JUST WHAT IS THIS NEW QUIZ SHOW THE CHASE?

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - AN­DREW FENTON EN­TER­TAIN­MENT WRITER

Part game-show, part glad­i­a­to­rial bat­tle pit­ting civil­ians against quiz cham­pi­ons, The Chase Aus­tralia is Seven’s great white hope in the all-im­por­tant lead-in to the 6pm news, re­plac­ing Deal or No Deal and the un­der­per­form­ing Mil­lion Dol­lar Minute.

Anne “The Gov­erness” Hegerty (above) is the guest of hon­our from the UK orig­i­nal.

“I’ve been told that The Fi­nal Chase is the most ex­cit­ing four min­utes in any game show ever — and that alone should be a rea­son to watch it,” she says.

WHAT’S THE AP­PEAL?

It com­bines a tra­di­tional quiz show with nail­bit­ing fin­ishes and big per­son­al­i­ties — Chasers. These pro­fes­sional quiz mas­ters go head to head against the con­tes­tants, and in­clude for­mer Mas­ter­mind con­tes­tant Hegerty; The Shark, Bry­don Coverdale (who won $307,000 on Mil­lion Dol­lar Minute); Go­liath, Matt Parkin­son ( Sale of the Cen­tury) and The Su­pern­erd, Issa Schultz, who has won the Aus­tralian Quizzing Cham­pi­onships three times.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

“It is a lit­tle com­pli­cated to ex­plain but it’s eas­ier when you see it,” says Hegerty. In round one (Cash Builder) each con­tes­tant has 60 sec­onds to an­swer as many ques­tions as pos­si­ble, win­ning $2000 for each right an­swer. They then have to de­fend their prize money in a quiz played against a Chaser on an elec­tronic lad­der board (The Chase).

“The idea is for me to out­run them, an­swer more ques­tions cor­rectly than they do, and catch them,” Hegerty says.

Con­tes­tants who make it through go into a fi­nal team chal­lenge (The Fi­nal Chase) where they work to­gether to an­swer as many ques­tions as pos­si­ble in two min­utes.

The Chaser’s score is hand­i­capped, but they of­ten man­age to catch the team’s to­tal, leav­ing the con­tes­tants empty handed. THE CHASE, SEVEN, WEEK­DAYS FROM MON­DAY, 5PM

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