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Tom Pellereau is thoughtful, likeable – and he may get Lord Sugar's nod

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Well, it's been a quiet news week so far, but here's a big story: Shock Apprentice Format Change! In previous series, the penultimate episode of Lord Sugar's talent search has seen the surviving candidates subjected to a kind of mini-cab rendition. They're plucked at dawn from their luxury rental and taken to some anonymous corporate shed in the outer suburbs, where Sugar's trained interrogators are unleashed on them. It's Abu Ghraib in pinstripes – humiliation, psychological torture and helpless curriculum vitae thumbscrewed until the blood runs. It's the episode that you usually think is going to be a bit dull, until the first bead of sweat appears and you realise that it's actually a relief to get a break from the standard format. But not this year. Although the candidates were talking about interview suits as they scrambled for their morning pick-up, the producers had pulled a switch on them. They were going to have to come up with a concept for a new fast-food franchise, serving up crap to others rather than being forced to eat it themselves.

Video: Melody fired from the Apprentice

After the sales task went disastrously wrong, project manager Melody is the latest to be fired by Lord Sugar on The Apprentice.

Video: Zoe fired from The Apprentice

Zoe Beresford is the latest candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar in The Apprentice.

Minor British Institutions: Personalised number plates

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Editors involved in phone-hacking should be fired, says Lord Sugar

Editors and newspaper proprietors should face prison if their titles are found to have carried out phone hacking, the Labour peer and television personality Lord Sugar said yesterday.

Sheesh, Ye Olde King&rsquo;s Head, High Road, Chigwell, Essex

It's hard to convey the giggly astonishment that sweeps over you when you walk into Lord Sugar's Essex gastropub. Despite its arch name, the pub is authentically old – starting life in 1547, it's one of ye oldeste pubbes in Englande, and was the original of the Maypole Inn in Dickens's Barnaby Rudge – and is a huge, mock-Tudor-monochrome barn of considerable beauty, overlooking Chigwell School.

Diary: Bookies get behind Pippa

After dipping a tentative toe yesterday into the "Arse-Gate" furore that erupted following game old girl Carol Vorderman's surprise triumph at the Rear of the Year awards this week, I had hoped that the matter would now be closed.

Last Night's TV - Wonderland, BBC2; The Apprentice, BBC1

Pride and prejudice

Last Night's TV: 24 Hours in A&amp;E/Channel 4<br />The Apprentice/BBC1

With "structured reality" shows like The Only Way is Essex making all the noise now (and taking some of the Baftas) it's perhaps worth remembering that all documentaries structure reality – it's just that the traditional kind does it after the event rather than before. Take 24 Hours in A&E, for example, Channel 4's observational series about King's College Hospital emergency room, which on the face of it cedes pretty much all of its construction to contingent life. The structure, notionally at least, is simply one damn thing after another, and the principal characters are whoever gets wheeled through the swing doors on a stretcher or – as in last night's rather dramatic episode – staggers through the door, having been shot in the face.

Stars in their eyes: Why is the Government allowing celebrities into the seats of power?

Mary Portas is the latest television personality to be recruited by government &ndash; but politics is too important to be treated like a reality show, argues John Walsh

Lord Sugar*: Losers and prima donnas need not apply

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The Lonely Planet guide tells it like it is in the age of the pugnacious celebrity &ndash; and now Newt Gingrich wants to rule the world

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Stories of real-life therapy patients with the faces of Beavis and Butt-head? Amazingly, it works

Katie Price to rival Lord Sugar

Katie Price is to give Lord Sugar a run for his money by finding her own apprentice for a new TV series.

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