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Joe Harris from Deal featured on ITV’s evening quiz show The Chase on Monday night

05 February 2014
by Eleanor Perkins

Deal man Joe Harris featured on ITV’s evening quiz show The Chase on Monday night – and just missed out on a share of £23,000.

The Chase is a popular game show in which contestants pit themselves against an opponent who plays for the bank, known as ‘The Chaser’.

Contestants attempt to amass as much money as possible for a team kitty by answering quick-fire questions in a 60-second round.

Mr Harris, 45, of Dolphin Street, is a self-employed care consultant and Deal Town Rangers Under-15s colts manager.

He is a fan of the popular show and entered after being egged on by his children Mia, 17, and Dan, 15.

He said: “I’d sit watching it with the kids, getting all the questions right. I applied online, went to an audition and was successful.”

The one-hour show was filmed last July at the ITV studios in Teddington Lock, Middlesex. He was the first to face The Chaser, Paul Sinha.

Mr Harris bagged £7,000 in his first round and the other three contestants contributed a further £16,000; but they were beaten in the final chase.

The show is hosted by former professional footballer and actor, Bradley Walsh.

Mr Harris said: “Bradley is as lovely as he seems on the telly. The day we filmed, he actually had a bit of a hangover.

“He’s chatty and funny, just a genuine fella.”

Ironically, Mr Harris nearly stumbled when asked: The climax of what Shakespeare tragedy takes place off the White Cliffs of Dover?

Luckily, he correctly answered King Lear.

He said: “I’m a Shakespeare fan but my mind went blank. When you’re sitting at home the questions are so much easier.”

After watching the show on Monday night, he said: “I was pleasantly surprised, I wasn’t cringing too much.

“The whole experience was lovely apart from the fact we didn’t win any money.

“Unfortunately for us, The Chaser was on top form.”

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