THE Apprentice is back for its next episode on Wednesday, October 23 at 9pm with Lord Sugar once again at the helm of the BBC One show.
A slew of business-minded hopefuls are battling it out to join forces with the businessman – here’s what you need to know…
When is The Apprentice on?
The 15th series of The Apprentice returned on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, with Lord Alan Sugar at the helm.
BBC One will broadcast the show weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm and it is expected to last for around 12 weeks and is followed by You’re Fired at 10pm on BBC Two.
As always each episode of the main show will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer once it has aired and on catch-up channels.
What is the task next week?
The fourth episode is titled Electric Bikes. The hopefuls are told they have two days to design and launch their own range of electric bikes, they must then host a launch event to sell the bikes to some of the biggest cycle retailers in the UK. Half of the team head to Nottingham to develop the bike, whilst the other half remain in London to choose accessories and create marketing material.
Obviously, nothing is ever simple on The Apprentice, expect to see the cast in skin-tight Lycra, along with poor pricing strategies and more problematic situations as one more candidate is robbed of the chance to become Lord Sugar’s next business partner.
Week 1 – South Africa
Week 2 – Ice Lollies
Week 3 – Toys
Week 4 – Electric Bikes
Who are the candidates for The Apprentice 2019?
BBC bosses revealed the line-up for this year’s candidates on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
There are a total of 16 contestants, with an even number of men and women in the contest.
The cast of The Apprentice 2019 include Dean Ahmad, Jemelin Artigasd and Lottie Lion, among others.
How does The Apprentice 2019 work?
A total of sixteen candidates will take part in a series of challenges to win a £250,000 investment for their business.
They must impress Lord Sugar, as well as Baroness Brady and Claude Littner to be in with a chance of bagging the prize or face being “fired” and eliminated from the competition.
The 15th series will see the contestants travel around the world, competing in a number of tasks to try and secure Lord Sugar as a business partner.
In the first week, they will be sent to Cape Town in South Africa to create, set up and run tours in the country’s capital city.
Other destinations include a trip to Finland to create an advertising campaign and hitting the streets of Oxford and Cambridge to find and buy nine items.
What is the prize for The Apprentice winner?
The Apprentice winner will secure a £250,000 investment into their business idea and a 50/50 partnership with Lord Sugar.
Sian Gabbidon, who won the series in 2018, got an investment from Lord Sugar for her swimwear brand.
“I believe in my business and myself. I think I proved to him [Lord Sugar] I was a really strong contestant,” she told to The Sun Online after her win.
“As a business woman I always aim high. I did get people saying I will never set up a functioning business in Leeds and I did it.”
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What is The Apprentice: You’re Fired!?
The Apprentice: You’re Fired! is a spin-off show of the hugely popular BBC series The Apprentice and was previously hosted by Rhod Gilbert.
However, on Monday, August 12, 2019 BBC Radio 2 announced Tom Allen would replace the presenter in 2019.
Later, the official The Apprentice Twitter page confirmed he would be joining the show.
A statement released on the account, read: “BREAKING NEWS ALERT! Comedian, writer and actor
@tomallencomedy is the new host of @BBCTwo’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired, as exclusively revealed this morning on the @BBCRadio2 Breakfast Show! #TheApprentice #YoureFired #Radio2BreakfastShow.”
Tom is a comedian, actor and writer, who Channel 4 fans will recognise from Bake Off: The Professionals.
The spin-off airs straight after the main show on BBC Two from 10pm.