Advantages Watching people fail (and sometimes win) = great gameshow
Disadvantages The presenter, that big clock, too much filler
I was going to start off with a load of Olde English, but forsooth and forswain, I can't keep that up for long. Let me just take a bite out of this turkey leg, toss it to the hounds, then we can get started.You must know this show by now, and if not, it's basically televised panhandling in a trendy London warehouse in front of five investors who all look like they've entered the finals of the lemon-sucking contest.
The premise is - various members of the public take an invention, a product or an investable idea up a narrow flight of stairs and plonk it down in front of a panel of rich "dragons". Said people then try to get the dragons to give them money so they can launch their product or idea. Past highlights include a man who had a special machine that made shoes not smell of cheese, a woman who invented an inflatable banana protector, and Levi bloody Roots, who clawed his way back from music limbo with a tasty condiment in his grip.Why dragons? Well, who knows. Most dragons in mythology used to flap about eating people and getting stabbed by knights, rather than wearing suits and glaring.
These mock-lizards vary from season to season, but invariably include a load of smug gits with roughly the same amount of sense than they have money. They are completely interchangeable, even though there are stalwarts like Duncan "I never invest in anything" Bannatyne or Peter "Unreadable" Jones. The formula remains the same - they talk at the contestants until they either given them money, give them a verbal bashing, or split an investment with one or more of the other den-dwellers.The show usually begins with one main investment tale, which you get to see from beginning to end. You then get a bit of filler where some berks turn up and get shouted at. Some will slip up by getting percentages wrong. Others invent things that are about as useful as pinking shears made of gentle whispers.
Like all game shows - and moan all you like, this is the Gong Show for entrepreneurs, Britain's Got Talent for people who make things other than fart noises with their hands to the tune of the Star Wars Cantina Song - the fun comes from watching people fail. Occasionally, someone has a great idea and get some money. Whoopee skip. Let's watch Billy from Bath sweat because he's forgotten to bring in a business plan. Schadenfreude at its finest.The only thing that ruins the show for me is the eternal blatherings of Evan Davis. You may think you remember Evan from other shows, he's that interchangeable. I was of the misunderstanding that Davis was that one feller who walks round peoples houses on Channel 4 and goes "my god, you've built a teepee in the shower! FABULOUS!", but that's someone else.
No, instead of being impressed with erections, Davis spends the entire show stating the cocking obvious. If someone should shout at an investor, Davis will pipe up. "Gordon has been blasted by the dragons! His only hope now is to do something else!" This will be underscored with a spooky, Enya-lite synth wail, or a dramatic sting.
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|How good are the presenters?||Unmemorable|
|How does it compare to similar programmes?||Good|
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