Chase the Case
mon tue wed thu fri 17-21 September, 2.15pm BBC1 Entertainment
Breakfast presenter Dan Walker hosts this new game show in which players are given a case containing a secret amount of cash and must deduce what’s in their opponents’ cases as they go head-to-head in a series of challenges.
Q Can you explain your new quiz show Chase the Case?
A It’s a classic daytime quiz show combining a bit of strategy. There are five cases – one has £5,000 in it and one’s got nothing. Five contestants try to decipher what’s in their own case and the amount in everyone else’s case, then decide at what stage to try to grab the case they think the jackpot’s in, so they can go home with as much money as possible.
Q How do they work out what’s in the cases?
A If the contestants answer questions correctly, they get to visit a soundproof vault and open one of the cases. That’s the bit I love. Everyone’s watching the contestant in the vault and how they react when cases are opened. So if the case has the £5,000 jackpot in it, the contestant in the vault has to try to stop revealing that to the four people outside watching them like a hawk!
Q What’s the best tactic for playing the game?
A With most quiz shows, if you know your general knowledge and thrive under pressure, you’ll be fine. But it doesn’t work like that in Chase the Case. If you have enough info, you’re better off playing dumb and not getting in the vault any more. But then you have to think, ‘Do I want to get in there to stop the others getting information?’ Some players have really elaborate plans, some have nerve, but most just panic. Some people couldn’t remember what they had done in a previous round because you’re constantly thinking about what to do next, plus answering questions.
Q What are your favourite parts of the show?
A The vault’s special. It’s an opportunity for people to let their guard down and say ridiculous things because they know they’re not being listened to. One lady told me that she dresses up as Wonder Woman each weekend. People tell you their darkest secrets! I also love the woman who brings in the cases. She has the best dismissive face. She never speaks but is so funny.
Q How tense does Chase the Case get?
A The end game, when they chase the case, is intense. If you have a case with £5,000 and you’re two answers away from going home with that jackpot, the pressure gets to you.
Question master… Dan holds all the answers
Taskmaster…Dan (right) quizzes the contestantsTactics… Dan says strategy is key to winning