Lord Sugar looking forward to new series of the Junior Apprentice later this year

Junior Apprentice

Despite The Apprentice 2011 not having kicked off yet Lord Sugar has already taken a look ahead to the new series of the Junior Apprentice. The spin-off series, which first aired last year, sees a range of 16-18 year olds battle it out in tasks in the hope of winning a £25,000 cash injection to help their careers.

Asked at the press launch of yesterday's main series, Lord Sugar insisted he wasn't disappointed in the spin-off show after it received poor ratings compared to the adult version. "No we weren't disappointed with the Junior Apprentice at all," Lord Sugar said. "If you remember there was a problem with when it went out because of the BBC and my political connections that some newspapers were keen on encouraging. Therefore the show was on air at a time when people normally go on holiday.

"But it did very well and it did so well that the next series of Junior Apprentice will be eight episodes rather than six. I'm not sure when it will be broadcast, but it will be later this year. No changes to the format. It will be exactly the same."

The first series of the Junior Apprentice was won by 17-year-old Arjun Rajyagor.

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