14 items from 2015
Alex Polizzi observes Chefs On Trial, the kitchen heats up for the last five in MasterChef: The Finals and Vanessa Engle’s ventures Inside Harley Street. Plus: Raised By Wolves bows out and Christopher Eccleston’s ex-cop broods in the Lake District in Safe House
In this new gameshow, seven members of the public – this week from Sheffield – are approached in the street and given one of seven golden envelopes. In said envelopes are prizes ranging from a paltry one penny to a princely £10,000. Without knowing the amount they have, the punters are then offered the chance to swap their envelope for a mystery silver box, which may contain a better or worse prize. It’s a bit like Deal Or No Deal, but without the mysticism, or any other redeeming features for that matter. Ben Arnold
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- Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Graeme Virtue, Hannah Verdier, Mark Jones, Hannah J Davies and Gwilym Mumford
If he wants to continue amusing his viewers, YouTube star Roman Atwood must continue to come up with novel prank ideas. With his latest video, he has done just that: Atwood traveled to TV host Howie Mandel's house and covered it with more than 4,000 rolls of toilet paper.
In the video, Atwood--who has more than 5.7 million subscribers on YouTube--describes Mandel as his "friend." The prankster's relationship with the Deal or No Deal host runs through Alex Mandel, Howie's son and a YouTube mixologist who has collaborated with Atwood in the past. With the help of Alex and Howie's wife Terry, Atwood drove a moving truck up to Mandel's house and proceeded to unleash Tp hell upon the ritzy mansion.
The glorious prank becomes ever greater when combined with Mandel's personality. The comedian and actor has a well-known fear of germs, so as you can imagine, unbridled mess »
- Sam Gutelle
He'll be cleaning this up for weeks! Howie Mandel was the victim of what may be the most epic toilet paper job ever, courtesy of YouTube prankster Roman Atwood, who blanketed the comedian's house in thousands of rolls of Tp. With the help of Mandel's wife and son, the vlogger brought in a literal truckload of toilet paper for the prank — more than 4,000 rolls of Cottonelle, Quilted Northern, and Seventh Generation, according to his YouTube vid. By the time the Deal or No Deal host returned [...] »
The presenter has been temporarily dropped by the BBC after aiming a punch at a producer, resulting in upcoming episodes of Top Gear being delayed indefinitely.
He told The Guardian: "You have to laugh at the sheer incompetence of BBC management.
"Here is a hugely popular production, arguably one of the BBC's most valuable productions, which is apparently being pulled from the schedule because of one of the presenters [being] involved in an incident.
"Top Gear has multiple hosts and it is not as if the whole show is live and the content is created on a single day. So why not just re-edit what they have got and let the other two presenters continue? »
The Deal or No Deal and former Top Gear host, who acrimoniously left the BBC after a 30-year career following a falling-out with management in the late 1990s, said the corporation needs to shoulder the lion’s share of the blame.
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- Mark Sweney
Deal or No Deal has launched its first official quiz app.
Deal Or No Deal - Noel's Quiz is available to download for free on Android and iOS devices.
The game features 3,000 trivia questions and can be played in single or multiplayer mode. Users can also connect with their friends via Facebook and email to play head-to-head.
"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."
London — Global production and distribution giant Endemol Shine Group, which was formed through the merger of Endemol, Shine and Core Media, has restructured its international formats business.
Lisa Perrin, managing director of Shine Network, will become managing director of Endemol Shine Creative Networks, which will provide “creative and production support” to the company’s formats. The division will be run out of the company’s headquarters in Amsterdam.
Perrin will “manage and coordinate the exchange of new ideas, creativity and IP across Endemol Shine Group’s network of companies around the world as well as supporting and guiding local adaptation of formats in new markets,” a statement said. Perrin will report directly to Tim Hincks, Endemol Shine Group president.
Endemol Shine Group’s format sales and acquisitions business will be managed separately, with global head of format distribution Ana Langenberg reporting to group commercial officer Boudewijn Beusmans.
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- Leo Barraclough
The identity of the 'Deal or No Deal' banker has been revealed. 'Pointless' host Richard Osman has confirmed that the Channel 4 gameshow's producer, Glenn Hugill, is the voice of the mysterious Banker. Speaking about how he comes up with new ideas for quiz shows, he told the Metro newspaper: ''['Two Tribes'] was an idea that Glenn Hugill - the banker on 'Deal or No Deal' - and I had been thinking about for a long time. ''We kept coming back to it and thought, 'Hang on, this really works, let's pitch it.''' The Channel 4 show, presented by Noel Edmonds, sees contestants aim »
The identity of The Banker on Deal or No Deal has been confirmed.
Asked about how he came up with new quiz ideas - such as BBC Two's Two Tribes - Osman said that the new show "was an idea that Glenn Hugill - the Banker on Deal or No Deal - and I had been thinking about for a long time".
He added: "We kept coming back to it and thought, 'Hang on, this really works, let's pitch it'."
It’s now digital only, the presenters are fans of Owen Jones and the garden is open to the public, but the grande dame of children’s TV still glides serenely on
Have you seen Blue Peter recently? Possibly not. It’s now tucked away on the Cbbc channel, meaning that anyone above the age of 15 is unlikely to chance upon it when “working from home” and flicking up and down their favourite channels in search of post-Deal Or No Deal distraction. That shitting elephant in the room excepted, Blue Peter is still going strong after nearly 60 years, and is still pretty great.
When I step into the telly behemoth’s purpose-built Salford studio, rehearsals for the live show are under way. Along with a pre-recorded appearance from the cast of the Little Shop Of Horrors musical, which ends with presenter Barney Harwood being eaten by a plant, there’s a quiz about germs, »
- Peter Robinson
Deal Or No Deal is to feature couples as contestants for the first time.
Noel Edmonds will welcome 11 couples to the Dream Factory, although the fact that there are only five chances to play means not everyone will get to take a place at the Pound Table.
The Double Trouble episodes also include the Banker's Break Up quiz, in which the couples must answer eight or more questions about each other correctly in order to win a holiday.
If the pair get three or more questions wrong The Banker will split them, sending one person to the isolation room where they cannot help their partner make any further decisions.
Edmonds said: "I've always found players' differing approaches to Deal Or No Deal fascinating and I'm intrigued to see »
Grumio from Plebs on his love of Deal Or No Deal and why Spaced should return to TV
Anything with Chris Lilley, who did Summer Heights High. He recently had Jonah From Tonga and Ja’mie: Private School Girl. It’s weird characters in the middle of nowhere. I’m from a small village just outside Sheffield, and all my dad’s friends are oddballs. I really like the idea of being able to do that sort of thing myself. He does it absolutely perfectly.
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- Gwilym Mumford
To call Mel & Sue a "brand new chat show" is a cheeky move from ITV.
It might be new in name, but that's just about it. We've seen the presenters, format and even guests in the new show, which aired for the first time today (January 12), all here before.
In the late '90s, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fronted Light Lunch on Channel 4. It featured cooking, celebrity guests (including Jennifer Saunders), questions from the studio audience and haphazard presenting.
Mel & Sue wasn't a million miles away. It was all about cooking, celebrity guests (including Jennifer Saunders), questions from the studio audience and haphazard presenting.
Commissioned on the back of their reinvigorated success from The Great British Bake Off, the fact they were revisiting old ground was something that wasn't lost on the pair.
As they discussed Celebrity Big Brother in their introduction, they quipped the Channel 5 show was »
2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the classic board game Monopoly. And on Feb. 7 and 8, the game will come to life on the small screen with Monopoly Millionaires' Club, a new syndicated game show hosted by Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly). Executive produced by Scott St. John (Celebrity Name Game, Deal or No Deal) and Kevin Belinkoff (Family Game Night) each hour-long episode will feature five members of the audience selected at random to play games derived from Monopoly (Community Chest, Electric Company, Advance to Boardwalk etc.) with a chance to win up to $100,000. In the show's final round, every contestant chooses »
- Breia Brissey
14 items from 2015
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