Further to our list of films for entrepreneurs, here, with
tongue firmly in cheek, here are some role models – some showing how it should
not be done – from television.
everything we know about business we learned from J R Ewing.
George Cole’s immortal Arthur Daley proved a transformational figure in the 80s
– the decade in which being an entrepreneur in Britain become fashionable after
years of class-warfare motivated hate.
3 Muck and Brass: British
comedian Mel Smith was cast against type to great effect as a ruthless property
developer in this gritty, realistic, but unfairly forgotten, 80s drama.
4 Lonesome Dove: the
story of an arduous 19th century cattle drive should strike a chord
with anyone who has laboured to succeed against the odds without losing their humanity.
5 Lovejoy: Ian
McShane’s loveable antiques dealer lives the hand-to-mouth existence that most
entrepreneurs enjoy at least once in their careers – and, strange to say,
“enjoy” may be exactly the right word.
6 Mad Men: flawed but
brilliant current series set in a 60s advertising agency.
7 Bagpuss: how does
Emily’s shop stay in business?
8 Arrested Development: the
trials and tribulations of a dysfunctional but entrepreneurial American family.
9 Brass: a
delightfully over-the-top satire based on the traditional view of hard-hearted
10 Only Fools and Horses: we
can all learn from the relentless optimism of “This time next year, we’ll be