Deal or No Deal set for ITV relaunch with Stephen Mulhern named new host
20th January 2023

Deal or No Deal is set to make a sensational return to TV after seven years and it seems big changes are afoot.

The game show quickly became a huge hit when it first aired on Channel 4 in 2005 with Noel Edmonds hosting, before being scrapped in 2016.

ITV has now agreed rights to broadcast the programme and has ordered 20 new episodes with Stephen Mulhern hosting after bosses were thrilled with his performance on two recently-recorded pilots.

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Stephen has most recently been working on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and is no stranger to going it alone as tea time host, having presented Catchphrase for 10 years.

And when rumours of Deal or No Deal return emerged last month, the 45-year old admitted he would love to take on the hosting role.

He said: "Are they talking about it? The answer is yes. Would I love to host it? Yes, without fail. It’s one of the best game shows ever created."

TV insiders say the two pilots went down a storm with bosses, with no revamp needed as far as the show's format is concerned.

"Deal or No Deal is such a strong format you don’t want to go fiddling with it," a source said. "It’s pretty much the same. The boxes are back, the banker is back and the 22 players.

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"The only difference is Stephen, which gives it a fresh feel."

The series previously concluded with a farewell tour around the country, fittingly ending with a ninth contestant hitting the £250,000 jackpot on the last ever show in Glasgow.

Discussing the tour at the time, Noel said: "We can go anywhere and this is something I’ve wanted to do for years. 22 boxes, a phone and me. Where will we pop up next?"

A year before the show ended, meanwhile, it was revealed a staggering £40million had been handed out in prize money.

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