Irish version of the US show. Fourteen contestants compete to become entrepreneur Bill Cullen's apprentice.


Mark Burnett




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Series cast summary:
Bill Cullen Bill Cullen ...  Himself - The Boss 25 episodes, 2008-2009
Jackie Lavin Jackie Lavin ...  Herself - Bill's Assistant 25 episodes, 2008-2009
Brian Purcell Brian Purcell ...  Himself - Bill's Assistant 25 episodes, 2008-2009
Stephen Higgins Stephen Higgins ...  Himself - Candidate 13 episodes, 2009
Geraldine O'Callaghan Geraldine O'Callaghan ...  Herself - Candidate / ... 13 episodes, 2009
Steve Rayner Steve Rayner ...  Himself - Candidate / ... 13 episodes, 2009
Stuart Butler Stuart Butler ...  Himself - Candidate / ... 12 episodes, 2008
Nicky O'Callaghan Nicky O'Callaghan ...  Herself - Candidate 12 episodes, 2008
Orla Power Orla Power ...  Herself - Candidate / ... 12 episodes, 2008
Brenda Shanahan Brenda Shanahan ...  Herself - Candidate / ... 12 episodes, 2008
Lucinda Kelly Lucinda Kelly ...  Herself - Candidate / ... 12 episodes, 2009
Aoiffe Madden Aoiffe Madden ...  Herself - Candidate / ... 11 episodes, 2009


Irish version of the US show. Fourteen contestants compete to become entrepreneur Bill Cullen's apprentice.

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TV3 [Ireland]





Release Date:

22 September 2008 (Ireland) See more »

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Screentime Shinawil See more »
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Version of The Apprentice Asia (2013) See more »

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So bad it's good
1 August 2019 | by mrapseudonymSee all my reviews

Woefully self-unaware "candidates" battle it out to be given a job by a glorified car salesman. Weekly tasks are episode-long product placements, alternating between contestants frantically selling to people in the street (with less grace than charity collectors) and some design task reminiscent of a school poster competition. Bill Cullen, who critiques them on their performance before firing one, is permanently consumed by indignation at their failure to live up to whatever standard it is he contrives so that they never can. Criticism is frequently perplexing, contradictory and always aggressive. Particularly in the third season, the quality of the contestants is staggeringly bad. The type of TV you watch for a self esteem boost.

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