The BEST Episodes of The Apprentice (UK)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 6, 2020
Network: BBC One
Over the course of 12 tough tasks, the 16 candidates will be whittled down until just one victor remains. And plenty of sparks are set to fly in the boardroom along the way! Each week the budding entrepreneurs will be divided into two teams - led by designated Project Managers - that lock horns under the watchful eyes of Lord Sugar's advisor Baroness Karren Brady and new aide Claude Littner. After completing each task both teams return to the boardroom to discuss their inspirational or calamitous experiences and discover which side has triumphed. The winners will be rewarded with a luscious treat while the losing team’s Project Manager must select two colleagues to accompany them back into the boardroom. Lord Sugar will then hear their arguments and fire at least one of them from the competition. The eventual winner of The Apprentice Series 15 will be given the opportunity to be Lord Sugar's business partner and receive an investment to the value of £250,000 founded on the basis of their idea.
#1 - Episode 12 - Chocolates
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 7, 2009
#2 - The Final - Riverboat Parties
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 4, 2005
Fourteen candidates compete to win the prize of a highly paid job with Sir Alan Sugar. The two remaining candidates have their final project, a party each on a Thames riverboat.
#3 - The Final
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 17, 2011
After eleven tasks, it's finally time for Lord Sugar to choose his business partner. The four finalists each have to face a gruelling interview process on their own. There is nowhere to hide as each of them is grilled by four of Lord Sugar's trusted business colleagues and advisors. Each candidate will also have their business ideas tested to destruction, as their plans for their business with Lord Sugar are put under the microscope. It's the ultimate test of character, as every aspect of their personal and professional lives is scrutinised and judged by the influential interviewers. After they have made their assessments, Lord Sugar's four advisors feed back their opinions and explain their verdicts to him in the boardroom. As the candidates take their turn to plead their case, three will have their dreams shattered as Lord Sugar delivers his final ruling on who will become his business partner.
#4 - Episode 7 - Selling to Trade
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired May 6, 2009
#5 - Episode 7 - Buying in Morocco
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired May 7, 2008
The candidates set off on a two-day business trip to Marrakesh, where they are challenged to find the best deals possible when buying 10 items in the city's markets. The budding entrepreneurs race against time and tempers flare as the deadline approaches. Margaret Mountford and Nick Hewer report back to Alan Sugar, who will cross-examine the two teams before dismissing another contestant
#6 - Episode 5 - Breakfast Cereal
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 22, 2009
The candidates are given the task of a new breakfast cereal with a brand identity including a name for the cereal, design for the box and film a TV campaign that will appeal both to the parents and the children.
#7 - Episode 5 - Art
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 16, 2005
Fourteen candidates compete in tests of stamina, intelligence and ruthlessness to win the prize of a highly paid job with Sir Alan Sugar. The two teams are given the task of selling modern art.
#8 - Episode 3 - Pub Restaurant
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 9, 2008
The teams must take over a pub and turn it into a themed restaurant - however, the pub kitchens in which the teams will be based, have never served food before.
#9 - Episode 6 - French Market
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 2, 2007
The remaining ten candidates get a special treat from Sir Alan, as they take a trip across the Channel. However, this will be no holiday, as the two teams are set the task to make as large a profit as possible by selling British food to the French.
#10 - Episode 12 - Building Design
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 13, 2007
The final week and only two candidates remain in the compitition. With former colleagues coming back to help, or possibly hinder, the final task of the season is to plan and present ideas of what to do with a £120 million site that Sir Alan has recently bought. This time however, the final boardroom will reveal who has been hired.
#11 - The Final Five
Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 9, 2015
Ten weeks ago, eighteen potential business partners arrived at the boardroom in the hope of becoming Lord Sugar's next business partner. As series 11 draws to a close and the tension mounts, The Apprentice: The Final Five profiles the remaining candidates.
#12 - Episode 11 - Interviews
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 27, 2005
Fourteen candidates compete in tests to win the prize of a job with Sir Alan Sugar. With a place in the final at stake, the candidates must compete as individuals in a round of interviews.
#13 - Episode 7- Celebrity Auction
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 30, 2005
Eight contestants remain and Sir Alan Sugar has had to separate two of them following a bust-up. The task tests their negotiating skills as they have to convince celebrities to donate something personal for auction.
#14 - Health Snack
Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 9, 2015
Lord Sugar summons the remaining candidates to the London Aquatic Centre, where he gives them the task of creating and producing a new health food, before pitching their idea to three major retailers. The teams have two days to invent an original snack, build a brand, and then achieve orders from leading figures in the industry. One team tries to impress with rejuvenating superfood snack bars, while the other opts for vegetable crisps. But there is nowhere for the candidates to hide as chaos ensues, with confusion over recipes, last-minute mistakes, and painful pitches to industry experts, before Lord Sugar announces a shock result.
#15 - Episode 11 - Interviews
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 3, 2009
There's no place to hide as the final five candidates face four of Sir Alan's trusted advisors in face-to-face interviews.
#16 - Episode 4 - Cosmetics
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 15, 2009
Week four of Sir Alan Sugars search for his apprentice. Sir Alan Sugar challenges the teams to set up their own cosmetics business.
#17 - Episode 5 - Advertising
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 22, 2006
The remaining ten candidates are given the task to promote a card that grants the bearer money for private jets. When they need a private jet, they use the card to show that they have the money.
#18 - Episode 10 - Supercar Rentals
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired May 27, 2008
Sir Alan gives the teams a choice of supercars and challenges them to rent them out to members of the public. It's not hard to turn heads with such high-end merchandise, but interest soon dries up when the teams reveal the price tag to passers-by.
#19 - Episode 2 - Catering
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 1, 2009
After a punishing first task, there is no let-up for the candidates, as Sir Alan challenges them to set up a catering service for busy professionals in the City of London. In tough economic times, the teams must agree a distinctive identity to stand out from the competition and win new customers.
#20 - Episode 8 - Trade Sales
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 13, 2006
As the series enters the second half, Sir Alan arrives at the house to tell the contestants that they must sell goods to traders.
#21 - Property Agents
Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 2015
Last year’s winner of The Apprentice, Mark Wright (remember him?), recently quoted Lord Sugar as saying, ‘You make money from property and do business for fun.’ Which perhaps reflects the fact that property mega-deals are what have lifted Sugar from middling tech entrepreneur to billionaire. So why not have a task on The Apprentice that matches the boss’s business? Versatile and Connexus are summoned to the top of the South Bank Tower, where Sugar dispatches them to the London property jungle. There they must put their desperate sales patter to work as estate agents for multimillion-pound developments. Ask yourself, would you buy a home from these people?
#22 - Episode 7 - Ten Items to Buy
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 9, 2007
It's time to see how well the candidates can negotiate, as they have to buy ten items for the lowest amount of money. It may seem to be a relatively simple task, but Sir Alan has asked for one particular item that the teams may have to look extremely hard for.
#23 - Episode 10 - Shopping Channel
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 30, 2007
It's time for the candidates to practice their sales technique once more, as they have to sell live on TV to the public. However, this task is not as simple as it may seem, as the teams are also required to choose which specific products they want to sell. Who will sell, and who will make the worst cock-up?
#24 - Epsiode 4 - Sweets
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 18, 2007
It's time to see if the teams have a sweet tooth, with this weeks task involving the manufacturing and selling of sweets at London Zoo. The teams must decide which target market to aim for - parents or children - as well as integrating within the zoo and it's main animal attractions.
#25 - Episode 3 - List of Items to Buy
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 2, 2005
Twelve candidates are left in the running to become Sir Alan's apprentice. There's a change in the sexual chemistry as Sugar orders a re-shuffle to enable girls and boys to work together for the first time. The business task - buying goods at the lowest possible price - seems simple. Both teams have to buy the same items - a diamond, a bowler hat and a plate of jellied eels - for as little money as possible.