JUST WHAT IS THIS NEW QUIZ SHOW THE CHASE?
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.