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Deal Or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Member Name: cath_del
Deal or No Deal
Date: 16/01/12, updated on 24/02/12 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Cliffhanger moments occasionally
Disadvantages: Can be slow
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.
Summary: Show to watch in the daytime, so-so