The Apprentice (UK series three)
|The Apprentice UK|
Series Three of The Apprentice (UK) was a television series which aired in the UK, moving from BBC Two, to BBC One. The series began on 28 March 2007 and finished on 13 June 2007, with Simon Ambrose as the winner. Ambrose's prize was to work on a project to develop a hotel and golfing complex near London Stansted Airport, whilst training as a chartered surveyor.
Sir Alan Sugar reprised his role as the boss with Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford as his advisors. This series attracted 10,000 applicants and promised "tougher tasks and better people" than before, however Sir Alan believed that the show was morphing into "Big Brother". Sugar also criticised the US version for making the error of "trying to change things just for the sake of it", causing it to backfire.
Two 90-minute specials were aired during the series run. The first programme was titled The Apprentice: Beyond the Boardroom and featured information about the personal lives of each of the semi-finalists. The second, The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them, featured Sugar revealing why he chose to remove each candidate from the programme.
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Weekly results
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Criticism and controversy
- 5 Related programmes
- 6 Aftermath
- 7 Ratings
- 8 References
- 9 External links
|Candidate||Background||Original team||Age||Result||Record as project manager|
|Simon Ambrose||Internet Entrepreneur||Eclipse||27||Hired by Sugar||1-1 (win in week 7 & loss in week 10)|
|Kristina Grimes||Pharmaceutical Sales Manager||Stealth||36||Runner-up||2-0 (win in week 5 and 10)|
|Katie Hopkins||Global Brand Consultant||Stealth||31||Quit in week 11||2-0 (win in week 2 and 9)|
|Tre Azam||Marketing and Design Consultant||Eclipse||27||Fired in week 11||1-1 (win in weeks 3 & loss in week 9)|
|Lohit Kalburgi||Telecoms Manager||Eclipse||25||Fired in week 11
||1-0 (win in week 6)|
|Naomi Lay||Advertising Sales Manager||Stealth||26||Fired in week 10
||0-1 (loss in week 3)|
|Jadine Johnson||Financial adviser||Stealth||27||Fired in week 9||2-0 (win in week 1 and 8)|
|Ghazal Asif||Business Development Manager||Stealth||23||Fired in week 8||1-1 (win in week 4 & loss in week 8)|
|Adam Hosker||Car Sales Manager||Eclipse||27||Fired in week 7||0-2 (loss in week 4 and 7)|
|Paul Callaghan||Ex-British Army Lieutenant||Eclipse||27||Fired in week 6||0-1 (loss in week 6)|
|Natalie Wood||Housewife||Stealth||29||Fired in week 5||0-1 (loss in week 5)|
|Sophie Kain||Quantum Physicist||Stealth||32||Fired in week 4|
|Gerri Blackwood||Transport Development Manager||Stealth||33||Fired in week 3|
|Rory Laing||Bankrupt Entrepreneur||Eclipse||28||Fired in week 2||0-1 (loss in week 2)|
|Iftikhar "Ifti" Chaudhri||Company Director||Eclipse||33||Fired in week 2|
|Andy Jackson||Car Sales Manager||Eclipse||36||Fired in week 1||0-1 (loss in week 1)|
For this series, there were sixteen candidates instead of fourteen, as seen in the previous two series. The candidates were initially separated into two teams by gender. The women chose the name Stealth for their team, while the men named their team Eclipse. Three candidates - Ifti, Gerri and Sophie - never had the chance to be project manager.
The candidates were:
* as of the date of the programme.
- The candidate was on the winning team (or, in Week 11, managed to avoid being fired.)
- The candidate was on the losing team.
- The candidate was hired and won The Apprentice.
- The candidate was the runner-up.
- The candidate won as project manager on his/her team.
- The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team.
- The candidate was brought to the final boardroom.
- The candidate was fired.
- The candidate lost as project manager and was fired.
- The candidate left the competition.
- Stealth: Andy (Project Manager), Sophie, Gerri, Naomi, Katie, Kristina, Natalie and Ghazal.
- Eclipse: Jadine (Project Manager), Tre, Paul, Rory, Adam, Ifti, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Sell coffee in Islington. The team that makes the most profit wins.
- Task Review: Both teams decided to split up into two, with one half maintaining a fixed coffee stand and the other half staffing a mobile coffee van. Eclipse made a good start despite some initial purchasing blunders whilst Stealth struggled to sell by placing their van in an area already served by many low-price coffee outlets. Whilst both teams sold well, Stealth failed to make a large profit as a result of buying too much stock, milk in particular. As a result, Eclipse made far better work.
- Result: Eclipse had a profit of £360.97, while Stealth had a profit of £111.92.
- Winner: Eclipse - By £249.05
- Reward: A trip to the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.
- Brought into the boardroom: Andy, Gerri and Sophie.
- Fired: Andy - For his hands-off approach as a leader, allowing major errors to be made (Gerri providing a poor location and Sophie overspending on stock), and for not being to lead a simple task.
- The Apprentice: You're Fired! panel: Sahar Ashemi, Ruth Badger and Mark Frith.
- The night before the task, the teams were instructed to choose project managers and come up with team names. While Jadine immediately volunteered to lead the women, none of the men particularly wanted to be project manager; they eventually narrowed it down to Adam and Andy, who had the most sales experience, and votes as a group that Andy should lead. On the day of the task, Sir Alan had the project managers change teams. There would ultimately not be any point in this series where both teams were made up exclusively of men or women, making this the only UK Apprentice series never to have a "battle of the sexes". Sir Alan also told the boys to change the team name after their original name (Certus) was found to be the name of a company that Tre had previously worked for, so they became Eclipse.
- During the task, Jadine insisted on branding her team's name on their cart and van, to stand out from the other vendors, and openly berated several members of the team who she felt were failing to properly emphasise the Eclipse brand. Sir Alan, however criticized it, claiming it would had little effect since it wasn't as well known.
- Early in the task, Jadine decided to pull Simon and Tre away from a highly lucrative sales area. While she correctly identified that they were on a red route and would have been fined for overstaying their allowed time, Tre pointed out that they still had ten minutes left before they had to move. As a result, he butted heads with Jadine for the rest of the task.
- In the boardroom, Jadine claimed that several members of the team (implying Tre in particular) were unwilling to be led by a woman. Sir Alan told her that regardless of whether or not that claim was true, attacking her team members before the task result was even announced was a bad idea.
- Prior to his decision Sir Alan told the three candidates were to blame for the loss, bur ultimately decided that Andy's poor leadership and failing to lead such a simple task made him unworthy to continue. After his firing, Andy pleaded with Sir Alan to change his decision, without success; Sir Alan had to tell him twice that he was fired.
- Stealth: Katie (Project Manager), Sophie, Gerri, Naomi, Kristina, Natalie and Ghazal.
- Eclipse: Rory (Project Manager), Tre, Jadine, Paul, Adam, Ifti, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Design an innovative dog product and pitch it to three retailers. Most sale from orders, wins.
- Task Review: Stealth decided to focus their efforts on pitching their dog wardrobe to the largest store, Pets at Home. In Eclipse, Rory went against his team members' advice, and market research, to design a dog-owner utility belt. His autocratic leadership style (even as going as far to threaten to send team-members out for over-talking and wanting everyone to take off their jackets to show who was boss) irritated his team further; Tre in particular took offence. Ultimately, Eclipse took the lead with orders adding up to from Pets and the City and Harrods, whilst Stealth didn't get any orders. However, the tide turned with Pets at Home as Stealth got orders, while Eclipse got none at all.
- Result: Eclipse made £565, while Stealth made £5,000
- Winner: Stealth - By £4,435.
- Reward: A luxury meal at The Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair.
- Brought into the boardroom: Rory, Tre and Ifti.
- Fired (at start of final boardroom): Ifti, with regret - For not contributing anything despite his product design background, and admitting being unable to focus due to missing his family.
- Fired (at end of final boardroom): Rory - For his dictatorial leadership style, designing a poor product, ignoring the research team's advice, and attempting to evade responsibility for the loss by deflecting the blame to Tre's questioning of his decisions.
- Stealth's revenue out-grossed Eclipse's by a factor of 8.8:1 in the task, making it the biggest victory in the history of the UK version of The Apprentice at the time.
- This was the first time that a double firing took place (before the interviews), following an alteration to the show's format that enabled multiple firings, which were previously not an option for Sir Alan. This change was in part motivated the previous series; Sir Alan commented in his column in that week's Daily Mirror that under the previous format of the show he would have been forced to either keep Ifti despite his clear lack of motivation to carry on, or Rory despite his terrible performance as team leader. Sir Alan fired Ifti as soon as the final boardroom began, before informing Rory and Tre that the boardroom would continue as normal, and a second firing would take place.
- Tre was very critical of Rory's performance, and was shown to have little respect for his leadership in the task. Although Sir Alan warned Tre about his behaviour, he didn't hold him responsible for the team's loss, and saw no reason whatsoever to keep Rory, who did not help his case by getting tongue-tied in the boardroom, and doing such a weak job of defending himself that Sir Alan had to ask Tre to keep quiet in order to let Rory speak in his own defence.
- This task and its failings were shown on the spin-off episode "The Worst Decisions Ever" with guests criticising Rory's leadership heavily and his product even more-so, saying "such an item doesn't exist because nobody needs it" whilst Tre's criticism of the belt went as far as saying he didn't think "it was safe to walk around looking like a terrorist when you're walking your dog".
- Stealth: Naomi (Project Manager), Sophie, Jadine, Gerri, Kristina, Natalie and Ghazal.
- Eclipse: Tre (Project Manager), Paul, Adam, Katie, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Starting with £200, generate profit through whatever means. Most profit made, wins.
- Task Review: Eclipse started a gardening business in the day and a pub-singing service in the evening whilst Stealth set up a face painting service for children in the day and a kiss-o-gram service in the evening, with a kiss and a hug for £1. Jadine, Gerri and Ghazal all refused to participate as kiss-o-grams. Both teams got off to a slow start, though Stealth lost a lot of custom by not managing their location properly, which was blamed on Gerri. Back in the boardroom, Stealth were effectively accused of prostitution by Sir Alan after selling kisses on the streets of London, which he described as being like "another old profession I've heard about". Although Tre's leadership style was highly aggressive, Eclipse did far better.
- Result: Eclipse had a profit of £189, while Stealth had a profit of £65.
- Winner: Eclipse - By £124.
- Reward: A night out in a Cuban bar and restaurant in London.
- Brought into the boardroom: Naomi, Jadine and Gerri.
- Fired: Gerri - For a massive lack of contribution in all tasks to date and fouling up the choice of location on two of them, admitting she was "biding her time" before putting in a full effort, and for being a slow starter who failed to step up.
- The teams were given a list of 200 business ideas which had been approved by the Richmond council and that they were allowed to choose from.
- The only Stealth members who were actually willing to give out kisses were Kristina and Natalie, causing Sir Alan to point out how ridiculous it was for the team to choose to run a business that five of the seven team members weren't willing to take part in.
- Jadine believed Naomi was not a good leader and openly questioned her decisions at several points in the task. Sir Alan actually agreed that Naomi had been an extremely poor project manager, but told Jadine that it was no excuse for her behaviour, which suggested she had little respect for fellow competitors; she had already been warned for attacking her team-mates without good reason in the first week. Sir Alan ultimately kept Jadine for her potential, but warned her a repeat of such behaviour would end in dismissal.
- Naomi was told that she had been lucky to survive, as Sir Alan considered her almost totally at fault for the loss. However, it was noted that Naomi was at least a hard worker, whereas Gerri seemed content to stay in the background.
- Stealth: Ghazal (Project Manager), Tre, Jadine, Paul, Naomi and Kristina.
- Eclipse: Adam (Project Manager), Sophie, Katie, Natalie, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Manufacture sweets and sell them at London Zoo. Most profit made, wins.
- Task Review: Both teams went for similar ideas in terms of their product; Stealth opted for chocolate lollies (with an animal design) and bags of fudge, while Eclipse went for chocolate lollies (with a paw design) and orange flavoured lollies. Stealth struggled to manufacture enough of their product and so ran out of stock by 4pm, an hour before the task finished. In comparison, Eclipse had plenty to sell but struggled to offload their orange lollies which were mistakenly labelled as 'natural'. With limited time left they had to resort to reducing their prices and eventually gave their remaining sweets away for free.
- Result: Stealth had a profit of £994, while Eclipse had a profit of £983.
- Winner: Stealth - By £11.
- Reward: A night out Bowling.
- Brought into the boardroom: Adam, Sophie and Natalie.
- Fired: Sophie - For being overly unenthusiastic, selling the least amount and for her naivety about the business world.
- Sir Alan did not feel that Stealth were deserving winners, and was further annoyed by Ghazal's cocky attitude and failure to acknowledge the team's mistakes in the boardroom; Tre ended up being the person who did this for the team. The panel of You're Fired also agreed that Stealth got lucky in winning and that had they lost, Ghazal should have been fired.
- Sophie's firing was not only because of her weak sales tactics, but because she showed no real knowledge of the business world, which convinced Sir Alan that she was a poor candidate.
- While Natalie escaped being fired, she was given a severe warning after she repeatedly lied to Sir Alan about who was responsible for the labelling error; in fact she had made this mistake herself, but tried to blame it on Adam.
- Stealth: Kristina (Project Manager), Tre, Jadine, Paul, Naomi and Ghazal.
- Eclipse: Natalie (Project Manager), Adam, Katie, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Choose photographs from two different artists and then sell them in a fashionable east London gallery. Most sales made, wins.
- Task Review: Stealth showcased artists with the themes of horses and fish, whilst Eclipse chose artists whose work related to lips and Morocco and Colombia. In Stealth, Tre was uncomfortable around the pictures, some of which depicted nipples, and claimed they "belong in a fetish gallery”. The teams took very different approaches to selling, with Eclipse going for a softer approach and Stealth opting for the hard-sell, which proved to be decisive.
- Result: Eclipse had sales of £1,599.78, while Stealth had sales of £4,702.
- Winner: Stealth - By £3,102.22.
- Reward: A pampering session at a Champneys, a spa.
- Brought into the boardroom: Natalie, Adam and Lohit.
- Fired: Natalie, with regret - For being "out of her depth", bringing Adam back mainly for personal reasons, bringing back Lohit for no good reason, and for not bringing Katie back.
- A critical factor in Natalie's firing was her poor explanation of her decision to bring back Adam (he'd been one of only two members of Eclipse - the other being Simon - to sell anything), and Lohit (he had followed the soft-sale strategy being pushed by Natalie and Katie and subsequently sold nothing, but had done nothing significantly wrong). Natalie further harmed her cause by falsely accusing Adam of lying about his preference of artists in the boardroom; Adam stated that he had personally liked the lips pictures, but had expressed reservations about how well they would sell. Margaret, while not openly challenging Natalie's claim, did point out that Adam had been telling the truth when the final three were sent outside.
- It was implied that Katie should have been brought back and possibly fired for missing the point of the task, failing to ask relevant questions to the artists (and even going so far as to mock Adam for his attempts to do so) and then failing to sell anything.
- Stealth: Paul (Project Manager), Adam, Katie, Kristina and Ghazal.
- Eclipse: Lohit (Project Manager), Tre, Jadine, Naomi and Simon.
- Task: Buy high-quality British produce and then sell it at a French farmers' market in Arras. Most profit made, wins.
- Task Review: Eclipse chose to sell smoked fish, marmalade and tea whilst Stealth opted for sausages, chutney, and cheap processed cheese bought at the last minute from Makro, a cash and carry. After a communication error with the printers, as well as arriving over 5 hours late, Stealth ended up having to pay for an incorrectly translated banner, far more than the bunting Eclipse purchased (which was universally deemed to be much better). Paul planned to make up their advertising costs by trying to cook their sausages with a tin filled with lighter fuel instead of buying a camping stove; unfortunately it failed disastrously, losing them precious sales. Kristina eventually found a restaurant that allowed her to use their gas cooker to cook the samples, at which point the sausages sold very well. However, they sold little to no cheese, due to the popularity of high quality cheese in France. On top of all that Paul and Katie left to sell at trade very early, leaving the rest of Stealth without any fluent French speakers. Eclipse hit a snag in selling the tea in a predominantly coffee-drinking nation (Nick Hewer had questioned the choice early on, saying they were "getting confused about France"), but their fish and marmalade sold very well, greatly assisted by Simon's fluent French. Whilst neither team managed to sell all their produce, Stealth's numerous errors proved to be their undoing.
- Result:Stealth had a loss of £225, while Eclipse had a profit of £410.
- Winner: Eclipse - By £635.
- Reward: Indoor skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel.
- Brought into the boardroom: Paul, Kristina and Adam.
- Fired: Paul - For his horrendous decision-making, accepting no responsibility for the loss, and for bringing back Kristina mainly for personal and unrelated reasons instead of Katie, when she had seen the fatal errors in his decisions.
- This week's team reshuffle was specifically intended to balance out the French speakers on the teams, with Eclipse ending up with Naomi and Simon, while Tre knew some basic French. Likewise, Stealth had Paul and Katie as fluent speakers, while Kristina had a loose knowledge of the language. Thus, Paul's decision for Katie to sell to local shops was seen as a bad move, being that there were no capable French speakers at the stands.
- Though Eclipse's execution of the task was generally trouble-free (aside from the van taking their produce getting lost and only boarding the ferry with 30 minutes to spare), there was a major spat between Simon and Jadine on the ferry over to France, apparently caused by Jadine taking offence to Simon referring to the team as "guys" despite having two female members in Jadine and Naomi. Lohit's poor grasp of French also caused him to make numerous gaffes while trying to sell in the streets of Arras. Nevertheless, Sir Alan was very impressed with Eclipse's performance and gave strong praise to Simon who was deemed the strongest performer on the team.
- Nick, who has a home in France, sharply criticised Stealth for selling cheese, saying that in a French supermarket, no-one would ever "find an English cheese, never in a month of Sundays" and describing the choice as a "complete waste of time". Sir Alan also described the choice of cheese as "coals to Newcastle".
- Paul, Katie and Ghazal all attempted to pin the blame for the loss on Adam, for overspending on the banner. While Sir Alan agreed that Adam was the most at fault for the banner, it was pointed out that the £115 spent on it would not even have been enough for the team to finish the task with a profit, and the choice of products had doomed Stealth before they had even started selling. Sir Alan also made it very clear that he did not see Kristina responsible for the loss, as she had correctly identified the flaws in her team strategy, and was the only member of the team who openly disagreed with Paul during the task; she was also responsible for securing the gas cooker that helped pick up sales, and prevented Stealth from losing more money. Paul's decisions were later featured on the spin-off Worst Decision Ever.
- When questioned about Paul's decision to bring him into the boardroom, Adam said that Katie should have been chosen because she had been involved in the decisions that caused the task to fail, and that the only reason Paul had not done so was because they were "too close". Kristina then went even further, declaring that Paul and Katie were in an "inappropriate relationship", while Paul vigorously denied that was the case. Sir Alan explained he didn't mind relationships between co-workers as long as it didn't interfere with their work, but warned Paul that if it did, he would "be out that door so quick, you wouldn't know what's hit you." Despite defending him strongly in the boardroom, Katie was shown to disagree with several of the decisions Paul made in the task, including buying the cheese and using the improvised burner instead of a gas camping stove.
- Before making his final decision, Sir Alan indicated that he actually considered Paul to be a better overall candidate than Adam, but ultimately deemed Paul's bad decisions and refusal to take any responsibility for the loss to be unforgivable. Although Adam survived the boardroom, Sir Alan questioned whether he could succeed in the competition. Adam then asked Sir Alan to be Project Manager in the next task, to which Sir Alan said that he would consider his request, and subsequently allowed it the following week.
- When Kristina and Adam returned to the house after Paul's firing, they did not receive cheers from the other candidates as before they returned, Katie and Ghazal had effectively framed them for the task failings; Eclipse had had no idea of what was going on, and so believed the failure had been down to the banner purchase. Katie also made personal attacks on Kristina, largely because she had been the only person who objected to Paul's decisions.
- Stealth: Adam (Project Manager), Katie, Kristina and Ghazal.
- Eclipse: Simon (Project Manager), Tre, Jadine, Naomi and Lohit.
- Task: Purchase a set list of ten items, negotiating for lower prices. Least amount spent (including fines), wins.
- Task Review: Simon's erratic style of leadership caused tension amongst Eclipse, with deals being rushed without enough time for negotiation. Over in Stealth, Katie and Kristina put aside personal differences and managed to negotiate a number of items successfully. Both teams were initially confused as to what nigella seeds were, with Adam even suggesting they may be a form of AstroTurf. Eclipse wrongly assumed that buying second-rate tiles was classed as a discount, and were fined as a result; however Stealth were also fined for failing to purchase the nigella seeds. The teams' final balances were separated by the narrowest margin in the show's history.
- Result: Eclipse's remaining money was £459.68 (including fines), while Stealth's remaining money was £458.71 (including fines).
- Winner: Eclipse - By 97p.
- Reward: A racing car driving day at the Bedford Autodrome.
- Brought into the boardroom: Adam, Ghazal and Katie.
- Fired: Adam - For poor management skills, failing to buy all the items despite the smaller fine it would occur, appearing in the boardroom four times in a row, and for his generally poor track record throughout the process.
- The items that teams were required to get, included: a car battery, 3 kg of nigella seeds, a square metre of marble tiling, hair-removal wax, a house plant, leather trousers, a bin, a wetsuit, a white rabbit and a unicycle.
- The victory margin in this episode is the smallest margin ever made on the show's history, and has not been beaten in later series (to date). Though if Adam had bought all the items, the fine for lateness would have been smaller and would have resulted in Stealth winning by £29.03.
- Eclipse appeared to have a significant locational advantage during this task, as all 5 of their team members lived in London at the time, while none of Stealth's 4 team members did.
- Whilst Katie did a decent job this task, Sugar gave her harsh criticism over her poor performances and her CV. She survived because Sugar saw potential in her, but warned her to improve her work.
- Sir Alan seriously considered firing Ghazal, sharply criticising her for realising what the nigella seeds were at the halfway point of the task, but failing to relay this information to Adam quickly enough for it to be acted on. He also questioned her level of experience, but agreed to give her one last chance after she asked to lead the team on the next task. Sugar did admit that Adam probably didn't deserve to be in the final boardroom as often as he had been, but felt that he made too many mistakes in both his turns as project manager to be allowed to continue in the process.
- It was revealed the camera crew with Stealth's sub-team of Katie and Kristina broke down during the task, and they were delayed for over an hour while a replacement was sent out. To make up for this they were allowed an additional hour at the end of the day to complete the task.
- Stealth: Ghazal (Project Manager), Naomi, Katie and Kristina.
- Eclipse: Jadine (Project Manager), Tre, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Create a brand logo, poster and video advertisement for a new style of trainers. Best campaign made, wins.
- Task Review: Eclipse created "Street" trainers with a "reclaim the street" brain child of Jadine, and a promise to donate 10% of the sale price to youth charities. Stealth built the campaign for their "Jam" trainers around an urban music theme. Despite Naomi having the most advertising experience out of the Stealth members, Ghazal largely ignored her advice and let Katie direct much of the campaign. Stealth's TV ad, though well made, was heavily criticised for lacking a message and failing to make it clear what was being advertised. A group of advertising executives decided which team won the task; they ultimately decided that while Eclipse's campaign had made a bad move by naming the specific amount donated to charity, Stealth's campaign was so generic that it barely even resembled a trainer advert, resulting in Eclipse being deemed the clear winners.
- Winner: Eclipse - For a campaign that remained focused on the product.
- Reward: A lesson at "Cocktail school" in The Savoy Hotel in London. On their way back, Eclipse saw a poster of their Street trainers on a bus stop.
- Brought into the boardroom: Ghazal, Katie and Naomi.
- Fired: Ghazal - For very poor leadership, attempting to blame Naomi for the failure and also attempting to force Sir Alan to fire her by bringing Katie back, and for having a generally poor track record, along with her cocky attitude and lack of business experience.
- Following Stealth's defeat, there was no clear consensus amongst the group about who should be fired. Naomi blamed Ghazal for being a poor project manager, whilst Ghazal criticised Naomi for failing to use her advertising background to come up with better ideas even though she had been blatantly ignored. Kristina felt that Katie had been objectionable and had poor ideas, whilst Katie merely stated that in her dream world Kristina would have been fired, apparently still resenting Kristina's role in exposing the relationship between her and Paul (and then getting him fired) two weeks previously.
- In the initial boardroom Ghazal attempted to pin the blame mostly on Naomi, claiming she didn't bring anything to the table despite her experience. Naomi was quick to deny this, and while her ideas were not felt to have been especially better than those of Katie, Nick made it clear that Naomi and Kristina had been sidelined in decision-making. .
- Sugar stated that Ghazal's firing was for her being "all talk and no do."; he also added that he felt Ghazal "argues for the sake of arguing" while he also saw through her decision for bringing Katie back in an effort to force Sir Alan to fire Naomi; by Ghazal's own admission, Katie was actually the best performer on the task.
- Sugar hinted that he was considering firing Katie for poor track record, but decided that her overall defence in the boardroom and not following Ghazal's plan to fire Naomi convinced him to keep her, but warned Katie she was now on her final chance.
- Tre did not attend Eclipse's treat, firstly due to religious reasons as he was not allowed to drink alcohol, and secondly as he was upset at the likely prospect that Ghazal would be fired.
- Stealth: Katie (Project Manager), Naomi and Kristina.
- Eclipse: Tre (Project Manager), Jadine, Simon and Lohit.
- Task: Interview representatives from five nations, choose three items from one nation, and then sell them to the trade. Most sales made, wins.
- Task Review: Stealth chose to market Canadian goods, including a "Rug in a Box" set, a portable light therapy device and a set of sport shoe insoles. Eclipse chose a set of Swedish products, a lamp with a built in air purifier, vacuum cleaner heads and a set of microwavable soft toys. At the end of the first day Jadine suffered a minor emotional breakdown, leaving Lohit able to set up only one appointment with a potential buyer. Similarly, Stealth failed to make any appointments due to spending too long being briefed by the Canadian Trade Commissioner, Michelle Gartland, and so both teams were left to make their appointments the following morning. The teams performed similarly well, but Stealth's products proved to have a higher market value, resulting in them making more, while Eclipse had trouble getting sales appointments and were fined by 10% for being late to the boardroom.
- Result: Stealth made £2,226.59, while Eclipse made £1,344.29.
- Winner: Stealth - By £882.30.
- Reward: A £500 voucher to spend, with the aid of a personal shopper, at Selfridges.
- Brought into the boardroom: Tre, Jadine and Lohit.
- Fired: Jadine, with regret - For losing focus during much of the first day, admitting that she was unable to contribute to the task due to missing her daughter, and for making an unconvincing argument in the boardroom on why she should stay over Tre or Lohit, for that reason.
- This programme featured the Cutty Sark; the ship had been badly damaged in a fire just two days before the episode aired.
- Sir Alan didn't feel Jadine was ready yet, but told her that she could be a truly great businesswoman one day. After Jadine left, Sir Alan informed Lohit that, were it not for Jadine missing her daughter, he would have been the one who was fired. While Lohit had in fact sold the most on the team and strongly defended himself in the boardroom, Sir Alan felt that based on what he had seen so far, he was now certain that Lohit was not suited to his organisation.
- The previous series had also featured a task of selling products to the trade, where similarly the losing team were fined for arriving back late, although this time the fine made no difference to the result; Eclipse's total sales before the fine were £1,493.66, still well short of what Stealth made.
- Stealth: Kristina (Project Manager), Katie and Lohit.
- Eclipse: Simon (Project Manager), Tre and Naomi.
- Task: Select and sell a variety of items on the Ideal World teleshopping channel. Most sales made, wins.
- Task Review: Stealth chose chocolate fountains, foot spas, slimming pants and steam mops but Kristina kept repeating "Okay" throughout her entire chocolate fountain ad and her vacuum cleaner demonstration went badly wrong, as it succeeded only in spreading the dirt around. Lohit was given the awkward task of trying to help sell ladies' slimming pants along with Katie, though the two ended up selling in reasonably good quantities. Eclipse manager Simon gave very few instructions to team-mates, Tre and Naomi, while in the producers' gallery, after choosing foldable wheelchairs, decoupage pads, trampolines and leg shavers to sell, and thus they struggled. Simon's choice of a foldable wheelchair was questioned, but ended up accounting for more than half of Eclipse's income, while he also made a spectacle of himself by bouncing on a trampoline and then unwittingly appearing to be masturbating when screwing in its legs.
- Result: Eclipse made £921.79, while Stealth made £1,339.10.
- Winner: Stealth - By £417.31.
- Reward: Trip to a Turkish Bath.
- Fired: Naomi, with regret - For her selection of poor products, being disrespectful towards Simon, and for a generally average-at-best track record, despite her great presenting skills.
- Despite much boardroom hilarity at the on-screen antics, Sir Alan was not pleased with either team and was reluctant to tell Stealth their reward; complaints from Ideal World viewers described the candidates as being "rubbish" and "a waste of time".
- Despite Simon's many major errors in the task, he was saved from being fired due to his enthusiasm, his otherwise impressive track record and the fact that the products he chose contributed around £880 of the money raised by Eclipse. Naomi, who had chosen the trampoline and decoupage pads, attempted to blame Simon for his poor job of presenting and failing to selling any of them, but Sir Alan called this a poor excuse and pointed out that Naomi was just as much to blame since she had been directing Simon. Tre was also criticised for his lack of input and enthusiasm on the task, but avoided firing because Sir Alan felt that Naomi was more directly at fault for the loss, and had a far inferior overall track record in the competition.
- Kristina's performance was badly received; Sir Alan was not remotely amused by the "comedy" of Lohit selling slimming pants, and was amazed Kristina had managed to sell any vacuum cleaners at all, sarcastically suggesting the customers should be put in straitjackets.
- A majority of the You're Fired studio audience disagreed with the decision and felt Simon should have been fired.
Week 11: Interviews
- Semi-finalists: Tre, Lohit, Katie, Simon, Kristina.
- Task: The five remaining candidates are individually interviewed by three of Sir Alan Sugar's closest associates - Paul Kemsley, Claude Littner and Bordan Tkachuk. Sir Alan decides who are his finalists.
- Candidate Reviews: After the round of 25-minute interviews, three candidates – Katie, Simon and Kristina – stood out. The only candidate with positive reports from all three interviewers was Kristina. Conversely, very few positive comments were made about Lohit, who was quickly fired after being deemed "nice," but too "boring." Tre was next to go, after Sir Alan told him that, while he was a strong candidate, he lacked the required maturity. He was also described as argumentative and difficult. Simon was praised for being academically gifted and for knowing more than the other candidates about Sir Alan's companies, but his track record, however, came under fire for appearing too woolly, making it hard to understand where Simon is going with his career. While doubts were expressed over Katie's motives for entering the show, Sir Alan nonetheless made her the first finalist. While he was deliberating over whether to make Simon or Kristina the other finalist, Katie was clearly beset by doubts. After Sir Alan advised her that she would have to make an absolute commitment to the job should she get it, she suggested she "stand down". This allowed Simon and Kristina to proceed to the final.
- Lohit - For being too nice and for having the worst CV of the final five.
- Tre, with regret - For performing poorly in the interviews, his argumentative manner and for his lack of maturity.
- Left: Katie - Resigned, citing potential difficulties in making childcare arrangements should she be offered the job, despite a place in the finals.
- Finalists: Kristina and Simon.
- Sir Alan noted that Lohit's firing was overdue, and that he would have been fired two weeks previously if not for Jadine's inability to continue in the process.
- In a one-off special, The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them, broadcast a few days later, Sir Alan Sugar expressed his opinion that Katie had never really been interested in working for him but had entered the competition merely for the kudos. He said that he felt he had been hoodwinked, and that if Katie had not voluntarily stood down he would have reversed his decision and fired her after all.
- After the airing of the episode, internet conspiracists believed that Katie's exit from the show was fixed and that the segments were re-filmed and edited in later. Simon Ambrose, however denied that this was the case and that nothing was changed.
Week 12: The Final
- Finalists: Simon, Kristina
- Kristina's team: Kristina (Project Manager), Paul, Naomi, Adam and Natalie.
- Simon's team: Simon (Project Manager), Tre, Jadine, Rory and Lohit.
- Task: Each finalist must put together a proposal for the redevelopment of a site on London's South Bank, designing a major landmark building that is both profit-making and has an iconic design, before presenting it to an audience of property, finance and architectural experts, along with Sir Alan Sugar and his assistants. Best design, wins.
- Task Review: Simon proposed "The Wave", an ambitious building with an "organic" design, while Kristina offered "The Phoenix", whose name symbolised the regeneration of the site. Both presentations were well received by the experts. In his final boardroom evaluation, Sir Alan contrasted Kristina's experience with Simon's creativity, and said that both candidates were very employable.
- Runner-up: Kristina - For playing a little too safe in task, despite a superior track record in the series and prior career to that of Simon.
- Winner: Simon - For being more of a risk taker than Kristina, as well as his intelligence and insight on Sir Alan's business background.
- The site to be developed was originally occupied by the IBM Building; this site was purchased for £120m by Sir Alan Sugar.
- The final boardroom scene broadcast was one of two different boardroom showdowns, one for each possible result, that were filmed. Sir Alan then took the two finalists to lunch to tell them who had actually won closer to the airdate. Sir Alan himself admitted that he was "taking a risk" hiring Simon.
Criticism and controversy
This series was described as "the most controversial" out of all three series that had been made at the time.
Katie Hopkins & Paul Callaghan
Katie Hopkins and Paul Callaghan, started a romance while competing on the programme. This received much coverage from the tabloid press. This was one of the reasons that Callaghan was fired from the competition, as other candidates complained about the situation, saying that the relationship affected the performance of the team during the tasks.
Candidate Gerri Blackwood claimed that the allocation of showers in the house where the candidates stay appeared to have been manipulated in such a way as to force the female contestants to shower together. She told the Daily Star "One of the bathrooms was used by the film crew, but two of the others were closed off with 'Out of Order' signs on them. That left two bathrooms to share between 16 people. I am not sure whether it was deliberate or not but you can imagine they wanted us to share showers". In her interview, she also claimed that Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford fed the candidates misleading information so that they would fail the tasks, and that Sir Alan Sugar's boardroom diatribes were re-filmed to make them look better. Fellow candidate Tre Azam also criticised the editing of the programme, claiming he was worried that his portrayal "might have been dumbed down because I made some of the other characters look too weak".
Week 6 Task
After Paul Callaghan was fired in the sixth episode, wholesale chain Makro and manufacturer Wyke Farms criticised the programme due to the negative comments made about its cheese. In the episode, Sir Alan Sugar verbally blasted Paul for taking the inexpensive products to France to sell. Makro and Wyke Farms claimed that the cheese is very popular in France. Richard Clothier, the Managing Director of Wyke Farms, said "Alan Sugar, you know a lot about electronics, but not that much about cheese, and for that reason, you're fired!".
Several organisations, including the Trades Union Congress, the Liberal Democrats, The Equal Opportunities Commission and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, accused Alan Sugar of sexism and breaching the 1976 Sex Discrimination act after only questioning contestants Katie Hopkins and Kristina Grimes about their child-care arrangements, despite the fact that male contestant Tre Azam was also a parent (though Hopkins and Grimes were single parents at the time of the interviews, whereas Azam was married). Sugar's questioning, during the eleventh episode, eventually made Hopkins resign from the programme and decline Sugar's initial offer of a chance to compete in the final episode. Although, Sugar defended his actions and told Fiona Phillips of GMTV that he was aware of all rules regarding sexual discrimination within the workplace. The incident was well documented within the media.
Accent Debacal, You're Fired
Contestant Natalie Wood complained about a situation with Adrian Chiles, host of The Apprentice spin-off programme, The Apprentice: You're Fired!. Chiles, who has a distinctive Birmingham accent, asked Wood on the spin-off programme whether her Essex accent had been a hindrance. "But how can you pick up on my accent when Sir Alan is sitting across the table," commented Wood. "How can he say that? Essex is fantastic and I'm proud to come from Essex. A lot of people from Essex are very successful. I find it hard to swallow."
The Apprentice: Beyond the Boardroom
This was a one-off special shown on BBC Two on 2 June 2007. The programme featured interviews with the final five candidates from this series. Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford also gave their opinions on the final five, along with some of the previously fired candidates. The programme spoke about the candidates' private lives, revealing that Kristina Grimes was sent to a convent at age 17 due to her pregnancy, Tre Azam once fell asleep whilst driving and nearly died, Simon Ambrose was bullied as a child and has an IQ of 174, Katie Hopkins once burgled a south London newsagents for a crate of Toilet Duck and that Lohit Kalburgi is a homosexual. Friends of the candidates and members of their families, including parents, children and partners, aired their views.
The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them
This one-off special was screened on BBC Two on 10 June 2007, three days before the revelation of the winner of this series of The Apprentice. In the programme Sir Alan Sugar looked back over the series so far, discussed the merits and demerits of the candidates, and explained in more detail why he fired each candidate when he did. The episode featured the former participants' views of their time on the programme and what they had learnt from the experience. Sugar's assistants Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford also spoke about the former contestants. At the end of the programme, Sugar reviewed the performances of the two finalists, Kristina Grimes and Simon Ambrose, and said that deciding who to hire would be difficult. Despite voluntarily leaving rather than being "fired", Katie Hopkins also featured on the programme and her time on The Apprentice was discussed.
As a result of winning The Apprentice, Simon Ambrose started work on a project to develop a hotel and golfing complex near Stansted Airport, whilst training as a chartered surveyor. Runner-up Kristina Grimes was offered a job by Sir Alan, but decided to work as an investment sales director with property company Dandara instead. Katie Hopkins, who finished in third place, was sacked from her job as a global brand consultant at The Met Office as a result of her appearance on the programme. Hopkins is taking the organisation to an employment tribunal. Jadine Johnson went on to be head hunted by millionaire Simon Johnson (no relation) of Watford, Hertfordshire and started an extremely successful Debt Management company turning over more than 1.5 million in the first year - she now runs her own businesses. Candidate Adam Hosker left his job at a car dealership in order to work as a sales director. Other contestants have started their own businesses, such as Natalie Wood, and Naomi Lay and have expressed interest in becoming television presenters. Both Hopkins and Grimes have been offered to participate on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. Hopkins accepted the offer and became a late arrival on the 7th series, but was voted off second. Tre Azam has appeared on Big Brother's Big Mouth. Three candidates from this series, Katie Hopkins, Tre Azam and Kristina Grimes, appeared on the apprentice version of the weakest link. There was still noticeable animosity between Katie and Kristina, whom were questioned and criticised by presented Anne Robinson. Kristina proceeded to the final though was beaten by series two candidate Jo Cameron after she failed to get anything correct.
|Episode No.||Airdate||Total Viewers
|BBC One Weekly Ranking|
|1||28 March 2007||4.50||19|
|2||4 April 2007||4.98||16|
|3||11 April 2007||5.31||17|
|4||18 April 2007||5.68||10|
|5||25 April 2007||5.46||14|
|6||2 May 2007||5.68||11|
|7||9 May 2007||5.92||9|
|8||16 May 2007||6.05||11|
|9||23 May 2007||4.99||18|
|10||30 May 2007||5.23||12|
|11||6 June 2007||6.60||8|
|12||13 June 2007||7.09||5|
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