The Apprentice 2013 start date set for 'late Spring' on BBC One

Lord Sugar (The Apprentice 2013)

The Apprentice 2013 will return to TV screens on BBC One within weeks, it has been revealed.

Show boss Lord Sugar tweeted last week: “ For those interested as lot of people asking. The next series of The Apprentice will be on late spring 2013"

It will be the ninth series of the show to air, and the second to be aired in the Spring after two previous series were delayed due to the 2010 General Election.

Nick Hewer and Karren Brady are both expected to return to aide Lord Sugar, while BBC Two spin-off You’re Fired is also back.

The show returns after the axing of its spin-off series the Young Apprentice, which was ditched by the Beeb last year.

Writing on Twitter earlier this year, Lord Sugar told fans: “RT: will there be another series of Young Apprentice. hope so….. NO BBC HAVE DECIDED TO STOP IT”

The main show is set to run for at least two more years, however it was previously reported that Lord Alan Sugar had threatened to quit the BBC Over the axing of the Young Apprentice.

“The U.S. Apprentice is hosted by Donald Trump and continues to get huge promotion and publicity from its commercial broadcaster NBC,” a source told the Daily Mail recently.

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