Noel Edmonds has signed up for 288 more episodes of Deal or No Deal in a move which will take the show to the end of 2015 at least.
The agreement, exclusively revealed by RadioTimes.com, means that the popular teatime game show will run for ten years on television, with nearly 3,000 editions airing by the time the contract ends. It is just as possible that Edmonds will then go on to sign a new contract taking him beyond that time.
Deal or No Deal first launched on Channel 4 in the UK in 2005. Since then more than £39 million has been paid out in prize money to more than 2,650 contestants.
To date, seven people have become quarter millionaires with five women and two men winning the jackpot of £250,000. Celebrity editions have seen the likes of Joan Collins, James Corden and Louis Walsh play their chosen charities.
The show will also be given a twist to the current format, with players gaining a one-time use of the Offer Button if they can predict the Banker’s opening offer.
This means that in future editions they can press it any time, forcing the banker to make them an offer.
Edmonds said of the deal struck between producers Endemol and Channel 4: “I feel honoured to be part of the finest team in TV. A team that never rests on its laurels and strives tirelessly to make the most entertaining shows possible. I am also truly grateful for the chance to meet so many fascinating people, from every walk of life, and to hopefully be instrumental in making their dreams come true.”
Channel 4’s Head of Daytime, David Sayer added: “We are really excited to be renewing Deal or No Deal, taking the programme up to its tenth birthday on Channel 4. Deal or No Deal has stood the test of time and still remains an exciting, nail-biting and much loved programme.”
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