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Everything you need to know about The Apprentice 2015

Published 13/10/2015 | 13:46

Lord Sugar and his advisers, Karren Brady and Claude Littner, who replaces Nick Hewer, will put a new group of candidates through the toughest business contest on TV when The Apprentice returns on Wednesday, October 15 for an 11th series.
Lord Sugar and his advisers, Karren Brady and Claude Littner, who replaces Nick Hewer, will put a new group of candidates through the toughest business contest on TV when The Apprentice returns on Wednesday, October 15 for an 11th series.
Ruth Whiteley during her audition for The Apprentice 2015
The Apprentice 2015 - Scott Butaja
The Apprentice 2015 - Joseph Valente
The Apprentice 2015 - Gary Poulton
The Apprentice 2015 - Sam Curry
The Apprentice 2015 - Charleine Wain
The Apprentice 2015 - Ruth Whiteley
The Apprentice 2015 - April Jackson
The Apprentice 2015 - Natalie Dean
The Apprentice 2015 - Jenny Garbis
The Apprentice 2015 - David Stevenson
The Apprentice 2015 - Vana Koutsomitis
The Apprentice 2015 - Elle Stevenson
The Apprentice 2015 - Aisha Kasim
The Apprentice 2015 - Richard Woods
The Apprentice 2015 - Dan Callaghan
The Apprentice 2015 - Scott Saunders
The Apprentice 2015 - Brett Butler Smythe

Prepare for several weeks of hilarity as the newest batch of victims attempt to win Lord Sugar's favour on The Apprentice.

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It's kicking off on Wednesday (October 14) on BBC One at 9pm and promises to bring another round of self-serving bull, dodgy dealings, terrible tasks, and egos gone wild.

Here's everything you need to know:

What's different for 2015?

There's been a shuffle in the line-up with Nick Hewer replaced by Claude Littner as Lord Sugar's right hand man.  If the name isn't immediately recognisable you'll remember Claude as the most terrifying of the interviewers the three finalists encounter before the winner is chosen.  Also this year the beloved Dara O'Briain has been replaced by Jack Dee on the The Apprentice: You're Fired.

When is it on TV?

It kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday October 14 on BBC One at 10pm (with the second show of the week on Thursday at the same time).  The Apprentice: You're Fired airs on BBC Two at 10pm, immediately after the main show.

Which terrifying tasks will they face?

Dreaming up a campaign for shampoo doesn't exactly sound like the challenge of the century, but if we have learned anything from Apprentices past it's that the simplest of tasks can bring out the greatest stupidity in the contestants.  Tomorrow night's launch show will see them buying fish (cue suitable facial contorting) and selling food to City workers at lunchtime.  Unfortunately, they can't agree when lunchtime actually is.

They'll also have to flog pet products, dabble in the property business, and launch a DIY company.  We're stressed just thinking about it.

What does the winner get?

They get a £250,000 investment in their business and will gain Lord Sugar as business partner. Woohoo!

Is it a desirable prize?  Lord Sugar thinks so...

“It sometimes gets a bit underestimated because this is an incredible opportunity. A new company will be formed and £250,000 thousand pounds will be injected, no strings attached. The bottom line is, this process works. I’ve invested one million pounds in all four winners and all four of those people are doing fantastically well and I’m expecting the winner of this particular process to carry on that trend. Two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand pounds – it’s an acorn which we want grown into a great oak tree.”

Who's up for the challenge this year?

Click through for the contestants' audition videos, choc full of manic bragging and dodgy soundbites: The Apprentice 2015: Meet the contestants (and their massive egos)

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