Thursday 22 February 2018

The Apprentice final 2015: everything you need to know as Vana goes head to head with Joseph

The Apprentice 2015 - The finalists. Joseph Valente, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
The Apprentice 2015 - The finalists. Joseph Valente, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Vana's presentation, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Joseph's presentation, Joseph Valente - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Brett filming the advert Brett Butler-Smythe - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Natalie, Richard, Ruth, Charleine & Vana plan their video, Natalie Dean, Richard Woods, Ruth Whiteley, Charleine Wain, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Gary, Mergim & Joseph work on a company name, Gary Poulton, Mergim Butaja, Joseph Valente - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Richard and Charleine at the photoshoot, Richard Woods, Charleine Wain - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
The returning candidates, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Charleine Wain, Natalie Dean, Gary Poulton, Ruth Whiteley, Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Vana Koutsomitis and Joseph Valente have beaten 16 other candidates to the final but who will win The Apprentice 2015?

Some viewers believe it is Joseph since a preview clip at the end of the last episode on Wednesday showed Lord Sugar pointing to the winner, ostensibly on his left.

Vana happened to be sitting to his right and Joseph to his left in the previous shot, with viewers concluding that the winner must be Joseph. 

However, the BBC regularly flips the image of Lord Sugar in the edit or they use old footage (as Lord Sugar revealed in his book , Unscripted: My Ten Years in Telly) as he makes this declaration so there is no guarantee who wins.

Of being in the final with Joseph, Vana says, “I’m here because I want to create an impact on the world, he’s here because he wants to become a billionaire.”

The final episode sees the candidates launch their businesses in an effort to secure Lord Sugar's £250,000 investment.

The returning candidates, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Charleine Wain, Natalie Dean, Gary Poulton, Ruth Whiteley, Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
The returning candidates, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Charleine Wain, Natalie Dean, Gary Poulton, Ruth Whiteley, Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Lord Sugar informs them that they have to create a brand and unveil their campaign, in front of a packed audience full of industry experts at London's City Hall in a few days’ time.

A few old faces return, including Mergim Butaja and Ruth Whiteley, as the two finalists choose key colleagues to try and help them secure the £250,000 investment. 

Vana's presentation, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Vana's presentation, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

It’s straight to work as they set out to build a brand, make a TV advert and create a company fit for Lord Sugar.

Vana wants to set up a dating app, similar to Tinder, called DatePlay, which will combine a dating app with gaming.

Joseph's presentation, Joseph Valente - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Joseph's presentation, Joseph Valente - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

During filming of the video for the app Richard forgets to take his wedding ring off for the dating video while Natalie, Ruth, and Charleine struggle to find single people for customer feedback.

“A few weeks ago I could have throttled him and there he is down on one knee to me" says Charleine of working with Richard on the video.

Natalie, Richard, Ruth, Charleine & Vana plan their video, Natalie Dean, Richard Woods, Ruth Whiteley, Charleine Wain, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Natalie, Richard, Ruth, Charleine & Vana plan their video, Natalie Dean, Richard Woods, Ruth Whiteley, Charleine Wain, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Joseph, meanwhile, was forced to change his business idea after Lord Sugar disagreed with expanding his business on a franchise model.  He's instead looking to grow his current plumbing business.

Mergim helps Joseph to come up with a company name but struggles with his acting skills for the video (as does Elle). 

Gary, Mergim & Joseph work on a company name, Gary Poulton, Mergim Butaja, Joseph Valente - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Gary, Mergim & Joseph work on a company name, Gary Poulton, Mergim Butaja, Joseph Valente - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

“How can you not laugh at that face, look at it!” she says of working with Mergim.  Of their plumbing ad, she says, “It’s starting to look like a 1970s porno.”

It’s a bad start for one finalist as advice from one of the market leaders goes unheeded, but still they plough on regardless. 

The returning candidates, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Charleine Wain, Natalie Dean, Gary Poulton, Ruth Whiteley, Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
The returning candidates, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Charleine Wain, Natalie Dean, Gary Poulton, Ruth Whiteley, Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Elsewhere with potential funding issues on the horizon, the other finalist has a fight on their hands to prove the numbers stack up.

On launch day, the finalists step up to present their plans to 200 leading industry experts and Lord Sugar. 

“I would like to go back to where it all begin. And that starts with myself, which just happens to be my favourite subject," begins Joseph's pitch.

In the boardroom, business plans are evaluated, and ad campaigns assessed, but there can only be one winner. It’s heartbreak for one and ecstasy for the other, as Lord Sugar finally picks his next business partner.

In You’re Hired Jack Dee meets the winner, runner-up and Lord Sugar himself to discuss the tears, triumphs and most memorable moments of the past 12 weeks. 

They’ll be joined by old candidates past and present, and a panel including You’re Fired comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

The Apprentice final airs tonight (Sunday December 20) on BBC One at 9pm.

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