Welcome to donduk. A refuge for those who enjoy Deal or No Deal, the hit Channel 4 gameshow hosted by Noel Edmonds. The award winning gameshow Deal or No Deal has become a big hit for Channel 4 and marks a sensational return to our screens of Noel Edmonds.

Deal or No Deal is enjoyed my millions of viewers daily, where the contestants battle with The Banker to try and win a jackpot of £250,000. Here at donduk you will find full daily reports of each show, as well Deal or No Deal news and specials. Deal or No Deal although initially appearing very simple in format of just opening a few boxes for the chance to win some big money prizes, actually has some potentially complex decisions to be made at points throughout the show, the contestants occasionally try complex or simple gameplay in an attempt to give them an edge in beating the Banker.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Deal ya no Deal

Deal ya no Deal - Bal Devkaran

I know the title doesn't look right at first glance, but it's not a typo! There's an Indian version of our favourite game show. This can be viewed on Sony Entertainment Television once a week on their version of Thank God Its Friday Night. The show is completely based on the American version and they are into their third series. They seem to find it hard to decide on a host and keep trying to entice different celebrities to host it. Having only seen it from the second series I can only pass comment on two of the hosts. The first one was so bad that I was nearly put off our British version! Its a known fact that Indians like to copy and adapt all American and British games shows from Who Wants To Be A Miillionaire to Sale of the Century to Fear Factor. Unfortunately they fail to grab your attention in the same way as their inspiration and I find them lacking in the "oomph"!

Th third series is mildly better, a bonus point being the good looking suave host who tries to bond with the contestants. The contestants are picked from the audience and have to pick their suitcase from a group of models so, like the American one, you do not get to bond with the contestant. I find it hard to describe the contestants but simply imagine that loud brash Pat who didnt know when to shut up and multiply her by a 1000 and thats what every contestant is like in India!!!

The emotions run high in their version and they are all quite high strung with heavy influences from the members of their families. The families tend to determine the order in which the boxes are opened and very rarely do the contestants deal.

In the previous series contestants opened the briefcases rather than models and like ours, the shows were pre-recorded. Unfortunately the shows were not shown in order and the same contestant who had played could be opening a box a week later!! The contestants opening the briefcases also had a chance to guess the amount that was in their own briefcase and if they were right they could win 50,000 rupees (approx 580 pounds) so you could earn money whilst waiting for your turn to play!

The highest amount available is 10 millon rupees (approx 117,000 pounds) and I have yet to see someone win it! Now you must be wondering why I watch it after picking so many holes in it! Well i'm addicted to the concept of the game and it is our family time, we sit together and rip the show to pieces. By the end of the show we have laughed so much our sides hurt and it makes us appreciate our beloved noel edmonds!!! Although i think my husband watches it for the models.... hmmm.....

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