The UK Apprentice – Why Is This Show Being Buried In A Late Timeslot?
There are many reality TV mysteries to me – why Survivor Heroes V Villains did not rate as high as Masterchef, why Channel Seven does not fast track The Amazing Race from the US, and now why the UK Apprentice is being buried in a late night time slot.
Thanks to regular reader Wurstsemmel she alerted me to the UK version of The Apprentice starting, and I am now totally addicted.
Alan Sugar is a natural on camera, and obviously has zero tolerance for bullshit. His off-siders Margaret Mountford, and Nick Hewer give full and frank advice, but rarely crack a smile particularly with the contestant’s that show a complete lack of nous.
And the casting is just reality TV gold, with the usual Type A personalities marketing and sales type, you find on the other Apprentice series, but add in the British class system and you get another dynamic altogether.
The series is now up to episode two. The first week was a fish selling challenge which saw toff Barrister Nicholas being fired. For someone whose livelihood depends on moulding a speech to suit it’s audience, I thought Nick’s I like culture and art declaration when asked why he did not get on with the project manager was the wrong pitch.
It went down like a lead balloon with Sir Alan who despite the title comes from a working class background, and the barrister with the bright blue eyes was eliminated.
The second episode was the a laundry challenge where the teams had to get as much washing as possible and complete it overnight.
The girl’s team were out of the depth from the start, with over quoting on commercial hotel job, where they wanted to charge nearly five pounds per piece resulting in a thousand’s of pound quote, whereas the guys actually rang around to find out what price to charge. They got the job for 200 pounds, which I cannot see how anyone could make any money out of it in the real world.
The project manager was Raef who is a character straight from Brideshead Revisited but add in an Indian heritage I thought would come a cropper, but through luck and some hard working guys they won.
The girls whose project manager, Jenny, had a background in sales, and seemed to have read Management 101, where it she equated bullying as a way of getting people to acquiescing to your demands. She managed to pick on upper class girl Lucinda who really did not help herself when she did not turn up to the morning meeting.
The girls were never in it, they did not get enough jobs and they also lost some clothes.
Shiaza who had set a system which had been working for keeping the clothes sorted was sent home early to commandeer the irons, was then blamed in the board room for the mixing up of clothes and she ended up being eliminated
It was a tad unfair but at this stage of the series would they have been prepared to kick out Jenny and Lucinda who will spend the next few weeks bickering at each other before they get the flick.
The UK Apprentice is on Tuesday nights – Channel Seven at 10.30pm.
Sorry Wurstsemmel for taking so long to post.