Budding entrepreneurs, inventors and small businessmen (and women) pitch their ideas to the five "dragons" - real-life business leaders and millionaires, with real cash to invest in the ... See full summary »




13   12   11   10   9   8   7   6   5   … See all »
2016   2015   2014   2013   … See all »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dragons' Den (TV Series 2006)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of business people listen to sales pitches and decide whether to finance their business or not.

Stars: Jim Treliving, Dianne Buckner, Arlene Dickinson
The Apprentice (TV Series 2005)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

20 young entrepreneurs compete in several business tasks, and must survive the weekly firings in order to become the business partner of one of the most successful businessmen.

Stars: Alan Sugar, Nick Hewer, Mark Halliley
Come Dine with Me (TV Series 2008)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An hourly prime time version of the daytime television show of the same name. Four strangers - amateur chefs - compete to host the best dinner party. The parties, solely for the competitors... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Lamb, Edwina Currie, Jonathan Ansell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The original British version of the quiz show that's become a worldwide hit. Host Chris Tarrant asks hopeful contestants a series of questions, each more difficult than the last. As the ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Tarrant, Eamonn Holmes, Stephen Fry
Countdown (TV Series 1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The long-running words and numbers game.

Stars: Carol Vorderman, Richard Whiteley, Susie Dent
Adventure | Comedy | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Celebrities are abandoned in the Australian jungle. To earn food, they do trials that challenge them physically (climbing caves/trees) and mentally (eating animal parts). Viewers vote their favourites to stay and to take part in challenges.

Stars: Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Toby Anstis
Pointless (TV Series 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A game show where contestants aim to score the fewest points possible by guessing the least popular answers given by people in polls on various subjects.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman, Lisa Jay Jenkins
MasterChef (TV Series 2005)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: John Torode, Gregg Wallace, India Fisher
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A game show hosted by Ant and Dec filled with stunts, sketches, and special guest appearances.

Stars: Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Kirsty Gallacher
Dragons' Den I (TV Series 2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Andrew O'Keefe, Suzi Dafnis, Peter Higgins
Come Dine with Me (TV Series 2005)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of five strangers, each an amateur chef, compete to host the best dinner party, each party solely for the competitors and to be held on consecutive evenings. With a set amount of ... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Lamb, Lesley Joseph, Bill Buckley
The Chase I (TV Series 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Game Show where contestants must compete against 'The Chasers' in a variety of questions in order to win money.

Stars: Bradley Walsh, Jenny Ryan, Mark Labbett


Series cast summary:
Evan Davis ...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (86 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Himself - Dragon / ... (86 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Himself - Dragon / ... (85 episodes, 2005-2015)
Deborah Meaden ...
 Herself - Dragon / ... (71 episodes, 2006-2015)
Theo Paphitis ...
 Himself - Dragon / ... (65 episodes, 2005-2012)


Budding entrepreneurs, inventors and small businessmen (and women) pitch their ideas to the five "dragons" - real-life business leaders and millionaires, with real cash to invest in the companies they feel will make it. Each 'contestant' must convince the 'dragons' to part with thousands of pounds to make their dreams a reality. Written by sibisi73

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

4 January 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Leijonan luola UK  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


The show is based upon the Japanese series "Money no Tora" (Money Tiger). There are also Canadian and Australian versions of Dragons' Den. See more »


Evan Davis says "Waiting in the whims" instead of "Waiting in the wings" at one point. See more »


Himself - Dragon: You mentioned obviously you're a doctor...
Dr. John Garside: Yep.
Himself - Dragon: I actually think you need one.
See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 5 August 2010 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Breathing ice as well as fire . . .
3 May 2005 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Dragons' Den was one of the best British television programmes of 2004! Sadly overlooked by many of the population, due to being shown on BBC Two this was a rare gem in the current mass of soaps, detective dramas, and reality shows.

Admittedly it does rather fall under the reality show banner, but not the "docusoap" one. Britain's first business-based reality show, it has become rather overshadowed by our version of "The Apprentice", which is a shame.

Here the direct competition element of most shows in the genre is toned down, although elements of it still exist in the general make-up of a show where inventors and budding entrepreneurs conduct a sales pitch for their product(s) to five already successful business millionaires. The cruel streak so loved by the British public is here though, with the "contestants" having to lug their item, however bulky or heavy up a flight of stairs before beginning their pitch, and then having to stand in front of five people who already have more money and success than they will ever need, and tell them why they should part with a small amount of said money to help them get a foothold. All this while having to stare at piles of the money on desks in front of the millionaire dragons! Inventions and ideas range from fascinating to plain crazy, and the dragons have no qualms in telling them so! There was actually a surprisingly good success rate in the first series though, with several items getting the funds they asked for from one or more of the backers.

The dragons though, far from living up to some millionaire stereotype are quite a mixed bunch. Peter Jones, the least appealing of them comes across as stuck-up and full of his own importance, and offers very little in the way of constructive criticism, preferring to just scoff and withdraw his cards from the table asap. Duncan Bannantyne adds a touch of crazy Scottishness to the proceedings, as well as a worrying lack of knowledge in some areas. When one week he admitted to not even knowing what truffles were it beggared belief, and makes one feel that his success was rather more down to luck than talent. Doug Richard adds a useful American business angle to the ideas, and is pleasant as well as aloof. Simon Woodroffe, by far the most down to earth of the dragons gives help and encouragement when the others just scoff. And Rachel Elnaugh, the thinking man's Abi Titmuss, adds much needed sex-appeal as well as a sensible balance to the male egos.

With a show this great, the only real complaint one can make is that it is too short. Many of the snippets which were shown of inventions they didn't have time to feature looked highly entertaining, and the show could certainly have done with some "press red button" extra footage! If that had happened I for one would have been a captive BBC audience for many more hours of the evening! Also a promised programme featuring those business wannabes who were signed up, and their progress with their own particular dragon(s) is so far is yet to materialize, but is much anticipated by me.

Roll on a second series I say, and let's get it more publicity next time round! Although The Apprentice is very good, this is AS good, and maybe even better . . .

6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Regae Regae sauce HighPriestess
If they are all so rich... shockabsorber
Why does the presenter... shockabsorber
Richard Farleigh is sooo attractive!!! auzzie-investors-woman
When does the new series start? UK djagility
The Dragons are bookable as after dinner guest speakers!! auzzie-investors-woman
Discuss Dragons' Den (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page