Deal or No Deal, Channel 4

by | Oct 31, 2005 | All, Reviews


• Fantastic to see at last the quiz that the rest of the world is raving about. And you can see why it works so well in the US. It is so easy to follow.

• Anybody can play, no questions, no games to play– just plain and simple: keep the box or trade it.

• It’s great to have a game show on daytime TV that has a potential huge prize (up to £250,000). Usually daytime quizzes only have prizes it’s hardly worth getting out of bed for.

• Noel Edmonds has found a good vehicle for himself. He can be his relaxed self and has some scope to be entertaining while also keeping things ticking along nicely.

• The first contestant – Lynn from Bolton – was excitable, but not over the top.

• There was suspense kept right until the end and we found ourselves screaming Deal at the TV. But the contestant hung in to win £14,000 when, if she had opened her box, she would have won just a tenner.


• Only one of the 22 contestants actually plays the game. Edmonds said that they all wanted her to win. No they didn’t; they wanted to play themselves, especially the guy with the box with £250,000 in it.

• The fact that the jackpot went within the first six minutes of the show and couldn’t be won.

• The banker offer which only Noel can hear on an old-fashioned telephone. Why cant it be announced to all? We didnt see the point of that.

• Surely if the contestant takes the banker’s first offer then the show is over within 10 minutes? How would they fill the remainder? They wouldn’t because nobody is ever going to take the first offer from the banker as greed takes over. But it does feel that the show could be trimmed down to 30 minutes easily enough.

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