The Chase

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the-chaseITV has ordered a whopping 300 more episodes of The Chase.

The quiz series has been renewed for two more seasons by the broadcaster, as well as a run of 24 celebrity specials.

Director of factual and daytime Alison Sharman said: “The Chase has been a consistent star performer for ITV Daytime. Now in its sixth series it continues to grow in popularity and we are thrilled to secure it into 2014 for our ITV Daytime viewers.”

Michael Kelpie, creative director of ITV Studios and executive producer of The Chase, said: “The Chase continues to go from strength to strength. I am thrilled that our success has been reflected in such a confident commission for ITV. For the next two years, The Chase is most definitely on!”

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Bradley Walsh hosts a celebrity edition of the hit quiz show where four well known celebrities have to work together to try and win thousands of pounds for charity. But can they outwit the quiz genius known as The Chaser?

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Stand up comedian and quiz master PAUL ‘The Sinnerman’ SINHA will join the esteemed team of expert Chasers responsible for standing in the way of big money wins.

The Sinnerman joins: The Beast, Mark Labbett; The Governess, Anne Hegerty; and The Barrister, Shaun Wallace. Can the four finest quiz brains in the country succeed in their mission to chase each contestant out of the game?

Produced by ITV Studios, The Chase isn’t just a quiz; it’s a race, where the players must avoid being caught by ‘The Chaser’, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them winning at all costs. Stay ahead of ‘The Chaser’ and they share the pot; get caught and they lose the lot!

In The Chase, contestants must answer general knowledge questions and play the tactics right in order to get themselves into the Final Chase, with the opportunity to win a prize fund worth thousands of pounds.

But standing in the way is their common enemy, the Chaser.  An intellectually dominating and supremely self-confident quiz genius, they will chase contestants down the board in a tense and thrilling test of knowledge to try to catch them and throw them out of the game.


Meet The Chasers:



New for The Chase, Paul Sinha is The Sinner Man.  Not only a very highly ranked quizzer, in the top 25 in the UK, but also a stand up comedian of some repute, having appeared on The News Quiz and boasts his own show at Edinburgh. In his trademark white suit, he is the absolute king of the sarcastic put down and uses his comic wit to good effect to disarm his opponents while

impressing with his wide-ranging knowledge from history and geography to modern pop culture.  He does have his weak spots, which contestants this series will be trying to work out…



They call this hefty chap “The Beast” – be afraid!

Mark Labbett ‘s name literally translates as ‘The Beast, ‘La Bete’ from the French and at 6’6 tall he is a quiz giant in every way.

Arrogant and intimidating with a menacing laugh when he senses a contestant is on the ropes.  As likely to win the psychological battle as the intellectual one and will use every dirty trick in the book to put his opponents off their guard.  He’s the fastest chaser, but sometimes that leads to silly mistakes that teams can capitalise on. Very strong on sport, science and as a maths teacher, brilliant at mental arithmetic.  Art and culture are a weakness he readily admits to.



 The Governess is sure to teach you a lesson

Anne Hegerty, The Governess, or ‘Frosty Knickers’ as Bradley likes to call her, much to her annoyance!  Stern and intimidating she reminds contestants of their old head mistresses and has a similar fear-inducing effect.  So much so that one contestant, a farmer, exclaimed ‘I’ve a two ton bull on my farm that’s not as scary as you!’.  An absolute authority on history and literature with a few unlikely strong subjects like indie bands and Jack Black films, but with a weakness that modern pop music contestants would do well to exploit.



Legal eagle “The Barrister” is silent but deadly

Shaun Wallace – super swotty barrister.  Bradley teases him constantly for being boring and spending so much time at the library.  But it has paid off.  Not only is he a former Mastermind champion  but he is also master of historical dates and sports facts, especially about his beloved Chelsea.  Silent but deadly is his style he unravels his opponents with a menacing glare down the table.  As a teetotaller, food and drink can catch him out.

ITV gameshow The Chase is back for its third season and is seeking contestants to pit themselves against the Chaser.

The show, hosted by Bradley Walsh, has contestants attempt to answer general knowledge questions in an attempt to outrun the Chaser which will lead to the opportunity to win thousands of pounds in prize money.

The Chaser will attempt to stand in their way, with their exceptional quiz brains working overtime to chase down the contestants and deny them a shot at the Final Chase.

If you wish to compete on The Chase, head to the ITV website to apply.

Monday, 29 June 2009, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Bradley Walsh hosts The Chase, a brand new quiz show on ITV1 daytime.

Every day four contestants pit their wits against The Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them winning at all costs.

The four strangers must work as a team, answering general knowledge questions and playing a strategic game in order to win themselves a potential prize pot worth thousands of pounds.

But standing in the way of the cash prize is The Chaser, a highly intelligent, supremely self-confident quiz genius who is on a daily mission to stop the contestants from winning any money.

The contestants take it in turns to build a cash sum by answering quick fire questions against the clock. Each must then go head to head with the Chaser in a race to get their money into the team prize pot without being caught.

In the chase down the game board, every right answer moves the contestant a step closer to the exit – every wrong answer gives the Chaser the chance to close the gap.

If the contestant gets out without being caught, their money is added to the team prize pot. However, if The Chaser catches them first, the money is lost for the team and the contestant is out of the game.

The game concludes with the remaining contestants entering a two minute quick fire round where each correct answer pushes them along the exit route. They then must watch as The Chaser is given 2 minutes to catch up. If he doesn’t reach them in time, the team prize money is split equally between the contestants; if he succeeds in catching them, the team goes home with nothing.


The thrill of The Chase returns to BBC One

Category: TV Drama; BBC One

Kay Mellor’s impassioned Sunday night drama, The Chase, returns to BBC One for an extended second series this summer with more sexy, stormy stories from the Yorkshire-based veterinary practice.

The series kicks off just days after Anna (Gaynor Faye) has discovered her husband, Tom’s (Nicholas Gleaves) infidelity with her cousin, Fiona (Heather Peace).

While Anna comes to terms with her new single status, her sister, Sarah (Nicola Stephenson), is getting it together with childhood sweetheart, local farmer, Adrian Huby (Paul Opacic).

Joining The Chase are four new members of the cast.

Rebekah Manning (Rocketman) and Christian Louis Cooke (Where The Heart Is) are Claudie’s (Michelle Holmes) siblings, Paula and Liam.

Claudie and Paula set up a beauty parlour in the vets’ staff room causing mayhem as the battle of pooches and pampering begins, whereas Liam’s arrival from prison raises tension and eyebrows.

Philip Jackson (Little Voice, Poirot) is Fiona’s estranged father, Frank, who brings a myriad of buried family secrets.

And Adam Croasdell (The Project) sets pulses racing as sexy Sebastian Montgomery, brother of farmer William (Guy Henry) and close friend of Adrian Huby.

Meanwhile the practice manager, Deborah (Janet Dibley), is devastated when her husband and senior vet, Rick’s (Reece Dinsdale) relationship with colleague Clare (Sunetra Sarker) becomes public; Margaret (Rachel Davies) continues her struggle to juggle her work, the nurses and the dreaded menopause; and, Matt (Liam Garrigan) is distracted by a new romance.

Series creator Kay Mellor says: “It’s such a thrill to be shooting again in Leeds for the prime Sunday night slot on BBC One and an extended run of 12 episodes.

“Now we can tell even bigger, bolder stories which, I hope, will keep fans guessing and entice new viewers in. We’ve got some fabulous new characters as well as our returning favourites not to mention some very exotic animals!”

The Chase is written by Kay Mellor with additional episodes by Kate O’Riordan, Gaynor Mellor, Andrew Kirk, Kirsty Halton, Pat Smart and Phil Nodding.

The series is produced by Jacinta Peel with directors Clara Glynn, Ian Bevitt and Susan Tully. Kay Mellor and Polly Hill (BBC) are the executive producers.

The series is filmed in HD and shot on location in and around Leeds. The Chase will transmit on BBC One during summer 2007.

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