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BBC announces the return of The Apprentice for 2024 (here's what we know so far)

The Apprentice will return for its 18th series in 2024 <i>(Image: BBC/Fremantle Media/Ray Burmiston/PA)</i>
The Apprentice will return for its 18th series in 2024 (Image: BBC/Fremantle Media/Ray Burmiston/PA)

The Apprentice is returning to screens in 2024 for its 18th series, the BBC has announced.

The award-winning business show will see Lord Sugar, 76, and his trusted advisers Baroness Brady, 54, and Tim Campbell, 46, return plus there’ll be 18 new candidates completing new tasks for Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment and mentorship.

At the start of the series, candidates from the men’s and women’s teams will be asked to organise a corporate hospitality challenge in the Scottish Highlands, hosting a luxury away day for clients, to avoid being sent home in the loser’s black cab.

Success in the challenge will mean they go on to complete a host of other tasks, including a virtual escape room, creating cereals for children, discount buying in Jersey, a tourism challenge in Budapest and the return of the infamous TV shopping channel task.

News Shopper: Marnie Swindells became Lord Sugar's business partner in the 17th series of The Apprentice
News Shopper: Marnie Swindells became Lord Sugar's business partner in the 17th series of The Apprentice

Marnie Swindells became Lord Sugar's business partner in the 17th series of The Apprentice (Image: Ian West/PA)

To become Lord Sugar’s new partner and winner of The Apprentice 2024, each candidate will need to prove that they are a business winner.

After the main show, comedian, writer and actor Tom Allen, 40, will return to host The Apprentice: You’re Fired, which will air every week on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

On the show, he’ll analyse and debate the progress of candidates with business leaders and celebrity fans.

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After an all-female finale, the 17th series of the BBC show saw boxing gym owner Marnie Swindells hired as Lord Sugar’s business partner.

Swindells, a court advocate and gold medal-winning boxer from London, went head to head with Rochelle Anthony to secure Lord Sugar’s investment and the chance to form a business partnership with him.

Swindells, who owns community-focused boxing gym Bronx, said: “What an incredible opportunity and moment for a girl like me to get to a place like this and have become Lord Sugar’s business partner.”