The Apprentice 2017

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About The Apprentice

Date: 26.09.2017     Last updated: 26.09.2017 at 09.31
  • BAFTA Award-winning business series, The Apprentice, has previously had twelve successful series as well as three series of the Young Apprentice.
  • As well as a wealth of loyal fans, The Apprentice has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards including a BAFTA in 2006 for Best Feature. It has also walked away with top TV gongs including accolades at the TV Choice Awards, National Reality Television Awards, BANFF World Media Festival Rockie Awards, BPG TV Awards and The Televisual Bulldog Awards, as well as nominations at the National Television Awards, BAFTA Craft Awards and BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. The show has also received a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for series six and a TV Choice Award for Best Reality Show for series seven. In 2012, Young Apprentice won a BAFTA in the Reality & Constructed Factual category.
  • Last year, the twelfth series of The Apprentice aired as 12 episodes on BBC One pulling in a series average of 7.1m (26.4%). The series peaked with an audience of 7.6m, and amongst 16-34s was BBC One’s fourth highest rating programme of 2016 (exc. sport & special events). Meet the Candidates attracted 1.3m views on iPlayer. Alana Spencer won the series.
  • Previous winners include inventor Tom Pellereau who, in his own words, started off the seventh series 2011 as a ‘naïve inventor’; his company now has a turnover of £1.5million. Leah Totton, who was successful in the ninth series in 2013, runs one of the UK’s leading cosmetic clinics, winning best cosmetic practice at the MyFaceMyBody Awards last year. Series 10 winner Mark Wright’s digital marketing agency ran a profit of over £800,000 this year and Ricky Martin runs a leading scientific recruitment consultancy about to reach its £10m revenue milestone. Alana Spencer, last year’s winner, has launched her own cake line, Ridiculously Rich. Together, as of July 2017, the previous winners of The Apprentice in partnership with Lord Sugar employ over 100 staff between them.
  • The memorable catchphrases from some of the candidates have put smiles on the faces of millions of viewers, including Ricky Martin’s “I truly am the reflection of perfection”, Jaz Ampaw-Farr’s “I’m half machine. I can process things at a speed that is out of this world!” and Stuart Baggs’ “I’m Stuart Baggs ‘The Brand’ - I’ve got a certain type of charisma.”
  • There have been two Comic Relief specials and one Sport Relief special of The Apprentice, all featuring stellar celebrity line ups. The Apprentice has spawned a number of columns and blogs in the national press and has been spoofed by comedians including French & Saunders, Charlie Brooker, Harry Hill and Dead Ringers.
  • In 2007, the BBC Two show Kombat Opera spoofed The Apprentice with Kombat Opera Presents... The Applicants. In 2009, renowned YouTube artist Cassette Boy created Cassette Boy vs The Apprentice, which has attracted over 6.2 million hits on YouTube to date.