Back in the Dragons' lair

dragons.jpgTheo Paphitis, Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne return to our screens tonight with the sixth series of Dragons’ Den.As the now celebrity entrepreneurs have been popping up everywhere from Saturday Kitchen to Top Gear, it might seem as if they’ve never been away, but tonight it’s very much a case of getting back to business.The line-up for the first episode sticks to the tried-and-tested recipe of more zany inventions, bungled pitches and absurd propositions than genuine business opportunities, with just as much to learn about ‘how not to raise finance’ than anything else.This week’s carcrash presentation comes courtesy of John Foster-Smith and Ros Adams. Their attempt to secure £50,000 for Layline, a bed sheet with a dividing line aimed at solving night-time squabbles among bed-hogging couples, begins with them lying on the studio floor recreating that scenario in front of the dragons. It’s hands-over-the-eyes, scream-out-loud viewing.A machine that turns air into water and a green events company sound more promising, while Cambridge rock band Hamfatter offer to share lifetime royalties in exchange for £75,000 to make an album.If you can’t wait until tonight (BBC2, 9pm), there are several video previews on the beeb’s swanky new Dragons’ Den website. Shame they don’t share their videos so we can embed them here, but hey, it took them this long to work out entrepreneurial business actually interests the mainstream...

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