The Apprentice 2019 start date, contestants and spoilers from series 15

The Apprentice air date and line up

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The Apprentice 2019 starts this week on BBC One, here's all you need to know.

From the confirmed start date to the contestants and first spoilers, here's all about the new series.

The Apprentice 2019 air date

Filming for the BBC One reality series took place earlier this year, but when does it start on TV?

The Apprentice 2019 will begin on BBC One on Wednesday, October 2. Episodes will air weekly at 9PM.

You can watch online and catch up via the BBC iPlayer.

The Apprentice contestants

16 brand new contestants on The Apprentice 2019 were revealed earlier this year. They are:

Dean Ahmad 20-year-old Owner, Sports Management Agency from Essex

Scarlett Allen-Horton 32-year-old Owner, Recruitment Company from West Midlands

Jemelin Artigas 34-year-old Network Marketing Consultant from South East London

Souleyman Bah 20-year-old Para Athlete and Motivational Speaker from South West London

Lewis Ellis 28-year-old Digital Marketing Project Manager from Lancashire

Lubna Farhan 33-year-old Finance Manager from Luton

Riyonn Farsad 30-year-old Events Manager from South London

Shahin Hassan 36-year-old Chartered Engineer from Birmingham

Pamela Laird 29-year-old Owner, Beauty Brand from Dublin, Ireland

Carina Lepore 30-year-old Owner, Artisan Bakery from South London

Lottie Lion 19-year-old Librarian from Somerset

Ryan-Mark Parsons 19-year-old Luxury Womenswear Consultant from South East London

Iasha Masood 27-year-old Account Manager from Manchester

Kenna Ngoma 24-year-old Owner, Ice Cream Company from Greater Manchester

Marianne Rawlins 36-year-old Owner, Risk Management Consultancy from Stamford, Lincolnshire

Thomas Skinner 28-year-old Owner, Pillow Company from East London

The Apprentice 2019 spoilers

The Apprentice's fifteenth series begins with a bang, as Lord Sugar whisks the business hopefuls away to Cape Town, South Africa.

Lord Sugar sets the candidates one of the most challenging tasks ever; to create, set up and run bespoke tours on the outskirts of Cape Town. This takes the candidates out of their comfort zone from the get go, as the teams head off on Safari and Vineyard excursions.

Following their trip to South Africa, Lord Sugar pulls out all the stops to test the candidates in the world of business.

Tasks over the series this year will see candidates running a corporate away day on a Steam Train, designing a theme park ride using the latest technology, travelling to Finland to create an advertising campaign, and hitting the streets of Oxford and Cambridge to find and buy nine items.

The hopeful entrepreneurs will also create a new Electric Bicycle to pitch to the market, and head into the world of music management by marketing an unsigned artist.

Who won The Apprentice last year?

It was Sian Gabbidon who won The Apprentice 2018 in the finale of last year's series.

Lord Sugar picked swimwear brand owner Sian to be his business partner. She received a £250,000 business investment and 50/50 partnership with the multi-millionaire business mogul.

Sian joined a long list of winners including 2017's double champions Sarah Lynn and James White, Alana Spencer, Mark Wright, Dr Leah Totton, Ricky Martin and Thomas Pellereau.

All of their businesses now has its £250,000 cash injection, who will be next?

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