A SCARBOROUGH man will soon be battling it out with the banker on hit Channel 4 gameshow Deal or No Deal.
Paul McNally, of Northstead, will make his first appearance on June 8 and will play his game on June 30.
The 44-year-old father of two is sworn to secrecy about how he got on, but told the Evening News about the experience of being on the show.
He said: “Apart from the birth of my children it was the most amazing experience of my life.
“The camaraderie and closeness with the other contestants that you see on screen is not false.
“The group does everything together so you get very attached to people - they become your family for the week and a half you’re down there.”
Mr McNally, who runs the Harbour View Cafe on West Pier with his sister Debbie, said that the story of why he applied for the show will come out in his game, but admits that he did it on a Friday night after a few pints.
He auditioned in Newcastle which involved an interview and team-building activities. He then had to do a five-minute interview in front of a camera in a sealed room.
There were 140,000 applicants for 289 places and Mr McNally says he felt incredibly lucky to be chosen.
Filming took place in January over a week and a half in Bristol, during which Mr McNally was put up in a five-star hotel.
He said: “It was absolutely amazing. Bristol is a beautiful city and all the contestants are very well looked after.
“We all travelled to the studio together on a coach every day and would sing our ‘good luck’ song Sweet Caroline!”
He also became what is know as the “daddy” of the group whose role it is to look after the new contestants, or “newbies”.
Mr McNally added that the show’s presenter Noel Edmonds was very supportive and helped calm his nerves during his game.
He said: “He’s a very nice man. When I played he was very courteous and polite. He gave me confidence as I was extremely nervous.”
When his show is screened at the end of next month he plans to record it, then have a big party at home and watch it with friends and family.
He adds that he would encourage anyone who is thinking about applying to go for it, saying: “I would recommend it to everyone.
“The confidence it gives you is just unbelievable. It was such a journey from start to finish and an amazing experience.”
Deal Or No Deal was first broadcast on Halloween - October 31 - 2005. The show now regularly attracts more than four million viewers.
Every show sees one lucky contestant faced with 22 identical sealed boxes ranging from 1p to £250,000. The player carefully picks their way through the rounds hoping to avoid the highest amounts.
They also have to decide whether to take an offer from the mysterious “banker”, who is never seen and only communicates by telephone.
l Mr McNally’s game will air on Channel 4 at 4pm on June 30. He will be on screen opening boxes from June 8.