Five episodes in, and the fur is really beginning to fly. This week, it’s the classic treasure hunt/haggling task, where the teams are given a list of items to acquire at the lowest possible price. But there’s a twist: Lord Shugs wants to test the candidates’ international business skills, so sends them to acquire ouds, kanduras and falcon hoods in the malls and souks of Dubai. Cue awkward attempts at the local accent, embarrassing confusions between metric and imperial, and Nick dressed as if he’s following the English cricket team on a tour of India.
With team Endeavour, it’s prickly from the get-go: tension rapidly builds between the project manager and self-appointed sub-team leader. Evolve is more laidback; perhaps a little too relaxed in fact, waiting over an hour for a made-to-measure flag to be stitched together.
It’s all mighty stressful to watch, and culminates in one of the most heated (and entertaining) boardrooms of the series so far, complete with tears, tantrums and accusations of sexism. Sugar’s on top form too, coming out with some genuinely funny lines, before saying Dubai-bye to the biggest loser.
Lady Chastity's Reserve, Hackney
This marvellously silly immersive team puzzle (a sort of cross between an escape game and the 'Mumsy' challenge in 'The Crystal Maze') has already spooked and amused many a team at its original venue in Battersea, but will now be challenging the people of Hackney from a dark corner of the People's Park Tavern. It's from the Handmade Mysteries team that does this kind of thing at venues across London. They know what they're doing. Expect plenty of surreal slants to challenges that can be pretty, well, challenging, and don't be surprised to be surprised either - we're told the immersive elements can be pretty interesting. They promise to let you out - or help you out - if you get really stuck but still, it might be best to bring some brains and leave your dumbass friends out of it.
Venue says: “Venture through an hour of hilarious clue-solving as you and your team attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.”