When is The Apprentice on next? It’s starting sooner than you think!

Fans are wondering when is the new series of The Apprentice? It's been scheduled and will be on your television screens soon...

The Apprentice 2023 contestants with Lord Alan Sugar
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As the New Year gets underway with all the festive TV shows a thing of Christmas past, fans are looking to fill their vacant viewing schedules and are wondering when is The Apprentice on next?

The popular award-winning BBC reality business show, which is currently about to air its 17th series, is set to make a return to screens in 2023 after a highly anticipated wait. But fear not, as the show is coming back and its start date is sooner than you think.

Not only is the show back with a brand new set of 18 contestants but it's also returning to its Thursday night slot in the TV schedules - promising plenty of fireworks even after the New Year...

When is The Apprentice on next?

The Apprentice is next on Thursday 5th January 2023 at 9pm on BBC One and it will run each week for 12 weeks until the final and you can already see who won the show in 2022 .

With Lord Alan Sugar at the helm of the new season, he will have trusted advisor Baroness Karren Brady back by his side and, with Claude Littner not returning to the series, following his cycling accident.

Instead, entrepreneur and winner of the first-ever series, Tim Campbell MBE, will return - this time as Claude's permanent replacement to observe the candidates and their business acumen on the tasks.

There will be 18 new candidates competing to win a life-changing £250,000 investment in their business plus a 50/50 partnership with Lord Alan Sugar, the series launches with a challenge that is anything but plain sailing. And for those wondering where is The Apprentice house, the candidates will be staying in the same luxury mansion as last year.

This years' series kicks off with a once-in-a lifetime trip to the tropical island of Antigua in the Caribbean laid on by Lord Sugar, the candidates are split into teams as they’re tasked with creating, selling and running bespoke tours on the island. 

Meanwhile, comedian, writer, and actor Tom Allen returns as host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired, which will air each week on BBC Two  at 10pm - straight after the main show. Casting a wry eye over each week’s events, Tom will be joined by a host of celebrity fans and business professionals to dissect and debate the candidates progress through each task.

Over the years, Lord Sugar has invested close to a staggering £3million into winning pitches, and this year’s ambitious entrepreneurs will be doing their utmost to prove they mean business as they fight it out for the life-changing investment opportunity.

With competitive drive flaring and relationships being tested from the off, it’s time to find out who will sink and who will swim...

When does The Apprentice start?

Episode one of The Apprentice starts on Thursday 5th January 2022 at 9pm on BBC One. Lord Sugar is back and readier than ever to invest. But before he can decide on who will be his next business partner, the candidates will have to prove their worth in a number of ambitious challenges. The stakes are higher than ever as the 18 hopeful candidates will be whittled down over the next 12 weeks until only one remains.

To prove he means business, Lord Sugar summons the aspiring entrepreneurs to his boardroom where he kicks off proceedings with a task like no other!

Under the watchful eyes of Baroness Karren Brady and winner of The Apprentice series 1, Tim Campbell MBE, the candidates are thrown in at the deep end as they set sail from Portsmouth on board a luxury cruise ship. Their task; to create, sell and run bespoke tours on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

But Lord Sugar warns that for one unlucky candidate, they will be back on home soil before their postcard home has even arrived.

Back on dry land and in the boardroom, Lord Sugar is on the lookout for answers; as it’s man or woman overboard for one candidate when they’re the first to be told, “You’re Fired!”.

Who are The Apprentice winners to-date?

  • Series 1 = Tim Campbell
  • Series 2 = Michelle Dewberry
  • Series 3 = Simon Ambrose
  • Series 4 = Lee McQueen
  • Series 5 = Yasmina Siadatan
  • Series 6 = Stella English
  • Series 7 = Tom Pellereau
  • Series 8 = Ricky Martin
  • Series 9 = Leah Totten
  • Series 10 = Mark Wright
  • Series 11 = Joesph Valente
  • Series 12 = Alana Spencer
  • Series 13 = James White and Sarah Lynn
  • Series 14 = Sian Gabbidon
  • Series 15 = Carine Lepore
  • Series 16 = Harpreet Kaur
  • Series 17 = TBA

How can The Apprentice viewers get involved with the show?

The official website for The Apprentice will also host additional content for viewers to enjoy including weekly sneak peeks and highlights clips. BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson returns with his inimitable preview of this year’s business hopefuls in Meet the Candidates - which will be available to view from Tuesday 4th January on BBC iPlayer.

Fans will be able to share all the ups and downs of the series on social media using #TheApprentice, via Instagram (@apprenticeuk), Facebook (facebook.com/BBCApprentice) and Twitter (@bbcapprentice).

The Apprentice will air weekly on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One from 5th January 2022, followed by You’re Fired on BBC Two. Watch live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer.

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