The Exidor Syndrome.
Let me explain.
Many, many years ago (1979 I think), those of a certain vintage will remember the wonderful US series, 'Mork & Mindy'
The first season (as shown in the UK) was a soft, gentle bittersweet comedy of the highest standards. With the marvelous Robin Williams and Pam Dawber.
That continued into the start of season two, until an episode where they introduced a mad priest by the name of Exidor.
It seems the producers thought it wasn't 'zany' enough in its first iteration for the US market.
It completely ruined the situation that had been magically set.
So now, whenever a TV series of shows ruins a successful format to try and increase the audience I refer to it as 'The Exidor Syndrome'.
The BBC has just done that with Dragon's Den. A programme I have watched for several years, and yes, during that time there were some panel members that were irritating and ill-fitted to the role, but there was always a balance of sorts with Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden's friendly rivalry.
But now they have, no doubt to 'liven' up the show with this brash, loud, rude upstart, with none of the sagacity of the older members of the panel.
Very obviously staged and scripted otherwise both Peter and Deborah would have taken him down in minutes.
Well BBC, your Exidor moment has come. I doubt very much I will watch again.
Entrepreneur Steven Bartlett is to join Dragons' Den, becoming the youngest investor in the show's history.
The 28-year-old will join Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman and Sara Davies for the next series of the long-running BBC business programme.
Bartlett is the founder and former CEO of social media marketing agency The Social Chain, which he set up from his bedroom in Manchester.
He described becoming a Dragon as "a tremendous honour".
I've been watching Dragons' Den since I was 12 years old - it was my first window into the real world of business and investing," he said.
He added he wants to represent "a new generation of entrepreneurs, inspiring young and specifically under-represented entrepreneurs to follow in my footsteps".
BBC entertainment boss Sarah Clay said Bartlett's "unique approach to business will bring a whole new dynamic to the Den".
"He brings a wealth of experience from the social media, technological and brand building worlds," she continued.
Aye, right. 'The Apprentice' (execrable viewing!) joins 'Dragon's Den' in joint failure.
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