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Beat The Chasers is a spin-off series of The Chase. It is the third spin-off of the show - the first being The Chase: Celebrity Special and the second being The Family Chase. Bradley Walsh is the host. In the show, contestants try to beat a combination of chasers in order to win big cash prizes.

Gameplay

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. From Series 4, if the contestant answers all five cash builder questions correctly, they will receive a 'Super Offer' from the Chasers. If they accept the offer, they will face all six chasers in the final round for a huge amount of money - higher than the usual offers seen on the show during previous series.

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 (except when playing for charity). If the Chasers' clock ticks to zero, the contestant wins the offer chosen.

The chasers are: Mark Labbett (The Beast), Anne Hegerty, (The Governess), Paul Sinha, (The Sinnerman), Jenny Ryan, (The Vixen), Shaun Wallace (The Dark Destroyer) and Darragh Ennis (The Menace). In Series 5, The Chase Australia's Issa Schultz (The Supernerd) appeared as a guest chaser, replacing Anne Hegerty who was unavailable for filming due to self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test.

Transmissions

Series Start Date End Date Episodes Notes
1 27 April 2020 1 May 2020 5
2 3 January 2021 10 January 2021 7 No episode on 9 January.
3 27 March 2021 29 May 2021 7 Episodes 1 - 5 were regular episodes and aired from 3 - 7 May. Episodes 6 and 7 were celebrity specials and aired on 27 March and 29 May respectively. This series marked the debut of Darragh Ennis. Paul Sinha was absent due to being unwell at the time of recording.
4 11 September 2021 2022 9 Episodes 1 - 4 aired weekly from 11 September - 2 October. Episode 6 (celebrity special) aired on 16 October. Episodes 7 - 8 (celebrity specials) are set to air from 10 - 11 January. Episodes 5 and 9 are the final episodes left to air. This series saw the return of Paul Sinha following his absence in Series 3, and was the first series to feature all six chasers.
5 16 May 2022 20 May 2022 5 Issa Schultz appeared as a guest chaser in this series, replacing Anne Hegerty who was unavailable for filming due to self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test.

Episodes

Electronic game

An electronic quiz game based on the Beat The Chasers TV programme was released in 2021 by Ideal (EAN: 5020674110770). It features real voices from the Chasers.

Trivia

  • The show grew fast to become a very popular format; Australia, Finland, the Netherlands and Spain have all created their own versions.
  • The main theme music of the show was designed by Paul Farrer, who also produced the music for The Chase.
  • The original working title of the show was "Take On The Chasers".
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