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.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

A Great Insight On What Appearing on DOND Is Like

Here are the highlights from a really great article in yesterday's Daily Mirror. The full article is here, but be careful as it reveals the outcome of a game which will not be televised until May.

By Clare Raymond

"A STRANGE voice on the other end of an old-fashioned black telephone is offering to give me £17,500 in return for an empty red box.

I can take the money and lose the chance of winning up to £250,000. Or I can turn it down and risk winning a mere penny.

There is no baffling brain-teaser, ghastly general knowledge question or agonising anagram to unravel. It's just simple guesswork and pure luck.

Yet when stripy-shirted multi-millionaire Noel Edmonds turns to me, strokes his beard and says with a twinkle in his eye: "Deal or no deal?" I have no idea what to do next.

Common sense tells me to take the cash and run. Yet greed tempts me to keep playing for the gamble of winning a quarter of a million.

I'm discovering first-hand why, in just six months, Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal has become the most compellingly addictive TV quiz show, pulling in five million viewers in an afternoon slot.


After filming three shows each day they return to their hotel, where they party every night and start all over again the following day. There's even a internet chat room for past contestants, who hold reunions.

They treat each other like lifelong friends, hugging, kissing, reassuring, and when I join their ranks they flock round and embrace me too, wishing me luck.

First we each pick a numbered ball from a bag to decide which box we will get in the next game. Only the independent adjudicator knows how much each is worth, so it's impossible to cheat - "though we do get a lot of coughing from the audience," jokes Noel.

THE light which determines who will play next flickers across the two rows of contestants until it stops on me.

There are more hugs and kisses from my fellow contestants and then it's time for me to take the "Walk of Wealth" and join Noel at the Pound Table.


So who is this mysterious banker the audience never sees or hears? Is he a figment of Noel's imagination? Or is it Mr Blobby making nuisance calls?

"Some people don't believe that the banker is a real person and think I am making it up," laughs Noel. "But I can assure you it is. In fact, he very often speaks to the contestants as well as me. "Sometimes he makes me laugh by saying some very rude things, especially about some of the female contestants. In some other countries the bank is seen and heard on screen, but I think we've got it right here. In fact, the Russians are going to copy our format."


Production manager Jane says even the crew are astounded by the show's success. "We knew it was big in other countries but we didn't know what to expect here," she says.

"In America, they have bigger prize money of $1million and long-legged women to open the boxes. But it's the real British people that makes it such a success here. They give the show its atmosphere and character.

"It's all down to luck and it's purely random. One of our contestants was a statistician who devised the odds for Ladbrokes and even he couldn't work it out."

It worked out for Edmonds, though. Six months ago he thought his TV career was over and couldn't persuade any broadcaster to give him a job. Now he has a huge smile on his face.

"The impact it has had on me has been amazing," he says.

"I can't go anywhere without people wanting to talk to me about Deal Or No Deal. But it can also be life-changing for the people who play. We call the studio the dream factory but it's so noisy with such a great atmosphere it's more like the Colosseum."

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