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Series Thirteen of The Apprentice (UK), a British reality television series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2017, from 4 October to 17 December on BBC One.[1] Unlike a number of series before which had both their filming and broadcast schedules altered to ensure the programme could aired without clashing with live TV coverage of major sporting and political events, primarily within the UK, it is the first series to focus its broadcast around late Autumn to early Winter, rather than in Spring as had been done when the programme first premiered. Alongside the standard twelve episodes, the series was preceded by the mini online episode "Meet the Candidates" on 26 September, with two specials aired alongside the series – "The Final Five" on 8 December, and "Why I Fired Them" on 14 December.

The Apprentice (UK series 13)
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Promo group shot of Alan Sugar standing before the candidates for series 13
Starring
Country of originUK
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release4 October (2017-10-04) –
17 December 2017 (2017-12-17)
Series chronology
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Series 12
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Series 14

Eighteen candidates took part in the thirteenth series,[2] with James White and Sarah Lynn becoming the overall winners, marking it as the first time in the programme's history that a series ended with joint winners.[3] Excluding the specials, the series averaged around 6.94 million viewers during its broadcast.

Contents

Series OverviewEdit

Applications for the thirteenth series began in late November 2016, towards the end of the twelfth series, with applicants assessed and interviewed by production staff between January and February 2017. Filming took place during Spring to early Summer that year, once the final line-up of eighteen participants had been finalised, with final editing completed before the programme's premiere episode was broadcast in mid-Autumn. Unlike previous series in which the filming schedules had to be rearranged so that the programme's broadcast did not clash with live coverage of major sporting and political events, it was decided that the show maintained its Autumn broadcast as a matter of convenience with the successive rescheduling in past consecutive years after the ninth series. Filming of the first task saw the men name their team Vitality, while the women named their team Graphene.

Of those who took part, both James White and Sarah Lynn would become the eventual winners, an event that marks the first time in the programme's history that Alan Sugar invested in two business partners in the finals as well as choosing joint winners for a series. The aftermath of this result received mixed feedback from viewers and fans of the show. While James would go on to use his investment to start up his IT recruitment firm Right Time Recruitment, Sarah would go on to user her investment to start up an online personalised sweets gift service Sweets in the City.[4]

CandidatesEdit

Candidate Background Age Result
James White Recruitment firm owner 26 Joint-Winners
Sarah Lynn Confectionery company owner 35
Michaela Wain Construction business owner 33 Fired after Interviews stage
Elizabeth McKenna Florist chain owner 39
Joanna Jarjue Digital marketing manager 23
Jade English PR & marketing manager 25 Fired after tenth task
Harrison Jones Sales executive 27
Bushra Shaikh Clothing company owner 34 Fired after ninth task
Charles Burns Management consultant 24 Fired after eighth task
Anisa Topan PR fashion agency owner 36
Andrew Brady Project engineer 26
Sajan Shah Event company owner 24 Fired after seventh task
Sarah-Jayne Clark Clothing company owner 25 Fired after sixth task
Ross Fretten Digital product consultant 29 Fired after fifth task
Siobhan Smith Wedding company owner 34 Fired after fourth task
Elliot Van Emden Legal firm owner 31 Fired after third task
Jeff Wan Business analyst 28 Fired after second task
Danny Grant Online retail store owner 32 Fired after first task

Performance chartEdit

Candidate Task Number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
James IN BR IN IN IN IN LOSE WIN IN IN IN HIRED
Sarah WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN LOSE BR IN HIRED
Michaela IN IN LOSE IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN FIRED
Elizabeth IN IN IN BR IN WIN BR IN BR IN FIRED
Joanna IN IN IN BR WIN IN BR IN IN WIN FIRED
Jade IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Harrison IN IN BR IN BR IN IN IN WIN FIRED
Bushra IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Charles BR IN IN IN IN BR IN FIRED
Anisa IN IN IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Andrew IN IN IN WIN IN BR IN FIRED
Sajan IN IN IN IN LOSE IN FIRED
Sarah-Jayne IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Ross IN LOSE IN IN FIRED
Siobhan IN IN IN FIRED
Elliot BR IN FIRED
Jeff IN FIRED
Danny FIRED

Key:

     The candidate won this series of The Apprentice.
     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.

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
1691"Burgers"[1]4 October 2017 (2017-10-04)6.67
Lord Sugar searches for a new business partner for 2017 amongst eighteen new candidates. For their first task, teams must create a range of luxury burgers, selling their creations to customer either packed or cooked. The women create burgers with beef and chicken in them, but while they secure good sales, they use cheap meat for their patties, attempt to improve these they cook with high quality garnishes and buns, and face a slight manufacturing issue. The men create burgers with buffalo and turkey, but secure few sales due to long manufacturing times, relabelling their turkey patties, and choosing poor marketing locations. The women secure victory despite criticism on their creations, leaving the men to face the boardroom over their poor performance. Of the final three, Daniel Grant becomes the first candidate to be fired for his indecisive leadership, poor time management skills and inability to handle the pressure of his role.
1702"Hotel Redesign"[5]11 October 2017 (2017-10-11)7.10
Teams become interior designers at a five-star hotel, where each must come up with a luxury hotel room concept and pitch their creation to the hotel manager and a leading interior designer. Graphene opt for a golfing themed room that matches what the hotel offers, yet while they negotiating well on furniture so as to keep their concept's costs down, their decorating is poorly conducted, with their design criticised over its choice of furniture and theme. Vitality opt for a British destination theme, managing their decorating efficiently, yet make poor negotiation on furniture and deliver a poor pitch, while facing criticism on their wallpaper design and prop piece. As neither the manager or the designer approve of either design, Lord Sugar makes the decision and shows approval of Graphene's concept, leaving Vitality to face scrutiny of their design and its costs. Amongst the losing team, Jeff Wan is dismissed for his lack of contributions and not performing his assigned role properly.
1713"Robots"[6]18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)6.95
Robots are the basis of the next task, as one half of each team sells a new line of robot toys, while the other create a new prototype robot with unique programming and pitch it to major retailers. Graphene sell a range of flying robot toys, while opt for promoting a concept of new educational robot that uses a unique teaching style, managing good sales of toys and large orders for their prototype, despite in-fighting amongst team members. Vitality sell a range of balancing robot toys, while opt for promoting a concept of senior socialising robot capable of teaching yoga positions and providing vocal reminders, yet while they make good sales on their choice of toys, the prototype receives no orders due to their poor pitches and the overall concept being overwhelmingly disliked. Graphene win the task with their performance, leaving Vitality to face questions over their flawed robot concept. Of the final three, Elliot Van Emden is ejected from the process for falsely claiming credit on the team's choice of toy, and his lack of contributions in tasks.
1724"Stadium Sales"[7]25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)7.00
Before the final of the Women's FA Cup commences at Wembley Stadium, teams must runs a corporate box, each providing food and entertainment to their VIP clients, along with selling snacks to match day crowds. Graphene manage good sales of their chosen snacks and achieve excellent customer satisfaction ratings from their clients, yet their efforts are hampered by one member not being supplied any costing information that results in them supplying their VIP box with unlimited drinks. Vitality focus on keeping costs down, but although they lack a pricing strategy with their snacks and make some mistakes while serving their clients, they manage the task proficiently due to a strong strategy. Graphene soon face questions in the boardroom when their lack of strategy leave them earning less profit than Vitality. Amongst the final three, Siobhan Smith is fired for providing a poor strategy, contributing to key mistakes in the team's performance, and failing a task she was qualified to lead.
1735"Lord Sugar's Birthday"[8]1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)6.95
Lord Sugar supplies each team with a list of nine items he requires, each marking a milestone in his life and career, expecting each to be purchased at bargain prices around London. Vitality focus on sourcing their purchases on the outskirts of the city, managing to secure six items, yet are hampered by wasting time with a gamble that backfires and a lack of focus on high value items. Graphene focus on quick research before leaving and conducting more on the move, securing all nine items despite paying more for some purchases and being fined for lateness. Vitality face questions over their performance, after their total spend is greater than that made by Graphene, despite the winning team being questioned over some of their purchases. Amongst the losing team, Ross Fretten is fired for his lack of contributions in tasks and demonstrating no notable business skills.
1746"Bruges Tour"[9]8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)6.84
Lord Sugar sends the teams to Belgium's capital, where each must provide a high-quality tour to a group of cruise ship passengers, complete with a visit to major tourist site and a choice of souvenirs. Graphene focus on a modern city tour with a tasting session of Belgian chocolates, managing good ticket sales and receiving good income from offering high quality bags as souvenirs, despite one member causing some issues for their group and the team misleading their tourists over an aspect of their tour. Vitality focus on a historical city tour with a beer tasting session, managing their costs and achieving reasonable ticket sales, but face poor feedback of their tour from their tourists while receiving few sales on their keychain souvenirs. Although both teams are made to give refunds, Graphene are praised on their overall effort, leaving Vitality to face questions on their poor decisions. Amongst the final three, Sarah-Jayne Clark is ejected from the process for her poor strategy and weak presence as leader, and her weak track record in tasks.
1757"Advertising – Cars"[10]15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)7.31
Each team is given the same new model of car, with which to create a unique brand for it, complete with promotional campaign, before pitching their concept to industry experts. Graphene opt for their concept to brand the car for families, but face issues from a lack of co-ordination, using the wrong filming location for their TV advert, and delivering a poor pitch, with the experts criticising the branding and advertising. Vitality opt for their concept to brand the car for young women, yet despite issues from problematic members, and the experts raising concerns over their digital billboard and branding, they praise their well-conceived TV advert. Feedback from the experts leaves Lord Sugar deeming Vitality's concept to be a success, leaving Graphene to face criticism over their flawed creation. Amongst the losing team, Sajan Shah is dismissed for his weak creativity on the task and demonstrating a lack of notable business skills.
1768"Doggy Business"[11]22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)6.70
Each team runs their own canine care services for two days, with one half running a mobile operation, and the other operating a facility at an established dog care centre. Vitality conduct a poop-scooping service and handle a canine spa facility, but face issues as the mobile team are overwhelmed with the work they take on, while spa team secure few appointments. Graphene conduct a mobile photoshoot service and operate a canine agility course, yet despite the mobile team conducting a sub-standard service, the training team provide a healthy income from selling canine products at their facility. While Graphene are praised on their business strategy, Vitality face further scrutiny of their performance in the boardroom. Amongst the losing team, three members are soon dismissed for specific reasons - Andrew Brady, for his unprofessional attitude and poor pricing strategy; Anisa Topan, for her weak track record, and her lack of confidence from others; and Charles Burns, for his poor leadership and overall track record.
1779"Food Boxes"[12]29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)6.44
Teams must create their own healthy meal kit, complete with cooking instructions, before demonstrating their concept to leading cuisine experts. Vitality opt for a chicken curry meal kit, managing to provide an easy recipe for it and a good presentation, yet face issues over disagreement on their branding, with the experts questioning the healthy aspect of their kit, the branding, and the lack of photos to compliment the kit's recipe. Graphene focus on a salmon rissoto gourmet meal kit, yet despite providing a clear recipe with photos to compliment it, their presentation is panned by the experts, who criticise the branding and raise questions over making their kit. Votes made by the experts reveal that Vitality's concept was well-received, leaving Graphene to face questions over their performance in the task. Amongst the final three, Bushra Shaikh is fired for her team's poor presentation and her lack of contributions in tasks.
17810"Fashion Show"[13]6 December 2017 (2017-12-06)6.44
Each team represents a fashion designer, hosting a catwalk show, complete with magazine cover, of their new collection, earning commission from the sales of their pieces. Vitality represent a collection of expensive dresses for a 10% commission on each sale, yet despite a reasonable performance and good magazine cover design, they secure low sales due to the price of their fashion line, and a problematic member causing several problems. Graphene represent a collection of affordable dresses for a 17% commission on each sale, yet despite a poor magazine cover design and aggressive sales tactics of one member, the team secure a large amount of purchases. Vitality soon face questions on their decisions after Graphene are praised for their high overall commissions total. Amongst the losing team, Harrison Jones is fired for his lack of sales and contributions alongside raising questions on his track record, while Jade English is dismissed for her choice of designer, and her poor presentation and negotiation skills that contributed to the team's loss.
179SP–1"The Final Five"[14]13 December 2017 (2017-12-13)N/A
As this year's series of The Apprentice draws closer to its finale, this special episode takes a look at profiling the true story behind the five remaining candidates. Discussing their backgrounds, experiences, personality, and strengths and weaknesses, are a selection of each candidate's friends, family and colleagues, as well as Lord Sugar's aides, Claude Littner and Karren Brady.
18011"Interviews"[15]13 December 2017 (2017-12-13)6.80
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 four of Lord Sugar's most trusted associates. Each member faces scrutiny over their backgrounds, work experience, track record, and business proposals when questioned by interviewers. Feedback to Lord Sugar, alongside observations by his aides, leads him to deciding that the lack of experience for her proposal's associated industry makes Joanna Jarjue no longer viable for his investment, while Elizabeth McKenna is dismissed for the lack of scale-ability in her proposal alongside her confrontational attitude, with Michaela Wain fired for lacking the needed focus for her proposed business and her confusing responses to the interviewers' questions. Of the remaining two, despite some concerns on each, James White is praised for his background and proposal, while Sarah Lynn receives good feedback on demonstrating a number of notable business qualities.
181SP–2"Why I Fired Them"[16]16 December 2017 (2017-12-16)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 programming toy robots to crafting burgers, performing dog services and holding tours in Belgium, he relieves all of the mistakes, disasters and doomed decisions that were made, and gives out his reasons for what made him fire a candidate in that respective task when their arguments were not enough to survive the firing line in the boardroom.
18212"The Final"[17]17 December 2017 (2017-12-17)8.09
After facing a multitude of business tasks and a tough interview, the two finalists, aided by old friends, face the task of presenting their business proposal to an audience of business and industry experts, detailing key areas in it – its name, its goals, its target market, and its business structure. James works to present his plan for an IT recruitment firm, yet despite a good presentation and promotional material, alongside his positive enthusiasm, the experts raise concerns over the USP of his brand and the competitive market he would be entering. Sarah works to present her plans for an online personalised-gift sweet business, receiving positive feedback on her presentation, promotional material and potential of her concept, despite questions being raised over the scale-ability of her new business. Based on feedback from these presentations, Lord Sugar deems he will invest in both, declaring that James White and Sarah Lynn will both be his business partners for 2017, based on positive traits of each finalist's proposal.

RatingsEdit

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[18]

Episode
no.
Air date 7-day viewers
(millions)
28-day viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 4 October 2017 6.49 6.67 6
2 11 October 2017 6.90 7.10 3
3 18 October 2017 6.73 6.95 6
4 25 October 2017 6.79 7.00 4
5 1 November 2017 6.81 6.95 5
6 8 November 2017 6.76 6.84 7
7 15 November 2017 7.19 7.31 4
8 22 November 2017 6.57 6.70 7
9 29 November 2017 6.29 6.44 9
10 6 December 2017 6.34 6.44 10
11 13 December 2017 6.74 6.80 6
12 17 December 2017 7.99 8.09 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Burgers, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  2. ^ "Series 13, The Apprentice – Meet the candidates – BBC One".
  3. ^ "The Apprentice: Lord Sugar surprises viewers with result of final". BBC News. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  4. ^ "The Apprentice: where are the past winners?". The Week. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Hotel Redesign, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  6. ^ "Robots, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  7. ^ "Stadium Sales, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  8. ^ "Lord Sugar's Birthday, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  9. ^ "Bruges Tour, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  10. ^ "Advertising – Cars, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  11. ^ "Doggy Business, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  12. ^ "Food Boxes, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  13. ^ "Fashion Show, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  14. ^ "The Final Five, Series , The Apprentice – BBC One".
  15. ^ "Interviews, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  16. ^ "Why I Fired Them, Series , The Apprentice – BBC One".
  17. ^ "The Final, Series 13, The Apprentice – BBC One".
  18. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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