We love The Chase.
The questions are tricky, the Chasers are mean and the Final Chase is one of the most exciting two minutes you can see on television.
But by far the best thing about the ITV quiz show is its host, Bradley Walsh.
As the ITV quiz show prepares to celebrate its 1000th episode on Thursday September 29, we look at nine of his best moments from our favourite show of his – from falling over, to getting on the wrong side of Ann Widdecombe.
1. Dick, Helmut and Willi
How’s this for a first question?
In a special celebrity edition of The Chase, comedian and former Not Going Out actor Tim Vine was up again Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett.
Bradley asked “What is the cartoon character Andy Capp known as in Germany?”. The options were Dick Tingeler, Helmut Schmacker and Willi Wakker.
The presenter only got as far as reading option A before he was bent over and crying with laughter. Even The Beast raised a smirk.
2. Stepping out of line
Sometimes it’s not the daft options on offer that cause Bradley to corpse.
As one contestant turned around to have a chat with her team about which offer to take, Bradley fell off the stage.
Quick as a flash, he was back on his feet and pretending like nothing happened. What a pro!
3. Ann vs Anne
Anne Heggarty definitely met her match when she went up against former MP Ann Widdecombe.
After saying her first answer out loud and almost forgetting to press the button, Bradley had to remind Ann of the rules of the show. ‘Yeah, well I pressed it, so get on with the game’ she snapped back.
Everything just continued to get even more chaotic from then on, with Bradley looking like he was herding cats. Even The Governess raised an eyebrow and came out with a chuckle at Ann’s antics.
4. ‘Barry from EastEnders’
It’s an easy mistake to make.
In another celebrity version of the show, Shaun Williamson stepped up to take on Mark Labbett.
After managing to make it through to the final Chase, Bradley went to shake Shaun’s hand and said “Barry, take your place…Barry…”. It was only then that he realised what he had said.
He fell about laughing and apologised to Shaun for mistakenly calling him the moniker of his EastEnders character that he is most known for.
5. What sort of creature is this?
On the show, the final Chase is the most nerve-racking and important part for the contestants.
However, the tension was well and truly broken in this episode when Bradley was meant to ask the three quizzers: “What sort of creature is a biting midge?”.
However, he came out with a very different word indeed – which we’ll let you see for yourselves above.
As the time ticked down, he simply held his head in his hands and apologised while the producers had to stop the clock and go again. Oh dear.
In one episode, the cheeky question setters gave poor Bradley a bigger task than the contestant when they forced him to attempt to pronounce the place with the Guinness World Record for the longest name in Britain.
It’s possible to see the look of shock and horror painted on his face as he begins reading the question and is suddenly faced with the word Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
7. Twisting My Melon
Bradley once again couldn’t control himself when a question about Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder popped up.
He had to ask the contestant what the name of Ryder’s autobiography was: Twisting My Banana, Twisting My Melon or Twisting My Plums. Suffice to say, it had Bradley in stitches.
8. Fanny Schmelar
Although Bradley seemed to initially read the question without too much trouble, he subsequently appeared to whimper with laughter and struggled to compose himself – especially when the contestant decided to repeat the name.
“We’re going to make a rule now never to say her name again,” cried Bradley. “I’d be straight down the court in the morning if that was my name! I’d have that changed straight away!”
9. Bradley makes The Barrister lose his cool
Shaun Wallace – a man renowned for being made of stern stuff – couldn’t help but collapse in a fit of giggles when Bradley Walsh couldn’t contain himself.
After The Barrister couldn’t introduce a contestant called Shereen without muddling up his words, Bradley started laughing. And then couldn’t stop.
Filming had to be halted, Shaun had to ask for a tissue and Bradley just couldn’t regain his composure. “You’re killing me!” said Bradley, as he put his head down on the board. “I’ve completely lost the plot – I’ve gone hysterical!”
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.