The Apprentice (UK)

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Wednesday 9:00 PM on BBC Premiered Feb 16, 2005 Between Seasons

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The Apprentice (UK)
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AIRED ON 7/17/2013

Season 9 : Episode 14

Show Summary

The Apprentice is a business reality show, where candidates compete in two teams to perform the best during business-related tasks, set by Lord Alan Sugar. Each week, the teams must appoint a Project Manager to lead them for the duration of the task, overseen by a trusted aide to Lord Sugar. In seasons 1-5, these were Margaret and Nick. From season 6 onwards, Margaret was replaced by Karren Brady. The team that performs the best will receive a reward, whilst the losing team will be summoned back to the boardroom and interrogated over their failure. Their project manager will be forced to pick two team-mates to face a final encounter, one of whom will be fired. In the first six seasons, the overall goal was a position working for Lord Sugar, with a £100,000 salary; this changed to be a £250,000 investment to start up a business of the winner's choice, with Lord Sugar as a partner.

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  • Amazing

    10
    This is one of the best shows on BBC, and the best shows on British TV about business.
  • A bunch of business 'wannabes' take part in exercises designed to show business prowess, humiliate and entertain. Likely barrow boy Sugar raises his arm and finger shouting "You're fired!" and across the Nation a number of people wet themselves a little.moreless

    2.1
    Think your life could be better, need to laugh at someone more unfortunate, want to take pleasure as someone's hopes and dreams are dashed in a flood of tears? Then watch The Apprentice. The climax of each episode is watching a close up of the poor contestant's face as they hear Alan yell "You're Fired!", and this is entertainment? Another poor reflection on our society where prime time entertainment is watching another get humiliated on National TV. Listen to how many times he's referred to as Sir Alan, how did he become a 'Sir'?!?! The irony is that Alan Sugar owns Amstrad, that home favorite brand right up there with Alba and Matsui. I no longer watch this, oh, and I don't own any bargain basement Amstrad products.moreless
  • There is only one Sir Alan Sugar and I'm sure the contestants who come under fire in this excellent UK adaptation of the American program are very glad of it!

    10
    Alan Michael Sugar is the perfect example of 'poor boy made good.' Born in London's East End in 1947, young Alan left school at sixteen and, quite literally, set out to make his fortune. Today, the founder of the huge AMSTRAD computer corporation and many other companies across the world is worth in excess of eight hundred million pounds and he has done it all himself. Alan Sugar started with nothing and is now one of the most respected businessmen in the world.



    In 2005, the UK version of 'The Apprentice' began on the BBC with a group of candidates from across Britain coming together in the hope of winning the coveted position of a job with Sir Alan and the title of 'The Apprentice'. With the help of his trusted advisors, Margaret Mountford and Nick Hewer, both of whom have worked for him for over twenty years, Sir Alan puts the hopeful candidates through a series of often gruelling and difficult business-related tasks to test their mettle. Each week, one candidate who has not met Sir Alan's expectatons is fired until only two remain - two who must perform one final task and do their level best to impress the man who labels himself "The most beligerent man in England" and win the coveted job which has a six-figure salary to go along with it.



    In my opinion, this UK version of the show is far superior to the American version and I think the main reason for this is that Sir Alan is so much more 'watchable' than Donald Trump. A Knight of the Realm or not, Sir Alan doesn't care what he says or who he says it to. Sometimes he is incredibly scary (as the candidates will attest) and on other occasions he is downright hilarious with his caustic wit and straight-shooting style. Margaret and Nick are absolute gems as well and have quite a following of their own.



    There is very little reality televison which I can tolerate but I think this show is brilliant and with several seasons under its belt it looks like many members of the viewing public agree with me.



    Fantastic television. Watch it and see for yourself.moreless
  • wrong again!

    9.0
    how many times does sir alan pick the wrong person from the final two? Ruth badger is a shining example! Kate was the best candidate and deserved more. The excuses they had for denying her the top job seemed silly to me. She came across well and always performed well. I love the show but is some what frustrating at times when the wrong person gets the job - how many of the winners so far have actually done well for sir alan, that would be good to know!I give it 3 months and yasmina will be back at the restaurant.moreless
  • 14 contestants, who will be Sir Alan Sugars next Apprentice?

    7.5
    The apprentice is stocked up high with arrogent buisness wannabe's all wanting that specical place at the right hand of Sir Alan Sugar but who of them has what it takes to pass the tasks and come out on top as the winning project manager? I thins year things have really gone downhill compared to last years Lucinda,Alex and Lee. The only one this year who I think has the whole package is Kate, I think she is fiesty and she knows where her loyalties lie. The whole think with Phillip did not break her down even when Lorraine mentioned it in the boardroom, I thought that was compleatly unessary, she still fought back and turned on Phillip to prove to Sir Alan that she does not let enything phase her. This is an amazing show, that is very well thought out. I am glued to my T.V every Wednesday night at 9pm and then after that I switch to channel 3 and watch The Apprentice Your Fired. No one is anywhere near me when I watch it because my family know if they bother me while I watch it I get cranky. :) I love this show.moreless
  • NOBODY SACKS PEOPLE QUITE LIKE LORD ALAN. HERE ARE OUR FAVOURITE THE APPRENTICE FIRINGS.

    The Top 10 Apprentice Firings

    Nobody sacks people quite like Lord Alan. Here are our favourite The Apprentice firings.

  • WE REVIEW THE RETURN OF THE APPRENTICE TO SEE IF THE SIXTH SEASON (AND LORD SUGAR) STILL HAS BITE SINCE BEING PUSHED BACK IN THE BBC SCHEDULE.

    The Apprentice Steps Up To The Plate

    We review the return of The Apprentice to see if the sixth season (and Lord Sugar) still has bite since being pushed back in the BBC schedule.

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