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

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

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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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Levi Roots turned down I'm a Celebrity: "I've got to be very careful what I'm seen to be doing"

Levi Roots appears to be high on the wish list for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! producers.

The Reggae Reggae sauce creator has been asked more than once to go into the jungle, but he says that the show is not for him.

Asked if he would ever consider the ITV series, he told This Morning: "Umm no. I've already been approached a couple of times, [but] I don't think it's for me. I've got to be very careful what I'm seen to be doing.

"People are invested in a bit of Levi Roots and not just the sauce."

Meanwhile, his interview with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford also uncovered his real name... Keith.

Forced into admitting his less exciting birth name, he said to Holmes: "Don't you go there! It was one of the most frightening parts going in Dragons' Den because I'd gone in the show thinking,
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Gary Lineker, Katie Price for 'Dragons' Den'-style experience

Gary Lineker and Katie Price are to take part in an upcoming Dragons' Den-style experience.

A lineup of celebrities and entrepreneurs will appear at the BBC show's original den venue in South London, where company employees can try to promote their idea or product.

Made in Chelsea's Francis Boulle, Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood and Heston Blumenthal will also feature on the panel.

Former Dragons' Den hopeful and Reggae Reggae Sauce creator Levi Roots, Martha Lane Fox, Celia Sawyer and Michelle Mone are also part of the lineup.

The corporate experience, run by Chilli Sauce, will be recreated to fit the mood of the BBC competition.

The VIP Den of Dragons Experience will take place in November 2013, with prices starting at £350 per person. There is a minimum group size of 20 people, while the room can accommodate up to 120.

"This experience is one of our toughest yet - absolutely terrifying.
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'The X Factor' arena auditions week three review: Have your say

I can't be the only person who thinks the X Factor's doubled-up 'super-size' auditions aren't working.

Everything you need from an X Factor audition comes on Saturday night. Emotional stories, weeping judges, silly acts, powerful performances. And then along comes Sunday. With the same acts. And the same stories.

Even when there is a twist in the tale, such as likeable bus driver James Macdonald getting the boot on Sunday night, it feels slightly odd and hypocritical of the judges.

On Saturday, a tearful James was praised by Gary Barlow for understanding how important an opportunity The X Factor can be. On Sunday, he was booted out by Gary Barlow for lacking star power and not cutting the mustard. What changed?

Thankfully, The X Factor judges didn't offer him the Bullseye consolation prize of a Bfh (bus fare home). That would have just been rubbing it in.

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Big Brother: Levi Roots heading into house for party

Dragons' Den star Levi Roots is heading into the Big Brother house this week to host a party.

Roots, who found fame with his Reggae Reggae Sauce company, is part of a new twist on the show, which will divide the housemates.

Some of the housemates will enjoy a party, food and music organised by Roots, while others will be locked out of the celebrations, reports the Daily Star.

Roots's visit will take place on Saturday (August 10), and it will air on the highlights show one day later.

On tonight's (August 5) Big Brother highlights show, the latest round of nominations will take place.

However, in a last-minute twist, it will be the remaining housemates friends and family making the selections as to who should face the public vote.
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Dragons' Den: who will fill Theo Paphitis's chair?

There's a vacancy on the the BBC2 show now that one of its key personnel has quit. But who would you nominate for the job?

Dragons' Den is in the midst of its worst-ever crisis. Worse than when lovely James Caan left. Worse than when they invested in Hamfatter, history's most dismal indie band. Worse, even, than when the recession hit and people started to question the idea of a show about some millionaires who scornfully dismiss the hapless get-rich-quick ideas of the desperate week after week.

The cause of this crisis? Knickers and stationery magnate Theo Paphitis has announced his departure from the show, hot on the heels of Hilary Devey. The loss of Devey will be easily absorbed – she's not the first Dragon to be rejected by the cliquey quadrangle of Jones, Bannatyne, Paphitis and Meaden – but Paphitis is different. He had been there for years. This is John Lennon leaving the Beatles,
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TV review: Blackout; Jamie's Summer Food Rave Up

He's a corrupt drunkard who may have murdered someone. Just the man for mayor, then

'You're scaring me with that look," said Christopher Eccleston's son in Blackout (BBC1). You'd have thought the boy would have got used to it by now. Christopher Eccleston only has one look: pinched, so woundedly feral he makes Robert De Niro look house-trained, so intense that he could face down anybody, perhaps even God.

To his immense credit, Eccleston works that one look without trying another.

The results of doing otherwise can be catastrophic. Take the case of Roy Keane. There was a moment during Euro 2012 when Adrian Chiles made a half-time joke and Chiles, Gareth Southgate and Patrice Evra chuckled amiably. Then something happened. Roy Keane tried to smile. Small children and horses the world over are still in blankets being comforted by the emergency services or trying to get closure through grief counselling over that one.
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Watch: Aardman Animates Dancing Drumsticks In This Reggae Reggae Sauce Ad

There's something a little discordant about this UK TV commercial for Reggae Reggae Sauce, created by stop-motion greats Aardman Animations (of the Wallace & Gromit films and the upcoming "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"). It's not just that the ad's star, a plasticine version of sauce-maker and reggae musician Levi Roots, is more realistically proportioned and less cartoonish than the usual Aardman figure (compare his look to that of the characters in "The Pirates!"). It's those singing and dancing drumsticks, kebabs and sausages, which remind me of the fact that Aardman has always seemed kind of... vegetarian? Consider the non-kill rabbit traps and veggie-growing focus of "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," or that the escape on which "Chicken Run" is centered was motivated by the farm owners' switch from eggs to chicken pies. Or for more overt messaging, consider this this spot Aardman did...
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Watch: Aardman Animates Dancing Drumsticks In This Reggae Reggae Sauce Ad

There's something a little discordant about this UK TV commercial for Reggae Reggae Sauce, created by stop-motion greats Aardman Animations (of the Wallace & Gromit films and the upcoming "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"). It's not just that the ad's star, a plasticine version of sauce-maker and reggae musician Levi Roots, is more realistically proportioned and less cartoonish than the usual Aardman figure (compare his look to that of the characters in "The Pirates!"). It's those singing and dancing drumsticks, kebabs and sausages, which remind me of the fact that Aardman has always seemed kind of... vegetarian? Consider the non-kill rabbit traps and veggie-growing focus of "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," or that the escape on which "Chicken Run" is centered was motivated by the farm owners' switch from eggs to chicken pies. Or for more overt messaging, consider this this spot Aardman did...

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The Apprentice 2012 episode three: live blog

Join Heidi Stephens from 9pm as we join the Apprentice contestants as they attempt to impress Lord Sugar with creative condiments

Good evening, and welcome The Apprentice Week 3 Liveblog! After last week's epic household gadget fail, the nation is still wondering what a tap cosy might be for, and why you would want to put a massive cafetiere full of stinky rubbish on your desk. But onwards and upwards - tonight's task involves creating a new type of condiment. This is a word that hasn't been part of everyday parlance since about 1976 (see also "cruet" and "teasmade"), so for our younger readers, it's like ketchups and chutneys and stuff, yeah?

I'll be here from 9pm Relishing in the candidates getting themselves into a right Pickle, and failing to Preserve their dignity as they're subjected to a jolly good Dressing down from Lord Sugar. If you missed last week's blog, you can Ketchup here.
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Levi Roots wins legal battle over Reggae Reggae sauce recipe

Judge dismisses cafe owner's breach of contract and breach of confidence claims and questions whether recipe was ever secret

A cafe owner who claimed that he created the recipe for a sauce popularised by a reggae singer who appeared on the BBC television show Dragons' Den has lost a high court battle.

Anthony Bailey sued Dragons' Den contestant Levi Roots after claiming that Reggae Reggae Jerk/BBQ Sauce was derived from his "unique and secret recipe". But Judge Mark Pelling QC dismissed Bailey's claims for breach of contract and breach of confidence after a hearing in London and questioned whether the recipe was ever secret.

Pelling, who was sitting as a deputy high court judge, told the court: "This was a dishonest claim, dishonestly advanced."

He also said he could not safely rely on the evidence of Roots, whose real name is Keith Graham.

Lawyers estimate that the legal battle
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Levi Roots tells court he lied about grandmother's Reggae Reggae recipe

Dragons Den entrepreneur admits his TV story was fake, but denies stealing recipe from former best friend Tony Bailey

The Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots has admitted that he lied on Dragons' Den when he claimed that the recipe had been handed down by his grandmother.

Roots denied that he stole the recipe from his former best friend Tony Bailey, who claims it was his secret recipe that was taken on to the BBC programme in 2007, the high court has heard.

Roots said his sauce's story was fake but denied being a "barefaced liar".

He said he had come up with the sauce himself, and had pretended to have sold it for 15 years as a "marketing ploy".

Roots, 53, has since made millions from the Reggae Reggae brand, which includes recipe books, nuts and crisps.

He is being sued for more than £600,000 by Bailey, with whom he ran a jerk
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Jamie Oliver adds more acts to The Big Feastival

Jamie Oliver adds more acts to The Big Feastival
Jamie Oliver has announced a handful of new acts that will appear at his upcoming food and music event The Big Feastival. Due to take place on Clapham Common between July 1 and July 3, Oliver has confirmed appearances from Reggae Reggae Sauce creator Levi Roots as part of the Big Kitchen line-up. Also in attendance will be the Lily Allen and Sarah Owen-founded vintage clothing service Lucy in Disguise, which will be present with a pop-up shop giving festival-goers the opportunity to explore a wealth of classic designs. Speaking about being involved in the event, Owen commented: (more)
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TV review: Dragons' Den: What Happened Next?

On Dragons' Den: What Happened Next? the contestants have mostly done very well, thank you, but if only the dragons could behave with such dignity

It's nice to see young Preston mum Kirsty Henshaw, from the last series of Dragons' Den, doing well with her allegen-free frozen desserts. And Levi Roots doing very irie thank you with his Reggae Reggae Sauce and his Reggae Reggae everything else. It's not quite so nice seeing the youngest Dragon, Peter Jones, relaxing on holiday in the Algarve with his family.

Here they are jetting off to the sun aboard a £50m private jet. "It's the trappings of being that little bit successful, maybe," says Peter, reputedly worth £160m, modestly. There's no waiting around at Faro airport – the bags have been sent on ahead, along with the cook and the housekeeper. The cook is Garrey Dawson, who used to be Heston Blumenthal's right-hand man.
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Dragons' Den: the worst inventions so far

From mysterious gardening implement The Thingy to edible greetings cards for dogs, entrepreneurs have suggested an endless stream of useless, comical products

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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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'Dragons' Den's Roots sued over recipe

'Dragons' Den's Roots sued over recipe
Dragons' Den star Levi Roots has been accused of stealing the recipe for his famous Reggae Reggae Sauce by an old friend. Tony Bailey has filed a claim in the High Court for more than £300,000 alleging that Roots, 51, stole his recipe before appearing on the BBC programme three years ago. The pair had worked together on a takeaway food stall in Brixton, South London, for 17 years. Roots was backed to the tune of £50,000 on the show after he impressed tycoon Peter Jones with a recipe he said had been devised by his grandmother. According to The Mail on Sunday, it is understood that Bailey claims that (more)
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Food Network and Cooking Channel serve up cornucopia of programming

The diabolical plan to take over the culinary TV world continues with Food Network's newest handmaiden: the Cooking Channel.

Launching May 31st, Cooking Channel will feature familiar faces like Aida Mollenkamp and "Iron Chef" Michael Symon, along with new blood for a diverse slate.

The primetime breakdown:

"Unique Eats" - A spotlight on America's revolutionary and original cuisine"Drink Up!" - Darryl "Dr. Mixologist" Robinson hosts happy hour from New York City with unique concoctions"Foodcrafters" - Aida Mollenkamp travels the country to focus on handmade foods"Foodography" - Comedian Mo Rocca hosts a look at food culture, past, present and future"Food Jammers" - A culinary contraption is conceived in the warehouse studio

Daytime:

"Spice Goddess" - Simple, tasty everyday Indian meals by Bal Arneson"Indian Food Made Easy" - More Indian food, this time by Anjum Anand"Cook Like an Iron Chef" (July premiere) - Iron Chef
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