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Apprentice Episode 1: “If my team loses i’ll blame the project manager, if i’m the project manager – i’ll blame someone else”

So, there it goes the first episode of the apprentice 2011 the fairly standard here’s some money and a market, make me a profit task. As usual the candidates look like a proper mixed bag with a fair few er…. personalities, here’s a quick round up of my first impressions (warning if you haven’t seen it – look away now).


Edna: wow – is she going to rub someone up the wrong way quickly,  someone really early on said something she didn’t like and she looked like she was about to blow, not to mention the fact she was blatantly making up excuses for things all the way through the episode (she’s my ‘to hate’ candidate so far this year.

Melody: Another errr… strong personality but seems to have some effectiveness along with it there might be a bit of potential here, and after all her plan won!

Jim Eastwood & Gavin Winstanley: both seem like pretty straight guys, and basically competent – actually found myself more or less liking both of these two by the end.

Ellie: There’s definite comedy value here, with the not knowing how to spell vegetable, and the brilliant comment along the lines of “I wouldn’t eat it, but who knows I haven’t been in London that long” or whatever it was, recon she might bethe Baggs of this series, on value alone.

Edward: What an idiot, managed to be both a bad project manager, a useless accountant, and basically a tit – so no surprises for me when he got fired – especially when he took a couple of the more benign members of the team into the boardroom. What a muppet.

As for the others (including Felicity, who I’m backing) er, didn’t see much of you. Any chance you could sort of do something (or at least near a camera), then we might have an idea of who’ll win.

Quote of the week has to be “I’m the youngest, I’m also the shortest” – best way to attempt not to get fired ever, shame it didn’t work.

It’s Back… (The Apprentice 2011) #bbcapprentice

So anyone who knows me well will know I’m a bit of a fan of The Apprentice (ok… a borderline obsessive) – I’ve been watching the program since towards the end of the first series. I’ve been pretty much been hooked by the bizarre entertainment offered by a load of people who are supposedly business professionals proving that actually they mostly haven’t a bloody clue since the very beginning. The new series starts on May 10th on BBC1 at 9pm, and will give me something to do on Wednesday nights for a couple of months! The candidates for this series were announced today – and look like the usual mixed bunch of people with more confidence than discernible talent.

Since the 3rd series I and a few of my friends have ‘backed a candidate’ each based on their photo (and nothing else) – as there’s only 4 of us and we’ve picked ours I thought I’d open the rest up to blog reading types! There’s no prize or anything, but it makes the program more fun as we get a bit competitive (I backed Stella last year who went on to win – and am hoping to repeat my feat this year).

The candidates list as follows:

The Candidates

  • Leon Doyle
  • Alex Britez Cabral
  • Melody Hossaini
  • Felicity Jackson (taken by me!)
  • Edna Agbarha
  • Susan Ma (taken by @robjstyles)
  • Ellie Reed (taken by @RobFarrington)
  • Helen Louise Milligan (@AdamJTaylor)
  • Natasha Scribbins
  • Vincent Disneur
  • Jim Eastwood (taken by @WibbLarque)
  • Edward Hunter
  • Gavin Winstanley (taken by @Kate_Harrington)
  • Tom Pellereau (taken by @MissWimsett)
  • Glenn Ward (taken by @D_C_W)
  • Zoe Beresford (@thewelshbrummie)

Have a look at the candidates and make your choice on The Spy.

If you fancy backing one of the others (beware this exposes you to ridicule if your candidate does something particularly stupid during the show) stick a comment below with your choice and twitter ID!

As ever I’ll be tweeting/blogging along to the series (I’ll try not to get too carried away this year… but no promises!)

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Mark Farrington

Mark Farrington
Broadcast Engineer working in UK Commercial Radio, former Student Radio person (and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Student Radio Association) - I also play with bits and pieces of web stuff, cycle, take photos, cook food and enjoy a good pint of real ale.