Anyone who decides to go up against the Chasers on The Chase or the spin-off Beat The Chasers has to prepare themselves for the immense pressure of going up against some of the greatest quizzing minds on TV.
Neuroscientist and entomologist was announced as new cast member ‘The Menace’ in 2020, three years after he won a joint cash prize of £6,300 on the show as a contestant.
On Friday’s edition of This Morning, hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hamond were joined by Bradley Walsh via video chat to speak about the new series of Beat the Chasers, which has just launched on ITV.
Bradley spoke about Darragh’s history on the programme, recalling how ‘fantastically’ he did when he competed.
‘Straight away, as soon as you come off air, we came off air on the recording of that day, the bosses said to him, “Listen, do you fancy training as a Chaser?”’ Bradley recollected.
He then told Alison and Dermot that it took ‘basically two years’ for Darragh to train to become a Chaser, due to the incredible amount of knowledge the Chasers have to have stored in their minds.
‘Are you serious?’ Alison asked incredulously.
‘Serious. Because you’ve got to know not just general knowledge, you’ve got to know stuff about modern culture. And don’t forget each Chaser has a flaw, a chink in their armour,’ Bradley replied.
‘So consequently, if say for instance, like Sean’s very good on sport, Paul Sinha’s great on art, Anne is great on books, Jenny the Vixen is great on modern culture, that sort of stuff. So it’s very tricky.’
When Darragh made his debut as a Chaser in November 2020, viewers were intrigued to see how The Menace was going to shake things up on the show.
Approximately 4.9m viewers tuned in to watch him make his grand entrance, making it to the most watched episode of The Chase ever.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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