Mark, 55, was revealed to be The Chase quizmaster the four new contestants had to battle against in the latest edition of the ITV programme. The Beast is known for being a formidable force and it is very rare he ever loses against host Bradley Walsh, 60, and his team. However, there is one accolade the general knowledge guru has yet to claim and was convinced he would get his hands on the title during the nail-biting game, only for the record to be snatched away from him in the last few moments of the episode.
It’s fair to say The Beast was on his A-game, knocking out player after player as the rounds unfolded, with his superior knowledge too great to defeat.
Having successfully taken out all four of his opponents ahead of the Final Chase, Mark had not answered a single question incorrectly.
As of yet, none of the five Chasers have ever gone through an entire episode and not got at least one question wrong.
This meant the Chaser went into the concluding round of the game on track to snatch the record.
The four contestants had been drafted back with the first player of the day, Eddie, being chosen as the person to play for the consolation jackpot £4,000.
On his own and with his teammates watching on, the gas and electric metre reader managed to secure 15 points between their money and the Chaser.
Taking his seat at the top of the prize table, Mark told Bradley he had correctly answered 15 questions during the episode and just need to match this in the Final Chase to secure the record.
However, after just one question, his performance was tarnished as The Beast made an error and was left holding his head in his hands.
“There it goes!” he remarked, before getting his head back into the game and defeating his opponents once again.
The fourth contestant of the episode, Elizabeth, wasn’t going to go down without a fight during her face-off against The Beast.
As the last player standing earlier on in the nail-biting instalment, the mother-of-eight managed to accumulate £6,000 during her cash-builder round.
When offered a higher or lower amount by her opponent to make the game more interesting, the quizzing amateur decided to go for £60,000.
“I beg your pardon,” Bradley declared, but Elizabeth explained if she lost, it would give her teammates another chance to take on The Beast.
Mark was in awe of the contestant’s decision and asked the host to shake her hand on his behalf as he said: “The one thing to do there would have been not to stay in the middle.”
Unfortunately, despite her best efforts, Elizabeth failed to win the astounding jackpot and therefore, her teammates made their return.
Viewers were also on Elizabeth’s side over her decision, as one wrote on Twitter: “Elizabeth knows how the game works. #TheChase.”
A second added: “Please let Elizabeth win I love her #TheChase,” with a third posting: “I like Elizabeth. Nice vibes and went big. #TheChase.”