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The Chasers’ holiday exposed – tense threats, swimwear horror and awkward nudity

Budgie smugglers, bikinis and emerging from the sea like Daniel Craig.

Not how you would expect to see fearsome Chasers The Governess, The Dark Destroyer and The Beast.

But brand news show The Chaser’s Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles will give a never before insight into their lives off-screen and fiercely competitive relationship.

Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace will pit their wits against extraordinary competition as they try to answer the age old question ‘Are we really as smart as we think we are?’.

Along the way the three titans of trivia will take on child geniuses, great apes, and the latest AI and robot technology, as well as facing off against each other.

During the first episode they embark on a tour of the US, which puts the stars of The Chase in situations we would never expect to find them in.

The Chasers escape the confines of the studio – and we quickly realise why they are usually kept apart.

The fighting talk begins on the first day when they compete against Kanzi, a Bonobo ape who is able to communicate with humans by using a series of pictures and symbols on a Lexigram.

The Chasers are all humiliatingly defeating by Kanzi in the memory test, but Mark celebrates beating his co-stars by just one point by calling them “losers”.

From there the tensions start, with it becoming very clear that each Chaser believes they are the smartest.

“As you can see with Mark he’s also very competitive. Where as I’m the more outgoing type among the three of us,” confesses Shaun.

“But I want to kick Mark’s a*** and I’m sure he feels the same.”

There is a nervy atmosphere when the trip embark on a journey across Iowa, Illinois and Indiana in an RV.

Mark gets behind the wheel but struggles with his spacial awareness, smashing into curbs and scraping against tree branches.

When given their next task, a working memory test that one chimpanzee has never been beaten on, Mark smashes his rivals.

Competitive Mark claims: “I’m lucky I’ve got hypercalculia which means pretty much a calculator in my head.

“If we do a task which is maths and science based they know and I know I am way better than them.”

Living on top of each other, the other Chasers find out a lot about one another.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how we gel living in each other’s pockets. Anne is very, very introverted,” says Shaun on the first day.

Mark makes a rather more explicit discovery about Shaun which he would probably rather not be exposed to.

“Yeah, Shaun doesn’t mind walking around with his a*** hanging out most of the time,” reveals Mark.

“Shaun is a cat, he can fall asleep anytime, anywhere. The number of times you would look round in the car and he was flat out, fast asleep.”

While Mark may have the competitive edge at maths, he struggles to find his feet on the dance floor.

As part of their journey of discovery they end up in a country music nightclub, which Mark mistakingly guesses is a “brothel” when they first arive.

It’s clear that Anne is well out of her comfort zone, but she courageously gets on the dance floor to embrace the night.

It’s not long before Anne is feeling distressed and needs to take herself out of the situation, explaining: “One of the things that quite often goes along with autism is certain sensory issues.

“It’s about not really liking noise to come out at me – especially if I am feeling a bit tired or stressed.”

The Chasers goes off to sit down and play some online quizzes on the sidelines while Mark and Shaun struggle on trying to learn the moves.

“Sometimes I need to just take myself away, have a bit of quiet, jump on the WiFi, do a bit of online quizzing and I’m fine,” adds Anne.

The Governess isn’t the only one that takes some time out.

Mark shouts in anger at his inability to complete the dances, then explains: “It’s the frustration my body won’t do what my brain tells it to do.”

Sweaty Shaun, who impresses on the dance floor, says: “This is a form of intelligence, dancing. It’s a way of actually expressing yourself in a structured and coordinated way.

“I’ve got moves. I used to do a bit of salsa so I can move.”

Despite being on holiday in the US, Shaun still maintains his rigorous morning exercise regime.

Meeting Anne in the hotel lobby, Shaun reveals that he woke up and completed his impressive daily routine of 2,000 sit ups every morning to stay in shape.

“Every morning when I wake up I do 2,000 sit ups because my mum suffers from dementia,” says Shaun.

“My dad sadly died from motor neurone disease and it really saddened me to see them physically degenerate.

“Whilst I know I can’t delay the inevitable I know I can postpone it by keeping myself physically and mentally sharp.”

Shaun is also seen practising some yoga moves on a Miami beach, but it’s no ordinary workout.

He recites the names of the Kings and Queens of England and states what year they took to the throne while doing some leg raises.

One moment that Anne might not want to remember is getting a text telling her to “enjoy the view”.

She turns to spot topless Mark emerging from the sea like a young Daniel Craig in James Bond flick Casino Royale.

They also have to compare their intelligence against dolphins at a research centre in the Florida Keys.

The lads have to try and copy Anne’s movements in the water while wearing pairs of blindfold goggles – and obviously aren’t as successful as the dolphins.

“That was amazing and it makes such a difference watching Anne do something she wants to do. It just lights the day up,” says Mark.

One of the stand out moments of the series, that will feature in a later episode, is Anne nearly losing it with a producer.

“I think the best one of all was, I don’t know if it made the edit, but we had just come off of a twelve hour flight,” explains Mark.

“We checked into the tiny Tokyo hotel rooms, you know because they want the Tokyo tourist experience and then one of the producers decide that they want an interview with Anne right now.

“And how that producer is still alive I do not know.

“Anne is not one of life’s great travellers, i know we’ve gone all around the world doing the chase, travel for us is part of our job, its not something we do out of habit.”

Through it all the Chasers have a lot of fun and laughter during their epic road trip.

“I don’t think I learnt anything new about them, except that we are all great mates and we are all very protective of each other, so it was good to know that if anyone was feeling stressed, that we all had each others backs,” says Anne.

Echoing her views, Shaun adds: “It was good to work with them all, as we all were out of our comfort zones, obviously as we are all known as quizzers.

“It was really interesting to see how we all operated in different light, and we all got on quite well.”