The Apprentice new series is bigger and better – with return of fan-favourite

The Apprentice is set to return to screens for its 17th series next year and promises to be “bigger and better than ever”.

Lord Alan Sugar will be joined by his right hand aides Baroness Karen Brady and Tim Campbell MBE, while Claude Littner will make a comeback for two episodes.

The stony faced Littner was sadly replaced during the 2022 series after he almost lost his leg in a horror accident that forced him to take time out from the show.

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The frightening injury came after Claude fell off an electric bike back in April 2021 and had to undergo nine surgeries.

The Apprentice viewers will see another major format shake up as the show is set to increase the number of hopefuls that will be taking part in next year’s series.

The BBC show will be returning with a grand total of 18 candidates for the first time since series 13.

The hopefuls will be battling it out to win a whopping £250,000 investment in their respective business after a gruelling few weeks spent competing against each other.

The contestants will travel to Antigua and be tasked to successfully sell their own excursions to tourists in an attempt to make it through to the next round.

Challenges later on in the series include creating a cartoon, diving into the world of male beauty and dabbling in street food.

The Sun reported that a show insider has said: “Bosses feel The Apprentice will be bigger than ever this year and believe viewers are in for a treat.”

They continued: “There are so many exciting challenges planned that it made sense to increase the numbers.”

Comedian Tom Allen is also set to return as the host of the series’ spin-off show The Apprentice: You’re Fired, which will be broadcast on BBC Two after the main show airs on BBC One.

Allen’s guests will include celebrity fans and business pros who will discuss the efforts made over the previous episode.

Over the years, Lord Sugar has invested nearly £3 million into The Apprentice winners and hopes to increase that amount with this year’s lucky participant.


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