On Monday 27 April, a group of FTV students travelled to Bristol to be in the studio audience for a recording of popular gameshow Deal or No Deal.
Armed with our confidentiality forms, we were welcomed into the audience area where there were lots of opportunities for photos – including, of course, with the FTV course mascot, MacGuffin.
Once inside the studio itself, we were seated on tiered benches and able to observe the final preparations for the recording, including the random allocation of boxes to each contestant. There was an audience warm up and then the theme tune played, the lights started flashing, and before we knew it Noel Edmonds was centre stage and the cameras were rolling.
We cheered and groaned as the game developed with the opening of each box, all feeling the tension far more as we saw events play out in person than when watching from our living room sofas. The dramatic changes in lighting each time the phone rang and Noel liaised with the Banker added to the atmosphere of anticipation. (As to the Banker, his identity remains a mystery!)
After the recording, the show’s director kindly undertook a Q&A session, providing us with some further insights into how Deal or No Deal is made and also offering the students tips for the next stages in their careers.
A big thank you to all the team at Remarkable Television in Bristol for such an interesting and enjoyable day!