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

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

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What time is The Apprentice on TV?

The competition continues 9pm Wednesday 29th October, BBC1

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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?

Review by David Butcher

Who are The Apprentice 2017 candidates?

Check out the group shot below, and watch all their cringe-worthy 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 Lord Sugar going to be in the next episode?

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.”

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?

Yes, yes it is. You can find out how to visit it here.