Theo Paphitis returns to BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den as a guest Dragon in the new series, which starts this Sunday 11 August.


Theo will stand in for Touker Suleyman for an undisclosed number of episodes as the fashion retail entrepreneur takes a leave of absence from the programme. The BBC say that he will appear later in the series alongside Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lelvani and the newest and youngest ever Dragon in the Den, Sara Davies.

“I’m grateful that my good friend Theo was able to step in to the Den to keep my seat warm while I had some time off.” – Touker Suleyman

The retail magnate and former chairman of Millwall FC originally appeared on the business reality show between 2005-2012, notching up nine series in total and becoming a viewer favourite in that time.

“It was my Godfather moment… just as I thought I was out, they pull me back in, and it was a pleasure to breathe some Dragon fire into the Den again. When I received the call asking me to stand in for part of this upcoming season it didn’t take long to say yes but it did feel like my Bobby Ewing moment, stepping out of the shower. The moment I sat in the chair like I had never been away. I did try to reclaim my middle chair from Deborah but she wasn’t having any of it.


“Being the first and only emeritus Dragon in the Den is an honour. I enjoyed relieving the current Dragons of some great investments along the way, and rekindling some old rivalry.” – Theo Paphitis

Dragons’ Den was launched on BBC Two in 2005 and features budding entrepreneurs pitching their creations and business ideas – some more credible than others – to five millionaire experts in the hope of luring them into parting with their cash and into a business partnership. The show is produced by BBC Studios.

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