When is The Apprentice 2017 back on TV? Who are the candidates? Is Lord Sugar returning? Everything you need to know

The Apprentice 2017 is returning to BBC1 – here's everything you need to know about Lord Sugar's latest series

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The Apprentice 2017 air date and time has been confirmed. Find out when Lord Sugar is returning to BBC1.

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When is The Apprentice 2017 going to be on TV?

BBC1 has confirmed that the new series will be released on 4th October 2017 at 9pm.

Is Lord Sugar going to be in the new series?

Very much so. The mogul is back to break in a new batch of business wannabes.

Who else is joining Lord Sugar?

Karen Brady and Claude Littner will be back by Lord Sugar’s side. Brady revealed to Radio Times ahead of the new series that she insisted on equal pay with her colleague Claude.

Addressing the furore over the BBC’s gender pay gap, she said, “Most shocking was the disparity between men and women effectively doing the same job.

“Emily…what’s her name? From Newsnight. Yes, Maitlis. She wasn’t on the list but her counterpart, Evan Davis, is on almost double. Gary Linekar earns £1.8 million, while his female equivalent, Clare Balding, is on £199,000. He is not overpaid; she is shockingly underpaid. A lot of the men should be forcing the BBC to pay more.”

Who are The Apprentice 2017 candidates?

The first photos of the new candidates have been revealed. Check out the group shot below, and watch all their cringeworthy audition videos here.

Back row (left to right): James White, Ross Fretten, Jeff Wan, Andrew Brady Middle row: 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 Front row: Danny Grant, Harrison Jones
Back row (left to right): James White, Ross Fretten, Jeff Wan, Andrew Brady
Middle row: 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
Front row: Danny Grant, Harrison Jones

Is there a trailer yet?

Nope, just a rubbish gif of Lord Sugar’s finger pointing to the future.

What is the first Apprentice challenge?

The candidates are challenged to design and manufacture their own burgers to sell to the public in London. We’re feeling queasy already…

What has the 2016 Apprentice winner been up to since?

2016 winner Alana Spencer told us she’s been in constant contact with Lord Sugar since the show finished.

She’s set up her new company Ridiculously Rich producing handcrafted cakes and baking subscriptions, and Sugar’s doing his best to use his social media pulling power to push the brand.

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Is the Bridge Cafe still in The Apprentice?

We do hope so… We could do with a cuppa before the new series starts.