A game show contestant has been on TV more than 50 times but he’s got very little to show for it.

Despite trying his hand at various TV shows including Come Dine With Me, The 1% Club, Dickinson's’ Real Deal, Britain's Got Talent and Tipping Point, Edward Oldfield has never won a penny for his efforts.

The 45-year-old is considered to be Britain’s unluckiest game show contestant as he has only ever gone home with a prescription of fake pills, a Steph’s Packed Lunch mug and an Elephant costume.

The cafe worker said: "I don't know why I've never won - I think it's just bad luck.

"There's been times where I've been so close and I've been able to smell the money, but never won it.

"I've been doing this for ten years, sometimes I wonder if I give up but then I think it might be just around the corner."

Edward’s first show was The Weakest Link

Edward first appeared on TV in 2001 when he went on The Weakest Link and then later appeared on Come Dine with Me.

That episode was voted the funniest one in the history of the show and it's the only one where presenter Dave Lamb swore.

He then got asked to go on Tipping Point and since then, he's been on more than 50 shows which have been broadcast to over three million viewers in over 150 countries.

Bury Times: Edward has been on Tipping PointEdward has been on Tipping Point (Image: SWNS)

Edward said: "I got an email asking if I was interested in going on Tipping Point and I thought why not because you can win money on it and meet a few new people.

"I don't know what happened next, every time the phone rang it was another program or I was getting an email from people.

"I've done 50 television shows, which is just incredible.

"Where in the world could you go and get paid to be as silly and funny as you want to be?

"The only place is TV - you can speak to your mind and act like a child again."

Edward appeared on Britain’s Got Talent twice as a stand-up comedian

In 2016 and 2017, Edward, who has been married to wife Emma for 14 years, performed as a stand-up comedian on Britain's Got Talent.

He didn’t get through the first round both times but he said Stephen Mulhern was 'wonderful' and 'gave him a pep talk' off camera.

Edward, of Blackpool, Lancashire, said: "Stephen Mulhern followed me out into the corridor after we did a shoot for Britain's Got More Talent.

"I asked him if I should take a hint because this was the second time round but he told me I was funny and that the judges don't always get it right.

"He told me to not give up and I thought he was a wonderful guy.

"He didn't need to follow me into the corridor and give me a pep talk as it was all off camera."

Another show he has appeared on is Channel 4’s The Surjury where he starred as the front man of a jury who decided if people should have plastic surgery.

The late Caroline Flack presented the show and Edward described her as someone who was "always very nice" and who would often text him.

Bury Times: The late Caroline Flack was always so nice to EdwardThe late Caroline Flack was always so nice to Edward (Image: SWNS)

He said: "She was always very nice and would text me and ask about my children.

"Some of these people are so famous but so lovely.

"I find that the more famous someone is, the more lovely they are.

"She asked me if I watched Love Island, I told her it wasn't really my thing and she told me to watch the next series.

"She asked me again if I did had watched that series and I remember joking with her about it."

Full list of shows Edward has been on

  • The Weakest Link
  • Come Dine with Me
  • Tipping Point
  • The Gadget Man
  • Decimate
  • Two Tribes
  • Guess This House
  • Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
  • Big Brother’s Little Brother
  • Freeze Out
  • Sky News
  • The Almost Impossible Gameshow
  • Judge Rinder
  • Pick Me (2 episodes)
  • The Edge
  • 1000 Heartbeats
  • For What It’s Worth
  • Who’s the Boss
  • Britain’s Got Talent (twice)
  • Secrets of the Restaurant Trade – Reality TV Show
  • Live Brexit Debate, Jeremy Paxman
  • Can’t Touch This
  • Question Jury (4 episodes)
  • Heineken “Worlds Apart” Advertisement
  • Britain's Got More Talent
  • Good Morning America – Recorded VT
  • CBS News America
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • BBC Radio Lancashire (three times)
  • BBC Breakfast
  • Placebo Experiment
  • No Eyes
  • Celebrity Call Centre
  • Ninja Warrior UK
  • The Surjury (six episodes)
  • Mo Gilligan’s All Star Happy Hour
  • The Best of Judge Rinder
  • Winning Combination
  • The Tournament
  • Race around Britain
  • Lightning (five Episodes)
  • Embarrassing Bodies
  • Dickinson’s Real Deal
  • The 1% Club
  • Steph’s Packed Lunch (2 episodes and recurring guest)

Even though Edward, who is dad to Jack, 13, and Charles, 11, has been on the majority of British TV shows he has never been on BBC's Bargain Hunt.

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He’d like to make an appearance on Bargain Hunt and Gogglebox and shared his advice for anyone wanting to go on TV shows.

He said: "If you are going to go into this, then you have to do it for a bit of fun and think 'one day I will win.'

"I always tell people to not do it if they take themselves too seriously or don't want to make a fool out of themselves.

"If you really are desperate for the money, then play for the lottery."