UK upgrades Dragon’s Den during COVID
UK turns to their very own Sharks, safely distanced with a pandemic-inspired wave of new business ideas.
The BBC recently announced it was upgrading Dragon’s Den (better known to Aussies as the original Shark Tank format) to the BBC One from BBC Two, after 17 seasons.
It’s a show that is conducive to social distancing shoots, and the pandemic has undoubtedly triggered a new wave of business ideas.
Kate Phillips, Acting Controller, BBC One says: “Dragons’ Den has always been a favourite show with viewers and is still hugely popular. As a result it feels like the time is right to move our formidable Dragons’ to BBC One, so they can entertain an even wider audience.”
Hannah Wyatt, Managing Director for Factual Entertainment at BBC Studios, says: “We’re thrilled to be taking the Dragons to BBC One and it’s a real testament to the show’s enduring popularity and the fantastic team who produce it. As Covid-19 continues to present a huge challenge for the business community across the nation, there has never been a more appropriate time to showcase great British entrepreneurialism to an ever wider audience.”
But there’s no word if 10 is looking to revive Shark Tank in Australia (TV Tonight hears Sharks would likely be interested if the network is). As that MasterChef promo reminds us, COVID made everybody take major detours in their future and creativity.
10 never axed the show, always keeping their options open to bring it back.
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