The BEST episodes of Dragons' Den

Every episode of Dragons' Den ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dragons' Den!

Aspiring entrepreneurs have one chance to make their dreams come true when they pitch their business idea to five multimillionaire investors. It's make or break time.

Last Updated: 2/24/2024Network: BBC OneStatus: Continuing
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Episode 5
star
9.51
35 votes

#1 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/7/2007

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Episode 4
star
9.30
37 votes

#2 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/24/2006

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Episode 5
star
8.86
35 votes

#3 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/31/2006

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Episode 7
star
8.84
32 votes

#4 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/14/2006

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Episode 8
star
8.76
34 votes

#5 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/21/2006

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Episode 1
star
8.73
33 votes

#6 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/3/2006

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Episode 6
star
8.71
34 votes

#7 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/7/2006

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Episode 1
star
8.64
39 votes

#8 - Episode 1

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/31/2011

It may be a time of austerity in the UK but not so in the Dragons' Den... business is booming as the self-made multimillionaires return to the screen, ready to boost the economy by investing in the brightest and best of Britain's entrepreneurs. Whilst the rules of the series remain the same, you will notice one change... the arrival of new Dragon Hilary Devey, who joins the line-up of the five fearsome financiers. Having scrimped, saved and self-sacrificed in the haulage industry to make her own fortune, Hilary has her own views on the products and businesses brought before her, and she's more than happy to take on her rivals in order to get the best deal. 34-year-old Georgette Hewitt, from Kent, finds out exactly how nerve-wracking it can be to climb those famous stairs and pitch to the Dragons. It's a real battle to compose her nerves, but one she must win in order to tempt the multimillionaires to invest in her answer to a common birthday party headache familiar to all parents. Entrepreneurs often take advantage of the latest government schemes and incentives when building their business, which is exactly what Chris Hopkins from Yorkshire has done by capitalising on the solar power feed-in tariff. But when a Dragon knows your industry inside out it's not always what you want. Add into the mix the most unusual use you could ever think of for a plastic egg, a circus act that's sure to go with a bang, and a mind coaching massage service, and you've got a formidable showcase of the Great British spirit of invention and innovation. As ever Evan Davis is on hand to dissect the events, with further action and reaction available through the Red Button.

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Episode 5
star
8.61
38 votes

#9 - Episode 5

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/28/2011

Dragons' Den is once more open for business, with the five multimillionaire investors ready and willing to invest in Britain's best commercial prospects. This time all the world's a stage and the Dragons merely players when two business partners from Lincolnshire pitch their pantomime company. But by turning the Den into a makeshift theatre, can they prove that show business and financial business really do mix? Elsewhere, one entrepreneur uses his pitch to tell the Dragons a story about growing up in South Africa, rather than concentrating on facts and figures, but how will that go down with the multimillionaires? Plus two joggers enter the Den to pitch their fast-paced delivery service; and a young mum offers a solution to everyone's outdoor toilet needs.

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Episode 2
star
8.50
36 votes

#10 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/10/2006

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Episode 6
star
8.44
39 votes

#11 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/20/2005

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Episode 3
star
8.42
36 votes

#12 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/17/2006

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Episode 4
star
8.38
40 votes

#13 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/6/2005

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Episode 5
star
8.35
40 votes

#14 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/13/2005

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Episode 2
star
8.27
44 votes

#15 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/22/2005

The Dragons finally meet their match as clean shaven Jay Cousins brings his Orikaso folding plates to the foldaway table.

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Episode 3
star
8.26
46 votes

#16 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/29/2005

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Episode 7
star
8.25
8 votes

#17 - Episode 7

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/26/2009

Another diverse mix of businesses and entrepreneurs go before the multimillionaire investors. Hampshire-based businessman Stephen Voller hopes the Dragons won't put the brakes on his new electric car invention, as he smashes the Den record for the most money ever asked for. But will he walk away with the cash? Serial inventor Michael Pritchard hopes to clean up in the Den with his revolutionary invention that allows every last drop of liquid to be used in household product sprays. Young Bolton entrepreneurs Umar Mohammed and Ahmed Suleman hope they'll get investment from a Dragon with their fast food curry trays. Also heading up the stairs are London sisters Audrey and Sophie Boss, who want to gain lots of extra pounds from their new approach to weight loss. And there's a touch of fantasy in the Den as Norfolk-based craftsman Russell Bowlby pitches his range of high-end children's play equipment.

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Episode 1
star
8.23
47 votes

#18 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/15/2005

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Episode 8
star
8.13
8 votes

#19 - Episode 8

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/8/2008

In the last of the current series, the Dragons are presented with a dog bowl, personalised audio greetings for mobile phones and a waste recycling business. In addition, a look back at how entrepreneurs from earlier in the series have fared.

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The Dragons' Stories: Theo Paphitis
star
8.07
30 votes

#20 - The Dragons' Stories: Theo Paphitis

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/26/2008

Series revealing the lives of the Dragons' Den dragons. How did they make their millions? And what are they really like? In the first of the five programmes focusing on the dragons, we are on an access-all-areas journey into the life of Theo Paphitis. We hear what Mrs P and the children, whose inheritance he keeps spending, think of him; we also get a quick peek into the luxurious lifestyle of a multi-millionaire businessman. While Theo rebuffs the notion that he is the classic rags to riches story, we gain a valuable insight into how his upbringing influenced his business career, get some tips on what it takes to be a future dragon and find out what his rival dragon investors really think of him. We also discover how some of his most memorable Den investments are getting on, including iTeddy and Ben the Bin, as well as hear from one entrepreneur who accepted an offer from Theo inside the Den, but in the end chose to walk away from the deal.

Episode 12
star
8.05
21 votes

#21 - Episode 12

Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/2/2014

A London-based entrepreneur pitches a new take on the post-it note, two business women attempt to whip up some animal magic when they bring a pair of alpacas, and the dragons come face-to-face with a tough-talking entrepreneur who has a product they all believe is worth fighting for.

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The Dragons' Stories: Duncan Bannatyne
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8.03
30 votes

#22 - The Dragons' Stories: Duncan Bannatyne

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/23/2008

In the final programme of the series, it is Duncan Bannatyne's turn to open the door into his multi-millionaire world. Having grown up in the shadow of the shipyards of Clydebank, he makes an emotional visit to the local pub where he used to play dominoes with his father and talks about some of the events that shaped his life. We see a very different side to the tough-talking, plain-speaking dragon as he explains how his unconventional CV is ideal for anyone who wants to be a successful entrepreneur. We are with Bannatyne's family as they holiday in their luxurious villa in the Cote D'Azure, track his business career to find out where he made his millions, but also discover that his straight talking manner is unsuprisingly not confined to the den. We also trace some of his most memorable den investments and find out what happened once the deal was done - from the all-singing, all-dancing Razzmatazz franchises, through to the successful logistics company Igloo and the electrical wiring connector that is selling in the millions and has turned its inventor Peter Moule into a mini-dragon in his own right.

The Dragons' Stories: Peter Jones
star
8.00
31 votes

#23 - The Dragons' Stories: Peter Jones

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/16/2008

It's Peter Jones' story next in the penultimate programme in this series. He made his money in the telecoms industry, but has gone on to become one of the most high-profile businessmen in the UK. With unprecedented access to Peter's business and personal life, we follow him as he visits 10 Downing Street for a meeting with the prime minister; at home with his five children; and discover how he made, and why he lost, his first fortune. We also catch up with some of Peter's investments, which are among the most memorable in the Den. Both Levi Roots and his Reggae Reggae Sauce have become household names, but how much money are they making? And Hamfatter, the first band to enter the Den, ended up being able to choose between offers from four dragons. Peter won that battle, and we catch up with them all during the band's recent UK tour and discover whether their dragon backer has managed to turn them into a profitable proposition.

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Episode 10: Christmas Special
star
8.00
7 votes

#24 - Episode 10: Christmas Special

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/25/2007

Evan and the dragons look back on the past five seasons with the hits and misses that have come into the den.

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Episode 5
star
8.00
5 votes

#25 - Episode 5

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/12/2009

For Lancashire-based Paul Ward, the current swine flu pandemic has boosted sales of his bug-busting cleaning products, but will the Dragons be impressed enough to invest? Carol Savage from Hertfordshire hopes to cook up a frenzy with her online community for food lovers, and whilst the Dragons are no strangers to fine wine, can serial entrepreneur James Nash entice them to pour investment into his innovative single serve wine containers? Meanwhile, can jewellery and fashion designer Jane Rafter walk away with investment for her range of customisable sandals? Finally, the Dragons come face-to-face with themselves as a Midlands trio ask for 50,000 pounds for their customisable masks.

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