The Chase recruit Darragh 'The Menace' Ennis as new Chaser
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 November 2020
Darragh 'The Menace' Ennis has joined 'The Chase' as the quiz show's sixth Chaser, and he triumphed on his first-ever show last night (19.11.20), despite Bradley Walsh joking he was getting "a thrashing" at first
ITV unveiled its sixth Chaser on last night's (19.11.20) 'The Chase' – Darragh 'The Menace' Ennis.
The 40-year-old scientist – who appeared as a contestant on the ITV show in 2017 – made a triumphant start to his life on the quiz programme yesterday, but it wasn't all plain sailing as host Bradley Walsh joked he was getting "a thrashing" after losing to the first two contestants.
Darragh said: "I just laughed. That’s how Bradley works. We all have a bantery attitude on set."
But the new Chaser recovered to knock the other two contestants out and he avoided being caught in the Final Chase – despite five incorrect answers.
Speaking about his first-ever Final Chase, he said: "It was good. I got a few wrong, five wrong.
"At least two of those were because I really wasn’t paying attention to the questions properly.
"I kind of half heard what Brad had said and I had been thinking about the previous question and not focusing on the next one.
"I think if I could wipe my memory and go back again and concentrate properly, I might have only got two wrong. But it wasn’t too bad."
Darragh admitted Bradley was "very kind" to him and briefed him about their show banter.
He explained: "He was very kind, very friendly. He said, 'Relax, don’t worry about anything. We’ll have a bit of back and forth. You give me a hard time, I’ll give you a hard time, but it’s all just fun. Just go out and do your thing.'
"I grew up in a household like that and I have a group of friends at home who are exactly like that. We give each other a terrible time, so it’s great."
Darragh joins Chasers Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Mark ‘The Beast' Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha on the show, and he admitted they were "really congratulatory" after his first episode.
He said: "They were all super encouraging afterwards when I spoke to them. They were really congratulatory. They said very well done.
"If you have a bad show they are incredibly sympathetic and they help you. It’s a really nice environment that we all work in.
"We all try to help each other out. So I think they should be really happy with that. Mark will be writing down the numbers and the facts and figures."