We caught up with Graham to find out how his Deal experience changed his life forever!

August 20th, 2015

vlcsnap-2015-08-19-10h50m29s232Who 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.

Hundreds of thousands of people apply to take on The Banker. Why did you want to play Deal or No Deal?

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!

It’s been a few months since you played your game. Has it all sunk in yet?

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 applying to playing, how did you find your Deal or No Deal experience?

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!

You drive a black cab and Noel famously owns a black cab. Having that in common, how would you describe your relationship with Noel during your game?

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!

You had a very simple system of picking the boxes from left to right along the wings. Why did you decide to pick the boxes in that way?

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.

You stuck to your system throughout your game but were you ever tempted to change your mind? Especially when your lucky number 13 (which contained £250k) was next.

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.

You were offered large sums of money including £20k, £26k and £45k. What was going through your mind when you said, “No deal”?

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!

You dealt at £10k only to hand it back with £50k and 50p on the board. What was going through your mind at that point?

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!

You took £50k from The Banker. How has the money changed your life?

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!

Do you have a message for The Banker?

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!

Gary tells us how Deal or No Deal changed his family’s lives forever!

June 23rd, 2015
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Did you catch Gary’s game a couple of weeks ago? The 42 year old leisure centre supervisor from Newcastle gripped the nation with the story of his son, Sam, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2. While battling The Banker, Gary opened up about his need to transform his garden so Sam could enjoy some desperately needed outside space. Thousands of you were moved by Gary’s story so we got back in touch with him to find out how his Deal or No Deal experience changed his family’s lives forever.

For the benefit of those who don’t know your story, why did you want to play Deal or No Deal?

My initial reason for applying for the show was to try and raise funds for our son Sam. We needed to get him a top of the range powered wheelchair, which costs in excess of £15,000. Sam has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, which is a genetic neuromuscular condition. It weakens all of his muscular system including his legs, arms, head, swallowing and breathing etc.

We started a ‘GoFundMe’ page and managed to raise £8,500 and then consequently received charity funding, enabling us to purchase the chair just days before leaving to appear on Deal or No Deal. So our next aim was to get enough money to get our back garden done. We’ve been adapting a bungalow for the last two years and the only things still to do were the garden and the roof. Deal or No Deal gave us enough money to get this work done and it has changed the way we and Sam live our lives.

It’s been a little while since you played your game. Has it all sunk in yet?

At first it was hard to believe I’d just won £12,500. On the way home you just go over and over your game. I’m sure I drove my wife to the edge with my constant review of the game. When the money enters your bank, that’s when it gets real.

From applying to playing, how did you find your Deal or No Deal experience?

When I applied, like a lot of people, you probably think, oh well I might get on and if not at least I tried. So, to receive the call to go down to audition was so exciting. The audition process was such fun from start to finish. Even spending the day chatting to people, all with the same goal of appearing on Deal or No Deal was an experience in itself. After a few phone calls, I was told I had a golden ticket to appear on the show… WOW! Travelling down to Bristol was exciting and from the moment I entered the hotel, the experience had begun. I was now in the ‘Deal or No Deal bubble’.

I was greeted with open arms from the contestants. I became a member of the Deal or No Deal family.

The first few shows are a bit nerve wracking, but once you find your feet it is such an exciting and emotional experience. I witnessed good games and bad games, all in one day. The whole experience will never be forgotten and the friends I have made will stay with me forever.

You took £12,500 from The Banker. How has the money helped to fulfil your dreams?

We wanted enough money to be able to install decking and astro turf in the back garden, which would allow Sam to come out the rear bifold doors of the bungalow straight out onto the decking, keeping everything level for his chair. Not having to worry about the cost was such an amazing feeling and we feel so grateful to have been given this chance by Deal or No Deal. It has changed our lives so much. It was such a dream to be able to get this done and to actually see what was our initial vision around two years ago become a reality was such an emotional moment for me and my family.

With £250k and £100k still on the board, was there any part of you that wanted to go on?

In a word… YES! I was so close to no dealing but the thought of losing it was too much. I went on to take the £100,000 so it shows you how easy things can go from high to low in a single round. I just couldn’t let Sam down, he was the reason I applied, to make his life better and easier. He’s my little star and inspirational little boy loved by so many people.

Your highest offer was £20,000 – do you have any regrets dealing at £12,500?

Of course there will always be a regret that I could have had higher but I could also have had lower. At the end of the day, I turned £5 into £12,500 – that’s like backing a horse with odds of 2,500 to 1.It’s a game about knowing when to get out. I never went there to be greedy; like Noel said during my game, I had a plan and boy did I stick to it. It’s a game of ifs and buts. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing and so is £12,500.

Do you have a message for The Banker?

Mr Banker, I may not have spanked you, but I have left a tiny little red mark on your cheeks and a little dent in your wallet. It was fun and emotional and it was also great to speak with you. Thank you from me, Sue, Sam and Kate.

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May 19th, 2015

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The Almost Impossible Game Show

May 19th, 2015

From The Makers of ‘Deal or No Deal’ comes a game show that’s Impossible. Well….almost! You don’t have to be a Gladiator or a Ninja Warrior to apply just up for a laugh and prepared to take on a series of bonkers challenges! Do you have what it takes to try, try and try again?! Then email: impossible@endemoluk.com

(Groups of friends, family members, colleagues or housemates welcome to apply together)

The biggest Box 23 buys!

April 22nd, 2015

Deal or No Deal was always played with 22 boxes for £250,000 until January 1st, 2014. That’s when The Banker’s mother decided to make things a little trickier for her son (nice of her, eh?) and introduce a 23rd box. Wait, we’ll let her explain…

Andy became the latest contestant to buy box 23 so we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the biggest Box 23 buys of this series so far.

Wednesday 22nd April: Andy brought Box 23 for £10,000, which contained ‘double’ – total winnings £20,000

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Wednesday 15th April: Litsa brought Box 23 for £5,000, which contained ‘money back’ – total winnings £5,000

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Friday 20th March: Maurice brought Box 23 for £3,300, which contained ‘+£10k’ – total winnings £13,300

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Friday 6th February: John brought Box 23 for £15,000, which contained ‘nothing’ – total winnings nothing!

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Thursday 29th January: Carrie brought Box 23 for £17,500, which contained ‘half’ – total winnings £8,750!

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Would you be brave enough to buy Box 23? Leave us a reply to let us know…

There’s Box 23 drama every weekday at 3pm on Channel 4 – join us then!

Play our brand new app ‘Deal or No Deal – Noel’s Quiz’ for free!

March 19th, 2015

Blog-RectangleYou can take on the infamous Banker and your friends in our brand new app ‘Deal or No Deal – Noel’s Quiz’, which brings all the nail-biting action from the Dream Factory straight to your phone or tablet. Pick your lucky box and try to answer over 3,000 fun trivia questions in single player mode or by challenging your friends in head to head.

As on the TV show, 22 identical sealed boxes lie in the wings containing values ranging from 1p to £250,000. You must answer general knowledge questions against the clock. Correct answers earn valuable Power Ups such as X-Ray Vision, Colour Reveal and Hot Shelf, all of which can be used to help find that 1p box and potentially transform your game.

Noel Edmonds said ‘I’ve lost count of the number of Deal or No Deal fans who have stopped me in the street to ask how they can get to play the game. With this app they can take the Walk of Wealth wherever and whenever they like and I can’t wait for them to spank The Banker on it.’

Are you ready for the questions?

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Bristol’s best day out just got better!

March 4th, 2015

AudienceBusBlogIs the cost of travelling preventing you from being a Pilgrim? We’re delighted to announce from Monday 16th March 2015, you can catch the Deal or No Deal shuttle bus for free from designated stops in Bristol including the Bus Station and Temple Meads train station to take you straight to the Dream Factory!

You can view the timetables here

To request your free audience tickets and reserve your seat on our bus call 0117 3160888*

We can’t wait to see you!

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IT’S DOUBLE TROUBLE ON DEAL OR NO DEAL!

January 30th, 2015

Couples_BloStarts Monday 9th February on Channel 4.

It’s the start of a very special week in the Dream Factory as for the first time ever, couples will take the Walk of Wealth to play Deal or No Deal together. But will they stay that way?

Noel takes on the role of host and mediator as he welcomes eleven couples to the wings, ready to do battle with the meanest man in telly –The Banker. With only five chances to play not everyone is guaranteed a place at the Pound Table, meaning some couples will be left wondering what could have been.

There might be two players, but that doesn’t mean The Banker is going to make life easy as he introduces the perilous ‘Banker’s Break Up’ quiz. Answer eight or more questions about each other correctly and the lucky pair will win a holiday. Get three or more questions wrong and he will quite literally split them up at his discretion, sending one person to the isolation room with no way of helping their partner make any further decisions in the game. However, with The Banker in charge, anything can happen and he is sure to do all he can to make the separation as agonising as possible.

Noel said ‘I’ve always found players’ differing approaches to Deal or No Deal fascinating and I’m intrigued to see how two sets of opinions will play out during the game. These specials promise to be some of the most nail-biting and unpredictable games we have seen on Deal. Let’s hope our couples are still together when they leave the studio!’

With twice the players, twice the pressure and twice the chance to take home a potential £500,000, will our couples games’ prove to be twice as nice? Tune in to these brand new and unmissable shows to find out.

Happy New Year from Deal or No Deal!

January 12th, 2015

The Dream Factory doors opened with a bang at the start of 2015 so let’s go through what’s new this year.

The contestants have a new look Offer Button to help them take control of their game and force The Banker to give an offer on the spot.

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To win the Offer Button, the contestants must correctly predict The Banker’s opening offer. New to 2015, The Banker places his opening offer into the capsule which gets sent to Noel in the loot shoot.

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Perhaps the most noticeable change has been Noel’s look. Those infamous shirts have been hung up for the final time and we think he looks rather dapper all suited and booted.

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Don’t miss a second of Deal or No Deal in 2015 – it promises to be the best year yet!

The BIGGEST wins of 2014 on Deal or No Deal

December 10th, 2014

We’ve seen some mega-money wins in the Dream Factory over the years and 2014 was no exception.

Pat Crick from Bromley walked away with a life-changing £170k on the 10th March. Pat was left with the ‘Dream Finish’ of £100k and £250k, and with the additional twist of Box 23, a potential £500k was up for grabs. The Banker had no choice but to make his highest ever offer.

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We had two £50k wins in 2014 with Stan ‘The Man’ playing a brilliantly bold game, surprising everyone by going all the way to the end. Laura also won £50k by holding her nerve, saying she believed there was a large red in her box throughout her game.

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Q: What did Annalynn and Gill have in common during 2014? A: They both took £75k from The Banker!

Annalynn was The Banker’s assistant during Love HQ but that didn’t stop her going all the way to the end to win the £75k in her box.

Gill also held out to the end but when Noel flipped the lid of the ‘Death Box’, there was no money amount stuck to the lid! It had fallen inside the box so the independent adjudicator was called up to reveal that Gill had won the life changing £75k.

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Our themed weeks always deliver extra drama but this year’s Halloween shows brought a big treat for Bill. Having won the Offer Button, Bill had the presence of mind to use it at the perfect time, securing an £80k deal and a holiday to Goa.

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But the highlight of 2014 has to be Roop who was crowned our 7th quarter millionaire during the Love HQ specials. Amazingly, if Roop had bought Box 23 he could’ve been our first ever winner of a massive half a million pounds!

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Will we crown our first £500k winner in 2015? Keep tuning in to Deal or No Deal to find out.

 

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