5 | TV

Dragons’ Den

The Observer - The New Review - - AGENDA - This was in­tro­duced to me by my brother.

It’s not tele­vi­sion I would go out of my way to watch, but if I catch it by chance I have to watch the whole of it. I am try­ing to un­der­stand why that is. There is some­thing camp about it: the whole the­atri­cal­ity of go­ing up in a lift and the omi­nous voiceover and that they are re­ferred to as dragons – there’s some­thing myth­i­cal be­ing in­voked. There’s the great joy of re­ally in­ge­nious ideas, and of re­ally ter­ri­ble ideas. And best of all there’s the per­for­mance of the dragons them­selves: the tiny mi­cro­ges­tures and sta­tus plays and weird rep­til­ian glances and smirk­ing and snarling.


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