The Chase Celebrity Special: Cock shots, beavers and Beasts

305980-the-chase-3008Saturday nights have felt bare without it. A nation has waited with bated breath. Star studded, tense and with so much at stake, an ITV titan roared back onto our screens this weekend. No, not The X Factor (is that some kind of algebra contest?) but a brand new spanking series of The Celebrity Chase.

As PauseLiveAction interviewee Mark Labbett swaggered across the stage, complete with a brand new dickie bow tie to make him look even more the part of a hammy Bond villain, four personalities from the world of celebrity were on hand in an attempt to dethrone him – which is, physically and mentally, no easy feat.

This week saw former This Morning host and novelist Fern Britton, cricket champ Matthew Hoggard, lingerie entrepreneur Michelle Mone OBE and Bob The Builder himself (although we preferred him in Waterloo Road), Neil Morrissey team up.

The biggest challenge of the evening came for the ever-entertaining presenter, Bradley Walsh, renowned as he is for corpsing at questions. The Chase question setters have a whale of a time trying to catch him out and made a brazen attempt to knock him off guard by asking which game involved a cock shot and a beaver. Now, had there not been options, I would have been shouting all sorts at my television which would have given a dark insight into my private life, but thankfully it became obvious that the answer was backgammon. (One of the options was Twister… although what a game of Twister that would be). Bradley held on so well. That is until The Beast opted for the answer, ‘Ker-Plunk.’  

The celebrity shows are a different ball game to the standard shows, which tend to an attract an audience of more serious quizzers. The celebrity show, positioned as it is as a rival to the mammoth Doctor Who and a lead in to that X Factor thing, needs to appeal more to the masses and as such, there is more celebrity banter and more showbizzy questions as well as a token screeching audience.

However, the show struck the balance well; whilst jazzing itself up sufficiently to be Saturday night TV fodder, it retained its usual charm and array of decent questions and had a tense battle royale of a gripping finale, which left two charities £21,000 richer. And, if the ratings are anything to go by, the formula is as successful as ever.

Take the celebrity shows for what they are; a bit less serious, a bit more fun but still the same show overall, and it is unmissable Saturday night TV. I for one refuse to go to the pub until those credits roll!

What did you think of ITV’s The Chase? Did you watch or were you tempted over by Doctor Who? Comments welcomed below

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2 responses to “The Chase Celebrity Special: Cock shots, beavers and Beasts

  1. Hazel athey

    Was a brilliant chase on sat night, Mark looking immaculate with bow tie included. Worthy winners fern and the x cricketer xx

  2. Sara Waterman

    Hi

    In this episode mentioned above Mark Labbett wore a deep red two tone bow tie. I would like to get it as a present – please could you tell me where it was from .
    Many thanks
    Sara

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