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Dragons' Den

  • Season 18
  • 14 episodes
  • Education

Summary

Budding entrepreneurs pitch ideas to multimillionaires willing to invest their own cash.

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Episode 1: Dragons' Den

Summary

Entrepreneurs Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies assess more pitches. A pair of tea entrepreneurs find themselves in hot water when their numbers are interrogated, the Dragons discover hidden artistic talents when a mindfulness art business is pitched, an optical inventor hopes to have investment in sight with his anti-glare eyewear and a husband-and-wife team have the needs of NHS workers at the heart of their skin-care business. Presented by Evan Davis.
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Review

We’re ten seconds into series 18 when we get our first close-up of Deborah Meaden’s left hand as she toys with her fingernails in that slightly sinister way she has. So despite the move to BBC1, not much has changed in the Den; we still have the same filming tics, the same coy commentary from Evan Davis and the same five “straight-talking titans” looking like a bunch of Bond villains in a craft brewery.

Actually, one thing has changed: when they agree a deal, no handshakes or hugs are allowed, just a virtual high-five that feels all wrong when there’s this much money at stake. Deals are done in this opener, though not always the ones you expect, and the Dragons are as eager as ever to interrogate and intimidate from their armchairs, pouncing on perceived weakness. 

“It’s a complete non-starter,” says Sara Davies about what seems like a promising pitch, while Touker Suleyman cheerfully trashes a mail-order tea business.

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PresenterEvan Davis

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Executive producerChi Ukairo
Series producerSamantha Davies

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  • Episode 1

    Dragons' Den

    Summary

    Entrepreneurs Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies assess more pitches. A pair of tea entrepreneurs find themselves in hot water when their numbers are interrogated, the Dragons discover hidden artistic talents when a mindfulness art business is pitched, an optical inventor hopes to have investment in sight with his anti-glare eyewear and a husband-and-wife team have the needs of NHS workers at the heart of their skin-care business. Presented by Evan Davis.
    Recommended

    Review

    We’re ten seconds into series 18 when we get our first close-up of Deborah Meaden’s left hand as she toys with her fingernails in that slightly sinister way she has. So despite the move to BBC1, not much has changed in the Den; we still have the same filming tics, the same coy commentary from Evan Davis and the same five “straight-talking titans” looking like a bunch of Bond villains in a craft brewery.

    Actually, one thing has changed: when they agree a deal, no handshakes or hugs are allowed, just a virtual high-five that feels all wrong when there’s this much money at stake. Deals are done in this opener, though not always the ones you expect, and the Dragons are as eager as ever to interrogate and intimidate from their armchairs, pouncing on perceived weakness. 

    “It’s a complete non-starter,” says Sara Davies about what seems like a promising pitch, while Touker Suleyman cheerfully trashes a mail-order tea business.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterEvan Davis

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerChi Ukairo
    Series producerSamantha Davies

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