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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
9:59 pm
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Nothing inherently spoilerish, but the comments may end up being spoilerish.
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
11:20 am
At last!
The Apprentice starts next Wednesday. They have just released the details of all the candidates.


I must admit I have been getting a bit over-excited about it this year. The episodes must have been filmed ages ago now, so how does it work? Is the final yet to be filmed, or is it already decided? I always find it astonishing that there are no leaks.
Monday, October 26th, 2009
4:39 pm
If anyone's interested, I've just noticed that a new series of the USA show starts on BBC at 11.20 tonight. There are two episodes showing back-to-back, which suggests it might be all over the schedule whenever there's a gap to fill.
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
9:11 am
Margaret - you're not fired...

(don't read if you don't want her recap of what will happen tomorrow night, however, cut and pasted so you don't have to check, there is the following)

Speaking of news, I have some of my own: this will be my last series on The Apprentice.

I have really enjoyed making the series and it will be a real wrench to say goodbye. But making The Apprentice takes up a large chunk of time each year, and that’s time I could, indeed should, be spending on my studies: I am working on a PhD in papyrology at University College London, studying documents found in Egypt and written in ancient Greek. I have not made nearly as much progress as I would like over the last few years – and I want to finish my degree before I need a Zimmer frame to get up on the platform to receive it. Unfortunately The Apprentice is just too much of a distraction: I must get on! So I decided a while ago that I would not do another series.

When we made the first series of The Apprentice for BBC Two in 2004/5, we had no idea how popular it would be or how long it would run. I thought it would just be a one-off… Yet here we are five series later, and the show just seems to get better and more popular in its new home on BBC One. It has been a great experience, including meeting the people whose expertise contributes to the weekly tasks, from architects to fishmongers.

I never had any desire for fame or TV stardom, but I’ve enjoyed discovering the world of making television, and all the very hard-working people in it – the runners, cameramen and sound guys work incredibly long hours and are always patient and cheerful. In particular, I’d like to thank three of the senior production team – Michele Kurland, Colm Martin and Andy Devonshire – for making it such a pleasure. I mustn’t forget the long-suffering make-up artist, Mandy Furlonger – unfortunately, I do tend to squeal when someone else tries to put make-up on me. And I will miss being part of the Nick ’n’ Margaret combination (he likens it to fruit and nut!).

And finally, of course, there’s Sir Alan. Working with him over the years in a variety of business contexts, and latterly on The Apprentice, has been a fantastic experience. Sir Alan has known for a long time that this series would be my last, and this hasn’t affected our friendship in the slightest. I shall miss working with him, and I would like to wish him – and his new apprentice, whoever she may be – all the very best.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
6:58 pm
Just in case anybody here's one of the three or so people who hasn't seen this yet:

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
10:00 pm
Hooray, it's the shopping channel task next week!
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
11:41 pm
Friday, May 1st, 2009
9:27 pm
Love Me Tender
I liked it when S'ralan went mental in defence of Nick. I bet he would have been less angry if someone insulted his WIFE.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
10:39 am
to recap
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Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that I agree wholeheartedly with the Watch With Mothers take on it. As usual.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
10:02 pm
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
9:27 pm
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
7:31 pm
Mmm, hot canopies!

Also, has Kimberly actually done anything at all yet?
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
9:08 pm
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
10:14 am
watch with mothers
If you like reading other people's in-depth reviews of things, I can recommend Watch With Mothers (syndicated at watchwithmother). Here's their recap of last night's Apprentice:

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
9:15 pm
I can hardly breathe with the tension of it all. I have already gotten on the wrong side of my boyfriend by throwing a banana and tub of yoghurt at him whilst shouting "that's dessert, shut up ffs!"

He's got another 12 weeks of this...
8:50 pm
First episode liveblog
So, here we are 5 minutes from the start and the tension is literally unbearable. Having looked at the form and I'm making an early prediction of Ben to go first as he has the right combination of cockiness and probably being a bit crapness.

So, as Waterloo Road draws painfully slowly to be a close, there's just time for me to type "seems like a bit of a tosser" so that I can copy it ready to Ctrl-V every time I see someone new and we're nearly ready to begin!

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And over to BBC2 for You're Fired it is...
10:50 am
Don't forget, it's the new series tonight. Here's a reminder of this year's losers you can't imagine ever having had a job, much less being a success in one top young go-getters, ready to take over the world.

I plan to liveblog this here tonight, unless I forget, so please join me then. And if you don't plan to watch live, you might want to avoid that post until you've watched it. Don't worry, I'll put it behind a cut. Unless I forget.

Now, get reading about the competitors. There'll be a test later.
10:36 am

Knowing nothing about the contestants other than what's available at the link ruudboy has posted, I am going to pick my top three nao.

3. Yasmina Siadatan: "Business is about a simple formula. Make more than you spend. That's what I do, I keep business simple and it works. I'm good at it." <--yes, it's simple! Simple!

2. Philip Taylor: "Business is the new rock 'n' roll and I'm Elvis Presley" <--yes, he looks it, doesn't it?

1. Paula Jones: "I am the girl with a plan. I have great wit and strength of character, and I am resilient to the core." <--It's all about Paula Jones, because HER NAME IS PAULA JONES!

I once spent an evening drinking with the original Paula Jones and so I am taking this as a sign.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
6:03 pm
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
10:41 am
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