Who could forget Graham Whipp’s game from April? The 42-year-old black cab driver played with the simplest system we’ve ever seen in the Dream Factory: he picked his boxes from left to right along the wings. It was a system that reaped huge rewards but not without some added Deal drama! We got back in touch with Graham to find out how his mega-money win and Deal experience changed his life forever.
Well, I have watched the show for many years and always said I’d love to try to see how brave I would actually be when sitting in the hot seat and not just sitting on the sofa shouting at the TV. I have to say until you try it you will never understand just how much pressure you’re under and how much fun it really can be. It is without a doubt one of the best things I have ever had the pleasure of doing. In a word… AMAZING!
Yes, although it’s still crazy to look back and you still get the odd person who recognises you when out shopping, which is strange.
From the auditions right up until playing your game and even up until today, it’s been incredible. The Deal or No Deal team looked after us all so well. They’re all so positive and upbeat; you can’t help but enjoy the whole experience, even at 6:30am with a hangover!
Noel was brilliant. He settles you down because he can tell that everyone who gets to sit in the Crazy Chair is nervous. I liked him. It must be hard for him to get so involved with everyone’s games after doing so many, but he really does. I’d like to thank him for that – cheers Noel!
The idea first came about when I was at the audition stage. I was down the pub and after a few drinks, I said to my pals, “You know what? If I get through, I’ll go left to right.” My friends didn’t believe I would actually do it but the rest is history.
That was a high-pressure moment, one that I shall never forget. But everyone who plays the game has what if and maybe moments. Just to have that experience was priceless.
If I’m honest, when I was sitting there, I could see myself sitting in front of my TV at home saying to all my family, “If the £250k is still there, I would never deal.” So I just had to go for it. It’s a lot harder than when you’re sitting at home though!
At this point, I was exhausted. I just kept thinking, what would I be more gutted about? Going for it and having 50p or not and having £50k. So I took a deep breath and went for it!
It’s been great! First off, Noel was right about Lyn and me. We have been dating ever since we finished filming. We went to Jamaica for a lovely romantic holiday. I looked after my close family and threw a party for all my friends. I even invited all my fellow contestants!
With the rest, I have started a building company with my best mate. We’re purchasing run down flats and houses only to do them up and sell them on. We are on our first project now.
My Deal or No Deal experience has completely changed my life!
I’d like to thank him for low-balling me after I took out the £250k. If he had offered more than £10k, I’m sure I wouldn’t have handed it back. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Mr. Banker!