The Best Episodes of The Apprentice (UK)
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018
The Apprentice sees fourteen candidates, competing against each other for a position at Lord Alan Sugar's company. Each week the candidates take part in a task set by Lord Sugar. Each team will have a Team Leader who managers that group for that task. The team that performs the best will win a reward and avoid the boardroom. The losing team will be summoned to the boardroom where their team leader will be forced to pick two people in their team who we join them in the boardroom and a chance to be fired. After twelve weeks Lord Sugar will be left with his Apprentice, who will work for him at a salary of £100,000. Lord Sugar is very busy so he has Nick and Karen, who act as his eyes and ears, to inform him of what's going on.
#1 - The Final
Season 7 - Episode 14
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.
#2 - Episode 4 - Cosmetics
Season 5 - Episode 4
Week four of Sir Alan Sugars search for his apprentice. Sir Alan Sugar challenges the teams to set up their own cosmetics business.
#3 - Bangers
Season 6 - Episode 1
Lord Sugar meets a fresh batch of candidates in his search for an apprentice, as another series of the business-based reality TV show begins. The first task for the candidates is to produce a range of sausages ready for sale the next morning. They are given a crash-course in crafting the perfect sausage, before hitting the streets at the crack of dawn in the hope of selling their stock, under the watchful eyes of Nick Hewer and Karren Brady. At the end of the day, one candidate will be fired.
#4 - Episode 12 - Building Design
Season 3 - Episode 12
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.
#5 - Episode 10 - Shopping Channel
Season 1 - Episode 10
Fouteen candidates compete in tests to win the prize of a job with Sir Alan Sugar. The five remaining candidates try to sell wares on a TV shopping channel.
#6 - Episode 10 - Supercar Rentals
Season 4 - Episode 10
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.
#7 - Episode 12 - Chocolates
Season 5 - Episode 12
#8 - Episode 7 - Topshop
Season 2 - Episode 7
The eight survivors try to succeed in the world of fashion at Top Shop in Oxford Circus, London. With Sir Alan and Top Shop owner Phillip Green paying the candidates a surprise visit, how will they cope as they try to find a way to appeal to the teenage fashion market?
#9 - Episode 5 - Advertising
Season 2 - Episode 5
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.
#11 - Episode 4 - Photography
Season 4 - Episode 4
Four weeks into his search for an apprentice, Sir Alan challenges the teams to set up their own photography business at a busy shopping centre on the outskirts of London. Charged with taking and selling photos, the teams must work together to rake in the money. But with tempers flaring and the pressure rising, will the candidates come unstuck at the first hurdle?
#12 - Episode 10 - Shopping Channel
Season 3 - Episode 10
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?
#13 - Episode 8 - Trade Sales
Season 2 - Episode 8
As the series enters the second half, Sir Alan arrives at the house to tell the contestants that they must sell goods to traders.
#14 - Fashion
Season 6 - Episode 5
It is week five, and the candidates boldly enter the world of fashion. Lord Sugar ups the ante when he challenges the teams to open pop-up shops at the Trafford Centre in Manchester - one of Europe's largest shopping centres. The teams must select ranges of clothing from some of London's most up-and-coming designers, and are tasked with charming the fashionistas to allow them to represent their brand at retail. Under the ever-watchful eyes of Nick and Karren, the teams swap their business suits for some cool clobber and use every trick in the book to market and promote their stores. In the boardroom, one candidate on the losing team faces a serious dressing-down from Lord Sugar, who is in an unforgiving mood.
#15 - Episode 5 - Breakfast Cereal
Season 5 - Episode 5
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.
#16 - Episode 7 - Buying in Morocco
Season 4 - Episode 7
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
#17 - Flip It
Season 7 - Episode 10
Called to a north London wholesale warehouse, the teams are met by a nostalgic Lord Sugar, who tells the teams that it was from places like this that he started out buying low to sell high. He gives both teams a pallet carrying 250 pounds' worth of wholesale goods. They must find out what sells best, then re-invest in those products. It is a simple exercise in following the money and increasing sales. The pallets contain cheap nodding dogs, pricey pressure washers, duvet sets, cut-price sunglasses, brollies, watches and more. The prospects for the task look good, and there are quick volunteers for the team leader roles. They have the whole of London to sell to: street markets, houses door-to-door, offices and maps to help find more. The trick is to match the products to the potential market, but some get it badly wrong, taking tacky stuff to snobby areas, or high-priced goods to East End pound shops. For some selling comes naturally, but for others it's a humiliating struggle. In the battle to sell, the teams start to forget the challenge. One team wantonly under-invests, while the other returns to buy an even wider range of products. Arguments about how best to accumulate cash spilt the candidates, leaving both teams in disarray. Lord Sugar nurses hopes for high returns, but in the boardroom they are dashed by dismal results. Turning on the losers, he vents his fury on their performance - particularly their logistics - and the backstabbing begins. In the end there is little to choose between the final three, then the decision is made and an emotional loser hears the words "You're fired!".
#18 - Episode 8 - Trainers
Season 3 - Episode 8
The candidates have to create their own brand of trainer. They are then required, with the help of first class advertising agencies, to market their new product by producing a poster and TV advert.
#19 - Selling To Trade
Season 6 - Episode 4
The teams are at the Science Museum, where they have to select two innovative new products to sell to trade. One of the members of the team which loses the challenge is failed by Sir Alan at the end of the show.
#20 - Country Show
Season 10 - Episode 8
The candidates attempt to crack the rural market at the Royal Bath and West show.
#21 - Episode 3 - List of Items to Buy
Season 1 - Episode 3
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.
#22 - Epsiode 4 - Sweets
Season 3 - Episode 4
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.
#23 - Episode 11 - Interviews
Season 3 - Episode 11
It's time for the five remaining candidates to face the interview process. Three candidates are set to face the chop, as Sir Alan looks to choose the best of the best from the final five.
#24 - Episode 1 - Selling Fish
Season 4 - Episode 1
To start of the new season, Sir Alan sets the task in which two teams, separating into the girls and the boys, have to sell fish out on the streets of London. There was much talk of the boys' team splitting into two factions: the first of these contained Alex, Simon, Lee and Ian while the second consisted of Raef, Michael and Nicholas. Coverage was shown of all members of the boys' team; however, some members of the girls' team (notably Shazia, Lucinda and Jenny) had almost no coverage in this week's episode.
#25 - Episode 5 - Ice Cream
Season 4 - Episode 5
It's down to the farm for our Apprentice wannabes, as the teams take on an ice cream making challenge. Alpha and Renaissance must make three new flavours, and then launch two of those products into the untapped London market. The team which secures the most orders, by value, will win.