It's the 1st birthday show and to mark the occasion we have a one-hour special. The show starts and we have our first surprise of the night as John Culshaw does the intro impersonating Noel! There is also a candle on the red deal or no deal box on the game board, and the contestant boxes are gold colour. Noel (John) introduces the show and does his opening ramblings before asking who today's contestant is, the cameras pan up and down the wings as the names scroll through on the game board, the board finally displays the name NOEL!! Noel takes the walk of wealth with box no. 1, he is dressed exactly the same as Noel-2 (John)! He places his box on the 'pound table' and when asked if the box was given to him randomly he says NO!! It's a cake, and he gets out a candle and puts in the top of the cake, he then starts a chorus of 'Happy Birthday'. John Culshaw then takes a seat in the audience and Noel continues presenting the show.
All the contestants have party hats on, but where is Noel's?! The real contestant is then chosen and it's David today and he has box 9. David is dressed in a suit today and Noel asks if it's his birthday suit! He is allowed to remove his party hat, much to his relief, he has his wife is in the audience today for support.
The banker calls before we can start and Noel says that round went quickly!! The banker wants to make sure he has the right Noel!! He also has a surprise for everyone.... If David hits the 1p in the first round EVERY player gets £250 and the pilgrims all get a bottle of bubbly.
13 - 10p BIG cheers and so near to the 1p
5 - 1p BIG CHEERS and EVERYONE GOES WILD - That has cost the banker!!
15 - £5 more cheers
3 - £5,000 NOEL!!!!
1 - £3,000
A nice opening round and David is pleased with the start and the banker is probably regretting his offer. Noel picks up the phone and it's Noel-2 (John Culshaw) on his mobile talking to Noel!!!! After a little bit of banter between the 2 of them the real banker calls and Noel lets the banker know that his generosity backfired, the banker tries to get out of the champagne he offered for the pilgrims!!!! He then makes an opening offer of £17,000, David says NO DEAL. Noel worries that David dismissed the offer too quickly there!!!
18 - £100
20 - £1,000
12 - £50
What a great round! The banker says he managed to save himself £20,000 earlier by offering Jane £27,000 so he offers David the same £27,000! David is ready quite quickly again and says NO DEAL
11 - £75,000 oohhhss for the first large red and power 5 value
19 - 50p Cheers the 50p - will it EVER be won
2 - £20,000
The reds had to start going at some point but the big amounts are still there, the banker has had a vision of a room with crushed party hats on the floor and David there weeping! He then offers £19,500. David asks a few contestants for their opinions, they mainly say there is another round in the game and also thanks for the £250. David says NO DEAL.
14 - £100,000 Groans all around as another power 5 vanishes.....
4 - £1 Cheers for the blue
6 - £750 more cheers
Noel wonders how much the banker will punish David for the loss of the £100,000. The banker thanks David's wife for saying that there was one more round in the game and then knocking out the £100,000! He then offers £14,900, David still thinks it's a strong board and says
22 - £15,000
7 - £35,000 mixed reaction for that one.....
16 - £250
A nice blue to finish the round and Mark thinks the banker can't go less than £27,000 though! Noel asks the banker if he feels lucky, he does, He is angry with Mark and offers £25,000. David goes to his wife and she thinks he should deal, Noel asks the audience if they think he should and only 6 stand up. David says NO DEAL. That decision gets a great reaction from the audience, Noel asks if his wife wants to leave the studio for the next round.....
David asks for big cheers if it's good and not to worry if it's bad
17 - £500 BIG CHEERS
CHANTS OF BLUE
8 - £10 The studio goes wild as the last blue goes ONLY REDS REMAIN
21 - £50,000
The final 2 amounts remaining are £10,000 and £250,000....
Noel asks Noel-2 (John Culshaw) what he thinks, he thinks David has the courage to win big here, the banker wants David to leave and makes a final offer of £70,000. Noel says it's a testing amount, he goes to the wings for their opinions, most say Deal. David says it's really difficult but he's ready for the question and says DEAL
Noel opens David's box 9 and reveals £10,000, box 10 contains the £250,000
As the final credits roll the studio is showered in glitzy confetti, Noel talks over the end credits and says "Thank goodness the £250k wasn't on the table, because if the £250k was on the table, you'd all think it was a fix!" - I expect quite a few people will think it was set up that the game went to a final 2 amounts with the £250,000 still in play!
It was a great game to mark the show's first birthday, although as the show first aired on 31st October last year technically that should be it's birthday show, although that is Halloween so will there be a Halloween special?