Mark, 55, was on hand to try and defeat a new quartet of The Chase contestants, eager to stop them walking away with a share of the jackpot prize. The Beast was on his A-game as he took on the quizzing amateurs, knocking out several players in the process. However, when it came to a question about maths, the ITV star was stumped when he didn’t recognise a term used in the subject despite being a teacher in the field for 20 years.
The moment came as Mark was trying to take out contestant Sarah, who managed to accumulate £4,000 in her cash-builder round.
It was a tense head-to-head round as The Beast was on her heels the whole time but she was given some respite when answering a question about maths.
Host Bradley Walsh, 60, asked the pair: “In maths, what is the first composite number?” with the answer either being two, four or six.
The correct answer was four and with the player opting for two, her opponent decided to lock down two as his guess also.
“And the answer is in my on-and-off 20 odd years teaching maths, I’ve never, ever heard the term,” he explained to the presenter.
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With Bradley mocking the Chaser, a rather humiliated Beast added: “However, you’re just enjoying the fact I got it wrong,” to which the host chuckled.
Taking to Twitter, fans also reacted with one writing: “Wow… Mark getting a maths question wrong… shocking scenes #TheChase.”
Another added: “Maths teacher genius got that wrong? Say what? #TheChase,” with a third posting: “Ouch Mark! Composite is not prime, but I’m sure you know that now. #TheChase.”
“#TheChase shocked beastie boy got that wrong,” a fourth remarked with a fifth stating: “@MarkLabbett got a maths question wrong!”
Others did admit they had an element of sympathy for Mark, with a sixth declaring: “#TheChase I have a maths degree and I have never heard of a composite number.”
A seventh shared: “I did a degree in maths and I didn’t know it either. Question setter has just googled obscure maths terms I think. #thechase.”
“I’m glad Mark got the maths question wrong, proves that anyone can drop the ball… #TheChase,” an eighth wrote, whilst a ninth opined: “I’ve got three maths A levels and I’ve not heard that term either #TheChase.”
The Beast addressed the matter again after knocking Sarah out, explaining sometimes the Chasers just “don’t know” the answers to questions asked regarding their specialist subjects.
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As the game went on, it was just contestant Willie and player Christine who made it into the Final Chase with a jackpot of £9,000.
Putting their heads together for the first time during the episode, the team managed to accumulate 16 points that Mark would have to match to win the game.
Unfortunately, The Beast’s knowledge was too powerful to overthrow as he defeated them with just 18 seconds to spare.
This was tighter than what the Chaser had predicted as he thought he was going to have at least 30 seconds on the clock remaining.
Commenting on the players’ efforts and the questions posed to them in the Final Chase, Mark said: “Those were some stinkers.
“I think you really did well with an incredibly difficult set,” he remarked, telling the contestants they had been “superb”.
Commenting on the result, one viewer posted on Twitter: “Oh well! They didn’t do too bad after all. #TheChase.”
Another added: “Unlucky really #thechase.”
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.