When is The Apprentice 2021 back on TV? Release date and who's returning

AFTER two years of not airing The Apprentice due to the pandemic, it will FINALLY be back on our screens January 2022.

Lord Sugar and his hopeful candidates will be back to compete for the £250,000 business injection – Here’s everything you need to know.

When is The Apprentice 2022 on TV?

After no series in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic, The Apprentice is making its return to TV Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Apprentice's new series will broadcast weekly

For now, you can watch the latest series of The Apprentice on BBC iPlayer here.

A six-part best bits special is also available featuring highlights from the past 12 series.

 Is Lord Sugar returning to The Apprentice?

Yes, Lord Sugar will be back on our screens pointing his finger very soon.

The programme’s official Twitter account shared the good news on Thursday, December 9.

The post read: ‘We’re heading back to the boardroom this January. Lord Sugar’s getting his firing finger ready…

‘The Apprentice streaming weekly from 6th January @BBC iPlayer.’

The BBC is said to have started work on a further two series of The Apprentice with Lord Sugar in charge.

Lord Sugar has previously suggested that he would step down after making it to twenty series.

"We would have been doing series 16 this year (2020) and I was happy to do four more," he said. "Of course, it is the BBC who will decide if they wish to do it.

"I fully understand they are in charge but if they wanted to do it, I think 20 years is a nice round figure."

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Who is appearing in The Apprentice?

The latest instalment will see former winner Tim Campbell join as one of Lord Sugar's aides.

He will be standing in for Claude Littner, as she is unable to take part in the new series due to medical reasons.

Tim will join Karren Brady with Lord Sugar saying: "My former winner Tim Campbell will step into Claude’s seat and be my eyes and ears as the candidates face a tough set of business challenges in the upcoming series."

Carina Lepore won The Apprentice's latest series in 2019, securing investment in her artisan bakehouse.

Lord Sugar picked Carina to be his business partner ahead of Scarlett Allen-Horton who pitched her new recruitment agency. 

She received a £250,000 business investment and 50/50 partnership.

Carina has joined the long list of winners who all now have £250,000 injected into their business, but who will be next?

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