The Apprentice (UK)
Season 7 Episode 14
BBC One (UK)
Release date:16 February 2005 (USA)
Main Cast And Crew
Stars: Mark Halliley, Nick Hewer and Alan Sugar,Margaret Mountford,Samantha Moon
Directors: James Bainbridge, Beth Dicks,
Production Co: Mark Burnett Productions, TalkBack Productions
Runtime: 59 min
Release Date: 16 February 2005 (UK)
Also Known As: Alan Sugar: The Apprentice
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.'
addictive reality TV with clueless business types
by didi-5 (United Kingdom)
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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