Dragon's Den for the homeless

Ten homeless people will compete for a job in a new reality TV show hosted by 'Dragon's Den' star Duncan Bannatyne

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The show's host Duncan Bannatyne

The show's host Duncan Bannatyne

Ten homeless people will compete for a job in a new reality TV show hosted by 'Dragon's Den' star Duncan Bannatyne.

The vagrants - who will be handpicked off the street - will have to complete a series of tasks at the tycoon's £12million spa hotel in Hastings, East Sussex.

Called 'Homeless Hotel', the winning contestant with the most promise will be given a job at the end of the show with the celebrity entrepreneur.

Bannatyne - who is a longtime supporter of homeless charity Shelter - hopes the "serious" reality show will help the contestants regain their self-respect and get them off the streets for good.

He also wants the programme to show viewers how the homeless do have skills to offer.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Reality shows have tackled everything under the sun but no one has thought of doing something like this.

"Some people might think the concept is exploitation but it's no different to any other similar show.

"The only difference here is that the people taking part have nowhere to live. We're not going to be scooping tramps off the street and laughing at them trying to adjust.

"It's a serious programme where the contestants will all be people who have got themselves into an unfortunate situation and are desperate to work their way out of it."

Homeless charity Shelter is also thought to be backing the show to be filmed later this year.

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