Young Apprentice: Lord Sugar confirms show has been axed!
Lord Alan Sugar has confirmed that his Apprentice spin-off show, Young Apprentice, has not been recommissioned by the BBC.
Young Apprentice (Junior Apprentice in series 1) first began on BBC One and BBC HD in May 2010, concluding in June of the same year, featuring Nick Hewer and Karren Brady as Sugar’s advisors.
The second series started in October 2011, and this time featured eight episodes and twelve contestants. The series was won by Zara Brownless, with James McCullagh as runner-up.
The third series started on 1 November 2012, also with twelve contestants. The series concluded on 20 December, and was won by Ashleigh Porter-Exley, with Lucy Beauvallet as runner-up. Maria Doran and Patrick McDowell finished in joint third place.
However, despite receiving mainly positive feedback, Lord Sugar took to social networking site, Twitter, to confirm that Series 3 was to be the last in the series as the BBC had decided not to renew the show.
When asked by one follower if there was to be a fourth series, the famous entrepreneur replied quite aggressively:
“NO BBC HAVE DECIDED TO STOP IT.”
This news comes after much speculation that the show would not return in the wake of disappointing viewing figures.
Series 1 & 2, both broadcast in the prime time 9pm slot, had pulled in audiences around the 4-5m mark, however series three did not meet its predecessors high expectation when it was moved to the less appealing time slot of 8pm, which saw a drop in figures to just around 3m.
Watch a clip from last year’s Young Apprentice finale in the clip below: