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The Apprentice

Wed Jul 10, 9-10pm, BBC1

Series nine, episode 11
Margaret Mountford is looking quizzical. And no wonder. ‘You studied the greats of human history and cherrypicked their knowledge. And as a result of that, your role model is David Beckham?’ Yes, it’s time for the interviews, surely the thinking sadist’s favourite stage of the whole ‘Apprentice’ process and certainly the moment at which any carelessly constructed dream is liable to turn to dust. As indeed, three will do tonight.

A slight twist this year as one Claudine Collins appears among the nominated friends of Sugar. Her role appears to be to ignore business and assess character. We can think of several contenders past who we’d have loved to see wander into her crosshairs. Still, look forward to several thoroughly entertaining moments of idiocy which range from confusing profit and turnover to being forced to back up a careless boast about speedy Rubik’s Cube solving.