HISTORY was made on tonights episode of The Chase on ITV.
Comedian Dane Baptiste, rugby referee Nigel Owens, presenter Anita Rani and sports broadcaster Mark Pougatch came together to beat Chaser, Anne Hegerty (The Governess) to the show's biggest ever win.
The trio won £40,000 each for their charities; Mark's was the Banbury Young Homelessness Project, Anita's was Southall Black Sisters Victims of Domestic Violence during COVID and Dane's was the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
Viewers of Bradley Walsh's gameshow The Chase were left “bemused” after the lack of social distancing during the weekly Celebrity Special.
The episode was the first to be filmed after lockdown and contestants were seen sitting one metre apart throughout the episode.
One viewer tweeted: "The chaser has been beaten again today, one of the biggest wins on the show £120’000 ! #TheChase"
One tweeted: “So I’m catching up on #TheChase on @ITV and I’m totally bemused that Anita said it was recorded post lockdown yet Bradley was hugging everyone on the show.
“If they bubbled up like #gbbo2020 that’s fine. But does give mixed messages when the country is having a surge in cases.”
Another said: “Bit confused by this celebrity #thechaseepisode. There’s a longer desk to allow for social distancing and there appears to be no audience for obvious reasons, but Bradley is still shaking hands with the contestants?”
ITV responded by reassuring viewers that they had indeed been following the government’s coronavirus guideline.
Previous highest amounts won on Celebrity Chase previously included an episode starring Rachel Riley and Kirsty Gallacher win £160,000.
The Countdown presenter and Sky Sports presenter faced Shaun Wallace aka The Dark Destroyer in the final chase and chose to take the higher offer in their own individual cash builders.
They made 16 steps against him and he couldn't catch them so the women took the cash prize back for their charity, Soccer Aid.
The Chasers seem to bring out their generous side to the celebrity games as they often up their cash offers for the celebrities chosen charities.
The biggest offer ever made to a single contestant at the table in The Chase was on a celebrity show.
The offer of £139,000 was made to Duncan James from the boyband Blue.
He won it, but unfortunately the team were beaten in the final chase.
In February 2019 Judith won £70,000, making her the biggest solo player winner ever.
Her team were wiped out by Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, so she dared to go for the higher prize.
In 2018, another team won £100,000 (£25,000 each) making them the biggest winning team ever after also beating Anne "The Governess" Hegerty just as the celebs did tonight
Which was not just the biggest win on The Chase but also the biggest prize ever won on any daytime TV show.
The game show, hosted by Bradley Walsh, was named as the best daytime programme in 2017 and best quiz programme in 2019.
The Chase is on ITV at 5.30pm
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