|The Apprentice: You're Fired!|
|Also known as||You're Fired!|
|Genre||Reality game show|
|Created by||Mark Burnett|
Dara Ó Briain
|Theme music composer||Dru Masters|
|Opening theme||"Dance of the Knights" by Prokofiev|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||11|
|No. of episodes||130|
|Running time||30-60 minutes|
Talkback Thames and Mark Burnett Productions (2006-11)|
Boundless and Mark Burnett Productions (2012-13)
Boundless and United Artists Media Group (2014-)
BBC Three (2006)|
BBC Two (2007-present)
BBC One (You're Hired: 2008-present)
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV)|
|Original release||22 February 2006- present|
|Related shows||The Apprentice|
The Apprentice: You're Fired! is a comedy companion discussion programme, created by Mark Burnett in 2006, to run alongside the currently running series of The Apprentice. While its initial series was aired on BBC Three, later series were broadcast on BBC Two since 2007, with the final episode aired on BBC One since 2008 as part of a two-hour special with the main show.
Operating on a similar format to that of Big Brother's Little Brother and Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, each episode focuses on interviews between the host and panel of guests, with a candidate whose firing was recently shown on The Apprentice, discussing about their performance in the contest and their best and worst bits, along with taking a look at highlights of the recent episode from the main show; with the final episode, dubbed The Apprentice: You're Hired!, the host and panelists interview both the winner and the runner-up, along with Lord Sugar himself, while holding a reunion with all of the former candidates, and looking at the best highlights from that year's competition.
Following the decision by the BBC to commission a second series of The Apprentice, plans were made to create a spin-off companion show to run alongside the programme, with it announced on 10 December 2005 that work was underway to create a show similar in line to Big Brother's Little Brother and Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, under the subtile of You're Fired! With the programme effectively confirmed to be in the works, chief football presenter Adrian Chiles was brought in to become its host during its first run on BBC Three, with it airing alongside the second series of the main programme, right after its first episode on 22 February 2006. After the spin-off's first series, the BBC decided to move the companion show to BBC Two, after it had decided to move The Apprentice to BBC One in order for it to be viewed by a mainstream audience. Chiles remained as the host following the move until the end of its fourth series, when he decided to leave the BBC upon signing a deal to work on programmes for ITV. Following his departure from You're Fired!, the broadcaster unveiled comedian Dara Ó Briain as his replacement, who hosted the show from the fifth series, until leaving after the ninth series to focus upon a comedy he was planning.
After Ó Briain's departure, the production team undertook work to improve the show's set - much of this work including redesigning it to be brighter, incorporating more audience seats behind the main stage, and switching from using a large boardroom-styled table to a large desk shared between the host and the interviewed candidate, while providing chairs and small tables for the panel. In addition to this, the show announced an amendment to the host-panel format of the show; along with the news on 11 September 2015 that comedian Jack Dee would be the new host for the tenth series, it was also revealed that the show would feature only two guest panellists, with the third being filled by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, who would act as a regular, recurring panellist on each episode. Dee left after the tenth series had finished, due to work commitments he had made towards other comedies and a radio show, while Ranganathan was forced to drop out after his work schedule for the following year made it unlikely for him to appear in the next series. As a direct result the production team dropped the use of a regular panellist, returning to the original host-panel format, while also modifying the set - this included returning to the use of the original main stage layout, and removing the audience spaces that had been added in. In September 2016, the BBC unveiled comedian Rhod Gilbert, as the show's new host for the twelfth series; he is set to host the thirteenth series in 2017.
Each episode always begins with the host conducting an introduction to camera, after entering the set. The initial format saw the first host, Adrian Chiles, addressing the camera from the audience before making towards the main stage of the set and the table he sat at, but this was format was changed early into O'Briain's tenure, who simply made his address upon being seated at the table, only on rare occasions doing so from the audience. During Jack Dee's short tenure on the show, his introduction was done upon him standing in the centre of the set, before he took his place at the desk he used, but after his departure, the format of introduction was reverted to that from O'Briain's tenure. The general setup of the introduction is that the host explains about the content of the upcoming programme, and often uses at least one humorous highlight taken from the recent episode of The Apprentice, before eventually introducing the guest panellists. Although there is some variation, the panel is typically composed of a journalist, a businessperson, and a comedian, and on some occasions, one of Lord Sugar's aides (either Nick Hewer (until his departure after the tenth series), Karren Brady, or Margaret Mountford (Until her departure after the fifth series)) are present.
Before the interview of an evicted (or winning/runner up) candidate is made, the host often links to a video of the moment that the candidate was fired/hired, before they are introduced onto the stage and sat down next to the host. At this point, both the host and the panellists interview the candidates; in the case of a multiple firing, each candidate from that firing (or if one is runner-up and one is winner) are interviewed separately. During these interviews, candidates air their views on their performance and any issues they had in the task they failed in, whilst a mixture of "never before seen" footage from the task and footage that was aired in the episode are seen, and a filmed interview of Lord Sugar provides the candidate and viewers his reasons for why that person had to leave, which often also includes views by other candidates about the recently fired member; the latter segment isn't used when the runner-up and winner are being interviewed. Often, the family of the fired candidate are also interviewed during this time. The interviewed candidate, host and the celebrity guests also discuss about their favourite moments from the night's show, as well as any other notable ones from the contestant's time on the programme, and also who impressed them and why.
At the end, the guests are asked whether they agree with Lord Sugar's decision, before the studio audience are asked to vote on whether the candidate should have been fired, by holding up the appropriate card (a red "FIRED!" card or a green "HIRED" card); this is not used in the final episode. The evicted candidate is then shown their "best bits" -- montages of video clips that reflects their time in the competition. This is usually accompanied by a popular music track, in the style of Big Brother Live Eviction, with the contestant's reaction to the clips shown in an inset. The host often presents the fired/hired candidate with a parting gift at the end of this, which is something appropriate to one of the candidate's memorable moments on the show. Except for the series finale, a preview of the next episode is then shown before the end credits, often with additional material the main show didn't show in its preview.
The show has had a few notable parts to it:
During the 2009 and 2010 series, a longer edit of the show was used for the late-night repeat, though unlike other programmes with extended versions (such as QI and Have I Got News for You) the longer versions were not explicitly promoted as such and did not appear on iPlayer. As of 2011, late-night repeats of the show have been discontinued. In addition, no episodes of The Apprentice: You're Fired! were made to accompany Young (formerly Junior) Apprentice.
|Series||Start date||End date||Presenter|
|1||22 February 2006||10 May 2006||Adrian Chiles|
|2||28 March 2007||13 June 2007|
|3||26 March 2008||11 June 2008|
|4||25 March 2009||7 June 2009|
|5||6 October 2010||19 December 2010||Dara Ó Briain|
|6||10 May 2011||17 July 2011|
|7||21 March 2012||3 June 2012|
|8||7 May 2013||17 July 2013|
|9||14 October 2014||21 December 2014|
|10||14 October 2015||20 December 2015||Jack Dee|
|11||6 October 2016||18 December 2016||Rhod Gilbert|
|12||4 October 2017||17 December 2017|