|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 (2006-2012)|
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 subtitle 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 an introduction to camera by the host, upon them entering the set. 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. Initially, the format of this segment during Adrian Chiles' tenure was to conduct the introduction within the audience before making his way to his seat on the main stage, but this was later changed early into Dara O'Briain's tenure, who simply made the introduction from the main stage; only rarely did he revert to using the previous format for introducing the show. After his departure, the format was altered for Jack Dee's short tenure on the show, in which more than one clip was used in his introduction, before the format reverted back to the previous arrangement for Rhod Gilbert's tenure. The introduction in then concluded by the host, through introducing that episode's selection of panellists - while there is some variation, the panel is typically composed of a journalist, a businessperson, and a comedian, although in some episodes, one panellist consists of Lord Sugar's aides; in some episodes, a member of Lord Sugar's interviewing panel also makes an appearance on the panel as the respective businessperson. In the final episode of each series, the panel, candidate(s) and host are joined by Lord Sugar, who sits beside the host and acts in a similar manner as a panellist, though with a greater degree of attention during a candidate's interview.
After the introduction is completed, the candidate fired from that week's episode of The Apprentice (or the runner-up/winner, in the case of the series finale) is brought forth for their interview by the host and panel, following a clip of the moment they were fired (or hired); in the event of a multiple firing, each fired candidate is shown in the respective order they fired, with filming requiring that interviews be edited to fit a set time-frame within the final edit of the 30-minute long episode. Sat next to the host, the candidate takes part in an interview, where they are questioned on their performance, the issues they faced while on the programme, and other experiences they had, with questions interlaced by a mixture of clips taken from footage used in that week's episode of the main programme alongside "never before seen" footage; such footage tends to include post-edit photoshopping effects and animations to further enhance the humour of the clip (i.e. making the focus of the clip look differently per the words of others). Often during the interview, the host will usually get opinions and personal views from each member of the panel over respective areas (i.e. how an approach to a business related task might have been better handled). Alongside interviewing a candidate's performance to the point of their defeat/victory; the host, panellists and candidates also discuss over their favourite moments from the show and voice opinions about other candidates; the latter depends on the stage at which the main programme is at with its current broadcast schedule, whereas the final episode features discussing this with the respective candidates sitting in the audience, who were fired over the course of the main programme's currently aired series. One notable clip shown, with the exception of the final episode of the main programme, is an interview made with Lord Sugar, showing his views and opinions on the candidate who was fired; for early series, the opinions were about why he fired the candidate, but later series focused on him voicing how he feels the fired candidate will do in business by providing them pointers to keep in mind.
At the end of the interview, the panel is 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; in the final episode, both Lord Sugar and his advisers are also shown their highlights from the main programme's broadcast. Following this, with the exception of the series finale, a preview of the next episode of the main programme is shown before the credits, often with additional material the main show didn't show in its preview.
During the programme's history, the format has included a number of elements used, some of which reoccurred in various series:
|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|
|13||3 October 2018|