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Deal or No Deal is a British Game Show that is shown on Channel 4 at around 4pm on a weekday. I have seen many different versions of this show in different countries, however I think the main show started off in England. Noel Edmonds is the current host of it, and this is where he made his hosting comeback to the world of television.
This show is definitely a tense game and focuses upon how far a contestant is willing to stretch for the chance to win a large sum of money. It can get very frustrating at times however, as it does get slow, and you just want them to get on with it! It is a pretty simple show to get into though, and it's great to watch to relax to when you've just got home from college or work.
The show itself is set around 1 contestant who will have to randomly select boxes from each of the 21 other contestants. These boxes will contain things from 1p to £250,000 and as soon as they pick that box, it will be eliminated and the player will not be able to get that amount of money anymore. The lower amounts of money are shown in blue, while the higher amounts are shown in red.
You could say that each of the episodes has six "rounds" as after they have opened a certain amount of boxes, an anonymous banker will call and make an offer. First they open 5 boxes and then after that 3 boxes are added after that. However, back to the anonymous banker, he looks at all the pieces of money that are left, and then he will make an offer to the contestant, and it will usually be lower than what they could potentially win. If the player accepts this offer, they will have to sit through and play like they would have done otherwise, and can be great to see they have made a profit or annoyance if they would have got more if they'd kept going!
Currently, Noel Edmonds is the host of the show and uses his experience as a previous television host to make this show pretty enjoyable. He has a good sense of humour and converses with the contestants in pretty funnily most of the time. It's also nice to see that he actually wants the players to go home and he seems genuinely sad when they open that last box and it's revealed to be 1p. He asks the famous question "Deal Or No Deal" and urges the contestant to really think about what decision he's making.
So far I've never seen anyone actually become a quarter millionaire, but I have seen people get pretty close which makes it even more tense. The contestants all seem to be quite gambley by nature, and they always seem to reject the deals by the bankers and keep playing even though what the bankers offered seemed pretty good!
The contestants are always really friendly with each other, and like Noel you see that they all genuinely want the contestant to win. It seems like there is a real sense of community between the contestants which is nice for one of these shows.
I'd say that this show does make for a relaxing show you can watch if you want something lighthearted. Unlike The Weakest Link, you don't find yourself trying to always figure out the answer, so if your in a lazy mood this is definitely one of the best shows to watch. It's great for light entertainment and humour, yet still has some tense moments to keep the pace going.
Deal Or No Deal
What is it:
Deal or no Deal is a game show, that is on every weekday at 4, and it is also on, on a Sunday. The aim of the game it to win as much money as possible! There are 22 boxes, with 22 contestants. Everyday a new contestant is picked at random to play the game. They then bring their box that they picked at random from the start of the game and put it on a table. Then what they have to do is they pick boxes which has an amount of money in between 1p to £250,000, and they have to try and pick as low amounts as possible because if you pick for example 10p, that means that you wont win 10p, but if you pick £100,000, that means you can't win £100,000. So at the end they are left with their own box that they picked at the start and another box which they have not yet picked. Sometimes they are given the opportunity to 'swap or no swap' at the end, if you don't swap you just open the box that you picked at the start and whatever amount of moneys in there you win that, however if you swap you open the amount of money that's in the other box and you will win that. However throughout the game the 'banker' will ring and offer the player an amount of money which they can deal and leave with that amount of money, or they can no deal and carry on with the game.
What I Like:
- Noel Edmunds hosts Deal or no Deal, and I think he makes it very entertaining. He is very funny, he makes jokes, and he generally makes the whole programme a lot more interesting!
- I like that you get to know the players. The contestants are the same people every week and after a few weeks of being there, you kind of feel like you get to know them, so by the time it's there time to play it makes it a lot more interesting then if it was just a random player.
- I like that at the start of the contestants game they bring pictures and tell stories from their life and their dreams that they want to achieve with the money they hope to win, it makes you want them to win a lot more.
- I also like that every so often, the banker will make a few twists that makes the programme a lot more interesting.
What I dislike:
I don't dislike much but there are a few things:
- I don't like how many adverts there are! There are like 4 adverts in the whole programme and it gets on my nerves, a tip I would say to do is to record the programme so that you can just skip the adverts.
- Also I go through stages of watching this programme. I will go a few weeks straight of watching it, and then I will just stop for a few weeks. This is because sometimes it can get a little bit boring and repetitive.
Overall I find this a fun game show to watch, Noel Edmunds makes it very funny, and the atmosphere when someone wins a lot of money actually makes you feel very happy for them, which I can not say about a lot of game shows!
With programmes like his House Party and Telly Addicts Noel Edmonds was a regular face on television until for one reason or another he seemed to disappear completely from our screens. A number of years passed until he returned as the host of Channel 4's Deal or no Deal, a new game show which steadily gained popularity.
Each episode lasts for forty five minutes although like many game shows I suppose it could be finished in a few minutes as when broken down to its bare bones the concept of the game is extremely simple. Basically whoever is playing that day is presented with twenty two red boxes and they have to pick or eliminate twenty one. The amount of money that the remaining twenty second box contains is the prize that the contestant wins, the lowest being 1p and the highest £250,000.
There is no skill to being a winner you just need to be lucky and hope you avoid picking boxes with big money prizes in. Like I said though if the person who chose the boxes just did it quickly until they had one left there wouldn't be much of a show and it would only take them a couple of minutes if that, it is the additional features that has made this format a success.
There are always twenty two people on each episode who stand behind two long counters on either side of the studio who place in front of them one of the red boxes they chose before the start, eventually each one of these will get to play for money. A large screen between these long counters randomly generates one name and this person then brings their red box to sit at their own desk and this is the individual who will take part. Noel asks them about their family, children, and work, how much they are aiming to win and what would they want the money for. These things are often referred to throughout the show.
The boxes are got rid of in rounds starting with five and then lots of three until there are only two remaining. Between each stage the contestant receives a call from "the banker" who is kind of a side kick to Noel in the show like The Stig in Top Gear, remaining anonymous. He makes an offer to the contestant based on the sums of money remaining, if many of the higher sums have been eliminated his offer could be lower but if there are high amounts left he could make a greater offer. His goal is to make sure that the player takes home less in winnings than they have in their red box. They can take the offer or play on till the remaining round when two boxes remain.
If a contestant takes an offer half way during the show that would obviously present a problem as effectively that is the end of the game but they have to carry on choosing boxes to see what they could have won in the Bullseye style and also to see if they beat the banker in his attempt to make sure they win less than was in their red box.
I used to watch the programme every day to see if someone could win the jackpot but after a while the novelty wore off for me. Noel is a very good presenter and the way he talks to the contestant and the other future players in the studio is entertaining. It is a bit over the top though when after each box being opened the player on that day will kiss or hug or shake hands with the person who opened the box. If the person who opens the box uncovers a large monetary figure they can often get upset or even cry as if they have done something awful to the contestant when really they have no real say in what took place, but it all adds to the tension and the drama I suppose.
Deal or No Deal is a british game show brought to us by TV production giant Endemol (Big Brother, 1vs100) and is the companies most profitable programme. The show has been sold to many different countries with the UK version being broadcast on Channel 4 weekdays from 16.10-17.00 and Sunday at varying times. It is presented by Noel Edmunds who made his television comeback on the show.
The show features 22 contestants who each randomly select a box before the start of each show which each feature a sum of money from 1p - £250,000. At the start of the show a player is selected to be that episode's player and will play to win a sum of money from one of the boxes. The player then eliminates the remaining boxes one by one and with each box eliminates the value inside that box. Their are six rounds to each episode with each round a number of boxes are opened, the first round 5 boxes are opened and the subsequent rounds 3 boxes are opened. At the end of each round the player receives an offer of money from 'the banker' (a mysterious caller whose identity is unknown) based on the values eliminated and the values remaining. It is therefore in the players interest to eliminate the lower figures of money to retain high offers, the lower figures of money are resembled by blue with the higher figures being red. The player will either accept an offer from the banker or continue to eliminate boxes and possibly go to the end and they will then win the figure inside their own box. The game is about how far the player will go (or in most cases how greedy the player is!), they could say get various offers from the banker of a high amount and then end up going away with 1p that was in their box, GUTTED! If the player accepts an offer from the banker they must play on as if it were live play and see what they could have won and if they dealt too early.
I can remember when the show first started (first broadcast 31 October 2005) and wondering what it was all about but now I can dip into a show halfway through and you can get the gist straight away.
Noel Edmunds adds something to the show that just wouldn't be there if say Justin Lee Collins or Anne Robinson were presenting. With his quirky sense of fashion (just look at his shirts, although I wouldn't mind a couple!) and his sense of humour, along with the fact that you can tell he actually wants the players to go home with a good sum of money he really adds some charm to the show. Noel is mostly the only one who speaks to the banker (unless the banker requests to speak with the player) and Noel will communicate the offer back and will then ask the famous question 'Deal or No Deal?' this is where the player chooses their fortune. Generally Noel will have a humerous conversation with the banker (of which we can only hear his side) after each round, although the banker is made to look like a greedy old man who wants the players to end up with the smallest possible amount.
The show in all its years has only seen two quarter-millionaires but is never short of those with hopes of being the next.
I do enjoy Deal or No Deal as it doesn't involve your full attention to be able to follow each show although if you are to watch it you can have a giggle or smile with Noel and the contestants. I even applied to be a contestant about 2 years ago and never did fill out the application form. Good luck getting an application form nowadays though as the show isn't short of applicants with the average waiting time before getting on the show around 2 years!
The show doesn't involve any intellectual questions just one Deal or No Deal and if you get irritated watching shows such as The Weakest Link or Mastermind as you don't get many questions right (unlike me :P) then this is the show for you. The shows light hearted humour and also the community spirit from the contestants can be humbling and there is always a player with a sob story that makes you want them to do it and go all the way (unfortunately it hasn't happened yet)!
If you feel like getting into Deal or No Deal I would say give it a go as it makes for good telly when nothing else is on. You don't have to work awkward hours to catch it either as it is usually repeated on More4 and with Channel 4+1 Deal or No Deal is never to far away!
The premise of the show - Deal or No Deal is a game show in which contestants try to win money based on their ability to strike a deal at the right time. There are 15 boxes, each containing a cash amount from 1p to £250,000. The contestant must first pick a box for themselves, which remains closed until they make their deal. The contestant then picks a box to open from the remaining 14 boxes. Whatever amount is in the opened box is removed from the potential prize fund (i.e. if the contestant picks the £250,000 box, then they are no longer able to win that amount). The game continues in this fashion and after every third box is opened the contestant is made an offer to sell their own box by the shows 'banker'. This offer is based on the amount of money that is left in the remaining unopened boxes. The object of the game is to eliminate as many low value boxes as possible, thereby increasing the value of the offer made by the banker. If the contestant rejects all the offers made by the banker, they are allowed to open there own box and take the cash inside.
First of all I should confess that I am not a fan of this show. Still less am I a fan of its lecherous gnome of a presenter Noel Edmonds. The thing that irritates me above all else with this show, is Noel's insistence that there are some sort of high level tactics being exercised by the contestants. He also asks silly, inane questions to the contestants like "What drew you to pick box number 6? You seem to be favouring the even numbers, that's not always the best option as we've seen in the past". It's a game of chance Noel, there is no special code to decipher or method to pick the best boxes, it's just chance! Now I accept that it would be boring if he just stood there and said "Let's open box number 6. Let's open box number 2", but there is a limit to how much pseudo-methodology I can take before I want to scream at the television: "No Noel, you wearer of knitted abominations, it's just a game of chance! Why, why can't you see that!?"!
As I said, I am not a fan.
Then there are Noel's cringeworthy conversations with "the banker". Each offer comes in the form of a telephone call made to Noel by the Banker. First of all I seriously doubt there is any banker there at all. At best it is just some production assistant reading a figure off of a computer screen. But Noel hams it up something shocking and on the rare occasions that I do watch it (why do I punish myself?) I literally cower behind a cushion at this point, unable to watch his ridiculous pantomime.
So to summarise, this is far from the best game show in the world. If you haven't watched it before by all means check it out the next time its on, but I feel sure that after 2 or 3 episodes you will be left cursing the day that you ever laid eyes on Mr Edmonds.
Deal or No Deal is a game show presented by Noel Edmonds. It is aired on Channel 4 and was first ever broadcasted on 31 October 2005. It is aired on weekdays from 16:10 - 17:00.
The game is played using 22 identical sealed boxes. There are 22 people waiting for their game, they pick their boxes individually then their names are picked at random at the start of the game. Usually players will wait around 15-25 shows until they are finally picked to have a turn. They could win any money ranging between 1p and £250,000, although £250,000 seems to be a great rarity, and you can see why. This is a guessing game, you are not to know what are in the boxes!
The player who is chosen to play, they carry their box to the main table. Once they have stated their box was picked at random they usually have a sob story on why they want to win the money, don't worry, not as intense as X Factor sob storys! There are 6 rounds where the contestant has to pick out 21 boxes one by one, the reason for this is because if the player takes out a lot of blues (low numbers in pence and pound range) and not much reds (high numbers in the thousand range) then the banker (an unseen character in the show who will ring up after 3 boxes have been opened) will offer them a high price for their box, depending on how well they are doing in the game. They still have no idea what it is really in their box, it all depends on how far you want to go, you could turn down thousands of pounds to find out you only have 10 pence in your box.
Noel Edmonds charming host of the show with bad fashion sense speaks to the banker on the telephone and sends messages to the contesants and asks the famous question 'Deal or No Deal?' if the contestant declines they will take out more boxes for a different offer, or go all the way to find out their fate, sometimes the banker allows constestants to switch boxes. If the contestant takes the deal then they will be going home with the amount they were offered and will proceed to pick boxes to see what they might of won and what was in their original box.
I have never been interested in this show labelling it as a snooze who wants to be a millionaire knock off. I did not know what this game was about until I played the Deal or No Deal game on the Wii. I found myself really enjoying it and won £250,000 twice! I decided to watch the tv version around 2 weeks ago. I got really attached to the show and fascinatated with it. It keeps me watching right till the very end and I'm extremely desperate to see someone win the £250,000!
If you want to become a contestant on the show then you may be able to find some information on the Channel 4 website.
I find it hard sometimes to make my mind up about Deal or no Deal and whether I like it or not. I think in general it does really annoy me but for some reason sometimes I do sit down and watch whole episodes as it can be addictive and you have to wait just to see what the contestant wins at the end.
The concept for the game is very simple. There are 22 boxes, 11 blue and 11 red. Each box contains a different value and at the start of each round a contestant is chose from 22 players to play the game. They then select 1 box which will contain the amount they win which can range from 1p up to £250,000. Obviously they don't know what value is in the box and it's now up to them to elminate other boxes.
Each round of the game they have to choose 3 boxes to open, each containing different values. They want the boxes they choose to have small values in them which is the blue colours as then they have a better chance statisically that their box will have a big prize in it. As they go along after each round of getting rid of boxes the banker will phone to offer them an amount to stop the game there and then. So for example, if they have 3 boxes left to open including theirs and have the amounts of £1, £50,000 and £250,000 left they will probably be offered a fair amount in the region of £20,000. The reason is that the banker will be concerned they will have a top prize in the box, even if it could be just £1. Following me?
I've seen episodes where they have gone all the way through and just won 1p. I really think the game can generate alot of greed and then they leave with next to nothing. Noel Edmonds presents the game show.
The thing is I don't particularly like about the show is the way they really try to increase the drama even if it's not really that exciting. Also, the reaction of those not involved in each game is a bit over the top. I heard that all 22 contestants actually quit their jobs to appear as they may be picked out eventually even if it takes weeks to play. All this for the possibility you may win 1p!
So for me, I would watch it occassionally when I've not got much to do as it's easy viewing but it's not the best game show on TV that's for sure!
I'm sure by now most people are familiar with the way 'Deal or No Deal' works. Pick some boxes, hope they don't contain high values and accept or reject the banker's offers to walk away.
When the show first started I quite liked it and would watch it most days, but after around two months began to lose interest and now I hate the show. From here on in this review will be more of a rant about what I don't like about it.
The first thing and the most annoying thing is what the people say that aren't the ones in the chair. When they are about to open the box and it is an important one, for example it could be either £250,000 or 1p. They say things like "I have a good feeling, I know it is going to be the 1p" and once they open it to unveil the £250,000 they apologise. You don't have anything to apologise for! It is luck; it is not your fault. In a similar fashion, when the box opened is the 1p and the person in the hot seat thanks them and runs over to give them a hug. Again it is purely luck, you have nothing to be grateful for.
Now that I think about it there isn't much else which annoys me. Noel Edmonds can say some really annoying stuff and when they all hold hands to keep the run of good luck going is annoying.
Apart from that I just don't like the show simply because I find it extremely boring. It is the same thing every episode and I couldn't care less what value of money they win. Also, you can't participate from your end of the TV and there is no skill involved. Absolute rubbish.
Deal or no deal began back in 2005 (I can't believe it's been 5 years already!) on channel 4 and is hosted by Noel Edmonds.
22 contestants gather together in a studio, complete with live audience in the hopes that they will win some bug money. Each player picks a box from 1-22 at random, all which have been sealed with different amounts of money inside, ranging from 1p to £250,000, by the independent adjudicator. At the beginning, one of the 22 players are chosen at random for it to be their game.
The aim of the game is to pick the boxes and try to uncover amounts as small as possible in order to have a chance to win life changing money. In the first round, 5 boxes are opened before Noel receives a call from the banker with the first offer. Depending on the amounts uncovered, the banker will make a suitable offer for the players' box on the table. Each round after sees the player open 3 boxes until the end round (if they get that far), which leaves only 2 boxes. After each round and the bankers offer, the player has the option to take his money or go on with the game and try to get a bigger amount. During the end round, the player must open their own box on the table which will be their prize. Normally, if a player gets to this stage, the banker will offer a swap, letting the player swap their box with the other that is still in play.
It has been known for the banker to throw in some twists throughout certain games, such as offering amazing holidays etc instead of money or letting the player open one box at a time instead of 3. These twists depend on the individual games and the player.
Much like 'Take me out', each player stays in the game until it is their turn to play and they are replaced each day once it is their turn. At the beginning of the game, we normally get to hear about the player a bit more and get a feel for how brave they are going to be. I like this part of the show because I like to know what they will use the money for, if they get a large amount, and also what drives them to make their lives better.
What I like about this show is that it gives normal people a chance to make their lives better by having enough courage to take on the banker to get the amount that they want. It's really nice to see people walk away with life changing money, especially when the players really seem to need it. Although normally this is the best part of the game, I hate to see greedy players. I've seen players get offers of over £20,000 before and they still aren't content. If that was me, I would be more than happy with that amount and I don't think I would want to push my luck for anymore. That would be a hell of a lot compared to what I went there with so I wouldn't want to be greedy about it. The greedy people that try for more normally end up going away with nowhere close to this amount and I think it serves them right. They should be thankful for the opportunity and not go overboard.
Noel Edmonds is a great host but you either love him or hate him. He really seems to want the players to do well and sympathises with them if they don't. You can see that his concern in real, which is what I like about him. He does wear some awful shirts most of the time but I can forgive him for that.
Great show on channel 4 in the afternoon.
I absolutely love this show and have been addicted to it for quite some time.
Deal or no Deal is a Channel 4 game show hosted by Noel Edmunds. There are 22 contestants and one is chosen each day to play the game.
Each member has a red box which has a certain amount of money inside ranging from 1p to £250,000. Each day a member is chosen they bring their box to the table to start to eliminate boxes in each round to win money.
The aim is to eliminate the boxes with the least amount of money in. After each round they get a phone call from the banker who offers them a sum of money for their box. The fun thing is that noone knows what is in the boxes so it is quite a risky game. If they decide to turn down the offer from the banker, they then go on to the next round to try to win more money.
It's a very entertaining show. I also like the fact that they have themed games around certain holidays.
If you haven't seen it already, I would definitely recommend watching it.
deal or no deal is a great game show hosted by Noel Edmonds which is shown on channel 4 at 4.10 pm.
There are a total of 22 contestants who each have a red box that are 1 -22. One person will be randomly selected by the computer to play the game and the rest will stay where they are. In each box there is either a blue colour with an amount and some that are red inside with an amount. If you get blue then that means you have selected a low amounts such as 1p and 50p and red means high such as 250k and 100k.
What the contestant must do is pick the boxes and the other contestants will open it and reveal whats inside. The aim of the game is to try and get rid of as many low possible numbers as possible which will also give them better offers from the banker. In each round the contestant picks a certain amount of boxes and then the banker will ring the phone on the table and offer the contestant an offer to walk away with, if not the contestant can play all the way to the end and see whats in their box.
This show will get you on the edge of your seat and is really entertaining. Sometimes they will have certain themes and everyone dresses up.
In conclusion, this is a very good show and recommend you to watch it.
The gameshow screened on channel four at 4.10 pm on weekdays and at 4.40 pm on a Sunday and runs for 53 minutes.
The show is hosted by Noel Edmunds who always seems to have a different flowery shirt on every night.
The game involves 22 contestants who each have a small red box in front of them, each of the boxes has a number from 1 to 22.
Inside each box is a blue or red sticker with a money amount on it, the blue stickers range from 1p to £750 and the red ones range from £1,000 to £250,000.
In the first round 5 boxes get opened and the banker will ring the phone that is next to Noel and make an offer, the offer depends on what boxes have been opened, they are asked the question Deal or No Deal after each round, evenn if they deal the game is still played on to see what they would have won.
The next rounds involve 3 boxes being opened and an offer is made after each round.
The last round is when there are just 2 boxes left of which one is the contestants.
The idea of the game is to find the blue boxes and leave the reds intact.
One of contestants will play the game each evening.
I love this show but as I am such an impatient person I mostly record it onto my sky plus and get rid of the boring time wasting sections.
There is always great suspense and excitement in the studio as it is filmed with an audience.
Its surprising the amount of people that so obvioisly get carried away by that demon called greed and end up with next to nothing.
I would love to go on this show but would probably end up with the penny with my luck.
Its addictive viewing!
Here is a description of what the show is about at http://www.dealornodeal.co.uk/show/history/
Every show sees one lucky contestant sit at the pound table in a battle of nerves, courage, risk and reward against the mysterious Banker. Faced with 22 identical sealed boxes ranging from 1p to £250,000, the player carefully picks their way through the rounds hoping to avoid the 'Power Five' (£35,000, £50,000, £75,000, £100,000, £250,000). Each box chosen is pivotal. No one knows what is in the boxes and each game varies wildly. Deal Or No Deal celebrates the individuality of each and every contestant; hence every player has a different game. There is no way of knowing whether or not the player has made the best deal until the final two boxes have been opened. Players must rely on instinct, gut feeling and luck to get them through the game.
Well, this show is hosted by the fortunately inimitable Noel Edmonds. Facts!! Noel wears a crazy coloured shirt most days. I also think he looks like a lion. Look at him next time, you will see what I mean. My mate thinks this also. He also is bloody annoying.
Every other line out of his mouth is some cheesy line. Who is going to be a Banker spanker? Good afternoon 'East Wing', good afternoon 'West Wing', good afternoon 'Pilgrims' (the studio audience), are you ready for the question, he just goes on and on with his pure cheese. Also he makes stupid voices and noises, he puts on false accents very very often for some reason. Please Noel stop doing these voices.
The Banker =
The banker makes the offers every 3 boxes that are opened and the value of the offer depends on what is left on the board of course. The phone rings, Noel answers it, and expects us to believe a person is talking to him on the other end of the phone line, and it is getting rather tiresome the 'banter' between Noel, the fake banker and the contestants. Who gives a toss what the banker says, why do they not let Noel decide the offer, cut out the middle man if he/she/it really even exists.
They often have some sort of systematic box opening plan in place for, well, opening the boxes. What would yours be? I think mine would be birthday numbers. They quite often have good luck charms with them such as photographs or teddy bears, I am glad I've not seen a rabbits foot yet.
Quite how, when faced with winning either 10p or £20000, people choose to not take the bankers deal, is beyond me. I could not bring myself to potentially throw away 20 plus grand, yet often people will be faced with these decisions, rather them than me I think!!
Deal or no deal or DOND as it is affectionately known has become very stale, at first it was a little exciting but now I find pure annoyance and a cheesy programme. It is very frustrating to watch, but if you want to try it, it is shown on Channel 4daytime/afternoon televison and always repeated on E4.
Imagine getting £250,000. The catch- you have to open 22 boxes with random amounts of money in but need to ensure the last box contains £250,000. You don't have to answer any general knowledge questions or do any physcial activity. It sounds really easy but when you have no idea what any of the boxes contain it's not surprising only a couple of people have managed to win the £250,000 top prize. So far 29 people have won the worst prize -1p. The fly in the oilment is the dreaded banker who we never see but communicates via a red telelphone. His offers to buy the box are sometimes laughably low and his comments quite harsh at times but when he is beaten by the contestant hands down it's all worth it.
As well as making a few quarter millionnaires the programme has helped the popularity of it's host, Noel Edmunds. Before deal or no deal Noel was out in the cold as far as tv work was concerned after his long running saturday night programme - Noel's house party was cancelled by the BBC. It was not until deal came along that he gradually came back into the nation's conscious again. To be honest I can't imagine anyone else hosting the programme. Noel has the ability to be funny and comical but not at the expense of the contestants.
The programme itself lasts approxomately 45 minutes and can be found on Channel 4 around 4.15 at the time of writing. It is also on Channel 4 plus one and occassionally E4. Saturday is the only day that it is not broadcast on Channel 4. Quite a lot of people I have spoken to who have watched the programme have said how easy it is to get engrosed in it so they can't turn over until they know how much the person has won. That to me is the mark of good television.
This is a review of the United Kingdom version of Deal or No Deal, which first aired in 2005, and is hosted by Noel Edmonds.
IDEA BEHIND THE GAME
There are 22 contestants in the studio, each stood with a red numbered box. One contestant, each week, is chosen to play the game, so they make their way to the front of the studio, so they are facing the other contestants.
One by one, the player asks the other contestants to open there boxes. The 22 boxes contain values from 1p up to £250,000. So when the player reveals a figure sum in a box, that amount of money is no longer available to win. Therefor, the idea is to reveal as many low figured sums as possible, to be within a chance of bagging a higher sum.
Throughout the show, after the opening of every 5 or so boxes, Noel Edmonds receives a call from the banker, who offers a certain amount of money to the player, which varies due to how well they are doing, in terms of boxes opened. The player can now choose to Deal or No Deal the offered sum.
If the player hasn't yet dealt when only two boxes remain (their own and a fellow contestant's), and they decline the final banker's offer, they must open their box, and go home with the amount in it. Sometimes, the banker offers a swap, so that the player can exchange their box with the last remaining one.
BONDING WITH CONTESTANTS
Before the the game begins, the chosen player often has a story to tell about their past, or a reason as to why they want to win a certain amount of money. Knowing a few things about the contestant makes the audience feel more involved in the game, and wanting the player to do well.
I used to watch this game show everyday when it began airing, although I did start to lose interest due to the repetitive nature of it. If you watch it everyday, you will feel quite involved, as you will get to know the contestants, although I feel that it should perhaps be on less often, and maybe have two contestants playing the game per episode.
Noel Edmonds does do a good job of adding interest to the game, and making each episode into something more dramatic than it is, even when it is looking bleak.
On special occasions, such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween, e.t.c, and sometimes randomly, there are a few twist to the game. For example, I once watched an episode, where the player had dealt previously in the game, and the banker offered the player to rejoin the game. There have also been a few occasions where the banker offers a cash sum, along with something along the lines of "a weekend for two in spain", but this is rare.
In summary, this is a game show with a very basic idea of opening boxes, whilst trying to avoid the big numbers. There can be some interesting contestants, and sometimes you can feel involved, and desperate for them to win big money. However, constant viewing may make the show seem a bit boring, and you may find yourself turning over to something with a bit more substance.
I would rate this around 3.5/5.