Lord Alan Sugar almost quit before Junior Apprentice

Lord Alan Sugar has admitted that he almost quit TV for good, before the Junior Apprentice was commissioned. After growing weary of the Apprentice format, the Amstrad boss says that the teenage version has breathed a new lease of life into the show and reignited his passion for the search for a protégé.

The Junior Apprentice concludes tonight on BBC one and will see Zoe, Kirsty, Tim and Arjun battling it out for the £25,000 prize.

Sugar told The Sun:

“I’ve enjoyed Junior Apprentice tremendously – it was my brainchild.

“It was one reason for me continuing The Apprentice.

“The format’s very good and the viewing figures keep growing, but there might come a time when I think ‘I can’t add to it’.

“That’s why Junior Apprentice came just at the right time and the BBC kind of detected that’s how I felt about it – that I needed to do something else.

“The BBC are going to commission a longer series next time because six episodes wasn’t enough.”

On how the youngsters performed he added:

He said: “They’ve got great potential. It’s heartwarming these youngsters exist in this day and age.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!