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Bradley Walsh Shares Behind The Scenes Secrets Of The Chase

Claire Reid

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Bradley Walsh Shares Behind The Scenes Secrets Of The Chase

If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of The Chase, host Bradley Walsh has shared some secrets from the show.

Walsh has fronted The Chase since it first hit our screens in 2009, so he's in the perfect position to let us know what really goes on during filming.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Walsh revealed that the final chase is almost always filmed in one go and that he's as in dark about which Chaser the contestant will face as any of us.

It's also been revealed that three episodes of the show are filmed in a day, so it only takes a day and a half to film a whole week's worth of episodes.

Dishing the dirt on the final chase, Walsh said 98 percent of the time they're filmed 'in one hit', but it can be paused if he slips up while asking a question.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

He told The Radio Times: "If there is a slight misread, I am stopped immediately - bang - by the lawyers.

"We have the compliance lawyers in the studio all the time.

"What you have to do is go back to the start of the question, literally on video tape where my mouth opens - or where it's closed from the previous question - and the question is re-asked.

"It is stopped for a split second.

"It means no time is lost for either the contestant or the chaser."

Walsh isn't shown the questions beforehand, meaning he first sees it at the same time as the Chaser and the contestant.

He also reckons the show's question writers love to try and make him slip up and create a bit of TV gold.

I mean who can forget the famous Fanny Chmelar question?

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Walsh told the publication that the writers definitely try and get him chuckling, explaining: "That's their bent. That is exactly what they do.

"They deliberately go out of their way to find questions that will trip me up."

Over the years Walsh has learnt what makes a good final chase score and says 'about 18 or 19' correct answers is 'the real banana skin score' - meaning that's around the mark the Chaser may slip up.

And the Chasers do not like losing, according to Walsh.

He revealed: "Have you seen Mark [Labbett aka The Beast] thump the desk?

"It's their reputation on the line."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV and Film, the chase, bradley walsh

Claire Reid
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