The Dragons are returning to the Den for series 18 of the hit entrepreneurial TV series.
Dragons’ Den will see the investors Tej Lalvani, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Sara Davies and Touker Suleyman reunite for the new 14-episodes series, with Britain’s hopeful entrepreneurs trying their luck to woo the Dragons with the business ideas and gain large investments.
Lalvani has also announced that the upcoming series will be his last as a Dragon, after four series and multiple investments on the show. Lalvani, the CEO of the UK’s largest vitamin company Vitabiotics, is stepping down to focus on his increasing business interests.
Tej Lalvani commented: “I’m truly excited for the upcoming series of Dragons’ Den, which looks set to be one of the best. However after an incredibly enjoyable four years as a Dragon I have decided that this next series will be my last.
My commitment to the international growth and expansion of my core business and the numerous investments over the years sadly means I will be unable to dedicate the necessary time moving forward. I would like to thank the BBC for the great opportunity along with their support and understanding. I wish everyone on the team the very best as it’s been a true pleasure working together.”
The BBC’s Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Sarah Clay, added: “Despite the additional production challenges Covid-19 posed, this new series is one of the most tense and competitive yet. We’ll be very sorry to see Tej go as he’s one of the shrewdest and coolest Dragons ever to grace the Den and I want to thank him for his enormous contributions, both personally and professionally to the series. As audiences will see, he certainly leaves the show on a high and we wish him continued success.”