A north-east man has described the “nerve-wracking” experience of taking on the Chaser.
Darren Abel, from Laurencekirk, was on the ITV’s The Chase, along with three other contestants, all hoping to win a share of cash.
The 34-year-old retail manager said: “I was last to go up. It is a little bit nerve-wracking and you do feel the pressure seeing the clock counting down.
“When you are speaking to the likes of Bradley (Walsh) it is really relaxed – he’s basically like a normal guy, it is like you are talking to your mate in the pub.
“In the final chase we had 14 questions and Paul managed to catch us.”
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Darren, who was born with a tumour in his spine that crushed the nerves in his back, has been a wheelchair user since birth.
He said the show’s producers took great care of him during the day and host Bradley Walsh created a relaxed atmosphere.
The Chase gives contestants the chance to build up prize winnings before going head-to-head with a professional quizzer, known as a chaser.
Darren was competing against quiz king Paul “The Sinnerman” Sinha and managed to get through to the final chase to play for £10,000.
Despite leaving empty-handed, Darren said the experience of being on the hit show more than made up for it.
He said: “It was a good day out. The filming is a lot quicker than I thought it would be.
“It is more relaxed and we were flown down the night before.
“We were put in a briefing room, where they tell us how the show is run and then it was on to hair and make-up.
“You don’t really meet anyone famous until you are on the set and you are recording. It was a really good experience,” he added.
“The Chase is a show I watch all the time. It was great to see it first-hand.”