Don your best suit and tie, because The Apprentice is returning to BBC One for its 16th series.
After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, the popular business reality show will see 16 new candidates put through their paces in the hopes of winning a £250,000 investment from Baron Alan Sugar in their business.
Baroness Karren Brady has already given fans a taste of what to expect from the new series, revealing she was left ‘terrified’ during a zip wire task.
But when will The Apprentice return to TV screens and who is taking part this year? Here’s everything you need to know.
When does The Apprentice return?
The 16th series of The Apprentice will begin on Thursday, January 6 at 9pm on BBC One.
The first episode, titled ‘Cruise Ship’, will see the candidates set sail from Portsmouth – with their first task being to come up with a marketing campaign for a new cruise liner.
You can also stream each episode after it has been broadcast on BBC iPlayer.
Who are The Apprentice judges?
Alan Sugar will return as head judge for this year’s contest, having appeared in all 15 former UK series.
The businessman founded Amstrad in 1968, was a former Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC and now has an estimated worth of over £1 billion.
Joining him in the boardroom will be Baroness Karren Brady, the current Vice-Chairman of West Ham United FC.
Baroness Brady joined The Apprentice in 2010 and has been an aide to Alan Sugar for the past nine series.
Former Apprentice winner Tim Campbell will be standing in for fan favourite Claude Littner, who is recovering from falling off his electric bike.
Campbell is the first-ever Apprentice star to become a judge on the show, and was taken on by Alan Sugar’s company Amstrad after winning in 2005, becoming Project Director of its Health & Beauty division.
Who are The Apprentice 2022 candidates?
This year’s competition has 16 candidates, with a former rugby player, a dessert parlour owner, and a pharmacist among the business hopefuls vying for Alan Sugar’s affections.
The Apprentice contestants for 2022 are as follows,
- Aaron Willis, Flight Operations Instructor
- Akeem Bundu-Kamara, Financial Firm Strategy Manager
- Akshay Thakrar, Digital Marketing Agency Owner
- Alex Short, Commercial Cleaning Company Owner
- Amy Anzel, Beauty Brand Owner
- Brittany Carter, Hotel Front of House Manager
- Conor Gilsenan, Sales Executive
- Francesca Kennedy Wallbank, Sustainability Company Owner
- Harry Mahmood, Regional Operations Manager
- Harpreet Kaur, Dessert Parlour Owner
- Kathryn Louise Burn, Online Pyjama Store Owner
- Navid Sole, Pharmacist
- Nick Showering, Finance Manager
- Sophie Wilding, Boutique Cocktail Bar Owner
- Shama Amin, Children’s Day Nursery Owner
- Stephanie Affleck, Online Children’s Store Owner
Who won the last series of The Apprentice?
Carina Lepore was the last person to be crowned champion of The Apprentice in 2019.
Alan Sugar was impressed with the 32-year-old’s business plan for an artisan bakery and coffee shop business, which was inspired by her father’s bread shop after it tragically burnt down in South London.
The winner’s original business ‘Dough Artisan Bakehouse’ is still doing well and Lepore opened a second shop in September 2020.
But the bread-maker was forced to shelve plans to open a series of new stores after experiencing financial setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Apprentice starts on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.