For You Peter, The Chase Is Over!

My name is Michael Caine and I am a nosey neighbour…

Today started with such promise, the central courtyard area where the kiddies’ playground will be built was finally being cleared of all the rubbish, Debbie and I had taken Molly and Hamish for a reasonable walk before we headed into Cardiff East park and ride leaving around midday in good time for my 2.45pm audition for “The Chase”.

We dropped off the car and boarded a bus without too much delay and headed into the city centre, this really is a relaxing way to get into Cardiff and sure beats the railway from Abergavenny.  Emma came with Debbie & I and they only charged £5 return for the  20 mins journey.

On arrival we made our way the short distance to Jurys Inn hotel and given that we were peckish and had loads of time spare we headed to the Harvester  for a bite to eat before returning to the hotel around 2.15pm from where the ladies left me to do some shopping.  I headed up to the first floor Raglan suite after enquiring with reception where the auditions were being held and on arrival was give a sticker with my name on and had my photo taken.

There were about 7 people in the room already most of who were the previous batch of interviewees awaiting the decisions on whether or not they’d got through.   My “team” consisted of only five people comprised of the following rather interesting people, two of whom had been on TV before.

The first was a lady from Newport in her early 60’s who had been a professional singer and had appeared on “Stars In Your Eyes” as Dame Vera Lynn – alas she didn’t win!  Personally I thought she looked more like a more svelte Barbara Windsor…

The second chap in his mid-30’s came from Penarth and ran with his wife a second hand clothes shop.  He had a wide smile that reminded me of Tony Blair and had been on a daytime quiz show hosted by Nick Knowles called “Perfection”.  I couldn’t recollect it at the time although Debbie thinks we did watch it together once but it was rather complicated.  He too alas was not a winner either…

Apart from my self who I described to camera as “Peter, 57 years old, retired IT consultant from Abergavenny”, there was also a retired electronic engineering lecturer in his mid 60’s and a tall young man in his mid-30’s who was a care worker.

After the introductions were made we then went into a simulated cash builder round were ten questions were asked and apparently I came top, followed by the multiple choice question round where you had to put a card with A, B, C on your knee in response to what you thought was the correct answer.  Again I did well and I foolishly though my audition was in the bag!

Sadly my comeuppance came when we all stood up in a line and had the quick-fire round of their questions and our answers as a team where the first answer was taken as the team response while we were marked individually as to right or wrong.  This is where yours truly had a bit of a meltdown with largely deathly silence being my response to most of the questions or a feeble quiet answer long after another had correctly answered.  The pinnacle of my achievement was to respond “pass” on two occasions when no-one gave a response.

Oh dear, after five minutes discussion the adjudicator panel came back and read out three names, not including mine or the care worker, which meant that for us The Chase was well and truly over.  After receiving some commiserations and giving congratulations to the successful applicants the two of us trudged off back into the street where a quick call to my beloved wife and daughter ended in a Costa coffee house next door.

After a quick debrief we headed back to the bus stop and retraced our steps to the car park and the drive home.  On reflection I did enjoy the process, it was great fun, it was a bit sad to be turned down but I’m really glad I applied.  Only the £100k drop audition left for Debbie and I to go to should we be successful in our recent application… 🙂

For You Peter, The Chase Is Over!

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