The Courier-Mail

JUST WHAT IS THIS NEW QUIZ SHOW THE CHASE?

- GAME SHOW ANDREW FENTON ENTERTAINM­ENT WRITER WHAT’S THE APPEAL? HOW DOES IT WORK? THE CHASE, SEVEN, WEEKDAYS FROM MONDAY, 5PM

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. 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. “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.

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