Has Dragon’s Den Show cancelled?

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Deborah Meaden confirms there’s no need to panic


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Fans of the BBC show Dragon’s Den had their world turned upside down this week.
Reports that the ultra-popular show had been cancelled for this year began to circulate, despite all the promotional build-up for the new series. So has the tough reality contest been shelved? Or is it still being filmed? Luckily, we seem to have confirmation…

Long-time dragon Deborah Meaden was not amused by the rumours that the show had been cancelled.
She even logged on to Twitter to make it clear that the source of the reports was not very well-informed.
The bogus claim the show was going to be axed was, as Deborah claimed, ‘fake news’. And as of April 2018, the show has started filming. Wahey!


Deborah also warned of fake clickbait links about the show that are leading to phishing Bitcoin sites. Watch out for those on your internet and email travels.


We also know that all the dragons from the previous series – Touker Suleyman, Jenny Campbell, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani, and Peter Jones – are all coming back. The series is expected to start airing in the late summer or the early autumn.


Stepping Forward

Although there are only 5 Dragon Investors on the show at any one time, throughout the history of the show, there has been a rotating cast of 17 investors. This has long been a problem for the producers, as finding highly skilled investors, who are willing to leave their private lives and other business commitments behind and become celebrities, is quite difficult. Consequently, this has caused Dragons’ Den to suffer from what many fans considered, sub-par investors.


The only originally Dragon remaining on the show is Peter Jones, with Deborah Meaden entering from Season 3 to Season 15. Fan favorite Duncan Bannatyne, who originally joined the show in Season 1 as an original Dragon left the show at the end of Season 14 due to other business commitments.

The original 2005 season of Dragons’ Den received an average viewership of 1.4 million, this would peak at 4.8 million in 2011. Often, being the most viewed show on BBC Two for the week.

The show now averages an audience of 2.3 million viewers across the United Kingdom, with it struggling to break into the Top 5 most view shows for that time slot.
This combination of an inability to attract and retain a talented cast, coupled with the a declining viewership has led the show’s producers to cancel the show. Season 15 is expected to be the last season of Dragons’ Den.
That said, there is some hope that another network may pick up the show and continue producing episodes. Alternatively, fans can view one of the many versions of the show which are available in other countries. For example, Dragons’ Den Canada, Dragons’ Den Australia and Shark Tank USA (same concept, different name).


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