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The Chase (UK game show)

The Chase
Genre Game show
Created by Danny Carvalho
Pete Faherty
Chris Gepp
Elliot Johnson
Matt Pritchard
Amanda Wilson
Directed by Ian Hamilton
Stuart Macdonald
Creative director(s) Michael Kelpie
Presented by Bradley Walsh
Starring Mark Labbett
Shaun Wallace
Anne Hegerty (2010–)
Paul Sinha (2011–)
Theme music composer Paul Farrer
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8 (regular series)
4 (celebrity series)
No. of episodes 500 (as of 14 February 2014)[1]
Executive producer(s) Sue Allison
Martin Scott
Producer(s) Jennifer Stephenson
David Hall
Location(s) Regular series
Granada Studios (2009)
The London Studios (2010–13)
Teddington Studios (2013–14)
Elstree Studios (2014–)[2]
Celebrity series
The London Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Studios (2009–13)
Potato (2013–)
Distributor ITV Studios
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Original run 29 June 2009 (2009-06-29) – present
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The Chase is a British quiz show, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh, in which contestants play against an opponent, known as the "Chaser", who plays for the bank.[3] The Chasers are Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett, Paul Sinha and Shaun Wallace. Labbett and Wallace have both been Chasers since Series 1, while Hegerty joined in Series 2 and Sinha in Series 4.

A team of four contestants individually attempt to amass as much money as possible, which will later be added to a prize fund if the contestant survives their individual chase. The Chaser's job is to catch each contestant during their individual chase, eliminating that person from the game and preventing the money from being added to the collective prize fund. Any contestants who survive their individual chase later play collectively as a team for an equal share of the prize fund against the Chaser.[4]


Cash Builder and Head-to-Head rounds

Each contestant comes up one at a time and is given one minute to answer as many questions as possible with each correct answer worth £1,000. This element is known as the "cash builder". After the minute is up, the money earned from the cash builder is placed three steps down on a seven-step money board (eight steps in the first series). The contestant may remain at this step and play for the money in their bank. However, the contestant may also be placed one step lower down the board for a lesser award, or one step further up the board for a greater award, with each award's value being set by the Chaser. The lower award can occasionally be a negative amount of money. If the contestant elects to play for the greater reward, the Chaser starts two steps behind and the contestant must answer six questions correctly to reach home. If the contestant elects to remain at the standard starting position, the Chaser is three steps behind and the contestant must answer five questions correctly to reach home. However, if the contestant elects to play for the smaller reward, the Chaser is four steps behind and the contestant must answer four questions correctly to reach home. Once the contestant nominates their starting position, questions must then be answered correctly in order to reach the bottom of the board (known as "getting home") and bank their money. Both the contestant and the Chaser are given the same multiple-choice question with three possible answers. Each must then secretly press one of the three buttons on their keypad to lock in their answer. When one person locks in their answer, the other is given five seconds to lock in, or else be locked out. For every correct response, the contestant will move one step toward home. Additionally, the Chaser also moves one step down the board for each correct answer. No movement is made (either by the contestant or the Chaser) if an incorrect answer is given. The Chaser's job is to catch up to the contestant and eliminate him or her from the game by capitalising on the mistakes the contestant makes before he or she can reach the bottom of the board. If this happens, the contestant is out of the game and no money is added to the team's total. However, if the contestant reaches home, their money is put into the team's prize pot which will be contested for in the final round. This is repeated for all four contestants. The contestants who successfully outrun the Chaser proceed to the Final Chase. If all four contestants are caught by the Chaser, the team's prize fund is set to £4,000 (£20,000 in celebrity episodes) and the team nominates one contestant to proceed to the Final Chase.

The Final Chase

In the final round, called "The Final Chase", the remaining contestants have two minutes to answer as many questions as possible. The contestants choose one of two question sets, A or B, with the other set being put aside for the Chaser. Also, the contestants are given a head start of one space per contestant participating in the round. The contestants must press their own buzzer to answer a question and only the one who pressed the button first can respond; if any other contestant responds the question is thrown out. The buzzer is not used if only one contestant is in the Final Chase. Every correct answer moves the contestants ahead one space.

After the two minutes are up, the Chaser is brought in and is told how many spaces the contestants collected. The Chaser is given a further two minutes of quick-fire questions to attempt to catch the team. If the Chaser gets a question wrong or is unable to answer it, the clock is briefly stopped and the question is thrown over to the contestants; if a correct answer is given, the Chaser is pushed back one space. From series 3 onward, if the contestants answer the Chaser's question correctly whilst the Chaser is at the starting line, an additional space is added to the requirement for the Chaser. If the Chaser succeeds in catching the contestants before time runs out, the contestants lose the prize pot and leave empty-handed. If the contestants are not caught by the Chaser, the prize pot is split equally between those contestants participating in the Final Chase. If there is only one contestant remaining, he or she wins the entire prize pot.

If the team is caught during the Final Chase on a celebrity episode, a consolation prize of £1,000 is awarded to each of the celebrities who advanced to the Final Chase.



By December 2012, The Chase had become ITV's most popular teatime hit since The Paul O'Grady Show in 2005.[7] On 21 January 2013, The Chase managed a peak audience of 5.1 million, a new all-time high.[8] Almost every episode is now in ITV's Top 30 weekly broadcasts.[9] Episodes featuring celebrities have managed shares from 3.13m to 4.58m.[9]

In its 5:00 pm timeslot, The Chase airs against another game show on BBC One, Pointless, which was launched in August 2009, two months after The Chase '​s debut. The two programmes usually receive similar ratings (e.g., in September 2012 The Chase had 2.44 million viewers versus 2.27 million for Pointless).[10][11] 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).[12][13]


Regular series

Series Start date
1 29 June 2009[14]
2 24 May 2010[15]
3 3 January 2011[16]
4 5 September 2011[17]
5 31 January 2012[18]
6 29 October 2012[19]
7 2 September 2013[20]
8 1 September 2014

Celebrity series

Series Start date
1 29 October 2011[21]
2 19 August 2012[22]
3 5 October 2013[23]
4 30 August 2014[24]


Year Group Award Result Reference(s)
2013 National Television Awards Best Daytime Programme Nominated [25]
Broadcast Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [26]
TV Guide Awards Best Daytime Programme Nominated [27]
2014 National Television Awards Best Daytime Programme Nominated [28]

International versions

Country Local title Channel Presenter Chaser(s) Premiere date
 China 挑战文化名人
(Challenge the Culture Masters)
Jiangxi Television Liu Wei Ayi et al. Summer 2014
 Croatia Potjera
(The Chase)[29]
HRT Tarik Filipović Dean Kotiga
Mirko Miočić
Morana Zibar
27 October 2013
 Germany Gefragt — gejagt
(Asked — chased/hunted)
NDR Fernsehen Alexander Bommes
Holger Waldenberger (Series 1)
Sebastian Jacoby (Series 2 & 3)[30]
Sebastian Klussmann (Series 2 & 3)[30]
Klaus Otto Nagorsnik (Series 3)[31]
8 July 2012
 Norway Jaget
TV 2 Sturla Berg-Johansen Trine Aalborg
Jan Arild Breistein
7 September 2014
 Russia «Погоня»
Russia 1 Alexander Gurevich[33] Alexander Ediger
Juriy Hashimov
Olga Uspanova
Boris Burda
17 November 2012[34]

(Potera; The Chase)

RTS Jovan Memedović Milorad Milinković
Milica Jokanović
Uroš Đurić
28 October 2013[35]
 Turkey Takip
Kanal D Uraz Kaygilaroğlu Muhsin Divan Spring 2014
 United States The Chase Game Show Network Brooke Burns Mark Labbett 6 August 2013[37]


A board game of the show was released in 2012.[38] On 12 December 2012, a version for iOS was released by Barnstorm Games. The app features all four Chasers 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 individual chases. The app is designed for both iPhones and iPads.[39]


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