The Ap­pren­tice

WEDNESDAY 4 Oct, 9.00pm BBC1 En­ter­tain­ment

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Another bunch of en­tre­pre­neur­ial wannabes, all with their unique foibles, hang-ups and an­noy­ing traits, try to im­press Lord Su­gar and his side­kicks Kar­ren Brady and Claude Lit­tner to avoid be­ing fired and make it through each round un­til the fi­nal. Their first task is to de­sign and launch a burger range. Will they rel­ish it?

Lord Su­gar is ruth­lessly root­ing through Bri­tain’s best po­ten­tial busi­ness part­ners once more in the 13th se­ries of

The Ap­pren­tice as he as­sesses which of 18 bud­ding en­trepreneurs should se­cure his £250,000 in­vest­ment.

Meaty start

Thank­fully, his trusted aides Kar­ren Brady and Claude Lit­tner will shadow the can­di­dates through ev­ery task, kick­ing off with an open­ing chal­lenge that sees them cre­ate and launch a range of burg­ers...

‘They get their teeth into the fast food in­dus­try to make and sell burg­ers to hun­gry Lon­don­ers,’ says Kar­ren. ‘It’s a test of cre­ative skill and how to sell for a profit.’

Later tasks see the can­di­dates run­ning doggy day care, sell­ing ro­bots and re­fur­bish­ing bed­rooms in a top ho­tel.

‘There’s no ac­count­ing for taste be­cause the rooms they de­signed didn’t even look one star,’ laughs Kar­ren, who also fol­lowed a team as they ran walk­ing tours in Bruges. ‘They were mea­sur­ing things on a map with a biro not a ruler so you can imag­ine what hap­pens!’

How­ever, Claude and Kar­ren are quick to pull up a can­di­date who steps out of line.

‘There was a bad row be­tween the girls this year and I didn’t like that,’ fumes Kar­ren. ‘There’s no place for that sort of be­hav­iour in busi­ness.’

Lord Su­gar’s lieu­tenants… Kar­ren and Claude

Take three… Hope­fuls El­liot, Jade and Joanna

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