The 2022 series of The Apprentice has had a cracking start, with the first episode becoming the biggest launch show in years as millions of viewers across the UK tune in to watch.
Last night, Lord Alan Sugar’s high-intensity business competition returned for the first time since 2019, with 16 overly keen candidates and new right hand man Tim Campbell, the season one winner who has taken Claude Littner’s place while he recovers from an injury.
Baroness Karren Brady also reprised her role on the show, overseeing the contestants as they strived to impress the boss and stand out amongst their competitors.
The first episode was watched by 4.6million people across the nation, making it the most popular premiere for the programme since 2017.
This meant that BBC One also had a 30.6% share in the overnight ratings, the highest share it has had since 2011, having gone up against Screw on Channel 4 and The Real Anne: Unfinished Business on ITV during the same time slot.
Former pharmacy manager Harry Mahmood, 35, became the first entrepreneur to be fired by Lord Sugar.
He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2021 New Year Honours for his work in the West Midlands during the early months of lockdown.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he claimed that aide Tim was ‘unfair’ after his elimination, considering he ‘wasn’t actually there’ during the task.
‘I’m disappointed because I didn’t get to showcase myself as a team leader or sub team leader, my business skills, my creativity, my energy, my creative space – I didn’t get to do anything,’ he said.
‘I feel like I’ve been robbed of that opportunity which is really annoying but I accept that was the fate for me because I believe what is meant to be is meant to be.’
Speaking specifically about Tim, having been watched by Baroness Karren during the challenge, he added: ‘He called me a disrupter but Tim, you weren’t actually there.
‘What you won’t see is when the boys piped up about being disruptive, Karren actually hit Akeem down and said, “Actually that’s not right, he’s being slightly annoying but not disruptive”.’
The Apprentice airs Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.