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Duncan Bannatyne to quit Dragons' Den after this series

Duncan Bannatyne's departure leaves only Peter Jones from the starting line up on Dragons. Credit: PA

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne is stepping down from the BBC2 show after 12 series - telling producers: "I'm out."

The health club boss, 65 -who was one of the original team of business experts when the programme launched nine years ago- said he had had 'the time of his life' as a dragon.

But he announced the forthcoming series - beginning on July 20 - will be his last as he leaves the programme "due to other business commitments".

Mark Linsey, the BBC's entertainment controller, said: "Duncan has been the most formidable Dragon and we are going to miss him enormously.

"His seat is going to be a difficult one to fill, but he leaves the show on a high, with this next series being the best yet."

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Duncan Bannatyne suffered suspected heart attack at work

TV entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne has suffered a suspected heart attack while working in his office. The star of Dragons' Den is being treated at Darlington Memorial Hospital after he fell ill at the headquarters of his gym company. A company spokesman said:

Everyone at the company is very concerned and upset, but we know that Duncan is a very strong person and we are confident he will make a full recovery.

Everyone wishes him well. We'd like to thank the quick and professional actions of the paramedics who attended to Duncan and thank the staff at the Memorial Hospital for his ongoing care.

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