The competition continues 9pm Wednesday 29th October, BBC1
What’s going to happen this episode?
This time, the final five candidates are summoned to Lord Sugar’s newly refurbished offices in the City of London. There they are joined by some of Lord Sugar’s closest associates, ready to put the candidates through their paces in a series of tough interviews, with each candidate going head to head with a business heavyweight in an attempt to prove their worth. There are tears, tantrums and turmoil, as confidence crumbles, egos are eradicated and business plans are pulverised, before heading back to the boardroom to face Lord Sugar once more.
It’s never a fair contest. The yearly ritual of candidates facing interviews from Lord Sugar’s “trusted advisers” tends to feel like a boxing card that pits big old brawlers against minnows.
In earlier series we would sometimes witness genuine knockout blows – exposing an outright lie on a CV or innumeracy under pressure – but these days the roughhousing is more restrained, even when questions drip with who-on-earth-do-you-think-you-are contempt. (Nothing, of course, can match Claude Littner dismembering Solomon Akhtar a few years back: “It’s a bloody disgrace!” etc.).
This year it’s an unlikely final five who come to face the music – but perhaps their business plans have hidden depths?
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.”
What has the 2016 Apprentice winner been up to since?