The Apprentice ‘like psychological torture’ says former candidate

The Apprentice has been compared to “psychological torture” by a former candidate.


Frances Bishop appeared on The Apprentice last year and finished third, just missing out on a place in the semi-final.

As the new series of the show continues, Frances opened up about what it’s really like filming for the BBC One series.

“It’s horrific! It’s like psychological torture! I speak to three people from the show,” Frances explained. “The candidates are lovely, but you see their true colours.”

A year on from her time on the show, Frances told OK! Magazine: “It’s like the Hunger Games! It’s so stressful! They have you sitting in silence before going into the boardroom, you can’t talk off camera, that’s horrific.

“Everyone is completely different from what you see in the show. They put you into a character, they write one for you and that’s what you’ll come out like!”The edit is horrific, the edit ruins lives!”

Despite not making the final, Frances went on to reveal that her business – children’s clothing outlet The Pud Store – is going from strength to strength, now turning over half a million pounds.

It was Alana Spencer who won The Apprentice 2016 last year, securing a £250,000 investment for her bakery business.

Since the final in December she’s been hard at work putting her business plan into action with Lord Sugar’s help.


Series 13 of The Apprentice kicked off earlier this month with 18 brand new candidates.

The new series continues Wednesday nights on BBC One at 9PM.

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