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The Apprentice UK 

The Apprentice (original title)
20 young entrepreneurs compete in several business tasks, and must survive the weekly firings in order to become the business partner of one of the most successful businessmen.
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Series cast summary:
Alan Sugar ...  Himself - The Boss 183 episodes, 2005-2019
Mark Halliley Mark Halliley ...  Himself - Narrator 176 episodes, 2005-2019
Nick Hewer ...  Himself - Sir Alan's aide / ... 122 episodes, 2005-2016
Karren Brady Karren Brady ...  Herself - Lord Sugar's aide / ... 115 episodes, 2008-2019
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Sir Alan Sugar - the £700m owner of AMSTRAD, is presented with 14 candidates, he must split the candidates up into two teams each week, and set them a business task. At the end of the each task, Sir Alan will fire one member of the losing team. Until Week 12 when one of the candidates will get a £100,000 with Sir Alan and become 'The Apprentice.' Written by Tim Reynard

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16 February 2005 (UK) See more »

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(12 episodes)

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addictive reality TV with clueless business types
6 May 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Now in its fifth series, 'The Apprentice' has 14 candidates for a top job with Sir Alan Sugar's group of companies - carrying out a range of tasks (face painting, washing cars, cooking, making a TV commercial, launching a product, selling sandwiches, etc.) in order to be in the winning team at the end of the day.

With catchphrases like 'this is a job interview from hell' and, carried over from the US version, 'You're fired', it can come across a bit more reality TV than business acumen. The eventual winners have ranged from nice Tim to liar Lee to dim Michelle to er, the other one. Strong characters tend to stay in until the last few weeks to give the viewer something to loathe.

Sir Alan's aides, Nick and Margaret, are good value to watch, their expressions showing their disdain for the candidates as they flunk one task after another. And yes, these high flyers are dim - the scary thing is that the candidates have top salary jobs outside of 'The Apprentice'! As a reality show, it's watchable and fun - even though the last two series have had candidates who play up to the camera more than their predecessors. As a business programme, it's fairly useless - even the tasks have got less interesting as the series has progressed.


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