A DUNDEE man has scooped a £10,000 prize on a hit TV game show.
Daryl Wells, 28, of Coldside, appeared on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal yesterday — as he competed with the banker on the popular programme hosted by Noel Edmonds.
Daryl had to go through a number of auditions but was finally able to compete for the coveted £250,000 jackpot.
The sales assistant spent one-and-a-half weeks in Bristol filming the show before he finally got his chance.
Daryl told the Tele: “I was watching the show one day and at the end of the programme they advertised that they were looking for new contestants, so I thought, why not?
“I went down to Leeds for the first audition and then I was invited back for a one-on-one interview. A few months went by and, finally, I was on the show.”
Daryl says he got “stage fright” when he was eventually picked to take centre stage.
He said: “I knew I’d been on the show for a while — I think I was one of the last ones standing from the original group I’d started with.
“When my name got announced I was excited, but at the same time I got a bit of stage fright.”
Daryl had a prefect first round as he eliminated four blue boxes — taking out some of the smaller cash prizes.
He added: “This was followed on by a decent second round and third round — I got offered £13,000 but after that I started hitting a lot of red boxes in round four and I got offered £10,000, which I accepted.
“I was terrified of coming back to Dundee with a penny — I couldn’t have faced the embarrassment.”
If Daryl had played on he would have been offered £16,000 more by the banker — but he was a winner in the end as his box only contained £5,000.
He said: “I wish I had the courage to go an extra round but I’ve been able to pay for a trip travelling to America and Australia and I was also able to treat my mum and dad to some nice gifts.
“I haven’t really watched too many of the shows that aired with me in them — I’m quite shy really.”