Theo Paphitis Returns to The Den this Summer

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

Theo Paphitis returns to BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in the new series, which starts this Sunday 11 August, and Theo will appear later in the run.

He stood in for Touker Suleyman, who was unable to film for part of the series, and will appear in a number of episodes alongside the current line-up of Dragons; Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Tej Lalvani, as well as the newest and youngest ever Dragon in the Den, Sara Davies.

Theo is one of the favourite and most formidable Dragons to have appeared in the Den. He originally joined in 2005 as part of the line up in the second series but stood down after nine series in 2013 to focus on his retail businesses.

On returning to the Den Theo Paphitis said: “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 and I enjoyed relieving the current Dragons of some great investments along the way, and rekindling some old rivalry.”

Touker Suleyman said: “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. I can’t wait to see him back in action and keeping the other Dragons on their toes, but don’t worry, I wasn’t gone for long!”                                                                               

Dragons’ Den is a BBC Studios production. The Executive Producer is Chi Ukairo and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay. Series 17 will air on BBC Two from Sunday 11 August at 8pm.