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After a gruelling and intense 12 week job interview process, Sir Alan Sugar has finally found his Apprentice... Tim Campbell, a former transport manager for London Underground from East London.
In the final episode screened last night on BBC TWO at 9.00pm, the two finalists were whittled down to just one winner and Campbell (27) was crowned the victor of the hit show.
He walked away with a £100,000 year-long job contract with self-made tycoon Sir Alan Sugar.
An ecstatic Tim said: "I tried to do the best in every single task and I gave 100 per cent. My aim throughout the whole of this was to just get the job.
"I didn't want to be a TV star. I didn't want to be a Big brother-type contestant, I just wanted to better myself and do better for my family and make my mother proud and I think I've done that."
Tim's personality, business acumen and determination have won him an army of fans throughout the 12 week run, including the notoriously hard-to-please Sir Alan.
An 'East End Boy Made Good' like Sugar, Tim has overcome family poverty and discrimination, and in the face of intense competition, has won the coveted position of The Apprentice.
Sir Alan said: "I had in front of me some of Britain's best prospects - but there were also some of Britain's best losers, too.
"It was a tough decision, but Tim is a great fella and I think I've chosen the best of the bunch.
"I've found my real apprentice, someone who can handle himself, handle other people, remain calm and someone who has a great learning ability. He's got it and that's what I need."
The runner up was Saira Khan who admits: "I am really pleased for Tim. Throughout the course of the last few months I have worked with him quite closely and he's become a really good friend.
"I'm sure it was a hard decision for Sir Alan but I think he's chosen the right person for the job that he's got in mind.
"The show has been a great experience for me and I have learnt a lot."
The BBC confirmed that The Apprentice has been recomissioned for a second series.
The new series for next year, made for BBC TWO by Talkback, will see the winner land a top job with Sir Alan Sugar.
Roly Keating, Controller, BBC TWO, says: "The Apprentice has been a huge hit. In a very short space of time it has become one of the most talked about shows on television and the feedback from the audience has been fantastic.
"The programme is part of BBC TWO's drive to find fresh approaches to business programming and - along with Dragon's Den, which also gained momentum and impact throughout its first series - proves that audiences have a real hunger for programmes that reflect the cut and thrust of the business world in exciting new formats."
Jane Lush, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning, says: "I'm thrilled that this mix of business and entertainment has captured the imagination of the audience who would never normally choose a programme centred around the skills of business, watercooler TV at its best.
"A second series promises more firing, inspiring and eventually hiring for a fresh bunch of would-be entrepreneurs battling in the boardroom to survive the longest job interview in their lives."
Daisy Goodwin, Editorial Director, Talkback and Executive Producer of The Apprentice, says: "I'm delighted that the series has been recommissioned.
"It's a triumph for entertainment programming with real content and proves that audiences want more than just wall to wall celebrity.
"It's good news for people who want to learn about business and I hope it inspires as much as it entertains.
"We're very lucky to have such a highly charismatic figure in Sir Alan Sugar who has, over the weeks, become somewhat of a national treasure."
The Apprentice is a Talkback production for BBC TWO.
Executive Producer: Daisy Goodwin. Series Editor: Peter Moore.
The Apprentice is based on the hit series devised by Mark Burnett.