Bradley Walsh gets quizzi­cal – plus, try TV game show puz­zles

as Cash Trapped re­turns, re­veals the se­cret to a great quiz, their unique Bri­tish qual­ity and why The Chase is bet­ter than Univer­sity Chal­lenge

TV Times - - My Week - Emma Bul­limore CASH TRAPPED is pre­viewed on pages 52-53

Three years be­fore Bradley walsh rev­o­lu­tionised teatimes with The Chase, the pop­u­lar co­me­dian was al­ready dream­ing up ideas for quiz show glory.

Sit­ting in his Coro­na­tion Street dress­ing room (when he was Mike Bald­win’s son, Danny), Bradley spent his time de­vis­ing a quiz where the con­tes­tants would re­turn day af­ter day as the jack­pot in­creased.

It took a decade be­fore that idea reached our screens as Cash Trapped, in which con­tes­tants try to sab­o­tage each other in an at­tempt to take home some se­ri­ous dosh.

Of course The Chase is a tough act to fol­low, but Bradley, 57, isn’t leav­ing, he just hopes Cash Trapped can fill in the gaps when it’s not on air. To cel­e­brate the se­cond se­ries, he joins TV Times for an ex­clu­sive photo shoot and re­veals the se­cret to quiz show suc­cess… How de­lighted were you to fi­nally see Cash Trapped on air last year, and have you made any changes for the se­cond se­ries?

It was in­ter­est­ing be­cause it took a while to get it on screen. I felt the first se­ries worked re­ally, re­ally well. We’ve made some sub­tle changes to the se­cond se­ries, but noth­ing dras­tic. Shows need to be quick, so we’ve made the first round much slicker, and that quick­ens the whole show up.

what makes Cash Trapped such a great quiz for­mat?

I like the idea that con­tes­tants can be on there for two or three months, so view­ers at home can get to know them – that’s some­thing no other show has. Plus it’s great fun to play.

How tough is get­ting the level of dif­fi­culty right for the ques­tions? The team make sure we have a mix­ture of easy, medium and very hard ques­tions. You have to be care­ful, be­cause the re­ally good quizzers on the show will an­tic­i­pate the ques­tions – if you say ‘Arsene Wenger’ they know the an­swer is go­ing to be France or Arse­nal! We have an ex­cep­tional team who make sure ques­tions are writ­ten in the

way I would speak. It’s an art.

There was a back­lash last year when view­ers tuned in for The Chase and found you host­ing Cash Trapped in­stead…

The Chase is a sen­sa­tional, per­fect storm of an idea. But we just can’t do 250 episodes of The Chase, it’s im­pos­si­ble. So to have Cash Trapped on when The Chase is off for a break is fan­tas­tic.

Many fa­mous faces have tried to host quizzes, but few have had your suc­cess. is it a job that par­tic­u­larly suits you?

Over the years I’ve watched and worked with the fan­tas­tic Bob Monkhouse and Bruce Fo­rysth and I def­i­nitely learned from them and saw how to do the job. Also, I started out as a blue coat at Pon­tins, where I had to make ev­ery­one feel com­fort­able and look af­ter them – I love do­ing that.

why do you think we love quiz shows so much?

We adore them, don’t we? It feels like quiz shows are part of the Bri­tish psy­che. My nan, Mar­ion, is no longer with us, but my she used to watch them con­stantly. The rat­ings for The Chase are ex­tra­or­di­nary – three mil­lion view­ers watch­ing a quiz show at 5.00pm! I get let­ters from dads who come in from work and watch it on catch-up be­cause the kids have told them about the episode. Both The Chase and Point­less launched in 2009 and have gained loyal au­di­ences. is there a healthy ri­valry? Yes. It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary that both are so suc­cess­ful. The pub­lic re­ally has an ap­petite for these shows.

Cash Trapped MON-FRI / ITV / 5.00PM

Bradley and the team cel­e­brated 1000 episodes of

The Chase last year teatime smash:

Cash Trapped is back for a se­cond se­ries

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