His actual argument, encouraging investors nicely versus slamming them, brings up interesting idea. Slamming entrepreneurs in an unkind fashion can make for really good television. Encouraging and educating can also make for really good television, but a very different sort of television. Very different, at least I tend to think of them as very different. One is more high-minded and one is more interested in fireworks. While they both can be good television, the goal of each show, it seems to me different.
Is the goal teaching others out there about running a business? Is the goal to teach the entrepreneurs coming to the dragons about running a business? Is the goal solely to entertain the masses?
Dragons' Den seems to be trying to do all three of these things and more. Maybe that's why I find it so interesting, maybe that's why I like it so much. Of course, that might also be why they feel like they need their voiceover announcer to be overly talkative. We might be hearing from him so much so that we can stay on the multiple tracks the show is running down. If that's the case it's nice of Dragons' Den to do that for us, but I think wholly unnecessary.
And, let's face it, they only have an hour (minus commercials) to do all those things, which makes it increasingly likely that they'll do none of them.