After a year away due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lord Sugar has confirmed The Apprentice will return to BBC One later this year for a brand new series.
The business mogul said pre-production work has begun on the 16th series after the series was scrapped last year when the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping through the country.
“I know many people will have been disappointed we weren’t able to make The Apprentice last year – myself included,” Lord Sugar said. “I am pleased to say that we are going to be cracking on with a new series very soon. In fact, the pre-production phase has already begun and plans are coming together to make sure we are back on air this year.”
Advisers Karren Brady and Claude Littner are expected to return to the series that usually airs in October.
The 73-year-old host admitted making the show while complying with new coronavirus health regulations would not be easy.
“Putting something together as complex as The Apprentice means the production team need to be flexible,” Lord Sugar said. “But we have one of the best teams in the business working around the clock and I can assure you they will do their absolute damnedest to get the show back on TV.”
Applications are now open for candidates to compete to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment in their new business.
The Apprentice returns to BBC One later this year.