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Apprentice gets two more series
Sir Alan Sugar
Sir Alan fires a contestant every week
Hit BBC One show The Apprentice has been signed up for two more series.

The programme, currently in its third series, follows contestants as they compete for a job with business tycoon Sir Alan Sugar.

"We're delighted we're doing another two series. The show is fantastic and proving popular with young audiences, too," said a BBC spokeswoman.

The format is based on the US show of the same name but it was recently dropped from NBC's autumn schedule.

New pastures

Donald Trump stars in the US version, which began in 2004.

The Bafta-winning UK version has been a ratings success since it began in 2005, moving from BBC Two to BBC One for the third series.

Both winners from the first two series have since moved on to other jobs. Tim Campbell, who was kept on after his 12-month contract with Sir Alan's company Amstrad ended, is planning to start a male grooming business.

Series two winner Michelle Dewsbury left Amstrad after only a few months in the job.

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