The Chase (British game show)

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The Chase is a British television quiz show broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh. Contestants play against a professional quizzer, known as the "chaser", who attempts to prevent them from winning a cash prize. The six chasers are Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan, and Darragh Ennis. Labbett and Wallace have both been chasers since series 1, while Hegerty joined in series 2, Sinha in series 4, Ryan in series 9 and Ennis in series 14. With rare exceptions for special episodes, only one chaser participates in any given episode.

The Chase
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GenreQuiz show
Created by
  • Danny Carvalho
  • Pete Faherty
  • Chris Gepp
  • Elliot Johnson
  • Matt Pritchard
  • Amanda Wilson[1]
Directed by
  • Ian Hamilton
  • Stuart McDonald
Creative director(s)Michael Kelpie
Presented byBradley Walsh
Starring
Theme music composerPaul Farrer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series13
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Martin Scott
  • Michael Kelpie
Production location(s)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)
DistributorITV Studios
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 (HDTV) 1080i
Original release29 June 2009 (2009-06-29) –
present
Chronology
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A team of four contestants individually attempt to amass as much money as possible, which is later added to a prize fund if the contestant survives their chase. The chaser must attempt to catch each contestant during their chase, eliminating that person from the game and preventing the money from being added to the collective prize fund. In the individual chase, the player must choose between a higher offer, their earned money, and a lower offer. Later, in the final round, contestants who survived their chases play collectively as a team against the chaser for an equal share of the prize fund.[4]

With a regular audience of three to five million, The Chase is one of ITV's most successful daytime shows ever.[5] It has been nominated six times at the National Television Awards, winning in 2016, 2017, and 2019.[6] It has also become a successful international franchise: regional versions have been made in Australia, China, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, United States and Spain. Labbett, Hegerty and Wallace also feature as chasers on the Australian version. Labbett featured as the sole chaser on the now-defunct American version.

GameplayEdit

Cash Builder and Head-to-Head roundsEdit

Each contestant individually attempts to accumulate the team's prize fund through two rounds. In the first round, known as the "Cash Builder", the contestant answers as many questions as they can within one minute, with each correct answer worth £1,000. After completing the Cash Builder, the contestant enters the "Head-to-Head" round, attempting to move the money down to the bottom of a seven-step board and into the team bank ("home") without being caught by the chaser. The board had eight steps in the first series.

The contestant can choose their starting position three steps down from the top as a head start (requiring five steps to reach home), but they can elect to increase the amount (increasing the steps by one closer to the chaser) or decrease (increasing the steps by one closer to the home; depending on how many correct answers the contestant gave, the smaller amount can be zero or even negative. Once setting the starting position, the host asks a series of multiple-choice questions to the contestant and the chaser, both of whom individually select one of the three answer options on keypads. After either person locks in a guess, the other must do so within five seconds or be locked out for that turn. A correct answer moves the person who gave it one step down the board, while a miss or lock-out leaves them where they are.

If the contestant successfully reaches home without being caught, they advance to the Final Chase and their money is added to the team's prize fund (or deducted, if they took a negative amount). If the chaser catches up, the contestant is eliminated with no money banked; If all four contestants are caught by the chaser, they nominate one contestant to play the Final Chase alone.

Final ChaseEdit

The contestants who win their head-to-head chases blindly select one of two question sets for themselves, with the other set put aside for the chaser, and then have two minutes to answer as many questions as possible on the buzzer. Contestants use buzzers to answer questions, but only the contestant who buzzing-in counts as an answer; buzzers are not used if only one contestant participates in the Final Chase. Every correct answer moves the team one step ahead of the chaser, and they are given a head start of one step per contestant is playing in this round. The contestants may not discuss or confer on any questions during this portion of the round.

The chaser is then given two minutes to answer (a set number of) questions from the unused set in an attempt to catch the team, moving one step ahead per correct response. If the chaser passes or misses a question, the clock is briefly stopped and the team are given a chance to discuss it and respond; a correct answer pushes the chaser back one step, or (from series 3 onwards) moves the team ahead one step if the chaser is at the starting line. If the chaser caught the team before the time expires, the prize fund is forfeited for the team and each member wins nothing (during celebrity editions, a consolation £1,000 is donated to each celebrity's chosen charity).

If the chaser was unable to catch up to the team, the participating contestants split the prize fund equally, or in the event where all four contestants were caught in their head-to-head chases but the nominated contestants wins the chase, each contestants wins £1,000.

FilmingEdit

Three episodes are filmed in a day and each one takes around an hour and a half to film. According to Walsh, "It runs like clockwork." The Final Chase can be stopped and re-started if Walsh stumbles on a question. He told the Radio Times, "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 videotape 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."[7]

In March 2020, filming was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with The Sun's TV Mag, Bradley Walsh said that the show was "at least 100 episodes behind schedule" due to lockdown. ITV screened repeat episodes in The Chase's regular scheduled slot.[8]

ChasersEdit

Spin-offsEdit

A spin-off series titled The Chase: Celebrity Special featuring celebrity teams as contestants began airing on ITV in 2011. As many contestants are comedians or actors, there is a much-higher comedic element. The game is played the same way as the regular version. However, if all four celebrities have been caught by the chaser, the prize fund during the Final Chase is £20,000 (originally £4,000). If the team is caught during the Final Chase, a consolation prize of £1,000 is awarded to the charities for each celebrity who advanced to this stage.

The Family ChaseEdit

In February 2017, ITV commissioned The Family Chase, a spin-off featuring a team of four family members.[16] The six-episode spin-off debuted on 2 September 2017.[17] The second series of 8 episodes was commissioned and commenced airing on 24 March 2019. The Family Chase works the same way like the Regular and Celebrity versions, but the winning system is different; if the Family wins, they do not share money, but they keep the whole win in the family since they knew each other.

Beat The ChasersEdit

In November 2019, ITV commissioned another spin-off called Beat The Chasers. It began airing in prime-time on 27 April 2020 and features contestants attempting to beat up to five chasers to win big cash prizes.[18] A single contestant plays the Cash Builder round, answering a series of multiple-choice questions worth £1,000 each; the round ends once they either miss a question or get five right. They must then decide how many chasers from two to five to face in a timed head-to-head round, with the chasers specifying a time limit for themselves and offering larger cash prizes as an incentive to face more of them.

The contestant's clock is set to 60 seconds, while the chasers' clock is set to their agreed-on time. Only one clock runs at any given moment, starting with the contestant; the side in control must answer a question correctly to stop their clock and turn control over to the opposing side. The chasers must buzz-in to respond and may not confer on any questions. The contestant wins the money on offer if the chasers' clock runs out first, or nothing if their clock runs out.[19] Anne Hegerty has confirmed the spin-off will return for a second series.[20][21]

TransmissionsEdit

Regular editionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes Notes References
1 29 June 2009 10 July 2009 10 Aired as one of three summer replacements for Golden Balls, with the other two being Divided and The Fuse. [22]
2 24 May 2010 19 July 2010 40 No episode aired on 29 June due to The World Cup match between Paraguay and Japan. [23]
3 3 January 2011 25 February 2011 40 Series 3 had no breaks and neither had Series 1 and 2. [24]
4 5 September 2011 30 January 2012 60 Series 4 took a break from 31 October – 2 January. [25]
5 31 January 2012 26 October 2012 120 Series 5 took breaks from 13–17 February, 2–6 April, 4 June – 31 August & 17 October. [26][27]
6 29 October 2012 21 November 2014 150 Series 6 took breaks from 24 December – 1 January, 11–15 February, 25 March – 5 April 27–31 May & 1 July 2013 – 20 November 2014. [28][27]
7 2 September 2013 17 November 2014 150 Series 7 took breaks from 28 October – 1 November 11 November – 19 December, 17–21 February, 7–18 April, 6 June & 15 June – 4 July. [29][27]
8 1 September 2014 3 July 2015 150 Series 8 took breaks from 22 December – 2 January & 20 April – 29 May. [30][27]
9 22 June 2015 6 September 2016 190 Series 9 took breaks from 3–28 August, 23 September – 7 October & 21 December – 1 January. [31]
10 15 April 2016 24 October 2017 190 Series 10 took breaks from 13 June – 26 August 19 December – 1 January 20 January & 22 March. [32]
11 25 April 2017 3 September 2018 170 Series 11 took breaks from 1–26 May, 19 June – 1 September & 25 December – 1 January.[33] [34]
12 2 March 2018 25 October 2019 170 Series 12 took breaks from 28 May – 31 August, 10–31 December 2018, 11–15 March, 1–5 April and 17 May – 24 October 2019. [35]
13 7 March 2019 2020 210 Series 13 took breaks from 20 May – 30 August 11 November – 31 December 2019, 9–13 March and 23 March – present

All five chasers (as of the date of production) took part in the 1,000th episode on 29 September 2016, with a different chaser selected at random for each head-to-head round and the fifth participating in the Final Chase. This format has also been used for the Christmas edition of the Celebrity Specials.

EXTRA editionsEdit

In this special isolation version of the show, broadcast on The Chase's YouTube channel and shown straight after the main show, all five Chasers are presenters and viewers at home can play along, for they are the contestants. Each series has five episodes; the first series was shown in mid-May 2020, and was hosted by Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan. Between late-May and early-June, the second series was shown across consecutive days and presented by Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace. The third series will be shown later in June or July 2020, while the fourth and fifth series are scheduled to air later in 2020.

Series Start date End date Episodes Presenter Broadcast Series average (thousands)
1 18 May 2020 22 May 2020 5 Jenny Ryan From Monday to Friday 98,000
2 26 May 2020 14 June 2020 Shaun Wallace On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 12,000

Celebrity Special editionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes Notes
1 29 October 2011[36] 10 December 2011[37] 6[37] Series 1 had no breaks.
2 19 August 2012[38] 7 October 2012[39] 6[39] Series 2 had no breaks and neither had series 1.
3 5 October 2013[40] 28 December 2013[41] 15[41] Series 3 had no breaks and neither had Series 1 and 2.
4 30 August 2014[42] 8 March 2015[43] 18[43] The last two episodes of the series aired in March 2015.
5 24 October 2015[44] 15 May 2016[45] 16[45] This series aired in two parts; series took a break from 19 December 2015 – 20 March 2016.
6 11 September 2016 26 November 2017 16 Episodes 1–8 aired in Autumn 2016. Episodes 9 – 14 aired in Summer 2017. Episodes 15 and 16 aired in November 2017. Series 6 took breaks from 6 November 2016 – 2 July 2017 and 27 August 2017 – 29 October 2017. No episode was broadcast on 30 July 2017.
7 14 October 2017 21 October 2018 10 The first eight episodes aired in Autumn 2017, with the remaining episode broadcast in October 2018. The Christmas Special aired on 24 December 2017. The first two episodes were broadcast on Saturdays in October 2017, but the next six episodes aired on Sundays in November and December 2017. The series took breaks on 5 and 26 November 2017 when Series 6 episodes were broadcast.
8 14 October 2018 2020 8 The first four episodes aired on Sundays in Autumn 2018, alternating with Series 9 episodes. The Christmas special aired on 16 December 2018. Episode Five aired on 19 October 2019. The remaining three episodes of the series have not yet been broadcast. Series 8 took breaks on 21 and 28 October 11 and 25 November, and 2 and 9 December 2018.
9 8 June 2018 12 October 2019 8 The first episode of the series was entitled The Chase for Soccer Aid and aired on 8 June 2018. The next four episodes aired on Sundays from 28 October 2018, alternating with Series 8 episodes. The final three episodes were broadcast on Saturdays in Autumn 2019, alternating with Series 10 episodes. Series 9 took breaks on 4 and 18 November 2 and 16 December 2018, and 21 and 28 September 2019.
10 14 June 2019 2020 12 The first episode of the series was entitled The Chase for Soccer Aid and aired on 14 June 2019. Episodes resumed on Saturdays in Autumn 2019, alternating with Series 9 episodes. Series 10 took breaks on 14 September and 5–12 October 2019.

Family Chase editionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 2 September 2017 7 October 2017 6
2 24 March 2019 24 May 2020 16

Beat The Chasers editionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 27 April 2020 1 May 2020 5
2 TBA TBA TBA

International broadcastsEdit

  •   Australia – Double episodes of the British version of The Chase air on weekday afternoons at 2:00 pm on the Seven Network, with the 3:00 pm episode placed in direct competition with rival ITV-produced game show Tipping Point on the Nine Network.[46][47][48] Seven also considered producing a local version, and filmed a pilot episode on the UK set, but decided not to proceed.[49] However, in mid-2015 a local version was commissioned to replace Deal or No Deal and Million Dollar Minute in a bid to revive ratings for its struggling flagship 6:00 pm nightly news bulletin.[50][51] Hegerty and Labbett feature as three of the five permanent chasers on the Australian version, while Wallace appeared as a guest chaser in 2018.[52][11][53] They are currently airing series 8.
  •   New Zealand – Episodes of the British version of The Chase air on Monday to Saturday afternoons at 4:55 pm on TVNZ 1, while The Celebrity Chase airs on Sunday afternoons at 4:55 pm, providing the lead-in to the 6:00pm nightly news. Repeat episodes air on Monday to Friday mornings at 11:00 am. The show frequently ranks in the weekly top-20 most watched TV shows, drawing in an average of 1.3 million viewers per week.[54] As of September 2018, they are currently airing series 11.[55]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

 
Bradley Walsh, presenter of the show

The Chase is highly popular with critics and viewers. Despite early criticism,[56] opinion has improved over time. Some critics, as well as the chasers,[5] put the show's success down to Walsh as host and his many memorable moments, some of which come from questions or answers which often leave him in hysterics.[57] Labbett also said that the sense of fun and the variety of chasers is a major factor.[5] Sinha said, "The format has been brilliantly thought out. No matter the relative strengths of the players, it is resolutely a team game, with a dramatic climax."[58]

ControversiesEdit

The Chase has also been at the criticised on several occasions, such as the Final Chase, when Walsh asks the chasers' questions more quickly than those of the contestants.[59] In an interview with the Radio Times, Walsh repudiated those claims: "We have lawyers on the floor to watch all of this. I read [the questions] at the same speed for both." He went on to say, "Don't forget, if I've got Mark Labbett answering questions for two minutes and I've got a team answering for two minutes, the team aren't going to be quicker. Simple as that, because they have to press the button [before answering], which is why they get a head start based on how many people are in the final. If you've got three people in the final chase that's a three-step head start–that's about a twelve-second advantage."[60]

There have also been a number of games where the chaser has won with (almost) no time remaining on the clock,[61] but spokespeople have insisted that an independent adjudicator – a representative from Beyond Dispute Ltd[62] – always checks each show.[63]

On 6 April 2016, on an episode where Labbett was the chaser, a glitch occurred whereby the clock froze at 10 seconds and then increased to 11 seconds, giving Labbett an extra second. Although the contestants were far ahead and there was no chance of their being caught (and would won a £27,000 pot), a spokesperson for the show told OK! Online the following day that an error occurred during the editing process, but gameplay was otherwise not affected by it.[64]

On 4 March 2019, on an episode where Hegerty was the chaser, Walsh asked a question about which band had the fewest members – with the possible answers being the Proclaimers, the Pretenders or the Prodigy. Many viewers criticised ITV for deciding to air the episode hours after the news had publicly broken about the death of the Prodigy's frontman Keith Flint.[65][66]

Ratings and rivalry with PointlessEdit

During its first two series, the show averaged 1–2 million viewers, then over 2 million during series three. By December 2012, The Chase had become ITV's most popular "teatime" programme since The Paul O'Grady Show in 2005, with over 3 million viewers an episode.[67] On 21 January 2013, The Chase managed a peak audience of 5.1 million, a new all-time high.[68] Almost every episode is now in ITV's Top 30 weekly broadcasts.[69]

In its timeslot, The Chase airs at the same time as BBC One's Pointless,[70] a game show launched in August 2009, two months after The Chase's debut.[5] The two programmes usually receive similar ratings (for example in September 2012, The Chase had 2.44 million viewers versus 2.27 million for Pointless).[71] However, between October 2012 and January 2013, The Chase beat Pointless in the ratings each week. For two weeks in February 2013, Pointless received a higher share than The Chase (3.53 million viewers to 3.41 million, and again 3.58 million viewers to 3.30 million).[72]

AwardsEdit

Year Group Award Result Reference
2013 National Television Awards Best Daytime Programme Nominated [73]
Broadcast Awards Won [74]
TV Guide Awards Nominated [75]
2014 National Television Awards Nominated [76]
2015 Nominated [77]
2016 Won [78]
2017 Won [79]
2018 Nominated [80]
2019 Best Quiz Show Won [81]
2020 The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award Nominated [82]

International versionsEdit

Legend:
     Currently airing  
     No longer airing  
     Upcoming  

Country Local title Channel(s) Presenter(s) Chaser(s) Premiere date End date
  Australia The Chase Australia[83] Seven Network[51] Andrew O'Keefe[52] Brydon Coverdale
Anne Hegerty
Mark Labbett (2016–)[11]
Matt Parkinson
Issa Schultz
Shaun Wallace (Guest Chaser; 2018)[84]
Cheryl Toh (Guest Chaser; 2019 and 2020)
2013–1014 September 2015
  China 挑战文化名人
Tiǎozhǎn wénhuà míngrén
(Challenge the Culture Masters)[85]
Jiangxi Television Liú Wèi Meng Man
Ji Lianhai
A Yi
Kang Zhen
Li Bo
2014–0720 July 2014 4 October 2014
  Croatia Potjera
(The Chase)[86]
HRT Tarik Filipović (2013–2019)
Joško Lokas (2019–)
Dean Kotiga (2013–)
Mirko Miočić (2013–2016)
Morana Zibar (2013–)
Krešimir Međeral-Sučević (2016–)
Mladen Vukorepa (2017–)
3 November 2013
  Finland Jahti
(The Chase)[87]
MTV3 Mikko Leppilampi Eero Ylitalo
"Mr. Archive" ("Herra Arkisto")
Magnus Mali
"The Sharp" ("Terävä")
Markus Leikola
"The Know-it-all" ("Besserwisser")[88]
30 August 2018
  Germany Gefragt – Gejagt
(Asked–Chased)
NDR Fernsehen (2012–2015)
Das Erste (2015–)
Alexander Bommes Holger Waldenberger (2012, 2015–2017)
"The Giant" ("Der Gigant")
Sebastian Jacoby (2013–)[89]
"The Quiz God" ("Der Quizgott")
Sebastian Klussmann (2013–)[89]
"The Know-it-all" ("Der Besserwisser")
Klaus Otto Nagorsnik (2014–)[90]
"The Librarian" ("Der Bibliothekar")
Grażyna Werner (2017)[91]
"The Governess" ("Die Gouvernante")
Manuel Hobiger (2018–)[92]
"The Quiz Volcano" ("Der Quizvulkan")
Thomas Kinne (2018–)[92]
"The Quiz Doctor" ("Der Quizdoktor") 2012–08
8 July 2012
  Israel המרדף
HaMirdaf
(The Chase)[93]
KAN 11 Ido Rosenblum Itai Hermann
Ron Kofman (Guest Chaser; 2017 and 2018)
Nadav Jacobi (Guest Chaser; 2018)
Michal Sharon (2018–)
2017–0518 May 2017
המרדף עד הבית
HaMirdaf ad HaBait
(The Chase To Home)
Dudu Erez Itai Hermann 26 March 2020
  Norway Jaget
(Hunted)[94]
TV 2 Sturla Berg-Johansen Trine Aalborg
Jan Arild Breistein
Thomas Kolåsæter
2014–097 September 2014 11 May 2016
  Russia Погоня
Pogoniya
(Pursuit)[95]
Russia 1 Alexander Gurevich[96] Alexander Ediger
Yuriy Hashimov
Olga Uspanova
Boris Burda
2012–1117 November 2012[97] 14 September 2013
  Serbia

Потера
Potera
(The Chase)[98]

RTS Jovan Memedović Milorad Milinković (Series 1–)
Uroš Đurić (Series 1–5)
Milica Jokanović (Series 2–)
Žarko Stevanović (Series 5–)
Slobodan Nešović (Series 1)
Maja Lalić (Series 1)
2013–1028 October 2013[99]
  Spain

El Cazador
(The Hunter)[100]

La 1 Ion Aramendi Erundino Alonso
"The Executioner" ("El Justiciero")
Paz Herrera
"The Professor" ("La Profesora")
Ruth de Andrés
"The Governess" ("La Gobernanta")
Lilit Manukyan
"The Spy" ("La Espía")
10 February 2020[101]
  Turkey Takip
(Follow)[102]
Kanal D Uraz Kaygilaroğlu Muhsin Divan 2014–049 April 2014[103] 19 January 2015
  United States The Chase[104] GSN Brooke Burns Mark Labbett 2013–086 August 2013[105] 11 December 2015

MerchandiseEdit

A board game based on the show was released in 2012 by Ideal.[106] In 2013, a card game based on the show was released by Ginger Fox.[107]

On 12 December 2012, a version for iOS was released by Barnstorm Games. The app features four chasers (excluding Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, who had not yet appeared on the programme at the time of release) and can be played by up to four people, as in the actual show. The only differences between the app and the show are that four choices are presented for questions in the Cash Builder and the Final Chase rounds and that no Final Chase is played if all players are caught in their chases. The app is designed for both iPhones and iPads.[108] An updated version, The Chase: Ultimate Edition, was released in 2017 and features all five chasers and host Walsh.[109]

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