Tycoon, Peter Jones, What a Bore
I was genuinely excited about watching Tycoon for the first time last night. I think the concept is brilliant. I love programs about entrepreneurs, inventors and business, as there is always something to learn. Tycoon was going to be a great substitute for our weekly dose of The Apprentice. And Peter Jones is a multi million pound entrepreneur, so surely there is plenty to learn from him.
I do not think I have ever been more disappointed! A cheesy smile from Peter Jones in the introduction set the tone for the show and probably the series. The set, the "Tycoon tower", and the episode in general had more cheese then a block of cheddar.
The candidates had as much TV appeal as a dead eel. There was no drama, no excitement. Their ideas were not ground breaking. They did not come across as terribly passionate (despite Peter Jones claiming that they were just that). They were just a bit dull.
As for Peter Jones: He is fine on Dragons Den. But when the spotlight is solely on him, he came across as very unlikeable, not very charismatic and, like the candidates, just plain dull.
The worst thing was I did not learn anything. As much as The Apprentice and Dragons Den are made for TV sensationalism, I learn something from every episode. Tycoon had nothing to offer in that department.
So after much anticipation, I was left with that let down feeling. I will watch another episode, just to see if things improve. But I am not holding my breath.