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The first series was recorded at Elstree Studios, while the second was recorded at LH2 Studios in West London and lacked an audience [[Impact of COVID-19|as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic]].
The first series was recorded at Elstree Studios, while the second was recorded at LH2 Studios in West London and lacked an audience [[Impact of COVID-19|as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic]].
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Voted the Best New Show in this site's [[Poll of the Year 2020#Hall of FAME 2020|Poll of 2020]]
== See also ==
== See also ==

Current revision as of 23:45, 17 January 2021

Contents

Host

Bradley Walsh

Co-hosts

Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Paul Sinha, Shaun Wallace (as The Chasers)

Broadcast

Potato (an ITV Studios company) for ITV, 27 April 2020 to present

Synopsis

An excursion into primetime for ITV's biggest quiz.

C what we're doing here?

Our civilian contestant takes on an abbreviated "cashbuilder" round: each question's worth £1000, but they stop after they've got one wrong, or they've got five right. Get the first question wrong, and it's been a bit of a wasted journey.

But these are just the stakes. To win the money, the player will need to have to beat two or more Chasers in a head-to-heads contest.

Beat the Chasers The fab five gaze down from their eyrie.

Initially, the contestant is offered the money they earned from the cashbuilder, and can play against two Chasers. The Chasers will offer a certain head-start: the contestant always has 60 seconds, the Chasers might start at 40 seconds.

The choices come later: a third Chaser will offer more money, a different head-start, but it's an extra brain for the final. A fourth Chaser offers even more money, and the biggest reward comes from beating all five of 'em. The time the Chasers offer always rises: more time, more money.

Pick a combination of Chasers, money, and time.

Our player makes a decision, and the big-money chase is on.

In a nifty reversal of the usual format, while the solo contestant doesn't need a buzzer, the Chasers all need to ring in. Jenny Ryan told TV Times, "It's quite a learning curve. We thought it might be a bit easier than it actually was!"

Our player will answer questions while their clock ticks, and the clock will stop when they get a question right. Play then passes to the Chasers, whose clock will stop when they get a question right. The first team to run out of time loses.

Beat the Chasers There were some very big wins.

Each show contained five or six games; rinse and repeat until the hour is complete.

Beat the Chasers was louder, bolder, and brasher than its daytime counterpart. They'd chosen contestants with big personalities to match the Chasers, and with plenty of anecdotes for Bradley to bounce off.

Viewer reaction was positive, the show hooked 5 million viewers live on its first night, and kept them through the week.

Key moments

Mark Labbett laying into Shaun Wallace after he buzzed and took six seconds to answer a question on the first episode of the second series and subsequently having to apologise on the next episode for doing the same thing.

Trivia

Bernie Winters, the show's first contestant, would go on to set the lowest 15-round score in the history of Countdown.

The first series was recorded at Elstree Studios, while the second was recorded at LH2 Studios in West London and lacked an audience as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voted the Best New Show in this site's Poll of 2020

See also

The Chase

Weaver's Week review

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