Bradley Walsh reveals strict rules on The Chase including time limit on questions

Bradley Walsh has presented The Chase since it first hit our screens in 2009 and has become a much-loved part of the quiz show.

The 61 year old, who was recently left unimpressed after being designated to the control room and replaced by Joe Pasquale, has revealed that he is constantly under the eye of the lawyers on the ITV show.

Bradley has revealed that he is watched like a hawk while he delivers the questions to the contestants and chasers, who include Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan and Darragh Ennis, and a scene was once halted after he tripped over wording.

The Beat The Chasers presenter revealed how he is 'stopped immediately' by lawyers on the popular quiz show and forced to read the question again.

"If there is a slight misread, I am stopped immediately – bang – by the lawyers. We have the compliance lawyers in the studio all the time," he told Radio Times.

"What you have to do is go back to the start of the question, literally on video tape where my mouth opens – or where it’s closed from the previous question – and the question is re-asked. It is stopped to the split second. ”

“It means no time is lost for either the contestant or the chaser."

Meanwhile Bradley revealed that he has honed his timing of asking questions over the last 13 years of presenting the show and typically delivers each in 3.6 to four seconds.

Bradley also revealed that 18 or 19 correct answers is regarded as a 'banana skin score' as it is sure to trip the chasers up when they are against the clock.

He said: "You have to be at such a speed: if you’re a contestant and I go ‘what’s… the capital… of France… ‘ they’d be dead and buried in thirty seconds.

Bradley continued: "Once the chasers get in a rhythm there’s no stopping them. They can answer 24, 25 questions in two minutes. We’ve even almost reached thirty."

However the comedian revealed that producers are still intent on trying to 'trip' Bradley up which was seen in the case of the Fanny Chmelar question where he could barely look at the contestant.

Bradley added: "They deliberately go out of their way to find questions that will trip me up."

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