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The Apprentice: What time does it start and who are the contestants?

Eighteen candidates are suited, booted and ready to face Lord Sugar

There’s not long to go now until we hear those two immortal words on The Apprentice once more: ‘You’re fired!”

Lord Sugar returns with aides Karren Brady and Claude Littner to judge this year’s 18 entrepreneurs in a bid to find himself a new business partner.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new series:

What time is it on and how can I watch it?

Catch The Apprentice from 9pm on BBC1 every Thursday, starting on 6 October (we'll be live blogging the launch). The shows are followed by You’re Fired on BBC2, hosted this series by Rhod Gilbert instead of Jack Dee. Head over to iPlayer if you have other evening plans.

Who are the candidates?

This year’s 18 candidates include 31-year-old Grainne McCoy, a makeup studio owner from Newry in Northern Ireland, Jessica Cunningham, owner of an online fashion company, Essex boy Courtney Wood and IT consulting company owner Karthik Nagesan, who claims that if he wanted to be like everyone else, he’d “have waxed [his] monobrow”. Really, with a motto like that, the other contestants are barely worthy of consideration. Hire the monobrow Sugar!

What is the first challenge?

The new series’ first task will test the candidates’ skills in negotiation and selling, with each team attempting to spot the rough diamonds among a stash of antiques and collectibles. 

Other tasks to expect throughout the series will see candidates devise an advertising campaign for jeans, manufacture a range of sweets, design virtual reality games and host “late night opening” events at well-known attractions.

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What does the winner get?

The winner secures Sugar’s £250,000 investment into their start-up plan and will work with him as a business partner.

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