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The Apprentice - 18/3/2008 3:29:14 PM   
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Starts next Wednesday (26th March)!

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 3:39:01 PM   
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Yay!!!! I love this show.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 3:54:22 PM   
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Nice one. And here's a picture of this year's little group, most of whom could probably do with looking up words like 'hubris' before delivering their pre-show description.




1. Nicholas De Lacy Brown, 24, trainee barrister from west London
Five years ago he took his grandmother's name as he felt it was more sophisticated.
2. Jennifer Celerier, 36, sales manager from Leicester
Prizes herself on her award-winning selling skills. She had a son when she was 18 and climbed her way up the career ladder while raising him.
3. Jennifer Maguire, 27, marketing consultant from Britol
Dublin-born Jennifer, who was a champion show jumper as a teenager, describes herself as "the best salesperson in Europe".
4. Raef Bjayal, 27, entrepreneur from north-west London
Founder of the Exeter University Debating Society, Raef calls himself "a terrific conversationalist and raconteur" adding "[I'm] priceless, absolutely priceless".
5. Claire Young, 29, senior retail buyer from south London
A convent-educated schoolgirl whose motto is JDI which stands for "just do it".
6. Lucinda Ledgerwood, 31, risk manager from Edinburgh
Lucinda has a diploma in Chinese medicine and was born in Singapore. She turned down the role of body double for a Bond girl.
7. Kevin Shaw, 24, bank manager from Woking
Kevin is a Formula 1 fan and good mates with Jenson Button. "If I want something I will get it. I want to win."That's the most emphatic way in the world

8. Simon Smith, 35, senior satellite engineer from Harlow
An ex-soldier and former drug addict who claims he is a team player.
9. Helene Speight, 32, global pricing leader from Wakefield, West Yorks
A football-loving tomboy who likes being successful in a man's world.
10. Sara Dhada, 25, international car sales strategist from Leicester
A barrister who saved her family's car sales company by taking over from her brothers.
11. Michael Sophocles, 24, telesales executive from north London
A high-earner who has an MA in history and classics.
12. Ian Stringer, 26, sales manager from Flitwick, Bedfordshire
Ian re-wrote the lyrics to Tony Christie's Amarillo for Sport Relief in 2006 and scored himself a No8 hit in the charts.
13. Shazia Wahab, 35, mosaic artist from south London
Has 11 siblings and claims her family earned a Guinness world record for holding the most degrees between them in the UK.
14. Lee McQueen, 30, recruitment sales manager from Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Lee bought his first house when he was 18 and then bought one for his mum.
15. Lindi Mngaza, 22, business liaison manager from Birmingham
Lindi's role model is Richard Branson because he is dyslexic like her.
16. Alex Wotherspoon, 24, regional sales manager from Bolton
Accident prone Alex has punctured a lung, broken ribs, shattered his knuckles, severed his voice box, broken fingers and dislocated his jaw.

Some of those are frankly too easy to poke fun at.

As much as I've enjoyed this over the last few years, I'm hoping for a bit of variation this time around, just to stop it being repetitive. Not necessarily in terms of tasks.


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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 4:03:48 PM   
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Good lord, some of those have 'cringe-crash TV' (I've been waiting to use that again) written all over them.  I'd like it to be freshened up too.  It started to veer more towards standard reality TV at times last time out, especially with the inclusion of uber-villain Katie, who by end had 'I want to be on TV' writen all over her.

Is that more people than usual? not sure of the top of my head. One of the problems has been the time it takes to get rid of the dead wood, too many cooks and all that.  Still I'm looking forward to this very much.

EDIT: Just checked and it was 16 last year.  I guess some of them were just forgettable.



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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 4:49:18 PM   
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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 5:22:47 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Captain Black

Nice one. And here's a picture of this year's little group, most of whom could probably do with looking up words like 'hubris' before delivering their pre-show description.




1. Nicholas De Lacy Brown, 24, trainee barrister from west London
Five years ago he took his grandmother's name as he felt it was more sophisticated.
2. Jennifer Celerier, 36, sales manager from Leicester
Prizes herself on her award-winning selling skills. She had a son when she was 18 and climbed her way up the career ladder while raising him.
3. Jennifer Maguire, 27, marketing consultant from Britol
Dublin-born Jennifer, who was a champion show jumper as a teenager, describes herself as "the best salesperson in Europe".
4. Raef Bjayal, 27, entrepreneur from north-west London
Founder of the Exeter University Debating Society, Raef calls himself "a terrific conversationalist and raconteur" adding "[I'm] priceless, absolutely priceless".
5. Claire Young, 29, senior retail buyer from south London
A convent-educated schoolgirl whose motto is JDI which stands for "just do it".
6. Lucinda Ledgerwood, 31, risk manager from Edinburgh

Lucinda has a diploma in Chinese medicine and was born in Singapore. She turned down the role of body double for a Bond girl.
7. Kevin Shaw, 24, bank manager from Woking
Kevin is a Formula 1 fan and good mates with Jenson Button. "If I want something I will get it. I want to win."That's the most emphatic way in the world

8. Simon Smith, 35, senior satellite engineer from Harlow
An ex-soldier and former drug addict who claims he is a team player.
9. Helene Speight, 32, global pricing leader from Wakefield, West Yorks
A football-loving tomboy who likes being successful in a man's world.
10. Sara Dhada, 25, international car sales strategist from Leicester
A barrister who saved her family's car sales company by taking over from her brothers.
11. Michael Sophocles, 24, telesales executive from north London
A high-earner who has an MA in history and classics.
12. Ian Stringer, 26, sales manager from Flitwick, Bedfordshire
Ian re-wrote the lyrics to Tony Christie's Amarillo for Sport Relief in 2006 and scored himself a No8 hit in the charts.
13. Shazia Wahab, 35, mosaic artist from south London
Has 11 siblings and claims her family earned a Guinness world record for holding the most degrees between them in the UK.
14. Lee McQueen, 30, recruitment sales manager from Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Lee bought his first house when he was 18 and then bought one for his mum.
15. Lindi Mngaza, 22, business liaison manager from Birmingham
Lindi's role model is Richard Branson because he is dyslexic like her.
16. Alex Wotherspoon, 24, regional sales manager from Bolton
Accident prone Alex has punctured a lung, broken ribs, shattered his knuckles, severed his voice box, broken fingers and dislocated his jaw.

Some of those are frankly too easy to poke fun at.

As much as I've enjoyed this over the last few years, I'm hoping for a bit of variation this time around, just to stop it being repetitive. Not necessarily in terms of tasks.



If somebody abreviates a motto then quite frankly it should be your duty to poke fun at them.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 8:18:58 PM   
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quote:

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5. Claire Young, 29, senior retail buyer from south London
A convent-educated schoolgirl whose motto is JDI which stands for "just do it".



That's clearly a motto that extends to her standing in front of an all you can eat buffet, after wondering whether to have a 5th helping.

Oh well...might as well start the ribbing these guys now....

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 18/3/2008 8:31:48 PM   
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I want to hit 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 16 and they haven't even opened their mouths.

Are the Guardian doing their commentaries again this year? They rocked the hizz-ouse.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 8:20:40 AM   
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Looks interesting this year. I can't wait

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 9:58:02 AM   
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11. Michael Sophocles, 24, telesales executive from north London
A high-earner who has an MA in history and classics.


Is that seriously his name?!

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 1:41:58 PM   
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MA in history and classics....unfortunately still can't tie his tie to the right length.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 1:47:29 PM   
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A fellow classicist? I like him already.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 3:02:58 PM   
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quote:

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1. Nicholas De Lacy Brown, 24, trainee barrister from west London
Five years ago he took his grandmother's name as he felt it was more sophisticated.



I think we've found this year's clueless toff, like Paul in the last series.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 3:49:02 PM   
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Any Tre Azam fans from last year? (my hand's up in the air)

He's appearing on Martin Lewis' 'It Pays To Watch' at 7:30pm on Five tonight; having his finances analysed. Should be interesting....

Just googled his name to check the spelling and found his website - worth a click if you fancy a giggle (CLICKY).


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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 19/3/2008 8:46:47 PM   
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16. Alex Wotherspoon, 24, regional sales manager from Bolton
Accident prone Alex has punctured a lung, broken ribs, shattered his knuckles, severed his voice box, broken fingers and dislocated his jaw.


They forgot to add 'because he's a fucking idiot' to the end of that sentence. Seriously, I went to uni with him and he was (presumably still is) an absolute cock. I hope he loses embarrassingly.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 20/3/2008 12:44:48 AM   
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Oh, and anyone who describes themselves as a "raconteur" should be punched until their face resembles a scrunched up picture of Pete Burns.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 20/3/2008 1:05:58 AM   
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Ooh, didn't realise The Apprentice was coming back so soon, but this thread made me go check out the BBC website and there's already a few preview clips on there. looks brilliant as usual. can't wait.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 20/3/2008 8:23:48 AM   
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Ooh, didn't realise The Apprentice was coming back so soon, but this thread made me go check out the BBC website and there's already a few preview clips on there. looks brilliant as usual. can't wait.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/


he  he he he rise of the egomaniacs

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 20/3/2008 12:12:00 PM   
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ORIGINAL: frankie

Ooh, didn't realise The Apprentice was coming back so soon, but this thread made me go check out the BBC website and there's already a few preview clips on there. looks brilliant as usual. can't wait.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/


Those previews are BRILLIANT!

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 9:34:39 AM   
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Starts tonight, I hate them all already and looking forward to their inevitable downfalls!!!! 

Seriously, that last guy that Raver went to Uni with, what is his qualification for being there?!?!

'Ok, we have to sell these fish'

'I know, I'll fling myself off a bridge, that'll do it!!!'



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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 10:10:11 AM   
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11. Michael Sophocles, 24, telesales executive from north London
A high-earner who has an MA in history and classics.


MA in history and classics and he's a call centre operative.  Isn't that what telesales executive is a posh name for?

Can't wait for this evening!


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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 1:33:30 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rinc


quote:

ORIGINAL: Captain Black
11. Michael Sophocles, 24, telesales executive from north London
A high-earner who has an MA in history and classics.


Is that seriously his name?!


Sounds a bit unlikely, but there's a few Shakespeares knocking about, so why not?

quote:

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Any Tre Azam fans from last year? (my hand's up in the air)

Just googled his name to check the spelling and found his website - worth a click if you fancy a giggle (CLICKY).



He was a first class muppet but pure televisual entertainment. I love this bit from his homepage:

"Although a superstar in my own rights, many of you will know me from the BBC Hit Show "The Apprentice" [..]"

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 1:43:02 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Hobbitonlass


quote:

ORIGINAL: Captain Black
11. Michael Sophocles, 24, telesales executive from north London
A high-earner who has an MA in history and classics.


MA in history and classics and he's a call centre operative.  Isn't that what telesales executive is a posh name for?

Can't wait for this evening!



What could you be implying about classicists HL? Bear in mind I'm writing a dissertation on the Roman Army...

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 1:56:26 PM   
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Can't wait for tonight, I bloody love the apprentice!

As a celebration, let's look at what some of the previous years contestants are up to these days....


Paul Torrisi - He was one of a select few who stand out in the very first series and his charisma has served him well. He sold his property portfolio for a reported £4m and promptly moved in to broadcasting. His first TV show was Property Prophets for UKTV and he presented Homes Live for the BBC. His next move could be Hollywood - he's been cast as a Sicilian gangster in a British movie called Fight Back.
 
 
 

Syed Ahmed - The fast-talking, wheeler-dealer from series two was summed up by one contestant as follows: "If there was a Bollywood version of The Office, he would be David Brent." Trading on the celebrity he gained from The Apprentice, Syed was snapped up by Sky One for Cirque de Celebrité. He followed it up with a series for them entitled: Syed Ahmed - Hot Air. Syed was involved with series two winner Michelle Dewberry but they split up.
 
 
 

Michelle Dewberry - How on earth did she beat Ruth 'The Badger' Badger to the series two crown? Anyway, after leaving the £100,000 job that was part of her prize, Michelle founded Michelle Dewberry Ltd (MDL), a global outsourcing and consultancy business. She was involved with fellow contestant Syed Ahmed but unfortunately suffered a miscarriage. Her biography, published in 2007, is entitled Anything is Possible

 
 

Ruth Badger - All hail The Badger! A formidable contestant whose selling skills are second to none; she could sell ice to Eskimos. A good deal of viewers expected her to win and were astounded when Sir Alan plumped for Michelle Dewberry instead. Since the end of the show, Ruth has been busy with her own consultancy firm, Ruth Badger Consultancy. She's also made numerous TV appearances and presented Badger or Bust and The Big Idea for Sky One.
 
 

Tre Azam - For my money, next to Katie Hopkins, series three's best contestant in terms of TV entertainment. He came out with hilarious gems - most of which are unrepeatable - and formed an unlikely double-act with winner Simon Ambrose. He continues to enjoy talking for a living (he never stopped!) and will be posting his thoughts on this year's show in a column for the BBC's official Apprentice website.
 

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 2:05:05 PM   
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All hail the apprentice.

The last 3 series have all been among the best shows on TV. Cant wait until this starts tonight.

TV gold.


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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 6:26:32 PM   
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I feel like the BBC have gone out of the way to put together really unappealing bios for all of the contestants. I know you have to be a bit gobby to work in a sales environment but for goodness sake... Also slightly OT but why do they all have such mental hair?

I am really looking forward to the first episode tonight, I hope they are less annoying than the bios!


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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 7:12:27 PM   
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"Although a superstar in my own rights, many of you will know me from the BBC Hit Show "The Apprentice" [..]"


He sounds like Roland Rat!


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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 9:26:43 PM   
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I'm having laughter-gasms at this series, and we're only 25 minutes in!

They're selling MONKFISH to a chippy!?!

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 9:34:33 PM   
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Clash of the classes with the guys group. One half a group of pompus twits (I'm sure they have great qualifications and blah blah blah) but they really seem like idiots. How can you sell lobster for £4? Ever been shopping before lads? Feel sorry for the team leader he had his head screwed on and put himself forward as everyone else was too scared to do so.

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RE: The Apprentice 2008 - 26/3/2008 9:37:26 PM   
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The posh boys may have been arrogant, but the others were total tools.

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