‘Deal Or No Deal’ Coming Back With Stephen Mulhern

ITV is reviving Deal or No Deal in the UK after a seven-year hiatus.

A reboot of hit game show Deal Or No Deal is reportedly in the works. The commercial broadcaster has greenlit a full series after last year piloting the game show with Stephen Mulhern, presenter of Britain’s Got More Talent. The show will be produced by Remarkable, which is part of Banijay UK.

Deal or No Deal broadcast on Channel 4 for more than a decade before it was axed in 2016. The show was hosted by Noel Edmonds.

On Deal or No Deal, contestants play and deal for a cash prize by opening boxes containing varying amounts of cash. They are faced with a game of odds as they decide whether to accept an offer of cash from “the Banker” in exchange for what might be in their own box.

At the start of each game, each contestant chose a box that was worth anything from 1p – £250,000.

The mysterious banker would attempt to buy back their box throughout the game.

Depending on the amount revealed when the box was opened, the banker would offer the contestant lucrative amounts to buy back the box.

Fans loved the suspense of the show which saw some people hold their nerve to go home with the £250000 jackpot prize.

“Deal or No Deal is such a strong format you don’t want to go fiddling with it,” they explained. “It’s pretty much the same. The boxes are back, the banker is back and the 22 players.

“The only difference is Stephen, which gives it a fresh feel.”

Deal or No Deal’s original run lasted for more than 3,000 episodes. The show gave away more than £40 million in prize money over its run and picked up numerous awards and nominations, including a nomination for Noel Edmonds at the 2006 BAFTAs.

ITV reboot popular game show with Stephen Mulhern set to take over as host

ITV’s revival of Deal or No Deal is the latest in a long line of reboots in the UK. ITV is also bringing back Big Brother, while the BBC has returned to shows including Gladiators and The Weakest Link.

The U.S. version of Deal or No Deal made headlines last year after Meghan Markle said she felt like a “bimbo” when working on the NBC show. “I ended up quitting,” said Markle. “I was thankful for the job, but not the way it made me feel, which was: Not smart.”

ITV declined to comment.

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