Noel Edmonds returns to BBC?
Noel Edmonds will return to the BBC after 13 years with a big-budget Saturday night show, 'The Bodyguard'
Noel Edmonds will return to the BBC after 13 years with a big-budget Saturday night show.
The 'Deal Or No Deal' presenter fell out with BBC bosses in 1999 when they axed his long-running 'Noel's House Party', but has now agreed to front the pilot for a new 'Total Wipeout' style entertainment show called 'The Bodyguard'.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "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."
The 63-year-old presenter worked for the BBC for 30 years before he was axed after ratings for his popular show - which gave the public Mr Blobby - tanked.
BBC boss Danny Cohen has reportedly embarked upon a "campaign of heavy-duty flattery" to win back Noel's allegiance.
'The Bodyguard' will see contestants become celebrity bodyguards and undertake wacky challenges. The pilot is scheduled to be filmed at the end of July at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.
Noel's previous attempt to reconcile with the BBC in 2008 was unsuccessful and he appeared on BBC News to blast the company over the way they treated him when he presented a special 'National Lottery' show.
He said: "There are too many organisations - and the BBC is a fabulous organisation - that seem to think it's OK to badger, hector and threaten."