The Apprentice forced to scrap trips abroad over Covid fears

THE Apprentice candidates can kiss goodbye to trips abroad due to the pandemic.

Wannabe tycoons have been sent to so many global destinations — setting up wine and safari tours in South Africa or octopus shopping in Malta — it was starting to look like a travel show.

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But Covid restrictions mean that if Lord Sugar wants to send them anywhere when the 16th series airs in 2022, it will have to be a UK destination.

A TV insider said: “This is another hurdle the producers have had to jump as Covid-related restrictions are still in place. Although lockdown in Britain is easing, that’s not the case in other countries. It’s a real headache.

“Some of the show’s most famous moments have seen the candidates thrown in at the deep end to complete tasks in places where they don’t always speak English.”

The debut foreign jaunt in 2007’s series three saw the budding entrepreneurs sent to France to sell a range of high-quality British food products.

The “business trips” have read like a global travel guide with destinations since including Dubai, Paris, Morocco, New York, Bruges — not to mention a cruise ship heading for Istanbul. Given the quality of most of the wannabes, I’m sure the world is breathing a sigh of relief.


Marcella star Anna Friel lens her services to upcoming BBC show The Great British Photography Challenge.

The actress posed for these stunning images taken by contestants on the Chris Packham-fronted show, which features celebrity snapper Rankin.

It starts on Monday at 9pm on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.


MARTIN Freeman has a close shave as policeman Chris in new BBC drama The Responder.

The Sherlock actor sported a grade two barnet as filming started around Merseyside.

Joel has a funny dream

JOEL Dommet is sad that his success as a TV host has prevented him from doing more comedy.

The Masked Singer host, who started out as a stand-up, has revealed how his hopes of starring in a sitcom have faded.

He told the Cambridge Union this week: “Everyone’s now put me in that presenting box and won’t let me out.

“It’s so difficult. As soon as you start presenting stuff, no one will ever see you acting in a sitcom unless you write it yourself.”

Joel will front this year’s National Television Awards.

Longlist voting for the NTAs opens on Tuesday, with viewers invited to vote at


ONE of the would-be squaddies on SAS Who Dares Wins this Sunday reveals the harrowing ­experiences that made him sign up for the life-changing experience.

Jamie tells course boss Ant Middleton how he tried to embark on a footballing career at the age of 11, but it all went horrifically wrong.

On the Channel 4 show he says: “I was a pretty good footballer at that age, I was getting a lot of interest.

"I was playing for a local team and they had a particularly good coach, unfortunately the coach turned out to be a ­prolific paedophile.

“For two plus years I was a victim of that. I denied it due to embarrassment and I did that for 25 years.

"It just f***ed me up, really. Another victim later went to the ­national press, we had the same abuser.”

He added: “I now have the second half of my life, I feel like I’ve got 25 years of my life to make up for who I truly am.”

Ant responds: “I don’t see a victim.

"I see someone who’s extremely brave, what you have shown is courage . . . this will be your turning point.”

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