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Noel Edmonds to return to BBC One
Noel Edmonds
It is 12 years since Edmonds presented the first Lottery draw
Presenter Noel Edmonds is to return to BBC One for the first time in seven years for National Lottery Day.

Edmonds presented the first ever National Lottery in 1994, and in September will host a one-off live show highlighting Lottery good causes.

Edmonds' last BBC series was Noel's House Party, which ended in 1999. But he has seen immense recent success with Deal Or No Deal on Channel 4.

"It is great to have him back," said BBC One controller Peter Fincham.

"This marks the beginning of a new chapter between Noel and the channel," he added.

"We hope he will present more innovative live TV specials."

The National Lottery - Everyone's A Winner is intended as a celebration of the good causes the National Lottery has supported since its launch.

It will also feature a set of National Lottery Awards, to be given to a variety of lottery-funded projects.

Successful return

Edmonds himself said he would "relish" the chance to host a major live TV event for the BBC.

"I look forward to developing exciting new programme ideas compatible with my long-term commitment to Deal or No Deal," he added.

Edmonds first shot to fame as a presenter on BBC Radio 1 in the early 1970s, and shortly afterwards made his first television appearance as host of Top Of The Pops.

He became one of the biggest names in broadcasting during the 1980s and 1990s, as presenter of BBC Saturday evening programmes such as The Late, Late Breakfast Show and The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow.

But after Noel's House Party was axed, he kept a low media profile - barring a stint on BBC Radio 2 - until his successful return to TV screens on Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal in 2005.

However, he has denied reports that his recent deal with Deal Or No Deal makers Endemol made him the highest-paid presenter on television.


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