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Duncan Bannatyne: The Musical?

Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne's life is to be turned into a musical.

The TV star and entrepreneur built up his business from an ice cream van to a multi-million pound hotel empire, has served in the Navy, spent time in prison, seen his first marriage end in divorce after an affair, and has six children.

The two-hour unauthorised show by award-winning director Gordon McDougall is based on the 61-year-old's autobiography Anyone Can Do it, and will premiere in November in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, the Sun reports.

The musical will see Duncan's character singing about his rise to wealth and happiness.

Mr McDougall said: "I don't know what Duncan will think of it as he's quite unpredictable.

"I hope he thinks it's a good idea. He's been quite open about his life so I don't see a need to hide anything.

"He's a significant figure in the area, hopefully he'll come to see it."

The play will premiere in November in Shepton Mallet, Somerset - where BBC star Bannatyne rescued a luxury hotel from going bust.

The Bannatyne Group bought four-star Shepton Mallet hotel, Grade II listed Charlton House from administrators earlier this year, and won praise for saving 62 jobs.

Duncan was born in Clydebank, Scotland, and spent years in the Royal Navy as an engineer until his dishonourable discharge, which included a spell in military prison. He later laid the foundations for his £320million fortune by buying an ice cream van in Stockton-on-Tees, for £450.

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