THE Apprentice is back and another set of hopeful candidates are about to do battle in the boardroom.
Comedian Rhod Gilbert is back with spin-off show You’re Fired. Here’s all you need to know…
What is The Apprentice: You’re Fired and when is it on?
The Apprentice: You’re Fired is the spin-off show to the BBC’s business based reality show, The Apprentice.
It sees host Rhod Gilbert and a panel of celebrity guests and business experts recap and dissect the latest episode and interview the fired contestant.
The 2016 series would always begin with host Rhod Gilbert kicking off the show with a sketch known as Apprentice News.
The Apprentice: You’re Fired airs on Wednesday night’s on BBC Two at 10pm, immediately after the main show.
It’s then available to watch on demand via the BBC iPlayer service.
Who is Rhod Gilbert, host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired?
Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert took over hosting duties for The Apprentice: You’re Fired last year and is back for the latest series.
Rhod can often be seen making guest appearances on shows including 8 Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown, The One Show, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.
The 48-year-old Welsh native is currently working on a documentary about shyness.
The Apprentice: You’re Fired was previously hosted by Adrian Chiles (2006 – 2009), Dara O Briain (2010 – 2014) and Jack Dee (2015).
Can I apply for tickets to The Apprentice: You’re Fired?
The Apprentice: You’re Fired features a studio audience and you can be in the studio.
Applications are taken via the show’s official website.
The Apprentice: You’re Fired is filmed at The London Studios and you must be over the age of 18 to attend.
How does The Apprentice work and who has won it recently?
Each series of The Apprentice begins with ten contestants – five men and five women, claiming to be the cream of entrepreneurial talent – being shoved into a posh house in London.
Then once a week they are woken up early, sent to a mystery location and split into two teams, with one of Lord Sugar’s aids spying on each.
The teams are given identical tasks and must assign a team leader and other roles before getting down to work.
As the teams compete against each other to see who can, usually, make the most dough, weaknesses inevitably appear in the teams’ infrastructures.
Sometimes their tasks last a day, sometimes they last longer – all we know is that at the end, one of the contestants from the losing team “will get fired.”
The episodes culminate in a nail-biting boardroom meeting, with Lord Sugar and his aids announcing the winning team, who are sent off to enjoy a prize.
After a tough discussion with the losing gang, Lord Sugar tells the team leader to bring back two people to the boardroom, and at least one of those three ends up getting sent home in a black cab.
“Fired” contestants are brought back to help in the final tasks.
The overall series winner is the contestant who survives until the end – and impresses Lord Sugar with their business idea.
Before the competitors reach that stage they must have a terrifying job interview with business experts, who pick their CVs apart like a plate of nachos.
The most recent winners have been Alana Spencer, Joseph Valente, Mark Wright, Leah Totton and Ricky Martin.
Who is on the show’s board with Lord Sugar?
Lord Sugar needs “ears and eyes” on the ground during each week’s tasks.
He used to be helped by silver-tongued Nick Hewer and uber-shrewd Margaret Mountford.
But after legal aid Margaret left in 2009, West Ham CEO Karren Brady took over the role.
Then, in 2014, PR guru Nick left The Apprentice, and Claude Littner stepped into replace him after years acting as one of the official interviewers during the CV round.
This year, Karen and Claude will both return to the show to spot exactly who’s not pulling their socks up in the weekly tasks.
Who are the 2017 The Apprentice contestants?
The following people have been selected as the new contestants for this series:
- James White
- Ross Fretten
- Jeff Wan
- Andrew Brady
- Jade English
- Sarah Lynn
- Charles Burns
- Bushra Shaikh
- Sarah-Jayne Clark
- Michaela Wain
- Siobhan Smith
- Joanna Jarjue
- Anisa Topan
- Elliot Van Emden
- Elizabeth McKenna
- Sajan Shah
- Danny Grant
- Harrison Jones