The presenter calls those numbers of correct answers a “banana skin score,” meaning they might trip up the Chasers when it’s their turn to answer the questions.
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Bradley explained contestants can answer 24 or 25 questions in the two minute timeframe, once nearly reaching 30.
He takes around 3.6 to four seconds to ask each question.
The Chase bosses also use an independent professional monitoring firm, Beyond Dispute, to check the questions asked and ensure they’re selected at random.
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