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The Apprentice, Series 8 Episode 1 of 14

Duration: 1 hour

Sixteen candidates begin their fight for one life-changing opportunity - a quarter of a million pounds to start up a business with Lord Sugar as their partner.

In the first task, the boys compete against the girls. Each team must buy blank goods, add value by printing a design onto them and then sell them from stalls on the streets of London. It is a test of the candidates' creativity, marketing and salesmanship.

First stop is a warehouse full of blank products, where the teams can purchase anything from tee-shirts and toys to bags and baby grows. Next, they must come up with money-spinning designs. One team gets creative with cute kids' clothes, while the other plays it safe with Union Jacks on teddies for tourists.

Having to hand-print hundreds of products by midnight piles on the pressure, resulting in messed-up merchandise, and figuring out the financials is almost forgotten.

Both teams have one day to sell their stock, and the race is on to bring back the biggest profit to the boardroom. Punters are put off by poorly-printed products and overzealous selling, and the bitching, backbiting and blaming begins.

In the boardroom, one candidate's dream of going into business with Lord Sugar comes to an abrupt end when they are the first to hear the words 'You're fired'.

Last on

Wed 28 Mar 2012 02:35 BBC One Scotland only

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Credits

Participant
Lord Sugar
Participant
Lord Sugar
Participant
Nick Hewer
Participant
Nick Hewer
Participant
Karren Brady
Participant
Karren Brady
Executive Producer
Michele Kurland
Executive Producer
Michele Kurland
Executive Producer
Peter Moore
Executive Producer
Peter Moore
Series Producer
Cate Hall
Series Producer
Cate Hall

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