Get Ahead

Get Ahead is a BBC Television programme that ran from 1958 to 1962 and offered a prize of £5,000 (equivalent to £118,000 in 2019) to a contestant's idea for an entrepreneurial project for a profitable business. It was an early forerunner of programmes such as Dragons' Den on BBC Two.

The programme was sponsored by the News Chronicle[1] as a form of indirect advertising, which would not have been permitted for commercial stations (such as ITV), as this was prohibited by the Television Act 1954.[2]

The programme was presented by Kenneth Horne and Peter West. A panel of senior business experts judged the merit of the award and included Sir Miles Thomas, who had been chairman of BOAC[3] and the British offshoot of Monsanto, the American chemical company at the time.


  1. ^ Radio Times
  2. ^ "The Contemporary Review". Volume 198. A. Strahan. 1960: 413. Retrieved 22 August 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Thomas, Sir Miles (1964). "Out on a Wing"", an autobiography. London: Michael Joseph. p. 370.