Dealing at 500

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by

It’s been a while since I watched, I’ll admit, but this press release still gave me a warm glow…

Half a million pounds … 22 identical sealed boxes … and no questions
Except one …. Deal or No Deal
500th episode airing on Channel 4 in June 2007

The cult TV phenomenon Deal or No Deal will be celebrating its 500th show on 29 June 2007. Presenter Noel Edmonds has some surprises in store to commemorate the milestone episode. 

The fortunate contestant taking the “walk of wealth” on the special programme will be playing for the biggest jackpot ever – the top prize available is £500,000! 

Noel and the enigmatic Banker welcome an entire studio audience of past players to cheer on the contestant for the 500th show. All the show’s much loved characters are back, including 24 year old Welsh lass Laura Pearce who is the only person lucky enough to win the jackpot of £250,000. Other favourites include 1p club founder Nick Bairn and Deal or No Deal‘s longest serving contestant Lucy Harrington who went on to win just £5. Courageous players such the show’s very own poet laureate Morris Simpson and “Bunney”, who challenged the banker and walked away with £110, 000 will also return to the studio to cheer on the player for the 500th show.

The Banker commented: “I remember each and every one of the 500 verminous individuals who have dared to crawl before me. I remember fondly the shattered lives and broken dreams. I love it when they weep, you know. There’s nothing like a hollow sob. Such good times.

“Then of course … there’s some I’d rather forget. And one in particular … … she who shall not be named. Oh, the absolute horror of it. Confetti makes me ill now. I’ll never, ever be able to attend another wedding. And I used to go to plenty because the food’s free. 

“Er … anyway … happy birthday to me. I am expecting gifts from viewers. Expensive gifts. Or maybe … photographs … I’ll leave it with you.”

Deal or No Deal‘s white-knuckle success has secured over 60 deals worldwide, bringing it into over 100 territories. 


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