Monday, October 15, 2007
Mind your own business
JUDGEMENT! Dragons' Den, BBC2, 9.00pm
So: that trail for the new series of Dragon's Den, then? Pretty terrifying, isn't it? If we were the weak-willed sort (which we're obviously not; we sat through the entire men's group dance routine on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday without running from the room in tears), it'd be likely to give us nightmares. The Dragons are frightening enough at normal size without being digitally enhanced to giantlike proportions. We don't want to think about the Attack of the 50 Foot Deborah Meaden, thanks; we don't imagine it has a happy ending.
That said, the return of Dragons' Den is altogether happier news, having somehow achieved the impossible in tandem with The Apprentice and made business-themed television thoroughly entertaining and borderline unmissable. For this new series, Richard Farleigh (he of the impressive barnet) has sadly been dropped from the panel (the debate over why he isn't there any more belongs to a website with a better legal team than this one has) and replaced by new face James Caan. No, not that one. Still present on the panel are Deborah Meaden, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones, who will probably not be discussing the fortunes of Tycoon, more's the pity.
In the opening episode, a professional David Beckham lookalike is after £100,000 to start a "celebrity doubles experience", which we assume has surprisingly little to do with tennis, while another hopeful is after £60,000 to franchise his portable gold-plating business. Let's hope they remembered to pack their nerves of steel in preparation for those icy glares.