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'I'm out!' The worst pitches from a decade of Dragons' Den

26 February 2016 9:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would you fund a giant amulet for singletons? For 13 series, budding entrepreneurs have begged for money for their ingenious inventions. As a special episode celebrates its hits, here are its most cringe-behind-the-sofa misses

This weekend Richard Osman hosts a special episode of Dragons’ Den, celebrating its most successful pitches (and presumably playing down rejected ventures that went on to make a fortune, such as Trunki). There have been some great success stories: Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae Sauce, now a staple in the condiments aisle; ubiquitous takeaway website Hungry House; phone repair product Reviveaphone, whose 20-year-old creator was the youngest contestant to secure investment from the dragons.

Yet for every investment, there are many more offerings that received a roomful of “I’m outs”. Here are five of the show’s most disastrous pitches, the sort that make Dragons’ Den seem closer to a cringe comedy than a reality show.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Monday’s best TV: Pocket Money Pitch, Rick Stein’s Taste of Shanghai, The X-Files, Inside Amy Schumer, Royal Navy Sailor School

7 February 2016 10:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Young entrepreneurs receive a baptism of fire in a mini Dragon’s Den; Rick Stein discovers authentic cuisine in an increasingly globalised city; Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny revisit their traditional roles; Schumer is Little Miss Hot

Young entrepreneurs are invited into a mini Dragons’ Den in this new series for inventive eight- to 14-year-olds. The little clever clogs must pitch to a business guru for the chance to win a year’s pocket money, which is worth over £300. This week, Levi Roots is the man to impress and the kids’ ideas are genius, from Sunday lunch on a pizza and a pimped-up scotch egg to spreadable fudge and cool cookies. Although Roots is lovely with them, he’s tough too, firing questions about profit and loss to throw them off. Hannah Verdier

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