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.

The 2016 Conservative Party Leadership Election

Harold Wilson said “A week is a long time in politics”. How right he was!

Following the shock Referendum result for Britain to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson became the firm favourite to become the new leader of the Conservative Party. However, when the runners and riders were declared he was not one one of the five candidates. Instead his erstwhile friend Michael Gove had put himself forward, having discovered in the preceding couple of days that Boris did not have what it takes.

The in-fighting had begun. Or, maybe, it had started a long-time ago with rumours of long-running feuds through the party.

Meanwhile the Labour Party were in turmoil with Jeremy Corbyn receiving a resounding vote of no confidence from his fellow MPs in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

To find out more read our Conservative leadership contest special.

Interesting times ahead!

 

Why I Wrote What Are Days For?

Today, I published a book entitled What Are Days For? It is a slim tome, but one that I am pleased to put my name to.

Over the years, I had bought a variety of self-help books and realised that a lot of them were simply common sense. All you had to do, was put the obviously sensible advice into practice. If only life were that easy!

What I have tried to do in my book is provide the reader with a simple strategy about determining what they want out of life and 12 practical tips on how to get it.

Not everyone will agree with all that I have written, but I am confident that nearly everyone can take at least something useful out of it.