The Apprentice returns to broadcast for its 16th series on the BBC this week, with 16 candidates looking to earn investment from Lord Sugar.

It will see the entrepreneurs compete to win a life-changing £250,000 by completing tasks and fighting for their right to stay in the famous boardroom.

Lord Sugar will be joined by his assistants Karen Brady and 2005 winner of the programme Tim Campbell.

Campbell replaces Claude Littner, who is absent from the programme due to an accident suffered whilst riding his electric bike.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the show has been absent for over two years since the last series concluded in December 2019.

According to BBC News, regular testing and social distancing were among the measures taken to ensure the series could be filmed safely, in the spring of last year.

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When will The Apprentice be on TV?

The Apprentice will air its first episode at 9pm on Thursday, January 6 on BBC One.

In total there will be 12 episodes which will be at the same time on the Thursdays in the weeks to come.

In addition, its companion programme The Apprentice: You're Fired will air at 10pm on BBC Two on the same days.