Bradley Walsh reveals The Chase lawyers intervene during mishaps
The pressure on the quiz show The Chase is higher in some ways for the presenter, Bradley Walsh than it is the contestants.
The ITV show usually runs in the same 90-minute format and for ease, three episodes are filmed in one day.
However, sometimes things can go wrong. Bradley does not get to see the cards before he reads out the questions, which keeps his humour natural and can lead to some of the show’s most memorable moments including the infamous ‘Fanny Chmelar’ incident.
This approach does also mean that the 61 year old presenter sometimes slips up on questions though, which is when the the show's lawyers have to step in.
Small mishaps throughout the show can be refilmed with ease, but when it gets to the Final Chase, lawyers have to ensure that the head-to-head round is fair.
In the final round, Bradley asks a series of questions to the contestant in two minutes, before asking the chaser another series of questions in the same time frame.
It is therefore really important for the questions to be said clearly and at the same pace. Yet, inevitability mistakes happen and Bradley stumbles on a question now and again.
To protect the integrity of the show, the lawyers are on hand to make sure any restarts in the final chase are fair.
The lawyers even rewatch the footage to double check that each round and result was fair.
Bradley explained the process to the Radio Times, stating: “If there is a slight misread, I am stopped immediately – bang – by the lawyers.
“We have the compliance lawyers in the studio all the time. What you have to do is go back to the start of the question, literally on video tape where my mouth opens – or where it’s closed from the previous question – and the question is re-asked. It is stopped to the split second.
“It means no time is lost for either the contestant or the chaser.”
According to The Mirror, it only takes Bradley an average of 3.6 to 4 seconds to ask each question.
The presenter admitted he knows he is under pressure to speak quickly, explaining: “You have to be at such a speed: if you’re a contestant and I go ‘what’s… the capital… of France… ‘ they’d be dead and buried in thirty seconds.
“I have to make sure they get up to speed and they’re getting about 18 or 19 questions answered correctly.
"That’s the real banana skin score [that will trip the chasers up]. Once the chasers get in a rhythm there’s no stopping them.
“They can answer 24, 25 questions in two minutes. We’ve even almost reached thirty.”
The production company behind The Chase employs an independent company named Beyond Dispute to monitor how fair the entire process is, to protect the integrity of the show.
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