Beat The Chasers is a spin-off series of The Chase, which started airing on 27th April 2020. The first series ran for five consecutive nights. It is the third spin-off of the show - the first being The Celebrity Chase and the second The Family Chase. It is hosted by Bradley Walsh.
In the show, contestants try to beat a combination of chasers in order to win big cash prizes.
The second series commenced on 3rd January 2021 and aired each consecutive day, excluding 9th January, until 10th January 2021.
A third series is airing in Spring 2021. It includes two celebrity special episodes, the first of which aired on 27th March 2021.
The Chaser’s outfits are different to that of the main series. They wear their usual clothes but the colours are only red and black, instead of the white/black/grey/purple clothes that they wear during the main series.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The format of this show is different compared to The Chase: Celebrity Special and The Family Chase.
In the Cash Builder round, the contestant is given up to five multiple-choice questions, with each correct answer worth £1,000. The round ends when the contestant misses a question or answers all five correctly. If the contestant gets the first question wrong, he/she goes home empty-handed.
Then, the contestant is shown two Chasers that he/she has to face to win the amount built. They make an offer for the time on their clock in the next round. A third Chaser is shown, who makes a bigger offer but with increased time on the Chaser's clock. The same goes for the fourth and fifth Chasers. The contestant gets 60 seconds on his/her clock.
The next round sees the contestant and the Chasers alternating back and forth answering questions. The Chasers use their buzzers when answering questions. Once one side gives a correct answer, their clock stops and the opponent's side begins to count down. If the contestant's clock ticks to zero, he/she loses and goes empty-handed. If the Chasers' clock ticks to zero, the contestant wins the offer chosen.
For Series 1 and 2, the chasers are: Mark Labbett (The Beast), Anne Hegerty, (The Governess), Paul Sinha, (The Sinnnerman), Jenny Ryan, (The Vixen) and Shaun Wallace (The Dark Destroyer). For Series 3, Darragh Ennis (The Menace) replaced Paul Sinha due to the latter's ill health.
Episodes[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The show grew fast to become a very popular format; Australia, Finland, Netherlands and Spain have all aired their own versions.
- The chasers ranks are different in this format, with Paul Sinha being the most helpful, being quick and having a good correct percentage on the buzzer, followed by Jenny Ryan, contributing lots of pop culture questions. 3rd is Mark Labbett, who answers more than Jenny but gets lots wrong, so he comes in 3rd. 4th is Shaun Wallace, a good all rounder to make up numbers, often contributing sports questions that the other chasers don’t know and is also good on history and politics. You can see he often presses his buzzer but Mark/Paul/Jenny are often faster. The weakest chaser in this format is the strongest in the regular chase, Anne Hegerty. She has said to news articles that she knows most of the answers but is much slower than the other chasers. She is unfortunately quite useless and only contributes about 2 per episode. We haven’t seen much of Darragh Ennis, but in the episode we have seen he contributed 3/4 answers in the final, including one which made the chasers clock stop at 1 second, giving them an extra advantage despite still losing. He seems to be quite good at this format, perhaps at the same level as Mark Labbett, just way less big headed. (No offence Mark.)
- The main theme music of the show was designed by Paul Farrer, the creator of music for The Chase. He said he used the walk-on music from The Chase to this theme. The original name for the music was 'Take On The Chasers'.