Jason Manford is to host a new “fast-paced and funny” businesses show in which ordinary people risk their own money to invest in the bright ideas and small businesses of hopeful entrepreneurs.
The Money Pit will air on Dave, UKTV’s comedy entertainment channel which is enjoying continued audience growth thanks to the broadcaster’s investment in original content.
Manford will play ringmaster as the amateur dragons decide which entrepreneurs, inventor and local tradesmen to back.
Unlike rival shows, the investors can change their minds right up to the end of each episode, setting the scene for frantic, last minute movements of money as the crowd flocks to one entrepreneur and abandon another.
Manford said, “I’m inviting all those people with some spare cash that they’re thinking of hiding under the mattress, or sticking on the 3.15 at Haydock Park to join me in The Money Pit instead.
“It’s their chance to invest in real life entrepreneurs who could make them serious money. Who knows, if they back the right one they might be able to buy a race horse of their own – or a really big mattress!”
Catherine Catton, Senior Commissioning Editor for UKTV added, “We are thrilled to be working with Jason Manford who will bring wit, warmth and energy to this interesting new show that seeks to bring the excitement and jeopardy of crowd-funding to life.”