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  • Aired2009
  • NetworkBBC One
  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Runtime60 minutes
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The Apprentice sees fourteen candidates, competing against each other for a position at Lord Alan Sugar's company. Each week the candidates take part in a task set by Lord Sugar. Each team will have a Team Leader who managers that group for that task. The team that performs the best will win a reward and avoid the boardroom. The losing team will be summoned to the boardroom where their team leader will be forced to pick two people in their team who we join them in the boardroom and a chance to be fired. After twelve weeks Lord Sugar will be left with his Apprentice, who will work for him at a salary of £100,000. Lord Sugar is very busy so he has Nick and Karen, who act as his eyes and ears, to inform him of what's going on.

5x01 Episode 1 - Scrubbing Up


The sixteen new candidates meet Sir Alan for the first time and receive their challenge. They have to start cleaning companies and make as much money as possible. At the end of the show the first of the hoepfuls is fired.

5x02 Episode 2 - Catering


After a punishing first task, there is no let-up for the candidates, as Sir Alan challenges them to set up a catering service for busy professionals in the City of London. In tough economic times, the teams must agree a distinctive identity to stand out from the competition and win new customers.

5x03 Episode 3 - Fitness Product


This week the two teams have to create a new piece of portable gym equipment and create a poster advertising it. They then have to demonstrate the equipment. At the end of the show one of the candidates from the loosing show is fired by Sir Alan.

5x04 Episode 4 - Cosmetics


Week four of Sir Alan Sugars search for his apprentice. Sir Alan Sugar challenges the teams to set up their own cosmetics business.

5x05 Episode 5 - Breakfast Cereal


The candidates are given the task of a new breakfast cereal with a brand identity including a name for the cereal, design for the box and film a TV campaign that will appeal both to the parents and the children.

5x06 Episode 6 - Selling Bric-a-brac


The candidates are tasked with taking a collection of items given to them by Sir Alan Sugar and selling them for the most proffit.

5x08 Episode 8 - Marketing Margate


Alan Sugar sends the candidates to Margate on the Kent coast, where they are challenged to produce an eye-catching series of posters and leaflets designed to attract tourists to the seaside resort. They then have to pitch their campaigns to tourism industry experts, residents and dignitaries, with one of the losing team members ending up in the firing line

5x09 Episode 9 - Baby Trade Show


The teams interview suppliers of baby equipment, select two products, and sell them on to a potential 10,000 customers at the country's biggest baby show.

5x10 Episode 10 - Shopping Channel


The teams must select products which they believe will sell the best during an hour of live television. They must then sell these on-screen themselves.

5x11 Episode 11 - Interviews


There's no place to hide as the final five candidates face four of Sir Alan's trusted advisors in face-to-face interviews.

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