(An article about how Series 9 Episode 2 of The Apprentice: You’re Fired was recorded. Warning: contains spoilers)
To continue the theme of my Apprentice blogs on a Wednesday I will now answer the question that I’m sure many Apprentice fans have been asking…’I wonder how they film The Apprentice: You’re Fired?’. Well fear not, this blog will hopefully answer that huge question!
As previously mentioned I’m a MASSIVE Apprentice fan so every year since The Apprentice: You’re Fired began I’ve applied to be on the waiting list to be in the audience of the show…and this year I finally got through!
My tickets were to see the second episode in the series, the task where the candidates had to create a flavoured beer.
The Apprentice: You’re Fired is filmed in the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London, and I recommend that if you go get there early as the queue to get in is very long! Although you have your ticket and they have your name on the list, it’s still good to get to the front of the queue to get a good seat.
I walked into the famous studio with The Apprentice boardroom music playing in the background which only increased the excitement! Whilst walking in you’re handed The Apprentice You’re Fired/Hired cards…one of the most important parts of the show!
The floor manager then comes on and rallies the audience by getting us to practice our clapping for when Dara Ó Briain and the candidate come on. He then introduces us to the cameras and warns us not to use our phones or else we’ll be asked to leave!
We then watch the entire episode in the studio on one of the numerous TV screens…although Dara Ó Briain and the panel on You’re Fired aren’t watching it with us unfortunately. Once the episode is finished the floor manager returns to remind us that we can’t tell anyone the result of who got fired as this would ruin the surprise!
There’s then a small break whilst the TV screens on the stage are taken away and the cameras wheeled in…then the main man of the show, Dara Ó Briain, is introduced to the audience to cheers and claps! Dara talks to the audience and makes us laugh before the You’re Fired panel come onto the stage. The three panellists for this particular episode were comedian Ed Byrne, broadcaster Sara Cox and co-founder of Brew Dog, James Watt.
The camera checks are done and the floor manager reminds us to be nice to the fired candidate who’s likely to be very nervous so give him a good reception! Then ACTION! We’re off and running the cameras are rolling! The fired candidate Tim Stillwell comes out to a great reception (probably because he was such a nice guy) which I’m sure relaxed him!
Then the show is filmed in full until the big moment for the audience comes as we’re asked whether Lord Sugar was right or wrong to fire the candidate. Hold up ‘You’re Fired’ if you think he was right or hold up ‘You’re Hired’ if you think he was wrong. I held up You’re Hired as I thought Lord Sugar got it wrong…and so did most of the audience!
The filming of the programme went on for about 45-50 minutes which meant they had to cut down a far bit to get it down to the 30 minute programme. Once the recording is done the floor manager tells us that some shots need to be redone, so he tells Dara and the panel which parts of the show they need to do again…and basically say the same thing they said before! We were quite lucky as only a few bits had to be recorded again.
Once the production crew are happy with the cut we are told to leave the studio section by section. However, before we go I had to get a quick photo of me with the You’re Hired card as a memento of the day. Then we leave the studio and unfortunately have to give the card back 😦 And then that’s it, all done!
So when Wednesday came I was sitting there whilst watching The Apprentice rather smug having already known who got fired! And here’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired episode I saw…but I don’t think you can see me in it though!
Overall it was an unbelievable experience that I’ll never forget!
And you can apply for tickets on the Lost in TV website to be part of the You’re Fired audience.
Thanks for reading my blog and enjoy The Apprentice tonight!