Junior Apprentice Finale Review: The Game Of Strife

June 10, 2010 by  
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JUNIOR APPRENTICE: Thursday 10th June, BBC1, 9pm ALERT ME

If the brutal hiring and firing of The Apprentice wasn’t bad enough, the creators and Suralan Sugar decided to lower the age range so they could torture some young, budding entrepreneurs.

And honestly, it’s really been quite satisfying to watch their little souls being crushed into piles of dust and tonight is the big finale. After weeks of eliminations, it’s time to find out which youngster will be the Apprentice.

Of course I don’t really care which one of the kids wins, I just want to see the back stabbing and bitchiness that this show is famous for. I thought that including 16 year old girls in the constestants might provide some extra strength teenage catfights, especially in the finale, but I was kind of let down as they actually play nice during the final task.

The remaining teens are quiet Kirsty, overbearing Zoe, brainy Arjun and Tim the twit and they’re split into two teams: boys vs. girls. Before I dish the details on what the final four were asked to do, I have one tiny problem. The kids are woken up in the morning with a phonecall telling them that a car will be round in half an hour to pick them up and take them to a meeting with Suralan. What teenage girl goes from pyjamas to office ready in half an hour?

They’re tasked with creating a new bottle of water complete with original logo, slogans, TV advert and launch party. My hat goes off to these guys as they dig deep and create original ideas, good business plans and impressive launch parties. When I was 16 I couldn’t have organised my way out of a wet paper bag.

I won’t spoil who wins or not because frankly I have no idea (pesky press DVD cuts off the ending) but my money’s on Penfold lookalike Arjun but who knows, maybe good looking Tim will steal it away. Perhaps Zoe and Kirsty could give the boys a dose of girl power and win the day? I’d like to say there’s a lot of tension in the finale but there really isn’t but it’s definitely a satisfying end to an interesting show.

In a round about way, the programme does showcase the potential of today’s youth and shows that they’re not all alcohol soaked pram pushers. Teens are painted in a very mature, positive light and I’d happily watch another season of Junior Apprentice. Well, only if they set the finale in Thunderdome.