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Lord Sugar reveals October return for The Apprentice

Published 17/07/2016

Lord Sugar will be hiring and firing The Apprentice contenders in an October return for the BBC series
Lord Sugar will be hiring and firing The Apprentice contenders in an October return for the BBC series

Lord Sugar has said The Apprentice will return to the BBC in October.

The 69-year-old entrepreneur was asked for the start date of the business-based reality series by a fan on Twitter.

"October," he tweeted in response.

The BBC has not yet confirmed precisely when the 12th series will begin.

A heavy sporting summer with Euro 2016 and the 2016 Olympics has resulted in a busy BBC One schedule - and another autumn broadcast for the popular show.

In 2015 The Apprentice launched in October to avoid a clash with May's general election.

Lord Sugar was granted a life peerage by then prime minister Gordon Brown in 2009.

Appointed as a business tsar, he recently campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU.

This autumn, Lord Sugar and aides Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner will once again put a number of candidates through their paces.

The contestants will compete to become Lord Sugar's new business partner and win a £250,000 investment.

Since Lord Sugar became a partner in the winning candidates' businesses, he has invested more than £1 million in varying ventures.

Plumbing business owner Joseph Valente was crowned the winner of The Apprentice in 2015.

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