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21st Dec 2021

After three long years, The Apprentice is coming back this January

Sarah McKenna Barry

The show returns this January – and we can’t wait.

Exciting news for fans of The Apprentice, as the show will be back on our screens in the new year.

It might be hard to believe, but it’s actually been three long years since we saw Lord Sugar destroy the dreams of business hopefuls on a weekly basis. And if you’ve been anticipating its comeback, the wait is finally over.

BBC announced today that the compelling reality series will return on 6 January 2022, after the show’s hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The network shared a first-look of the new series which gives viewers a glimpse of what to expect in the next few weeks.

In the trailer, the main man himself, Lord Alan Sugar, is strapped to a chair as he is mechanically prepped for his new batch of potential apprentices.

A robotic voice-over tells viewers: “Wheelie cases located. New tasks loading. One liners generating.”

On that note, the trailer sees Lord Sugar tell the aspiring entrepreneurs: “In this boardroom, you don’t get furloughed, you get fired.”

We are then informed that the iconic black cabs of the series are “on standby”, while Sugars’ two advisors are raring to go.

Back for more boardroom confrontations is Baroness Karren Brady, who has been a regular on The Apprentice since season four.

However, notably absent this year is Claude Littner. The business executive will not be advising on the upcoming series as he recovers from a serious accident he sustained over the past year.

Filling Littner’s shoes this year is Tim Campbell MBE, who Apprentice fans may recognise as the show’s first ever winner. After beating out 13 other candidates, Campbell became the project director of Amstrad’s Health and Beauty division. He left the company two years later and founded the charity the Bright Ideas Trust in 2008.

The Apprentice returns to BBC One on 6 January 2022.