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Dragons' Den returned to our screens last night for its eighth series. Despite the challenging economic times, the programme still seems able to draw from a bottomless pool of inventors, crackpots and entrepreneurs.
The format of the show doesn't seem to have changed since its launch in 2005 – Theo Paphitis gets to break something, Duncan Bannatyne gets to reveal some bizarre fact about his pre-business life (last night we learned that he spent his 20s as a beach bum in Jersey), Deborah Meaden all but breathes fire as she rebukes the specimens before her, James Caan purrs suggestively as he strokes his cash and Peter Jones manages to plug at least one of his success stories (he's the man behind the
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