Deal Or No Deal presenter Noel Edmonds has reportedly returned to the BBC after 13 years away from the corporation following what insiders describe as a ““campaign of heavy-duty flattery” on the part of BBC1 controller, Danny Cohen.
Noel of course formerly hosted Noel’s House Party on the BBC – which of course spawned the hideous spectre that was Mr Blobby – where he’d worked for some 30 years, however, when the show was axed, a peeved Noel defected to Channel 4.
However, it seems he’s agreed to front a show that’s been dubbed as the replacement for Total Wipeout – which was of course cancelled recently – which will be entitled, The Bodyguard.
The show will see members of the public becoming celebrity bodyguards and having to compete in a series of “madcap challenges…”
The pilot for the show will be filmed later this month at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire and it seems BBC bosses have high hopes that the show, which is made by Endemol, in its high profile Saturday night spot.
Of the new role, a friend of Noel’s told the Sun, “Noel back on Saturday nights is obviously a big draw for the BBC — and to be fair it’s a big deal for Noel too.
“He has softened in his view of the Beeb and all the House Party stuff was a long time ago now.
“Noel wasn’t sure he wanted to do it. He is busy with Deal Or No Deal and a lot of baggage comes with him returning to the BBC.
“He’s enjoyed working in the commercial sector and doesn’t need the money. But he has agreed to do this and we all hope it will work out.
“But the BBC should probably not count their chickens yet.”
Noel has also been an advocate of scrapping the TV licence, branding the BBC’s attempts at forcing viewers to pay, “threatening.”
He added, “There are too many organisations — and the BBC is a fabulous organisation — that seem to think it’s OK to badger, hector and threaten.”
It’ll be interesting to see if he does a U turn on that opinion now!