“At least two hours of revision per day. There’s no point in practicing things I already know; I keep up with what’s current – number one records, news, film releases. It’s important that we, as Chasers, know what’s going on in the world.”
Shaun’s persona on the show is that of a ruthless, stern, question answering machine – admitting he’s there to answer questions and make sure the contestants leave with nothing.
“I’m not there to smile and laugh, I’m there to win. I leave the funny stuff to Bradley. That said, I’m the only Chaser who visits the contestants afterwards, whether they win or lose. I have a healthy respect for anyone who can stand up in an artificial studio and answer questions under the pressure of bright lights and a timer.”
“The whole Chase family work so well together, and I think that really comes through in the final production. Us Chasers have a lot of respect for each other – supporting each other from behind the scenes. Paul (The Sinnerman), is also a professional comedian, so always has a readily available one-liner to make everyone laugh.”
With production on hold for the time being, Shaun has switched roles and has been hosting The Chase EXTRA Lockdown quiz on YouTube, temporarily taking on the role of quiz master rather than Chaser.
“I’ve done lots of lock down quizzes for people around the country, it’s an honour to be invited to take part! I prefer to answer the questions, but hosting is fun, too. I like the questions to be as inclusive as possible, so everyone has a chance to take part.”
When he isn’t answering questions in front of the camera, or representing people in court, Shaun also enjoys writing. Having written his autobiography, ‘Chasing the Dream’, he is now working on a historical book.
“It’s called ‘On this Day’, and details historical events on each day of the year, one for all 366 days. For example, 10th June 323 BC, Alexander the Great died in Babylon.”
On this Day is a work in progress, but you can purchase Chasing the Dream from Amazon.co.uk
now. Finally, we asked Shaun if there were any other TV quiz shows he wishes he’d had the opportunity to take part in.
“Who Wants to be a Millionaire, because I’d have definitely won a million quid.”