The Chase: Contestant cashes impressive £65,000 head-to-head

On Wednesday, The Chase host, Bradley Walsh, welcomed contestants Jonny, Emma, ​​Max and Helen in their fluorescent shirts to take on the chaser, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, in a round of general knowledge questions. The team gave a strong all-around performance – much to Bradley’s delight, but failed to win the £75,000 cash prize with them.

The first was Helen, 62, from West Sussex, who wanted to use the prize money for a first-class trip to see her family in Australia. She managed to pocket a comfortable £7,000 in the round and decided to stick with what she won.

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Helen got off to a good start and guessed correctly that Scarlett O’Hara’s father was Irish in the classic film “Gone with the Wind” and the CP Scott quote “The word is half Greek, half Latin. Nothing good can come of it,” refers to the word “television.” She also proved to be a seasoned candidate when she explained that the French word ‘marmite’ meant ‘pot’ and was the answer to one of the questions.

Luckily, Helen managed to cash in the £7,000 she was aiming for thanks to the final question, which asked, “Which of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ leaders had ever fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War?”. Helen guessed correctly that it was Vidal Sassoon over Yves Saint Laurent and David Bailey.

Next was Max – a game programming student from Surrey, who enjoyed collecting swords at a flea market in his spare time. In the cash builder round, Max won £5,000 but decided to aim for the ambitious £35,000 in the next round against The Beast. But it was a tough journey for Max and The Beast, especially when they both got the third question wrong – a correct answer from the hunter could have seen the contestant go home sooner.

At one point, game show host Bradley Walsh was desperate to see Max outrun the fighter and excitedly kicked part of the board, which ended up “breaking” it. Following the incident, Bradley jokingly asked if Max could loan him some money to fix the set if he won the show.

But any hope for Max was short-lived, as he incorrectly answered the following question: “Which actor was banned from presenting the Oscars for 20 years for giving a speech against the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibet? China?” The contestant opted for Richard Harris over Richard Gere, and with that, Max left the competition empty-handed.



Chase host Bradley Walsh welcomed contestants Jonny, Emma, ​​Max and Helen to take on the hunter, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett on Wednesday’s episode

The third competitor was horse racing enthusiast Emma from Cheshire. She wanted to use the prize money to take her father and husband to a big horse racing show like Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. The audit administrator managed to pocket a modest £3,000 in the round and decided to stick with the second round of the game show.

With growing confidence, Emma managed to guess some good questions during the face-to-face. She guessed Finger was not a Shakespearean character, while The Beast mistakenly guessed it was Elbow. She also guessed correctly that Albert Gunter was driving a double-decker bus over a three-foot gap as London’s Tower Bridge rose without warning in 1952. Emma managed to cash in the £3,000 – resulting in £10 £000 into the cash prize fund.

Jonny from West Yorkshire was the fourth and final competitor. He wanted to use the money to turn his garage into a playroom for his three children. Despite securing £6,000 as part of the cash builder, Jonny was aiming big and opted for The Beast’s £65,000 offer.

Like Helen and Emma before him, Jonny had a promising performance in the head-to-head. He guessed correctly that Roman Polanski’s films “Repulsion”, “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Tenant” were part of the Director’s Apartment Trilogy.

He then guessed that since 1990 the longest period between two British general elections was 10 years. Unfortunately, the hunter was wrong and guessed it was five years. Jonny collected the £65,000 thanks to this question: “What did Marcel Marceau call ‘the art of expressing feelings through attitudes’? “. Luckily for Jonny and the rest of his teammates, he correctly guessed it was mime, which meant the prize fund was £75,000 overall.

With Helen, Emma and Jonny now in the final round, things looked upbeat. But the trio faced some tough questions and only managed to answer 14 questions correctly. Despite three setbacks, The Beast managed to catch the team with an impressive 27 seconds to spare. Bradley unfortunately had to withdraw the £75,000 from the team as they admitted it would have been ‘easier’ if Max had stayed in the competition.

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