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The Apprentice (British series 3)
Promo group shot of Alan Sugar, Nick Hewer, and Margaret Mountford standing amongst the candidates for series 3
Country of originUK
No. of episodes14
Original networkBBC One
Original release28 March (2007-03-28) –
13 June 2007 (2007-06-13)
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Series three of The Apprentice (UK), a British reality television, was broadcast in the UK during 2007, from 28 March to 13 June on BBC One. Following favourable ratings, the BBC moved the programme onto its mainstream channel and thus to a much wider audience, with its companion discussion show The Apprentice: You're Fired! being reallocated to BBC Two as part of the move.[1]

For this series, Alan Sugar commented that its production would include "tougher tasks and better people" as a means of making the programme stand out from other shows like Big Brother.[2] This series is notable for a candidate leaving the show, despite securing a place in the final, which drew criticism of sexual discrimination in the aftermath of the respective episode's broadcast. Alongside the usual twelve episodes, the series also featured two specials – the first, entitled "Beyond the Boardroom", was aired on 3 June prior to the eleventh episode; the second, entitled "Why I Fired Them", was aired on 10 June prior to the broadcast of the series finale.

This series saw in a change in the show's format, allowing for sixteen candidates to take part in the third series, with Simon Ambrose becoming the overall winner.[3] Excluding the specials, the series averaged around 5.62 million viewers during its broadcast.

Series overview[edit]

With viewing figures proving favourable since the programme's debut in 2005, the BBC decided that The Apprentice needed to be more accessible to a "mainstream" audience. In discussions between them and the production company, it was agreed that the show be relocated to BBC One, retaining it scheduling arrangements, while also requiring that its sister show, You're Fired, be moved over to BBC Two to make it also accessible to a wider audience.[1] Work on the new series included Alan Sugar arranging for a more tougher set of challenges to be faced by participants, and recruiting a more varied collection of participants than had been seen in the previous series. Sugar believed that by doing this it would keep the show fresh, and thus avoid it becoming just another version of existing reality programmes at the time, such as Big Brother.[2] A example of this was having mixed gender teams at the beginning of the process, albeit a male and female candidate switching places with each other, rather than at a later task in the process as is more common in the programme's format found in other series.

One of the biggest changes made by the production staff, besides the change of channel for episode broadcast, focused on an issue that Sugar raised in the previous series over firing candidates. With the show attracting a far greater number of applications for participation, resulting in staff conducting interviews, auditions and assessments on over 10,000 applicants, the decision was made to increase the number of candidates that formed up the final line-up while still maintaining the use of twelve episodes for the series, thus allowing Sugar to fire more than one candidate at any time before the Interviews stage. When production began, 16 applicants found themselves taking part in the third series, in which the first task saw the men form under the team name of Stealth, while the women formed under the team name of Eclipse. It is the first series to feature a candidate leaving the process despite having won a place into the next stage – the decision by Katie Hopkins to depart towards the end of the Interviews stage, garnered considerable criticism over sexual discrimination in the aftermath of the episode's broadcast.

Of those who took part, Simon Ambrose would become the eventual winner of the series,[4][5] and go on to work at Sugar's property company Amsprop, overseeing development projects, before leaving Sugar's employment in 2010 to focus on setting up in the restaurant business.[6] The move to BBC One proved to be a reasonable decision, as it led to a further improvement in viewing figures for the programme during its broadcast – by the end of the series, The Apprentice reached a peak of 6.8 million viewers watching the series finale.[4][7]


Candidate Background Age Result
Simon Ambrose Internet Entrepreneur 27 Winner
Kristina Grimes Pharmaceutical Sales Manager 36 Runner-up
Katie Hopkins Global Brand Consultant 31 Quit after Interviews stage
Tre Azam Marketing and Design Consultant 27 Fired after Interviews stage
Lohit Kalburgi Telecoms Manager 25
Naomi Lay Advertising Sales Manager 26 Fired after tenth task
Jadine Johnson Financial adviser 27 Fired after ninth task
Ghazal Asif Business Development Manager 23 Fired after eighth task
Adam Hosker Car Sales Manager 27 Fired after seventh task
Paul Callaghan Ex-British Army Lieutenant 27 Fired after sixth task
Natalie Wood Housewife 29 Fired after fifth task
Sophie Kain Quantum Physicist 32 Fired after fourth task
Gerri Blackwood Transport Development Manager 33 Fired after third task
Rory Laing Bankrupt Entrepreneur 28 Fired after second task
Iftikhar "Ifti" Chaudhri Company Director 33
Andy Jackson Car Sales Manager 36 Fired after first task

Performance chart[edit]

Candidate Task Number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


     The candidate won this series of The Apprentice.
     The candidate was the runner-up.
     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 / they passed the Interviews stage.
     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 lost as project manager for this task and was fired.
     The candidate left the competition on this task.


No. in
TitleOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [8]
271"Coffee to Go"[9]28 March 2007 (2007-03-28)4.50
Sir Alan begins a new search for an apprentice for 2007, but this time with sixteen candidates taking on his challenges. Their first task focuses on the sale of coffee to passing trade within Islington, each team making a profit with the stock they purchase for the hot beverage. Eclipse focus on using a mobile van and a fixed stand to sell coffee, yet despite some issues with the stock they purchased, they make good sales throughout the task. Stealth focus on a similar sales strategy, yet their sales are hampered by poor marketing locations, an overspend stock, and purchasing an unnecessary product. Stealth's mistakes fail to achieve a higher profit than that of Eclipse, leaving them to face the boardroom. Amongst the final three, Andy Jackson becomes the first to be fired over his poor leadership skills and failing to prevent certain members from making mistakes during the task.
282"Doggy Designs"[10]4 April 2007 (2007-04-04)4.98
Making specially design accessories for canines is the basis of the next task, with each team designing a new concept to pitch to retailers. Eclipse are forced to go for a specially designed utility belt, facing issues throughout the task with their team leader despite securing orders. Stealth opt for a dog wardrobe with a focus on pitching to the largest of the retailers they would meet, rather than attempting to pitch to all three. A tally of orders soon shows that Stealth's gamble was a worthwhile risk, as they secure victory while Eclipse face criticism over their performance. Amongst the losing team, Sir Alan deems two members to be at fault for differing reasons - Ifti Chaudhri is fired for a lack of focus and personal problems, while Rory Laing is dismissed for behaviour and the decisions he made as leader.
293"Start-up Service"[11]11 April 2007 (2007-04-11)5.31
Each team is given £200, with which to set up a service from those documented for them to create - one during the day, the other in the evening - and make as much profit as possible from their choices. Eclipse opt for a gardening service during the day and a pub-singing service in the evening, managing well despite having to cope with an aggressive leader. Stealth focus on a children's face-painting service during the day and a kiss-o-gram service in the evening, but face mismanagement on marketing locations for custom and criticism on the choice of evening service. In the boardroom, Stealth lose out due to their mistakes and performance on the task, leaving them to face scrutiny over these. Amongst the final three, Sir Alan deems Gerri Blackwood at fault for her team's loss, dismissing her for overall performance and contributions in tasks.
304"Sugar Rush"[12]18 April 2007 (2007-04-18)5.68
Teams face the challenge of creating their own sweets, with each selling their concepts to visitors at London Zoo. Stealth create a range of chocolate lollies and fudge, yet while they focus on a high price tag to make more money, a manufacturing issue leaves them with less stock than planned. Eclipse focus on two kinds of lollies to sell, yet their effort is hampered by a mislabelling issue with one of the range they create and a panicked rush to sell reducing their prices towards the end of the task. A totalling of income shows that Stealth's pricing strategy was key to them securing victory, leaving members of Eclipse facing criticism over their loss. Of the final three, Sophie Kain is fired for her low sales, lacking a passion for business, and lacking proper business experience.
315"Fish, Lips and Horses"[13]25 April 2007 (2007-04-25)5.46
The teams find themselves each representing an artist, earning commission through selling their choice's photographic artwork in a gallery in East London. Stealth opt for artwork themed around horses and fish, being firm on their sales tactics with their customers and performing well throughout the task. Eclipse focus on artwork with a high price tag, but face questions over the layout of their gallery space, while their softer approach to selling attracts few purchases. In the boardroom, the results of each team's efforts reveals that Stealth's strategy was more effective, leaving Eclipse to argue amongst themselves over who was at fault. Amongst the final three, Sir Alan disapproves of what he hears and sees from Natalie Wood, firing her for lying over her contributions as the project manager and who she brought back for the final boardroom.
326"The Sausage Saga"[14]2 May 2007 (2007-05-02)5.68
Teams find themselves heading to a French farmers market with a selection of British produce, with each team seeking to find the right market for their choices and making use of salespeople fluent in the language. Eclipse focus on selling tea, smoked fish and marmalade, making strong sales with most of their selection thanks to gifted French speakers. Stealth focus on selling sausages, chutney and processed cheese, yet face issues from one product being un-sellable, along with a lack of co-ordination and poor decisions by the team's leader. When totals are reviewed, Eclipse prove themselves at picking the right products for the foreign customers, leaving Stealth to debate over their mistakes on the task. Of the final three, Sir Alan fires Paul Callaghan for the many errors he made that contributed to his team's loss and not taking responsibility for these.
337"The 97 pence Victory"[15]9 May 2007 (2007-05-09)5.92
Sir Alan gives both teams a new shopping list of items to find, tasking them with finding each one for a bargain price. Eclipse struggle on finding the items due to a problematic leader heightening tension amongst its members, with deals they made being rushed through with little negotiations. Stealth manage good negotiations due to a firm focus on the task, and good co-operation between some of its members. While neither team managed to secure the same item, the counting of spends combined with fines occurred reveal that Eclipse manage to spend marginally less than Stealth did, despite their issues and their opponent's co-ordinated effort. Amongst the losing team, following a discussion on their loss, Sir Alan dismisses Adam Hosker for his poor organisational and leadership skills, and for making a fatal mistake that cost his team a chance of victory.
348"Brand-a Trainer"[16]16 May 2007 (2007-05-16)6.05
Given a new style of trainer, each team is challenged to create a unique brand for it, complete with promotional campaign, and pitch their concept to retailers. Eclipse go for a "Street" theme and the use of charity within the design of their brand, though face minor issues in their pitch over the latter aspect of their concept despite providing a good campaign. Stealth focus on a more well-made branding around an urban music theme, but while the TV advert is well designed, their concept faces criticism over the unclear messaging in their promotional material. In the boardroom, feedback leads Sir Alan to granting Eclipse the win, after Stealth's concept is deemed to be of poor quality. Amongst the losing team, Ghazal Asif is deemed unfit for the job offer after being criticised over her attitude, lack of business skills, and her overall performance in tasks.
359"Feeling The Strain"[17]23 May 2007 (2007-05-23)4.99
Establishing a trade link between nations is the basis of the next task, as each team chooses a groundbreaking product from abroad, and then find customers for it around Britain within two days. Stealth choose items made in Canada that have a high market value, performing well despite delaying themselves to be briefed on their choices and thus having to make sales on the second day. Eclipse choose items from Sweden, yet while they perform well, they secure fewer sales and are fined for lateness in returning to the boardroom. A review of their performance soon reveals that they failed to secure favourable figures compared to Stealth, leaving Eclipse to face an in-depth scrutiny of their work. Of the final three, despite being the strongest of the candidates, Jadine Johnson is fired for lacking proper focus on tasks and for personal reasons she voiced in the final boardroom.
3610"Selling on TV"[18]30 May 2007 (2007-05-30)5.23
Heading to sell on a shopping channel, each team is given an airtime slot to sell a selection of productions, seeking to make a good presentation to secure sales from viewers. Stealth's selection includes chocolate fountains and slimming pants, yet while one member's product demonstration goes wrong, the team manage good sales. Eclipse's selection includes foldable wheelchairs and trampolines, yet face issues over one of their products, poor communication amongst the team, and a humorous demonstration, that hamper sales. In the boardroom, Stealth's presentation is deemed the best from the figures they achieve, leaving Eclipse to be questioned on their failure. Amongst the final three, Naomi Lay is ejected from the process for her product selection, lack of respect to superiors and her overall track record.
37SP–1"Beyond the Boardroom"[19]3 June 2007 (2007-06-03)1.62
In this special episode, the fired candidates from this series of The Apprentice look back at their experiences on the programme. Along with them, their friends, family and colleagues discuss about the backgrounds and personalities of each respective candidate, including Sir Alan's aides, Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford.
3811"Interviews"[20]6 June 2007 (2007-06-06)6.06
After facing ten tasks as teams, the five remaining candidates now compete as individuals in their next task – a series of tough, gruelling interviews with three of Sir Alan's most trusted associates. Each member faces scrutiny over their backgrounds, work experience and performance within the process when questioned by the interviewers. Feedback to Sir Alan, alongside observations by his aides, leads him to deciding that the poor CV and background of Lohit Kaliburgi no longer makes them a viable candidate for his job offer, while he dismisses Tre Azam for their argumentative and immature nature they displayed in interviews. Of the remaining three, Katie Hopkins opts to leave of her own accord, rather than face having to relocate her family if she won, leaving Simon Ambrose, who received praise for his academic knowledge, and Kristina Grimes, who was given praise by all the interviewers, moving on into the final.
39SP–2"Why I Fired Them"[21]10 June 2007 (2007-06-10)2.46
As the final looms, Sir Alan takes a look back to the tasks he set for this year's series of The Apprentice. From the fiasco in France, to the most tightly fought win in the show's history, he relieves all of the mistakes and doomed decisions that were made, and gives out his reasons for what made him fire a candidate in that respective task.
4012"The Final"[22]13 June 2007 (2007-06-13)7.09
After facing a multitude of business tasks and a tough interview, the two finalists now face one more challenge – helped by old friends, each finalist must put together a proposal over the style of redevelopment to be made on a plot purchased by Sir Alan. Simon's proposal focuses on an "organic" design for the development on the site, while Kristina's proposal focuses on a design aimed at symbolising the regeneration of the sight. Both proposals are well-received in their presentations, leaving the decision on which is the best a tough one in the boardroom. Based on his observations on the task, Sir Alan decides that Simon Ambrose shall be his new apprentice for 2007 due to his creativity, business knowledge and risk-taking strategy, leaving Kristina Grimes to become the runner-up for demonstrating herself as being less of a risk taker than desired.


Unfair behaviour to candidates[edit]

Following their appearances on The Apprentice, both Gerri Blackwood and Tre Azam criticized the programme for how it treated the candidates. Blackwood mostly made allegations against the filming of the programme, stating that candidates were given misleading information by Hewer and Mountford, and that female contestants were forced to shower together in the same bathroom in the candidate's house, after two of its five bathrooms were closed by the production team, who allocated a third to the film crew.[23][24] Azam's allegation mainly focused on the programme's editing and the portrayal of candidates, mostly himself, stating that his portrayal had been "dumbed down" in comparison to the other candidates.[25]

Negative remarks over a product[edit]

After the sixth episode of the series was broadcast, the programme received criticism over Sugar's negative comments about a brand of cheese sold by wholesale chain Makro and manufacturer Wyke Farms. Both parties refuted his belief that viewers would not likely find the brand being sold in France, and pointed out that Sugar lacked any knowledge of the cheese market to have had reason to verbally blast Paul Callaghan for choosing to take the product to sell there.[26]

Sexual discrimination accusations[edit]

Following the broadcast of the eleventh episode, several organisation, 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. The accusations were made in regards to him only questioning contestants Katie Hopkins and Kristina Grimes about their child-care arrangements, and not Tre Azam who was himself a parent. While the incident was well documented within the media,[27][28][29] none of those who made accusations took into account that both women were single parents at the time of the interviews, in comparison to Azam who was married,[30][31] and that Hopkins resigned from the programme after declining Sugar's initial offer of being one of the finalists during this episode.[32][33]

Despite this, Sugar responded in his defence to his actions, when appearing on GMTV, that he was aware of all rules regarding sexual discrimination within the workplace.[34][35] Simon Ambrose later denied claims from internet conspiracists that Katie's exit from the show was fixed, and that the segments were re-filmed and edited in later, insisting that nothing had been changed with the final edit of the episode.[36]


Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[8]

Airdate Viewers
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


Special Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
Beyond the Boardroom 3 June 2007 1.62 22
Why I Fired Them 10 June 2007 2.46 8


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