Ordeal in the Den for Becks lookalike

Eastbourne's David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer came under the television spotlight this week when he took part in the Dragons' Den programme.

Andy, who has worked for nine years as a professional Beckham lookalike, appeared on the popular BBC2 show on Monday night where enterprising entrepreneurs pitch for the money that will kickstart their businesses.

He asked mega rich tycoons including Duncan Banantyne and Peter Jones for 100,000 for a 25 per cent stake in The Double Date, his celebrity lookalike business.

Andy said the idea behind his business was to provide a host of celebrity lookalikes to groups of partygoers who could then choose to take part in a wide range of activities from photo shoots to nights out in celebrity hotspots.

But Andy came unstuck at the beginning of his pitch when nerves got the better of him and he was unable to speak and secondly when the dragons asked him what he would do with the cash if they agreed to invest.

"I have been on television hundreds of times," said Andy, "but when I got up the top of the stairs and took my glasses off they were all looking at me with dead-pan faces.

"Everything I had planned to say just went totally out of my head and it went downhill."

Andy brought in two celebrity friend doubles – Will Smith and Johnny Depp – to illustrate his business plan but one by one the dragons refused to back him.

Peter Jones said Andy's business idea had great potential but told him, "I am into the idea but I can't see a return on my money."

New dragon and multi-millionaire James Caan offered Andy just 50,000 for 25 per cent of his business, but under the den's rules he must get the backing and remaining 50,000 from another dragon to succeed.

Andy came away empty-handed but told the Herald this week all is not lost.

As Andy left the studios he was approached by entrepreneur Peter Jones who asked him to call his offices.

"I have been in touch with him and have sent him a copy of my business plan," said Andy.

"There has been quite a lot of interest in the business since the show went out."