The Apprentice (2015)

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks

 

Production company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Dover Castle, Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable, Ashford 

The Apprentice is a popular BBC One show where ambitious entrepreneurs compete to avoid hearing the famous line “You’re Fired” and win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

The 18 candidates will have to show their commercial insight and business sense throughout the 12 tough tasks which are closely watched by Lord Sugar’s advisors Baroness Karren Brady and, replacing Nick Hewer, Claude Littner.

In episode three of series 11, “Cross-Channel Discount Buying”, Lord Sugar summons the group to the wartime tunnels underneath Dover Castle where the two teams “Connexus” and “Versatile” are given their task – half of the team must stay in Kent and the other half must travel to France to find nine items and negotiate the best possible price. The team that spends the least amount of money will win.

During the task, the teams visit Kent towns including Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable and Ashford.

With the mission over, the teams head back to the boardroom to find out who won and which candidates are in the firing line.

Margate and Ramsgate are coastal towns in the Thanet District of Kent offering gorgeous beaches, historic towns and a harbour. The area has previously featured in productions such as Eastenders (2015), Edge of Heaven (2013) and True Love (2012).

Situated on the River Stour is the medieval town of Sandwich which has some of the best-preserved half-timbered houses in the country, eateries and B&B’s. The area has been used for filming on projects including Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage (2014), World War Z (2013) and Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights (2013).

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle and the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest passenger port. Productions which have previously filmed in the Dover area include Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015) and Missing (2009).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Ashford is a market town with many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with London and Europe are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including Gadget Man (2014), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Don’t miss the Cross-Channel Discount Buying episode of The Apprentice featuring Kent which will be shown on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kk8y6

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

 

 

 


The Apprentice (2014)

The Apprentice contestants standing in front of Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar and Nick Hewer © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks Photography

The Apprentice contestants with Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar and Nick Hewer © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks Photography

Production Company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Hever Castle, Canterbury

The Apprentice is the popular BBC series where aspiring businessmen and women battle it out for a chance to receive a £250,000 investment from renowned entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar.

Now in its tenth series, the 20 candidates try to impress in a variety of challenges under the watchful eyes of Lord Sugar’s advisors, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer, to avoid the weekly boardroom firing.

In the fifth episode of the new series, the two teams are tasked with creating coach tours and have just 2 days to persuade people to part with their hard earned cash and take day trips to top tourist attractions outside London. One team decides to offer tours to Oxfordshire, whilst the other decides on Canterbury including a visit to Hever Castle. Which team will be victorious?

Canterbury is a historic City boasting the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area also boasts the modern city, parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional villages.  Previous productions that have filmed in Canterbury include Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013) BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) and Last Orders (2008).

Hever Castle is a thirteenth century castle which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and boasts formal Italian Gardens and an ornamental lake. The location has featured in various productions including Inkheart (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Don’t miss The Apprentice episode featuring Canterbury which will be shown on Wednesday 5th November at 21:00 on BBC1.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on The Apprentice visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0071b63

For more information on Canterbury visit: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


The Apprentice (2009)

Sir Alan Sugar sitting at a desk

Sir Alan Sugar © BBC/Talkback Thames

Sir Alan Sugar is back and looking for his next Apprentice!

Production Company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Margate

The popular reality show is back on BBC One for its fifth series. This year 15 contestants will do battle in Sir Alan Sugar’s boardroom to become the winner of the apprenticeship with the six figure salary.

Over 12 weeks, the participants will be split in to teams and put to the test on various tasks. The losing team will then face Sir Alan and one of them will be ‘Fired’.

This year the show visited Kent to film some of the tasks, and whilst we can’t tell you what they were and how it went; we can say, watch out for Margate!

In addition, two of this year’s contestants, Lorraine Tighe and Mona Lewis, come from Kent. To see if they survive the boardroom experience tune in to The Apprentice every Wednesday night at 9pm on BBC1.

The quintessential coastal town, Margate offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has previously featured on screen in productions such as Edge of Heaven (2014), Mary Queen of the High Street (2013) and Last Resort (2000).

The episode featuring Margate aired on 13th May 2009 at 9pm!

Links

For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Margate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

For more information about the series: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/