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Comic Relief Does The Apprentice
Sport Relief Does The Apprentice
The Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief
Com-appren-logo.JPG
GenreReality television
Created byMark Burnett
StarringAlan Sugar
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3 (Comic)
1 (Sport)
No. of episodes6 (Comic)
2 (Sport)
Production
Running time60 minutes
30 minutes ("The Boardroom")[1]
Production company(s)talkbackTHAMES
Mark Burnett Productions
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release15 March 2007 (2007-03-15) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Apprentice
Comic Relief
External links
Website

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, Sport Relief Does The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief are a special celebrity versions of British reality television series The Apprentice, produced to raise money for Comic Relief.[2][3] The first edition aired in March 2007 and the most recent is scheduled for March 2019. The single Sport Relief series aired in March 2008. Each series involves five male and five female celebrities competing in a single Apprentice task.

Just weeks before the show aired in early 2007, it was spoofed in the television programme Kombat Opera Presents The Applicants.[4]

2007[edit]

The celebrity contestants

The series first aired on BBC One on 15 March 2007[5] and concluded on 16 March 2007 during the main Comic Relief programme.[6] The first episode of the show received strong viewing figures of 6.72 million. It became the fifth most watched programme on BBC One that week.[7] The celebrities who were contestants on the programme are listed below.[8][9]

Men's Team[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Danny Baker Broadcaster
Alastair Campbell - Project Manager Journalist, former government press officer
Rupert Everett

(Resigned after one day - replaced by first Apprentice winner Tim Campbell)

Actor
Ross Kemp Actor
Piers Morgan - Fired Former newspaper editor turned broadcaster, journalist

Women's Team - Winners[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Karren Brady - Project Manager Businesswoman
Jo Brand Comedian
Cheryl Cole Girls Aloud
Maureen Lipman Actress, comedian and columnist
Trinny Woodall Fashion guru and television presenter

Performance Chart[edit]

Task Number
Candidate 1
Alastair LOSE
Cheryl IN
Danny BR
Jo IN
Karren WIN
Maureen IN
Ross IN
Tim IN
Trinny IN
Piers FIRED
Rupert LEFT
     The candidate won as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate was on the winning team for this task.
     The candidate was on the losing team for this task.
     The candidate was brought to the final boardroom for this task.
     The candidate was fired in this task.
     The candidate left the competition prior to this task.

Results[edit]

The women won in the categories "ticket sales" and "food and drinks", as well as claiming the overall win in terms of total money raised, while the men managed to pull off a victory in the "rides" category. Together, the teams raised over a million pounds for charity.

Men's Team Women's Team Both teams
Ticket sales £180,830 £662,325 £843,155
Rides £96,876 £71,347 £168,223
Food and drinks £8,550 £41,327.50 £49,788.50
Total £286,256 £774,998.50 £1,061,254.50

Everett walked off the show during filming on the first day, as he was uncomfortable with the Big Brother style experience.[10] He was replaced by the first UK Apprentice Tim Campbell. Radio host Chris Moyles was asked to appear as a contestant, but declined the offer.[11]

Overview[edit]

The task allocated during the show was to run a funfair. The team which produced the most money for Comic Relief via ticket, food, and ride sales would win. The teams were then gathered at Alan Sugar's office and briefed on the task ahead. The girls chose Karren Brady as their team leader, and the boys chose Alastair Campbell.

The celebrities were then given a list of all rides and attractions that would be offered at the funfair, leaving the teams to bargain over who would get which rides. The teams then called and visited celebrities to sell tickets and gain donations. The largest donation for a ticket was £150,000 from a friend of Trinny Woodall.[12] During filming, Woodall was involved in a brawl with fellow contestant Piers Morgan. The scuffle occurred when Morgan led a chef, that Woodall had arranged, to believe that he had been arranged to cook for the boys' team at the funfair. On trying to retrieve her chef, Woodall was shoved by Morgan and Alastair Campbell, which reduced her to tears.[13]

Celebrities who attended the funfair and donated money included Simon Cowell, McFly, Ashley Cole, Anne Robinson, Tracey Emin, Chris Evans, David Furnish, Peter Stringfellow, Girls Aloud, Geri Halliwell, Take That, Jesse Metcalfe and John Terry.

In the end, both teams raised a total of over £1 million for Comic Relief. The girls' team won the competition by raising £774,000 compared to the boys' £286,000. As a result of the girls' team winning, Danny Baker, Piers Morgan, and the boys' team leader Alastair Campbell were put forward to potentially be fired by Sir Alan Sugar. In a heated exchange, Alastair Campbell and Piers Morgan blamed each other for their failure at the task. Sir Alan Sugar decided that Piers Morgan was more at fault due to his "winding people up" with his "demeanor" and consequently 'fired' him.

Jo Brand commented on The Graham Norton Show after the airing of the programme that "Trinny Woodall knows everyone in Belgravia who earns more than £10 million a year so she got on the phone and the rest of us just went to the pub, it was great!".

2008[edit]

A Sport Relief edition aired on BBC One on 12 and 14 March 2008.[14]

Women's team[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Kirstie Allsopp Presenter
Clare Balding Sports presenter and journalist
Jacqueline Gold Businesswoman
Louise Redknapp Singer and TV presenter
Lisa Snowdon Supermodel, Actress, presenter and singer

Men's team[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Nick Hancock Actor, comedian and TV presenter
Hardeep Singh Kohli Writer, presenter and broadcaster
Kelvin MacKenzie Media executive and former newspaper editor
Lembit Öpik Politician
Phil Tufnell Former cricketer turned broadcaster

Performance Chart[edit]

Task Number
Candidate 1
Clare IN
Jacqueline WIN
Kelvin BR
Kirstie IN
Lembit LOSE
Lisa IN
Louise IN
Nick IN
Phil IN
Hardeep FIRED
     The candidate won as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate was on the winning team for this task.
     The candidate was on the losing team for this task.
     The candidate was brought to the final boardroom for this task.
     The candidate was fired in this task.

Overview[edit]

  • Women: Jacqueline Gold (Project Manager), Kirstie Allsopp, Clare Balding, Louise Redknapp, Lisa Snowdon.
  • Men: Lembit Öpik (Project Manager), Hardeep Singh Kohli (Project Manager), Nick Hancock, Kelvin MacKenzie, Phil Tufnell.
  • Result: The women's team worked together efficiently and harmoniously for the most part, though Kirstie Allsopp stormed out of a planning session on the first night, feeling that project manager Jacqueline Gold wasn't properly exploiting Kirstie's contacts list. By contrast, the men's team was in complete chaos for most of the task. Hardeep Singh Kohli initially voltuneered to lead the men, but after half an hour the other men began complaining about his overly autocratic leadership style, and when Kelvin MacKenzie off-handedly told him that "You're not flamin' Hitler," Hardeep flew into a rage, demanded that filming be stopped and threatened to walk off the show. He ultimately agreed to stay, but refused to continue as project manager and was replaced by Lembit Öpik. By the end of the first day of the task, the women already had over £100,000 pledged to their team, but the men had no pledges whatsoever. By the final day it looked as if the men were heading for a humiliating defeat, as the women continued to secure large donations, while the men had earned very little. Near the end of the day the men were given a last-gasp chance at victory, as Kelvin's contact, Tamara Ecclestone persuaded her father Bernie Ecclestone to attend their event, and he made the biggest donation earned by either of the teams. Unfortunately for the men, the gap was too big to make up and they ended up with £316,013, while the women made £412,121, winning them the task.[15]
  • Winner: The women's team
  • Brought into the boardroom: Lembit Öpik, Kelvin MacKenzie and Hardeep Singh Kohli
  • Fired: Hardeep Singh Kohli - for quitting as project manager early in the task, which plunged the men's team into a state of disarray that they were never able to recover from. In addition, he was also judged to have been difficult to work with after stepping down, and brought in the least amount of money in the task.
  • Notes:
    • Despite claiming that Nick Hancock and Phil Tufnell had spent most of the day joking around with each other and hadn't brought much in, Lembit Öpik decided to bring back Hardeep Singh Kohli and Kelvin MacKenzie, largely due to their argument on the first day. Sir Alan didn't feel that Lembit had been an especially good project manager, but conceded that the task would likely have ended up in an even worse failure with anyone else leading the men.
    • Kelvin MacKenzie was heavily criticised for his part in sending the team into so much chaos on the first day of the task, and also accused of taking a backseat considering he should have had the biggest contacts list of the celebrities.

2009[edit]

Celebrity contestants

Another series of Comic Relief Does The Apprentice was aired on 12 and 13 March 2009.[16] The first episode received 7.94 million viewers, with a 33% audience share.

Men's Team[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Alan Carr - fired Comedian
Jack Dee Comedian
Gerald Ratner - Project Manager Businessman
Jonathan Ross TV and radio presenter
Gok Wan Style guru

Women's Team - Winners[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Michelle Mone - Project Manager Businesswoman
Patsy Palmer Actress
Fiona Phillips TV presenter
Carol Vorderman TV presenter
Ruby Wax Comedian

The show was filmed in late 2008. Jonathan Ross had been suspended by the BBC for three months for his part in the telephone pranks on Andrew Sachs' regarding Sachs' granddaughter in October and had been forbidden to film anything during that time, however since he had previously agreed and since it was for charity, the BBC allowed him to participate.[17]

Patsy Palmer almost quit the show after a row with fellow contestant Michelle Mone.[18] Sugar expressed disappointment about his portrayal in the BBC trailer for the programme, telling the Daily Mirror, "The idiot that edited it [...] went through the past five years of archive to find snapshots of me roaring like a deranged lunatic and just stuck them all together." He threatened to quit the series if it happened again.[19]

Performance Chart[edit]

Task Number
Candidate 1
Carol IN
Fiona IN
Gerald LOSE
Gok IN
Jack BR
Jonathan IN
Michelle WIN
Patsy IN
Ruby IN
Alan FIRED
     The candidate won as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate was on the winning team for this task.
     The candidate was on the losing team for this task.
     The candidate was brought to the final boardroom for this task.
     The candidate was fired in this task.

Overview[edit]

The task was to create a toy and market it at a show attended by Sir Alan and toy industry representatives, with the potential for it to be mass-produced and sold to raise money for Comic Relief. The men's team, led by Gerald Ratner, created a belt with clip-on slots to hold collectible figurines, that was suggested by Jonathan Ross. The women's team created a velcro suit that was intended to come in pairs and played somewhat like Twister, including a giant novelty dice that when rolled, instructed players to stick one part of their body to the other player's, with the loser being whoever fell to the floor first. Both teams suffered internal conflicts, with Jonathan Ross forcing many of his ideas through and then not contributing to the speech that he was supposed to be writing with Jack Dee, while Patsy Palmer became frustrated with Michelle Mone's leadership of their team and very nearly quit. Conflict between Dee and Ross was presented by the BBC in a humorous fashion, and it is likely that both Dee and Ross 'played up' their conflict to entertain the viewer.

The men's presentation was felt to be better, and Sir Alan told the girls that their product suffered from a myriad of small flaws such as the dice being largely needless, and the suits being in blue and pink when children often prefer to play among their own gender (although the girls pointed out that the prototyping company had made that decision without consulting their team). However, it was pointed out that the collectables for the men's belt would have such high initial production costs that it would require a significant manufacturing lead time and would take an even longer time for the product to generate any profits (and thereby money for Comic Relief), meaning that while the men's execution of their task may have been better than the women's, and their product may have been the better of the two if it were being judged on a purely business basis, as a charity product it was completely worthless for Comic Relief's purposes, meaning that they lost the task. The women's team were "rewarded" by not having to work for Sir Alan any more (and, since this was the final Apprentice charity special, it meant the women's teams had a 100% victory rate across all three editions).

As the men's team lost the contest, one of them was going to be fired by Sir Alan. As project manager, Ratner had to choose 2 of his team to join him in the boardroom to face the board. Ratner decided that Wan and Ross had made the greatest contribution to the team and so should not face the sack. During the deliberations in the board room, Jack Dee attempted to convince Sir Alan to fire his advisor Nick Hewer on the comical grounds that Nick had contributed nothing, and had taken money from Dee and bribed him. While Ratner was heavily criticised for allowing Ross to take over the entire task and bringing Dee back instead of him, Alan Carr was eventually fired by Sir Alan, who felt that Carr had been the least effective contributor to the task and said he was doing Alan a favour by saving him from the miserable atmosphere of the boardroom.

Comic Relief are currently looking into producing the StickStuck product.

2019[edit]

Celebrity contestants

On 22 February 2019, it was announced that Comic Relief Does The Apprentice would return after a ten-year hiatus.[20] Two episodes, The Cabaret Task and The Boardroom, will air on 7 and 8 March 2019 respectively.[21]

Men's Team[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Omid Djalili - Fired Actor & comedian
Richard Arnold Television presenter
Russell Kane Comedian
Rylan Clark-Neal - Project Manager Television presenter
Sam Allardyce Football manager

Women's Team[edit]

Candidate Claim to fame
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent judge, television presenter & actress
Ayda Field The X Factor judge & actress
Kelly Hoppen - Project Manager Dragons' Den star
Rachel Johnson Journalist, author & television presenter
Tameka Empson EastEnders actress

Performance Chart[edit]

Task Number
Candidate 1
Amanda IN
Ayda IN
Kelly WIN
Rachel IN
Richard IN
Russell IN
Rylan LOSE
Sam BR
Tameka IN
Omid FIRED
     The candidate won as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team, for this task.
     The candidate was on the winning team for this task.
     The candidate was on the losing team for this task.
     The candidate was brought to the final boardroom for this task.
     The candidate was fired in this task.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC One - Comic Relief, 2019: Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief, The Boardroom". BBC. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ BBC One Winter/Spring 2007BBC press office
  3. ^ Comic Relief Does The Apprentice — BBC
  4. ^ Kombat Opera Presents — BBC
  5. ^ Comic Relief Does the ApprenticeBBC
  6. ^ Rupert in 'I'm fired' TV shockThe Sun, 16 December 2006
  7. ^ Weekly Viewing Summary Archived 18 April 2007 at the Wayback MachineBARB
  8. ^ Red Nose Day 2007 - The Big One — BBC
  9. ^ Cheryl is a Sugar babe...The Sun, 15 December 2006
  10. ^ Everett Quits Reality Show After One Day — Contact Music
  11. ^ chrismoyles.co.uk
  12. ^ Last Night's TelevisionThe Times
  13. ^ Troubled Trinny in tears after Apprentice scuffleDaily Mail
  14. ^ "Press Releases - Sport Relief Does The Apprentice". BBC. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  15. ^ "Last night's TV: Sport Relief Does The Apprentice". The Guardian. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  16. ^ In the Firing Line-UpThe Sun, 31 January 2009
  17. ^ "Ross films 'Celeb Apprentice' despite ban". Digital Spy, David Balls6 November 2008
  18. ^ Nathan, Sara (6 March 2009). "Palmer drama". The Sun. London. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. archived at the
  19. ^ Nissim, Mayer (25 March 2009). "Sir Alan 'did his nut' over Comic Relief". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  20. ^ Harp, Justin (23 February 2019). "The Apprentice reveals cast for Comic Relief celebrity series". Digital Spy.
  21. ^ "BBC One - Comic Relief, 2019: Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief, The Cabaret Task". BBC. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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