It was an unorthodox setting for a business interview, but the air condtioning more than made up for the bumps as Real Business accompanied Peter Jones to his BBC interview through the streets of Farringdon.
The Dragon has been busy filming the next series of Britain’s favourite angel investment TV show, Dragons’ Den and, despite the recession, Peter Jones was extremely upbeat about the calibre of the candidates. "I think this will be the best Dragons’ Den ever," he says. "Despite the downturn, or maybe because of it, the quality of the pitches has really gone up."
That’s not to say that the next series will be completely free of "what the hell?!" moments. "There’s been some loopy nutters too," laughs Jones. "I just dismiss them outright but James Caan! He always gives them so much time.
"He sits there stroking his beard and asking them questions even though it’s obviously a terrible idea: a plate with a hole in the middle or something!" Jones continues. "You can just see them thinking, ‘James Caan is going to invest!’ He’s not. He should just get out early on."
This leads Real Business on to its next question: "If you could have your own dream panel of investors for your own version of Dragons’ Den, who would you include "
Peter Jones doesn’t miss a beat. "Five of me!" he says. "That would be perfect. I wish I could just clone myself. In fact, do you know any Peter Jones lookalikes” Send their details to me. I’d love to get us all together and do a show."
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