Deal Or No Deal ‘set to return with Stephen Mulhern as host’

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A reboot of hit game show Deal Or No Deal is reportedly in the works.

Originally hosted by Noel Edmonds, the game show ran on Channel 4 for more than a decade between 2005 and 2016.

Now ITV1 are said to be ready to launch a new series of the format with a brand new host.

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According to The Sun newspaper, Stephen Mulhern is lined up to front new episodes.

A source shared: “Plans for the reboot are in the very early stages and the details of when it could come back are being closely guarded.

“There have been discussions around Noel possibly returning but ITV decided they want to give the show a completely fresh look and feel.”

Meanwhile the Mirror say the format is set to remain the same as it always has.

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

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

The rumoured reboot would be far from Stephen Mulhern’s first game show: The TV presenter currently fronts Catchphrase, In For A Penny and Rolling In It as well as making regular appearances on Saturday Night Takeaway.

Deal or No Deal’s original run lasted for more than 3,000 episodes. The format saw contestants with one of 22 numbered boxes with each box containing a prize from 1p up to £250,000.

Unaware of the cash mounts in their or any other box, contestants had to try and win as much as possible by playing against a mysterious ‘banker’ who would regularly make the contestant an offer to cash out for whatever is in their box.

The show gave away more than £40 million in prize money over its run and picked up numerous awards and nominations, including a nomination for Noel Edmonds at the 2006 BAFTAs.

For now, watch this space…