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Deal Or No Deal: No new Channel 4 deal for Noel Edmonds' game show

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Image caption Noel Edmonds will stay with Channel 4 after being offered three new game shows

Channel 4 has told Noel Edmonds there will be no new deal for the studio version of game show Deal Or No Deal.

Edmonds has hosted the show, in which contestants open red boxes to win money, since 2005.

Channel 4 said the studio-based show will end this autumn but further episodes will be filmed on tour around the UK at the end of the year.

Edmonds said it was "the beginning of an exciting new era" and that he had wanted to take it on tour "for years".

He has also been offered three new game shows on the channel.

The presenter said: "Traditionally Deal fans came from all over the UK (and the world) to visit the Dream Factory in Bristol. Now we are taking the show to the fans.

"Jay Hunt [Channel 4's chief creative officer] and I have been working on this for the last six months and now the logistics are virtually finalised we can start recording the shows in some extraordinary locations."

'Early days'

One of Edmonds' new shows, which has the working title Cheap Cheap Cheap, will be set in an "eccentric general store", with contestants asked to guess the cheapest of three items. Thirty episodes have been commissioned.

The other two shows have only been given pilot episodes at this stage. One has the working title Noel Edmonds' Sell or Swap and will see studio contestants bidding live on second-hand and antique items.

The other is simply billed as "a brand new studio-based big money game show".

Asked how viewers would react to the new shows, he said: "Let's wait and see. It's early days and a lot of work has to take place before we go to air."

When it launched, Deal Or No Deal was credited with reviving Edmonds' career and each episode was watched by three million people at its peak in 2006.

The show has given away more than £40m in prize money over almost 3,000 episodes, and the format has been sold to 76 countries.

Hunt said: "I remember watching Deal or No Deal launch and watching it grow to become a hit that captivated audiences for over a decade.

"A lot of the credit for that must go to Noel and his exceptional presenting. As the studio shows ends, I'm delighted he'll now be taking Deal or No Deal to the audience."

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