The Apprentice

  Condom 20:53 28 Apr 2012

I don't usually watch programs like the "Apprentice" as I doubt that half the candidates would last more than a day or two in the real world. Also what has this man Sugar actually done which would make him a person anyone with any brains would want to work for? OK he came up with a goodish PC some 20 years or so ago but virtually everything he tried since then was a disaster. Remember the e-mail phone? I understand he is now a box builder for other people. Is it just me or do others think he is put up as something he really isn't?

  john bunyan 21:23 28 Apr 2012

Can't stand the show, or Sugar. He would not last 5 minutes in a major multinational with that style. No doubt an entrepreneur but very rude and lacking in empathy.

  Aitchbee 21:35 28 Apr 2012

If he talked to me like that I would throw a chair at him.

  ams4127 21:43 28 Apr 2012

Well, if you both don't like it, then why are you watching it?

I enjoy it and treat it as entertainment. I would far rather watch it then Eastenders or that Saturday night drivel "The Voice".

With the general dumbing down of TV programming these days I'm doing well if I watch more than an hour each day, and I certainly wouldn't pay for Sky or any other service. Mostly I use my TV set to watch movies from Lovefilm.

Has anyone else noticed that there seem to be more adverts on BBC than commercial channels these days? Infuriates me.

  Forum Editor 23:46 28 Apr 2012

Alan Sugar is a self-made multi-millionaire, and with a fortune estimated at somewhere between £750/800 million he hasn't done so badly for himself. He certainly doesn't have to worry about what people think of his business style, and I'm quite sure he realises that much of the criticism levelled at him is borne of petty jealousy.

He's undoubtedly someone with strong opinions, and can be abrasive when he wants to be - ideal qualifications for a successful TV show front man.

I imagine that he sleeps well at night, and couldn't care less what we think of him. The TV show has higher viewing figures than any other BBC1 programme, and has been bought by 32 countries worldwide.

  Chegs ®™ 04:32 29 Apr 2012

I've never watched the show but have rapidly tired of the soundbite "Your fired" As for The Voice,I like music and this show has artists on that can make the hairs on my neck tingle.I certainly won't partake of the voting.I am really enjoying the milage various comedians are getting from The Voice,almost as much as I'm enjoying listening to the singers.

  morddwyd 08:00 29 Apr 2012

Don't like it, don't watch it (or him).

However, no-one can deny his success, and his style is part of his stock in trade, like Anne Robinson, another one I don't like.

That's why people watch them, just like we used to listen, waiting for the next outburst, to old Gilbert Harding.

That's what they do, that's what they've always done.

  morddwyd 09:04 29 Apr 2012

Much as I dislike Sugar, I consider him God's gift to Public Relations compared to Trump!

  onthelimit1 09:57 29 Apr 2012

It's a TV show for goodness sake - Lord Sugar and just about all the apprentices act up for the cameras otherwise it would be like watching paint dry. No, I don't like it either.

  Forum Editor 10:48 29 Apr 2012

"No, I don't like it either."

Huge numbers of people do, however, and I have noticed that most of the people who I've met who say 'I don't watch it' seem to know quite a bit about the show.

  JYPX 11:21 29 Apr 2012

The first time I saw the Amstrad music systems, in Comet in the 1970's, I laughed out loud. The "tower" felt like a large empty box and the "seperate components" seemed to be sharing one power supply! And then I started reading stories about poor reliability. But - He turned it round, and when you look at his business over the last 40 years you have to have some respect for him.

The Apprentice is one of a tiny number of must watch tv shows for me because it is great entertainment and everything about the show screams quality, (the use of music to create tension would put many Hollywood productions to shame).

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