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The Apprentice dips to under 6m on BBC One on Wednesday

30 October 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Apprentice dipped to under 6 million viewers for Lord Alan Sugar's latest firings on Wednesday, overnight data reveals.

The BBC One series dropped over 150,000 viewers from last week, but still topped the night with 5.91 million (25.7%) at 9pm. BBC Two's You're Fired brought in 2.48m (13.7%) at 10pm.

On BBC Two, The Great Interior Design Challenge continued with 1.20m (6.0%) at 7pm, followed by Autumnwatch with 2.57m (12.6%) at 8pm. Trust Me, I'm a Doctor intrigued 1.58m (6.9%) at 9pm.

ITV's Surprise, Surprise entertained 3.69m (17.9%) at 8pm (147k/0.6% on +1), while the Scott & Bailey finale gained back around 300k from last week to 4.14m (18.2%) at 9pm (361k/2.4%).

On Channel 4, Supervet appealed to 1.47m (7.2%) at 8pm (192k/0.8%), followed by Grand Designs with 1.16m (5.0%) at 9pm (307k/1.9%).

Coverage of the 2014 Mercury Prize attracted 714k (3.6%) at 10pm (240k/2.1%), with an added 78k (0.4%) watching on More4.

Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbour Next Door brought in 1.05m (5.2%) at 8pm, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Apprentice, Mercury Prize Live

29 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Apprentice: BBC One, 9pm

It's week four in the race to become Lord Sugar's latest business partner and the candidates must create their own video channels to go live on YouTube - yes, it's that episode of The Apprentice where aspiring entrepreneurs don ridiculous outfits and ditch their dignity in front of the cameras.

Who will be the latest loser to feel the business end of Sugar's firing finger? And - more importantly - will sassy Steven save another pitch or be scapegoated in the boardroom?

Scott & Bailey: ITV, 9pm

In the last of the current fourth series, Dci Gill Murray comes under fire when slaves are discovered on the Pritchard farm, transforming a routine murder inquiry into something else entirely.

Is Gill fit to lead, or will Evie take her down? Amelia Bullimore, who plays Gill, is also on scripting duties here.

Mercury Prize Live: More »

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The Apprentice holds steady at 6m for latest firing

23 October 2014 2:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Apprentice held steady to top Wednesday evening's (October 22) ratings, overnight data reveals.

Lord Alan Sugar's latest firings equalled last week's average figure of 6.07 million (25.6%) at 9pm. BBC Two's You're Fired followed with 2.14m (11.7%) at 10pm.

On BBC Two, Trust Me, I'm a Doctor brought in 2.26m (10.6%) at 8pm, followed by Gunpowder 5/11 with 1.15m (4.8%) at 9pm.

ITV's Surprise, Surprise returned for a new series with 3.52m (16.4%) at 8pm (224,000/0.9% on +1). Scott & Bailey attracted 3.84m (16.1%) at 9pm (283k/2.4%).

On Channel 4, Supervet was seen by 1.36m (6.4%) at 8pm (134k/0.6%), while Grand Designs interested 1.43m (6.0%) at 9pm (273k/1.7%).

Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbour Next Door gathered 1.10m (5.2%) at 8pm (124k/0.5%), followed by Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away with 1.35m (5.7%) at 9pm (171k/1.0%). Wentworth's latest episode appealed to 599k (3.7%) at 10pm (117k/1.5%).

ITV2's coverage of the 2014 Mobo Awards entertained 410k (1.8%) at 8pm. ITV's repeat at 10.45pm was seen by 361k (4.3%). »

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The Apprentice drops 600k for second episode on Wednesday

16 October 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Apprentice dropped around 600,000 viewers for its second episode on Wednesday, overnight figures reveal.

The latest firings still easily topped the night with 6.07 million (26.5%) at 9pm on BBC One. BBC Two's You're Fired brought in 2.18m (12.1%) at 10pm.

Later on BBC One, A Question of Sport quizzed 1.93m (15.2%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Cat Watch continued with 1.04m (5.2%) at 7pm, followed by Trust Me, I'm a Doctor with 2.74m (13.2%) at 8pm and documentary Swallowed by the Sea with 2.18m (12.1%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Celebrity Squares entertained 2.91m (13.9%) at 8pm (118k/0.5% on +1), while Scott & Bailey held steady at 3.71m (16.2%) at 9pm (342k/2.2%).

Channel 4's Supervet was seen by 1.66m (8.0%) at 8pm (151k/0.7%). Grand Designs gathered 1.88m (8.2%) at 9pm (349k/2.2%), followed by Cutting Edge with 763k (4.9%) at 10pm (131k/1.6%).

On Channel 5, The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door attracted 1.44m (7.0%), followed by Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away with 1.57m (6.9%) at 9pm »

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Fired Apprentice stars react to double elimination

15 October 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Robert Goodwin and Scott McCulloch have reacted to being fired from The Apprentice in tonight's double elimination.

The pair spoke to Dara Ó Briain on The Apprentice: You're Fired about their experiences on the show.

Apprentice episode 2 review: Balls on the line and arse covering

Asked if he thought Lord Sugar might let him off the hook after the wearable tech task, Goodwin replied: "There was a side of me that thought, 'I've got away with this'."

He discussed how being in the final boardroom on the first show affected him second time out, saying: "A part of me just felt, 'I need to hide back a little bit'."

Goodwin specialises in fashion, but admitted that the task didn't quite suit him, claiming he wasn't sure wearable technology and fashion were compatible concepts.

Speaking about hiding away in his final challenge, he said: "In hindsight, obviously I would 100% make »

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The Apprentice 2014: episode two as it happened

15 October 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In the opening episode, black belt Chiles was given the chop. Whose dreams of business-partnership glory did Lord Sugar bludgeon tonight? Julia Raeside was watching

10.01pm BST

If youve been affected by anything youve seen in tonights episode of The Apprentice, you can tweet me @jnraeside but dont expect sympathy or anything. I have to do this every week. You could just walk away. Until next week!

10.00pm BST

As my hands go into spasm, Id like to thank those of you who did this Two nights in a row. We all deserve a stiff drink for such dedication. Please, if you feel able to after a week of rest and contemplation, do come back and join me for episode three on Wednesday, thats Wednesday, next week. Its going to be great. I will light scented candles to get me in the mood. I suggest you do the same.

9.58pm »

- Julia Raeside

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Apprentice episode 2 review: Balls on the line and arse covering

15 October 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Not since the days of Michael Sophocles and his kosher chicken has The Apprentice delivered such a perfect mix of ineptitude, pig ignorance and a baffling lack of self-awareness in week one.

Shirkers, schemers, buffoons, loud-mouths, arse-coverers and numpties. Each and every last one.

In other words, this series 10 of Lord Sugar's reality show looks like it could be a mighty fine vintage. The Apprentice lives and dies on finding hot-air spouting goons and this year, they've managed to get their hands on 20 of the buggers.

After the buttock-clenching shambles that was Tuesday night's hot dog and sliced lemon sales blunder-athon, episode two challenged the remaining 19 candidates to create a new piece of wearable technology that could be pitched and sold to three major retailers.

It was a task that played into the hands of any candidate with an interest in fashion, anyone who thought they could sell, anyone interested in technology, »

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Double Apprentice firing from Lord Sugar in surprise twist

15 October 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lord Sugar fired two Apprentice candidates in a shock twist in tonight's second episode of the series, axing one hopeful even before they got the chance to defend themselves in the final boardroom.

The new 20-candidate format means multiple firings will be common place in the new series and this evening's wearable tech challenge ended up being the end of the road for Robert Goodwin and Scott McCulloch.

The Apprentice series 10 premiere attracts 6.6 million - Up on last year

The Apprentice episode 1 review: Moral turpitude and short skirts

The boys' team, who were led by Scott, failed to get any orders for their camera jumper from any of the three major retailers. The girls managed to flog 250 units of their suit jacket that had flashing lights, solar panel shoulder pads, a heating system and a phone charging facility.

After the results were read out, Lord Sugar didn't even give Robert »

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Apprentice candidate Steven 'washes daily in vinegar'

15 October 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Fired Apprentice candidate Robert Goodwin has revealed the unusual habit of his reality TV co-star Steven Ugoalah, who apparently washes his feet and face daily in white wine vinegar.

Goodwin was kicked off the show by Lord Sugar tonight (October 15) in a surprise double elimination and revealed that Ugoalah was the most "awkward" person he had to work with on the show.

"Steven was very awkward to work with professionally, but also to get on with personally," Goodwin told Digital Spy.

"You couldn't get to know him, which made it hard to manage him. He was also very aggressive at times."

Revealing Ugoalah's unusual regime, he added: "I was sharing a room with him and he would wash his feet and face with vinegar every night. Which actually stank out the room every night.

"When I confronted him about why he did it, he said, 'When you grow up, you »

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The Apprentice 2014: episode one  as it happened

14 October 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The latest recruits first task selling the past decades worth of Apprentice goods in just one day. Julia Raeside watched every second and wrote it down.

10.10pm BST

Oh! And just in case you didnt know (and I hate to be the one to break it to you) you will need to come back here tomorrow because were doing it all again. Im serious. Second episode tomorrow.

10.02pm BST

Oh, its finished. I am trying to unfurl my spine and sit back in my seat but I cant. Sugar has me like a coiled spring for the next thirty weeks (probably, it seems like that long) and then Ill get off to the osteopath. Ow.

So what did you all think then? Time for a look at twitter and then I am diving face-first into the comments for a chat because its only fair. You sat through it too!

10.00pm BST

Next week, »

- Julia Raeside

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week three as it happened

12 October 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Its movie week! And Donny Osmond made a guest judging appearance. Join us for all the Saturday night action, and find out who will be following Gregg Wallace off the show on Sunday

8.00pm BST

So thats it for Week 3! Thank you for all your comments and for being generally amazing. Ill be back next Saturday in the meantime youll find Stus X Factor results show liveblog starts in 15 minutes, and the splendid Julia Raeside will be liveblogging The Apprentice from 9pm on Wednesday. Ill be back next Saturday for Strictly Week 4, and you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens in the meantime. Have a fabulous week, and keeeeeep dancing! Hx

7.59pm BST

So leaving this week is Jennifer and Tristan! They have both been lovely, but such is the way of Strictly. Theyre being forced to do their final dance to My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, as bellowed by a wounded bear. »

- Heidi Stephens

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The Apprentice 2014: All you need to know about the 20 candidates

7 October 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Apprentice is back, and this year twenty fresh-faced contestants prepare to battle it out for Lord Sugar's attention.

Digital Spy presents profiles of all the hopefuls below:

1. Bianca Miller – 25

Bianca is the owner of a personal branding company from London. She is a determined and ambitious candidate, but admits she can be pedantic at times. After graduating, she worked in Hr before setting up her own business at the age of 23.

She says: "I regret not becoming a scientist so I could clone myself and be more successful in half the time."

2. Chiles Cartwright – 35

Chiles is a company director from Shropshire. He is the owner of two companies, and has nine years experience of working in management for international brands. He also holds a black belt in karate.

He says: "I consider myself one of the most credible candidates in this process. I don't believe that anyone has »

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The Apprentice 2014: First look at this year's 20 candidates

7 October 2014 1:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lord Sugar is on the lookout for a new Apprentice, and this year he has 20 - twenty! - candidates to pick from.

A teaser image has been released giving us a first look at this year's hopefuls. So, meet Solomon, Roisin, Chiles, Jemma, Ella, Scott, Nurun, Mark, Lindsay, Bianca, Sarah, Pamela, Lauren, Sanjay, Katie, Steven, James, Robert, Felipe and Daniel.

Sugar recently confirmed that the tenth series of The Apprentice would warm up with a special episode celebrating a decade of the show on Monday, October 13 at 10.35pm on BBC One.

The new series will then kick off the following night with a two-part opener, before continuing weekly on Wednesday nights.

Beginning in 2005 on BBC Two, The Apprentice became a ratings hit, moving to BBC One from its third series onwards.

Notable winners have included Tim Campbell, Michelle Dewberry, Lee McQueen and most recent victor Leah Totton. »

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