Tag Archives: The Apprentice

Two years ago, readership of my blog increased by a factor of twenty as I charted the highs and lows of a remarkable group of Apprentice candidates. Very quickly, it seemed to me that writing a weekly (sometimes twice a week) analysis was both fun and commercially valuable. So I repeated it with the next […]

In tonight�s Apprentice semi-final, Lord Sugar finally bowed to the inevitable.� And if it was inevitable, what can we possibly learn from it? The task was to create a range of �affordable luxury products�.� Excuse me, Lord Sugar� affordable to whom?� How much luxury?� On the face of it this is close to a tautology, […]

Well, we�re down to the final five candidates. At the end of my last blog, on Episode 10, I asked of each of them, �who are you?� Last night, we were able to see a short documentary about each one, so are a little closer to knowing the answers (even though Karren Brady herself made […]

I am working in France this week and unsure when I will get to see and comment on Episode 7. So, to tide you over, some humour�           This is an official BBC video made by Radio 1 presenter Matt Edmonson. It is a nice skit on last week�s Episode 6. […]

Two Roads Diverged� Once again, the cause of the losing team�s failure is absolutely clear � and once again, the same problem plagued both teams � and also, once again, Lord Sugar�s opening remarks presaged the key problem: it�s almost as if he knows what he�s talking about. Fancy that! But the response within each […]

A lot of Apprentice tasks require a considerable degree of creativity. It has always been thus for as long as I have been watching, and the past two weeks of series eight have both put it at the heart of the tasks. I expect many more like this, because this series, like the last, is […]

The broadcast date and names of the candidates have been announced for series 8 of BBC’s The Apprentice. The series starts at 9pm on Wednesday 21 March, on BBC1. Many other news websites are better places to find biographies of the candidates, and doubtless the gossip columnists will be starting work, looking for salacious material. […]

2012 The Apprentice: Series Eight The BBC has confirmed that the eighth series of “The Apprentice“�will be back on our TV screens late March, on BBC1. �It is likely that Lord Sugar will again be joined by�Karren Brady and Nick Hewer. The supporting BBC2 show, “You�re Fired”�is also likely to return to accompany it. In […]

Tom Pellereau was a worthy winner. �I couldn’t help spotting a great interview with Tom in today’s online Daily Telegraph. If you have followed the show and, like me, admired Tom’s performance, you will enjoy the interview with Chris Harvey. �If you did not think much of Tom, then maybe this will start to change […]

After 13 episodes (11 tasks, plus two “specials”), the Final Four candidates at last got a chance to present their business ideas, and meet Lord Sugar’s interviewers. I don’t know about you, but it was a tense time on the Clayton sofa. �I expect there are 9 million or more opinions about the outcome and […]

Tomorrow’s Apprentice will whittle the final five into the four finalists, who will go forward to the interviews. Which means we are nearly at the end, and nearly at the end of the business lessons to learn – although doubtless there will be a couple tomorrow as the candidates set up their fast food trading […]

Last night’s show looked at the backgrounds of the final five candidates. Whilst I am as interested as anyone, I do not want to comment on how I perceive the candidates personally, outside the four walls of my own home. Instead, I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the chances each of them […]

In tonight’s episode, the last six was whittled down to the final five, and I stop being even handed and start expressing an opinion about the candidates. Let’s remember what this series is about: finding a business partner to start a business with Lord Sugar. �So Lord Sugar stripped it down to fundamentals, because he […]