There's just one more day to go until we're back in Lord Sugar's boardroom, with The Apprentice continuing on BBC One tomorrow night.


Episode four will see the remaining Apprentice candidates take on the latest haggling task, descending on Brighton and Hove with the aim of buying nine specific items for the lowest price possible.

So far this season, there have been three firings as Kevin D’Arcy, Emma Browne and Gregory Ebbs wheeled their suitcases away, while Shannon Martin chose to quit the process in episode 2.

With 14 candidates still left in the competition, which team will impress Lord Sugar and who will be leaving the boardroom for good?

Read on for everything you need to know about Lord Sugar’s next search for a new business partner, including the start date and time, and this year's candidates.

When is the next episode of The Apprentice?

The next episode of The Apprentice is on BBC One on Thursday 26th January at 9pm.

The episode will also be available to stream live on BBC iPlayer or via catch-up.

This will be the fourth episode for season 17, and will see the two teams head to Brighton and Hove, where they'll need to acquire nine items and spend the least amount to win.

You can watch a clip below:

The Apprentice 2023 start date

The Apprentice started on Thursday 5th January 2023 at 9pm.

Episodes will air weekly on Thursdays at 9pm, and will be available to stream or by catch-up on BBC iPlayer.

On Thursday 10th November, the BBC announced the show's return, teasing the first task.

For the very first task, the candidates headed to Antigua. The candidates who weren't cast away returned the UK to face a host of equally tough challenges for the series ahead.

From creating their own cartoon, to the world of male beauty, from immersive events, to street food, our aspiring titans of industry will once again have to prove that they have what it takes.

Prior to the show’s two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Apprentice used to air on BBC One towards the end of the year, with previous winner Carina Lepore bagging Lord Sugar’s investment in December 2019.

We can expect lots more of the BBC show as we head into the future, with Sugar previously revealing that he has no plans to quit anytime soon with hopes to get the show to season 20.

He said: "First of all, I publicly stated that I really wanted to make it to 20 years. So this one is 16 and I’ve got four more to do to achieve that goal."

Joking that he'll keep going for as long as he possibly can, he added: "I've already worked out the final task in one of the series is to arrange my funeral, to see how well they'd arrange it and what kind of coffin they will get for me."

He continued: "I’m not going nowhere, and the programme’s going nowhere. Please enjoy this current season, which I’m sure you will, but I can assure you there’s going to be a lot more. While I’ve got health and strength in my body, I will carry on!”

Who are The Apprentice season 17 contestants?

The candidates for The Apprentice season 17
Meet the candidates for The Apprentice season 17 BBC

All 18 candidates have been confirmed for The Apprentice 2023.

The line-up is as follows:

  • Avi Sharma – City Banker from London
  • Bradley Johnson – Construction Company Director from North Yorkshire
  • Dani Donovan – Hair Salon Owner from Hertfordshire
  • Denisha Kaur Bharj – Financial Controller from Leicestershire
  • Joseph Phillips – Safari Guide in South Africa from Worcestershire
  • Mark Moseley – Pest Control Company Owner from London
  • Marnie Swindells – Court Advocate from London
  • Megan Hornby – Sweet Shop & Café Owner from East Yorkshire
  • Reece Donnelly – Theatre School Owner from Glasgow
  • Rochelle Anthony – Hair Salon & Academy Owner from Bedfordshire
  • Shazia Hussain – Technology Recruiter from London
  • Simba Rwambiwa – Senior Sales Representative from Birmingham
  • Sohail Chowdhary – Martial Arts School from Southampton
  • Victoria Goulbourne – Online Sweet Business from Merseyside

Former The Apprentice 2023 candidates:

  • Emma Browne – Senior Account Executive from County Kildare – Eliminated in Episode 1
  • Shannon Martin – Bridal Boutique Owner from West Yorkshire – Quit in Episode 2
  • Kevin D’Arcy – Accountant from Dublin – Eliminated in Episode 2
  • Gregory Ebbs – Online Antiques Marketplace Owner from Shropshire – Eliminated in Episode 3

The Apprentice season 17 trailer

The first trailer for The Apprentice season 17 was released on Friday 16th December 2022, giving us just a taste of what will be in store for the candidates this year.

Alongside shots of some stunning, sunny vistas, and a reminder that Claude's back in action this season, Lord Sugar reminds us and the candidates that the show offers "the opportunity of a lifetime" while promising that he's kicking things off "with the ultimate task".

You can watch the full trailer right here now:

Who are the advisors to Lord Sugar?

The Apprentice advisors Karren Brady and Tim Campbell with Lord Sugar
The Apprentice advisors Karren Brady and Tim Campbell with Lord Sugar. BBC

Baroness Karren Brady has been Lord Sugar's right-hand woman since 2010 when she took over for Margaret Mountford. She returned to the show for season 16, and was joined by the show's first ever winner Tim Campbell, who filled in for Claude Littner, as he recovered from a bike accident.

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While Littner recently revealed that he feels "well enough" to return to the Apprentice, Campbell will be one of Lord Sugar's main aides for season 17, with Brady returning to the show.

The BBC has confirmed that Claude will make an appearance for two episodes.

Can I apply to be on The Apprentice?

Unfortunately, applications are now closed for the show.

When the applications open again, you can find the form on the The Apprentice's official site.

What is the prize for winning The Apprentice?

As usual, the show's winning prize is a £250,000 business investment from Lord Sugar.

As well as the huge cash injection, Lord Sugar will also be on hand to guide the winner along the way and make their business into a real-life success!

Who won The Apprentice 2022?

Harpreet Kaur
Harpreet Kaur. BBC

Season 16 was won by dessert parlour owner Harpreet Kaur. She beat Kathryn Louise Burn in the final and secured £250,000 for her business, which she co-owns with her sister.

Following her win, The Apprentice's Harpreet Kaur revealed her sister isn't going anywhere, after previously telling Lord Sugar she'd remove her sister from the business if he only wanted to invest in her.

She said: "Obviously Lord Sugar couldn't see my sister, so it was a difficult decision for him, but at the end of the day, we've been running the company for six years and we've got it to the point it's at together.

"He's getting two for the price of one, so why would you not want that? She ain't going anywhere! We make an amazing team and we're going to be a powerhouse with Lord Sugar on board as well."

The Apprentice airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Thursdays at 9pm. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or Streaming Guide, or visit our dedicated Entertainment hub.


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