Who are The Apprentice finalists and what's the prize?

Nicola Agius, Tom Eames
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It's time for the 2017 candidates to face… the boardroom.

The Apprentice is officially back for series 13 (that's THIRTEENTH) on BBC One and we're as excited as Lord Sugar gets when he's thought of an amazing metaphorical putdown.

But what's the latest news? Who has been eliminated and who's favourite to win? Here's all the info you need:

The Apprentice 2017: When is the final?

The next episode of The Apprentice will air on BBC One on Thursday, December 14 at 8pm.

The grand final will then be broadcast on BBC One three days later on Sunday, December 17 at 9pm.

The Apprentice 2017: Who are the finalists?

Following months of brutal competition in what is undoubtedly the most cut-throat show on TV, Lord Sugar has picked just two candidates to carry forward to the final.

Ladies and gents, meet your 2017 finalists:

James White

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Age: 26

Occupation: Owner, Recruitment Firm

Lives: Birmingham

Sarah Lynn

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Age: 35

Occupation: Owner Confectionery Company

Lives: London

The Apprentice 2017: What is the prize?

The winner will receive an investment of up to £250,000 and go into a 50:50 business with Lord Sugar.

Lord Sugar has already invested more than £1,500,000 in business start-ups through The Apprentice.

The Apprentice 2017: What happens next?

There is one episode left before the final, which will be aired on BBC One, tonight December 14 at 8pm.

This evening's show will take a look back at candidates from this year's series of The Apprentice who fell before the final hurdle and were eliminated by Lord Sugar.

With the help of some previously unseen boardroom insights, Lord Sugar will explain how he came to decide who should be fired.

The Apprentice 2017: Which candidates have been eliminated so far?

While there were 18 candidates at the beginning, one or two (or even three!) were eliminated each week.

Here's who was fired by Lord Sugar:

Joanna Jarjue – eliminated week eleven

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Age: 23

Occupation: Digital Marketing Manager

Lives: Manchester

Elizabeth McKenna – eliminated week eleven

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Age: 39

Occupation: Owner Florist Chain

Lives: Nottinghamshire

Michaela Wain – eliminated week eleven

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Age: 33

Occupation: Business Owner, Construction

Lives: Bolton

Harrison Jones – eliminated week ten

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Age: 27

Occupation: Sales Executive

Lives: Watford

Jade English – eliminated week ten

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Age: 25

Occupation: PR & Marketing Manager

Lives: Manchester

Bushra Shaikh – eliminated week nine

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Age: 34

Occupation: Owner, Clothing Company

Lives: Surrey

Charles Burns – eliminated week eight

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Age: 24

Occupation: Management Consultant

Lives: Manchester

Andrew Brady – eliminated week eight

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Age: 26

Occupation: Project Engineer

Lives: Cheshire

Anisa Topan – eliminated week eight

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Age: 36

Occupation: Owner, PR Fashion Agency

Lives: Surrey

Sajan Shah – eliminated week seven

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Age: 24

Occupation: Owner Event Company

Lives: London

Sarah Jayne Clark – eliminated week six

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Age: 25

Occupation: Owner Clothing Company

Lives: Derbyshire

Ross Fretten – eliminated in week five

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Age: 29

Occupation: Digital Product Consultant

Lives: Essex

Siobhan Smith – eliminated in week four

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Age: 34

Occupation: Owner, Wedding Company

Lives: London

Elliot Van Emden - eliminated week three

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Age: 31

Occupation: Owner Legal Firm

Lives: London

Jeff Wan - eliminated week two

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Age: 28

Occupation: Business Analyst

Lives: London

Danny Grant - eliminated week one

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Age: 32

Occupation: Owner, Online Retail Store

Lives: Kent

The Apprentice 2017: Who is in charge this year?

Lord Alan Sugar is, of course, back for a 13th time as the man in charge, and the one who all the candidates will be hoping to impress with their business acumen, leadership skills and their all important business plan.

Karren Brady and Claude Littner have also returned as Lord Sugar's two advisors. Influential businesswoman Karren has been on the board since series 6, after replacing Margaret Mountford.

Claude has been in this role since 2015, though he has been on the show from the very start as one of the most fierce experts in the interview stage of the process.

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The Apprentice 2017: When did it start?

The Apprentice's boardroom doors opened for all manner of business brouhaha on Wednesday, October 4 at 9pm on BBC One. The series has already been filmed in full and applications closed several months ago.

It's a similar launch timeframe to the 2016 run, which aired from October 6 to December 18. Speculation that it may have been brought forward with The Great British Bake Off no longer on the BBC eventually turned out to be unfounded.

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The Apprentice trailer : Was there a teaser trailer?

Yes! And quite an amazing one if you ask us:

Keep an eye on Lord Sugar's Twitter feed too, as he normally likes to share some sneak peeks in the run-up to the show's launch.

The Apprentice 2018 : How can I apply to be on the next series?

Applications are now open for The Apprentice 2018.

If you think you have what it takes to win an investment of up to £250,000 and go into a 50:50 business with Lord Sugar, click here to be considered for series 14.

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