The Apprentice is Back!

Series 13 of The Apprentice starts on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017. Once again we have written biographies of all The Apprentice candidates, as well as Lord Sugar, Karren Brady, Claude Littner and Rhod Gilbert.

This year’s bunch of candidates looks strong, with many already having a track record in business. Who will thrive is unpredictable due to the disproportionate emphasis placed on sales ability. Additionally, there is Lord Sugar’s habit of confounding expectations with his firings!

Many of the candidates are interesting. Michaela Wain, for example, is the sister of Ex on the Beach’s Joshua Richie. Can someone help me confirm she is the same Michaela Wain whose puppy Rooney was saved by firefighters after being trapped in a sofa!?

Apparently, the two Sarahs are the bookies’ favourites, but I think Elizabeth McKenna might be worth a shout.

Time will tell.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: All You Need To Know

When does Strictly start?

The launch show, including a special group routine tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth, is scheduled for 7.00pm on BBC1 on Saturday 9 September 2017.

Who are the celebrities?

As usual Biogs.com has biographies of all the celebrities, professional dancers, presenters, and judges. Click on a name below to call up their biography:

Chizzy Akudolu

Gemma Atkinson

Alexandra Burke

Susan Calman

Richard Coles

Brian Conley

Davood Ghadami

Charlotte Hawkins

Mollie King

Ruth Langsford

Joe McFadden

Debbie McGee

Aston Merrygold

Jonnie Peacock

Simon Rimmer

Who are the professional dancers?

OUT: Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero

IN: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, and Amy Dowden.

You can access all the professional dancers’ biographies from our Strictly Come Dancing 2017 page.

Who are the presenters?

As with last year, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be presenting, with Zoe Ball hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

Who are the judges?

OUT: Len Goodman

IN: Shirley Ballas

Shirley joins Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.