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The Apprentice (UK)

The Apprentice (UK)

BBC One 2005

British reality competition that sees young entrepreneurs compete in several business tasks, attempting to survive the weekly firings in order to become the business partner of one of the most successful businessmen.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Apprentice (UK)

The Apprentice (UK) - S5E4

#1 - Episode 4 - Cosmetics


Season 5 - Episode 4

Week four of Sir Alan Sugars search for his apprentice. Sir Alan Sugar challenges the teams to set up their own cosmetics business.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S2E7

#2 - Episode 7 - Topshop


Season 2 - Episode 7

The eight survivors try to succeed in the world of fashion at Top Shop in Oxford Circus, London. With Sir Alan and Top Shop owner Phillip Green paying the candidates a surprise visit, how will they cope as they try to find a way to appeal to the teenage fashion market?

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S3E2

#3 - Episode 2 - Dog Accessory


Season 3 - Episode 2

With one candidate fired last week, the remaining 15 are given the task to design products for dogs. These ideas must then be presented to three pet stores. But will any of the stores approve of what Sir Alan's potential apprentices have to offer them?

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S7E10

#4 - Flip It


Season 7 - Episode 10

Called to a north London wholesale warehouse, the teams are met by a nostalgic Lord Sugar, who tells the teams that it was from places like this that he started out buying low to sell high. He gives both teams a pallet carrying 250 pounds' worth of wholesale goods. They must find out what sells best, then re-invest in those products. It is a simple exercise in following the money and increasing sales. The pallets contain cheap nodding dogs, pricey pressure washers, duvet sets, cut-price sunglasses, brollies, watches and more. The prospects for the task look good, and there are quick volunteers for the team leader roles. They have the whole of London to sell to: street markets, houses door-to-door, offices and maps to help find more. The trick is to match the products to the potential market, but some get it badly wrong, taking tacky stuff to snobby areas, or high-priced goods to East End pound shops. For some selling comes naturally, but for others it's a humiliating struggle. In the battle to sell, the teams start to forget the challenge. One team wantonly under-invests, while the other returns to buy an even wider range of products. Arguments about how best to accumulate cash spilt the candidates, leaving both teams in disarray. Lord Sugar nurses hopes for high returns, but in the boardroom they are dashed by dismal results. Turning on the losers, he vents his fury on their performance - particularly their logistics - and the backstabbing begins. In the end there is little to choose between the final three, then the decision is made and an emotional loser hears the words "You're fired!".

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S2E8

#5 - Episode 8 - Trade Sales


Season 2 - Episode 8

As the series enters the second half, Sir Alan arrives at the house to tell the contestants that they must sell goods to traders.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S1E10

#6 - Episode 10 - Shopping Channel


Season 1 - Episode 10

Fouteen candidates compete in tests to win the prize of a job with Sir Alan Sugar. The five remaining candidates try to sell wares on a TV shopping channel.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S2E5

#7 - Episode 5 - Advertising


Season 2 - Episode 5

The remaining ten candidates are given the task to promote a card that grants the bearer money for private jets. When they need a private jet, they use the card to show that they have the money.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S7E12

#8 - The Final


Season 7 - Episode 12

After eleven tasks, it's finally time for Lord Sugar to choose his business partner. The four finalists each have to face a gruelling interview process on their own. There is nowhere to hide as each of them is grilled by four of Lord Sugar's trusted business colleagues and advisors. Each candidate will also have their business ideas tested to destruction, as their plans for their business with Lord Sugar are put under the microscope. It's the ultimate test of character, as every aspect of their personal and professional lives is scrutinised and judged by the influential interviewers. After they have made their assessments, Lord Sugar's four advisors feed back their opinions and explain their verdicts to him in the boardroom. As the candidates take their turn to plead their case, three will have their dreams shattered as Lord Sugar delivers his final ruling on who will become his business partner.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S10E8

#9 - Country Show


Season 10 - Episode 8

The candidates attempt to crack the rural market at the Royal Bath and West show.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S5E3

#10 - Episode 3 - Fitness Product


Season 5 - Episode 3

This week the two teams have to create a new piece of portable gym equipment and create a poster advertising it. They then have to demonstrate the equipment. At the end of the show one of the candidates from the loosing show is fired by Sir Alan.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

The Apprentice (UK) - S5E12
#11 - Episode 12 - Chocolates
Season 5 - Episode 12

The two finalists have just three days to create and brand a new box of chocolates with original flavours before launching them to an audience of industry experts.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S8E8
#12 - Street Art
Season 8 - Episode 8

The eighth task starts with an early morning trip to Waterloo Station, but the teams are not going anywhere; underneath the railway arches is a big screen with a message from Lord Sugar. He tells the teams to take a look around; they are surrounded by graffiti, and this is what they will be selling next. The teams have one day to meet and convince up-and-coming urban artists that they are the right team to represent them in a one-off gallery sale.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S3E12
#13 - Episode 12 - Building Design
Season 3 - Episode 12

The final week and only two candidates remain in the compitition. With former colleagues coming back to help, or possibly hinder, the final task of the season is to plan and present ideas of what to do with a Β£120 million site that Sir Alan has recently bought. This time however, the final boardroom will reveal who has been hired.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S1E11
#14 - Episode 11 - Interviews
Season 1 - Episode 11

Fourteen candidates compete in tests to win the prize of a job with Sir Alan Sugar. With a place in the final at stake, the candidates must compete as individuals in a round of interviews.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S5E5
#15 - Episode 5 - Breakfast Cereal
Season 5 - Episode 5

The candidates are given the task of a new breakfast cereal with a brand identity including a name for the cereal, design for the box and film a TV campaign that will appeal both to the parents and the children.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S1E3
#16 - Episode 3 - List of Items to Buy
Season 1 - Episode 3

Twelve candidates are left in the running to become Sir Alan's apprentice. There's a change in the sexual chemistry as Sugar orders a re-shuffle to enable girls and boys to work together for the first time. The business task - buying goods at the lowest possible price - seems simple. Both teams have to buy the same items - a diamond, a bowler hat and a plate of jellied eels - for as little money as possible.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S3E10
#17 - Episode 10 - Shopping Channel
Season 3 - Episode 10

It's time for the candidates to practice their sales technique once more, as they have to sell live on TV to the public. However, this task is not as simple as it may seem, as the teams are also required to choose which specific products they want to sell. Who will sell, and who will make the worst cock-up?

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S3E7
#18 - Episode 7 - Ten Items to Buy
Season 3 - Episode 7

It's time to see how well the candidates can negotiate, as they have to buy ten items for the lowest amount of money. It may seem to be a relatively simple task, but Sir Alan has asked for one particular item that the teams may have to look extremely hard for.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S10E14
#19 - The Final and You're Hired
Season 10 - Episode 14

The two finalists must launch their businesses with the help of some former candidates.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
The Apprentice (UK) - S4E1
#20 - Episode 1 - Selling Fish
Season 4 - Episode 1

To start of the new season, Sir Alan sets the task in which two teams, separating into the girls and the boys, have to sell fish out on the streets of London. There was much talk of the boys' team splitting into two factions: the first of these contained Alex, Simon, Lee and Ian while the second consisted of Raef, Michael and Nicholas. Coverage was shown of all members of the boys' team; however, some members of the girls' team (notably Shazia, Lucinda and Jenny) had almost no coverage in this week's episode.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: jun 26, 2022

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