There won't be a new series of The Apprentice this year

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

For fans of BBC One's The Apprentice, we have some disappointing news to share - there won't be a new series of the show this year.

The long-running series, which sees entrepreneurial hopefuls battle in out in weekly business tasks to impress Lord Alan Sugar, was due to air this autumn under normal circumstances.

However, back in April, filming was postponed in light of new social distancing restrictions.

"In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, Boundless, the producers of The Apprentice, have postponed filming in consultation with and supported by the BBC," a representative for the show said.

Since then, it seems a decision has been made to cancel The Apprentice's 2020 filming schedule totally.

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Following tabloid reports claiming the series will not air this year, a spokesperson for the BBC said: “Sadly we have decided to postpone The Apprentice for 2020. Production safety and the wellbeing of everyone involved in the show is our number one priority."

While it's not great news for fans of the show, they will have something to look forward to in its place.

A source told The Sun:

"While this is understandably disappointing news, viewers will still be able to get their weekly fix of memorable tasks, favourite candidates and boardroom bust-ups alongside brand new insights from Karren (Brady), Claude (Littner), Lord Sugar and many more from the past 15 years in a special highlights series airing on BBC One."

Lord Sugar has previously said producers have been considering the possibility of airing two series next year.

Watch this space for more news as it emerges.

Good Housekeeping has contacted the BBC for additional comment.

The Apprentice airs on BBC One.

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