The Apprentice 2015: Start date, contestants and everything you need to know about series 11

Alas, Lord Sugar's aide Nick Hewer will not be returning this year

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The Apprentice is back this autumn with more caustic one-liners from Lord Sugar and grandiose claims from the contestants.

Check out all the details we know so far about the 11th series:

When does The Apprentice start again?

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Karen Brady, Lord Sugar and Nick Hewer in The Apprentice boardroom

The BBC are remaining tight-lipped about a start date, saying no more than “mid October”.

The contestants will be revealed in the first week of October, and we hazard a guess it will be Wednesday 7 October given the BBC usually unveils show information mid-week.

The Apprentice will likely fill the BBC1 Wednesday night slot vacated by The Great British Bake Off, which is due to finish on 7 October.

So it looks likely that The Apprentice will begin on Wednesday 14 October, but it's tbc...

Who are the contestants?

We won’t know anything about the contestants until the first week of October. Some of them seem to appear in this trailer dressed in armour:

Last year was the biggest ever cast with 20 hopefuls taking part. Previous series have seen between 14 and 16 candidates.

Who are Lord Sugar’s aides this year?

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The wonderfully cutting Nick Hewer announced he would be leaving the series at the end of last year.

But for those who enjoy a good put-down, there’s no need to fear. Interviewer from hell Claude Littner will be joining the panel in Hewer’s stead to put some much-needed fear into the cocky candidates.

Karren Brady will be returning, as will Lord Sugar, despite rumours he would like to step down from the firing chair soon.

What about The Apprentice: You’re Fired?

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Jack Dee will fill Dara Ó Briain's shoes

The BBC2 sister show is also returning, but with Jack Dee heading up the show instead of Dara Ó Briain. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan has also been lined-up as a regular panellist.

 

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