A man from Houghton Regis is on cloud nine after winning one of the toughest gameshows on TV.
Barry Finn-Hurst, 50, participated in ITV’s The Chase, which is due to broadcast next Monday at 5pm.
Barry told the Gazette: “Each night at the end of the shows I saw they were looking for contestants and I thought, ‘I could do that’.
“It’s a different pressure when you’re on TV under the spotlight. I do perform in amateur dramatics which I think helped a lot. It wasn’t as intimidating as the first time you’re on stage!”
Teaming up with three other contestants, Barry managed to amass an impressive financial total before being taken on by the chasers – regular panellists whose role it is to knock contestants out of the competition.
And Barry was keen to go head-to-head with the toughest chaser of them all – former Mastermind winner Shaun Wallace – who he successfully faced off.
Barry said: “It was a lot of fun! Obviously I didn’t know the answers to all the questions, but I’ve always retained knowledge.
“When we finished our final chase, I thought we didn’t have enough steps left.
“But as it came through, it got to about 15 seconds left where I thought we had a chance and it came!”
Now the show is over, Barry, who works as a line controller on the London Underground, has already made his mind up about how to spend the cash.
He said: “I’ve bought myself an electronic golf trolley as I’m a keener golfer.
“This autumn is also my sister-in-law’s 60th birthday, so my partner and I will be joining the family on a trip to Malaysia to celebrate.”