The Apprentice (British series 16)

The sixteenth series of British reality television series The Apprentice (UK) premiered on 6 January 2022 in the UK on BBC One.[1] It is the first series to be broadcast since the COVID-19 pandemic, with filming originally planned to begin in spring 2020, however the pandemic forced the BBC to postpone production until the following year. The BBC instead aired six special compilation episodes featuring highlights from previous series which aired from 1 October to 5 November 2020.[2][3][4] The series features sixteen candidates and sees Tim Campbell, the winner of the first series replace Claude Littner as Lord Sugar's aide, after Littner suffered an injury whilst cycling.[5] The candidates for the sixteenth series were revealed on 4 January 2022, two days before the show's premiere.[6]

The Apprentice
Series 16
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes12
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release6 January (2022-01-06) –
24 March 2022 (2022-03-24)
Series chronology
← Previous
Series 15

Due to a double firing after the tenth task, for the time first since the eighth series the interviews stage featured four candidates, as opposed to the usual final five. It's also the only series not to feature the "discount buying task", which has been a staple since the first series. As well, for the first time the final four interview candidates were all women. The series ended on 24 March 2022 with Harpreet Kaur winning the £250,000 investment. Kathryn Louise Burn finished as the runner-up.

Series overviewEdit

CandidatesEdit

Candidate Background Age Result
Harpreet Kaur Dessert parlour owner 30 Winner
Kathryn Louise Burn Online pyjama store owner 29 Runner-Up
Stephanie Affleck Online children's store owner 28 Fired after the interviews stage
Brittany Carter Hotel front of house manager 25
Akeem Bundu-Kamara Financial firm strategy manager 29 Fired after the tenth task
Aaron Willis Flight operations instructor 38
Akshay Thakrar Digital marketing agency owner 28 Fired after the ninth task
Nick Showering Finance manager 31 Fired after the eighth task
Sophie Wilding Boutique cocktail bar owner 32 Fired after the seventh task
Amy Anzel Beauty brand owner 48 Fired after the sixth task
Francesca Kennedy Wallbank Sustainability company owner 26 Fired after the fifth task
Alex Short Commercial cleaning company owner 27 Fired after the fourth task
Navid Sole Pharmacist 27 Fired after the third task
Shama Amin Children's day nursery owner 41 Quit before the third task
Conor Gilsenan Sales executive 29 Fired after the second task
Harry Mahmood Regional operations manager 35 Fired after the first task

Performance chartEdit

Candidate Task Number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Harpreet IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN LOSE IN HIRED
Kathryn WIN IN IN BR IN LOSE IN BR BR BR IN RUNNER-UP
Stephanie IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN LOSE BR BR FIRED
Brittany IN IN IN IN LOSE IN IN IN WIN BR FIRED
Akeem BR IN IN IN WIN IN WIN IN IN FIRED
Aaron IN LOSE IN IN IN BR IN IN IN FIRED
Akshay LOSE IN BR BR IN IN BR BR FIRED
Nick IN BR WIN IN IN IN BR FIRED
Sophie IN IN LOSE IN BR IN FIRED
Amy IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Francesca IN WIN IN IN FIRED
Alex IN IN IN FIRED
Navid IN IN FIRED
Shama IN IN LEFT
Conor IN FIRED
Harry FIRED

Key:

  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.

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [7]
1831"Cruise Ship"[8]6 January 2022 (2022-01-06)7.16
Lord Sugar returns following the COVID-19 pandemic, in search of a new business partner amongst sixteen new candidates. His first task involves them coming up with a marketing campaign for a new cruise liner, including a social media teaser, before pitching their concept to industry experts. The men focus on health and wellbeing for older people, but face criticism with their branding. The women focus on adult-only cruising for friends, yet face concerns with their brand name and social media promotion. Lord Sugar ultimately chooses the women's concept as the best of the teams, leaving the men facing scrutiny over their idea. Of the final three, Harry Mahmood is the first to be fired by Lord Sugar for being too disruptive during the task.
1842"Toothbrush"[9]13 January 2022 (2022-01-13)7.18
Dental health is the theme for the candidate's next task, as each team designs a brand new electric toothbrush for 6-8 year olds, including an accompanying app, before pitching it to retailers for orders. The men design their toothbrush as a wand with a fantasy wizard themed app, but face issues with their concept, along with criticism on their toothbrush's design and their app. The women opt for a orange-coloured toothbrush with sci-fi themed app, which proves popular despite issues with their branding and app. In the boardroom, the women secure the most orders, leaving the men to deal with criticism over their product. Of the final three, Conor Gilsenan is fired for failing to display his claimed expertise in app creation and for disregarding instructions from the project manager.
1853"Non-Alcoholic Drinks"[10]20 January 2022 (2022-01-20)7.39
Lord Sugar decides the teams should make their own brand of non-alcoholic drink, before promoting it with a pitch and securing sales from attending retailers. Due to health issues, Shama Amin withdraws from the process immediately before the task's briefing and the team's subsequent reshuffling and naming. Diverse create a vodka-styled energy lime soda, but face criticism over its flavour. Infinity create a mixed-spice drink, but face criticism over its flavour and its poor branding. In the boardroom, Diverse secured the most sales to win, leaving Infinity to be questioned over their drink's poor reception. Of the final three, Navid Sole is dismissed for his lack of contributions and poor teamwork skills.
1864"Fishing"[11]27 January 2022 (2022-01-27)7.44
The candidates face the task of establishing a fish business, sourcing fish on one day, before selling some to a corporate client and converting the rest into a fish dish to sell to the public, making as much profit as possible. Diverse offer pollock and Dover sole to their corporate client and pollock fish tacos for the public, but face issues with quality control. Infinity offer monkfish and plaice to their corporate client and crab arancini to the public but face several problems during the task. In the boardroom Diverse win the task with strong profits, leaving Infinity's performance under scrutiny. Of the final three, Alex Short is fired for his mismanagement throughout the entire task.
1875"Gaming"[12]3 February 2022 (2022-02-03)7.15
Video game designing is the subject of the next task, with each team tasked to create a beta version, including trailer, to pitch to gaming experts for investment. Diverse design an eco-themed platform game focused on collecting Arctic animals, but face criticism on their game in the pitch. Infinity design an action game centred around a falsely convicted spy who must escape prison, which earns praise in their pitch despite some concerns. In the boardroom, Infinity win with the better design, leaving Diverse to face questions over their concept's poor reception. Of the final three, Francesca Kennedy Wallbank is ejected from the process for contributing to most of the mistakes that doomed her team's concept.
1886"Wales"[13]10 February 2022 (2022-02-10)7.00
The candidates are sent to Wales to offer a unique tourist experience within the Snowdonia region, achieving as much profit as possible. Diverse run a highland railway tour with watercolour painting and whiskey tasting, but face issues including time management and seeking commissions. Infinity run a quarry tour with zip-lines, cave exploring and cheese tasting, but fail to maintain their sales strategy along with dealing with other problems. In the boardroom, Diverse win by securing better profits, with Infinity questioned over their lacklustre tour experience. Of the final three, Amy Anzel is dismissed for her overall lack of contributions and failing to prove herself by being a project manager in tasks.
1897"Pods"[14]17 February 2022 (2022-02-17)7.16
Creating a new brand for their own electric driverless vehicle, both teams seek to impress with their design when pitching for sales. Diverse theme their vehicle around parties under the name "StarPod", but face miscommunication among the team and serious criticism over the concept. Infinity focus on a clean energy theme under the name "BeePure", but face criticism over the concept's design. In the boardroom, Infinity win by securing the most sales, with Diverse questioned over their flawed design. Of the final three, Sophie Wilding is fired for her poor leadership, her design concept, and her poor communication amongst her team.
1908"Silverstone"[15]24 February 2022 (2022-02-24)6.92
Candidates face the job of running a racing-themed corporate away day at Silverstone, including a tour and lunch service, earning as much profit as they can from their client's budget. Diverse opt for a luxury experience for their clients, but suffer communication problems and delays in their lunch service. Infinity run a trackside tour, but face criticism from their clients over their arrangements. In the boardroom, Infinity win by securing the most profit, leaving Diverse to be questioned over their failure. Amongst the losing team, Nick Showering is dismissed for failing to demonstrate any exceptional skills and his lack of contribution to the tasks.
1919"TV Selling"[16]3 March 2022 (2022-03-03)7.03
For their next task, teams are challenged with making sales live on a TV shopping channel, choosing whichever products will appeal to their potential customers. Diverse choose a reasonable selection of products, but face chaos over their broadcast session. Infinity face questions over their selection of products, but manage their TV sales efficiently. In the boardroom, Infinity win the task after securing several successful transactions, leaving Diverse to be questioned over their performance. Amongst the losing team, Akshay Thakrar is fired for his overall track record and his mismanagement of the team's broadcast segment.
19210"Baby Food"[17]10 March 2022 (2022-03-10)6.77

Lord Sugar summons the remaining candidates to KidZania in west London, where he reveals that their next task is to create brand new baby food. Diverse opt for a Middle Eastern-style 'Moroccan Medley' dish, but face criticism over the poor taste and thick texture of the product. Infinity opt for a Pan-Asian style curry, but face harsh criticism for the branding, which on the label reads out "First Time F Dies". In the boardroom, both teams secure no orders, leaving both to be questioned over their poor products. Amongst the candidates, Aaron Willis is dismissed for his mismanagement of creating the baby food, and Akeem Bundu-Kamara is ejected from the process for his overall lack of contribution to the tasks and failing to notice the major error in the name of his team's product.

Notes: Tim Campbell was absent for this episode due to him self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and was replaced by Mike Soutar.
193SP–1"The Final Four"[18]15 March 2022 (2022-03-15)N/A
With just two more tasks remaining, the remaining aspiring entrepreneurs go under the microscope, revealing the real people behind the businesswear.
19411"Interviews"[19]17 March 2022 (2022-03-17)7.03
The remaining candidates are interviewed by Lord Sugar’s most trusted advisors, Claude Littner, Mike Soutar, Claudine Collins and Linda Plant, who are primed to pick apart their business plans. After feedback from his advisors, Lord Sugar fires Brittany Carter for offering a proposal she has no experience in, and Stephanie Affleck due to concerns about certain aspects of her proposed business. Of the final two, Kathryn Louise Burn is considered a risk due to ecological and sustainability concerns, and Harpreet Kaur is also considered a risk due to her business proposal involving a business she already co-owns, despite her track record.
195SP–2"Why I Fired Them"[18]21 March 2022 (2022-03-21)N/A
As the final looms, Lord Sugar takes a look back to the tasks he set for this year's series of The Apprentice. From creating a new driverless pod and baby food, to running a corporate away day at Silverstone and putting on a tour in Wales, he relives all of the mistakes, doomed decisions, and other notable events that occurred during the process, and provides his reasons behind each firing he made amongst the candidates for the process, which ultimately whittle them down to the two finalists for this series.
19612"The Final"24 March 2022 (2022-03-24)6.81
The two remaining candidates Harpreet Kaur and Kathryn Louise Burn take part in the final task. Harpreet and Kathryn both had to launch their respective new businesses, make advertising campaigns which are relevant to their respective businesses and pitch their businesses to a series of industry experts. Harpreet being a dessert parlour owner created the brand "Oh So Yum" whereas Kathryn being an online pyjama owner created the brand "Pyjamily". Both the finalists had to then convince Lord Sugar why they were worthy of the £250,000 investment. In the end, Lord Sugar deemed Harpreet to be his new business partner for her solid track record in the process in tandem with a solid business plan while Kathryn was runner-up with concerns regarding the longevity and popularity of her business.

ControversiesEdit

During the show's television run, Lord Sugar sent two tweets criticizing Amy Anzel's performances in various tasks. He described her sales technique as "slow" and stated "I think if I came up with a task of the life and time of Amy Anzel she would still be sub team leader."[20][21] Anzel later complained to Naked TV, the show's production company, about the tweets. She did not appear on the "You're Hired" episode of the accompanying post-episode chat series, which she blamed on her complaints. The production company stated invitations to the episode were made at their discretion. (Harry Mahmood and Navid Sole were also absent, allegedly due to a fight with Aaron Willis, despite them both appearing in the final task).[22]

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Series 16, The Apprentice – BBC One". BBC.
  11. ^ "Fishing, Series 16, The Apprentice – BBC One". BBC.
  12. ^ "Gaming, Series 16, The Apprentice – BBC One". BBC.
  13. ^ "Wales, Series 16, The Apprentice – BBC One". BBC.
  14. ^ "Pods, Series 16, The Apprentice – BBC One". BBC.
  15. ^ "Silverstone, Series 16, The Apprentice - BBC One". BBC.
  16. ^ "TV Selling, Series 16, The Apprentice - BBC One". BBC.
  17. ^ "Baby Food, Series 16, The Apprentice - BBC One". BBC.
  18. ^ a b "The Final Four, Series 16, The Apprentice - BBC One". BBC.
  19. ^ "Episode 12, Series 16, The Apprentice - BBC One". BBC.
  20. ^ Alan Sugar [@Lord_Sugar] (27 January 2022). "Amy didn't sell she was so slow . Slower than broad band Wi-Fi in Cornwall @bbcapprentice" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Alan Sugar [@Lord_Sugar] (10 February 2022). "I think if I came up with a task of the life and time of Amy Anzel she would still be sub team leader @bbcapprentice" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Hill, Rose (20 March 2022). "Apprentice bosses 'ban' contestant Amy Anzel from final after her Lord Sugar complaints". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 25 March 2022.

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