ITV resurrecting Deal Or No Deal
March 27, 2023
By Nik Roseveare
Iconic game show Deal Or No Deal is returning to UK screens via ITV (and ITVX) in a new setting. With new host Stephen Mulhern, the series will be produced by Remarkable Entertainment (a Banijay UK company) and see contestants battle it out against the notorious Banker to be in with a chance of winning a life-changing cash prize, in a game of nerves and intuition.
Each week, a contestant will be confronted with 22 sealed boxes, each one hiding a different amount of money. Without knowing what each one contains, the contestant must eliminate the boxes, which are opened one at a time, and the amount of money inside is revealed. Pressure mounts as the player is tempted by the notorious Banker to accept an offer of cash in exchange for what might be inside their box. As long as the larger cash prizes remain unchosen, the Banker’s offers will get higher. But that can all change in an instant if a big cash prize is unveiled.
Mulhern commented: “Wow what an opportunity, I’m beyond excited to be hosting the brand-new series. I’ve always been such a huge fan of the show, so much so, I’ve been practising at home with small cereal boxes. It looks so simple but it’s an incredibly compelling game for both those playing and the viewers watching at home. It’s one of the greatest shows of all time and to be the new host is an honour! I can’t wait to get started.”
Tamara Gilder, Joint Managing Director for Remarkable Entertainment, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Deal or No Deal back. It’s an iconic format – but now on a new channel with a new, fantastic host. We also have a new Banker, but I’m afraid they’re even more awful than the last one.”
Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment commissioning added: “Deal or No Deal is such an iconic format and we are delighted that it will be joining the ITV family. Stephen’s infectious warmth and wit mixed with his natural rapport with members of the public is the perfect combination for this much-loved TV series.”
Deal or No Deal first launched in 2002 in the Netherlands. It has been commissioned in over 80 territories worldwide with more than 350 productions. Deal or No Deal is a Banijay-owned format. In the UK, the series originally aired on Channel 4 between October 2005 and December 2016, hosted by Noel Edmonds.