BBC’s The Apprentice is about 16 contestants who all vie to Sir Alan Sugar’s apprentice. In season four, we had a weird and wonderful range of characters, from “zany” business analyst Lucinda Ledgerwood, to beleaguered loudmouth Claire Young, the two bitches Jenny Celerier and Jennifer Maguire, debonair knight in shining armour Raef Bjayou, self-proclaimed arrogant and backstabbing Michael Sophocles, and Matt Lucas-look-alike Kevin Shaw. But it was ultimately Lee McQueen, a 30-year-old Recruitment Manager Lee McQueen who won it, and I’m really glad he did.
In a show rife with boardroom backstabbing and underhandedness, Lee was one of the few likable, genuine characters on the show. There have been a fair few toffs on the show (indeed, last year’s winner was a posh lad), but Lee was anything but. A bit inarticulate and shouty, he coined the show’s biggest catchphrase of the year – “That’s what I’m talkin’ about!” and said it just about every other minute. From time to time he would make me cringe for various reasons, from his absolutely ridiculous suggestions (for a greeting card, he came up with the idea of Alien Day), to his questionable spelling, and his CV debacle, on which he lied about attending a course for two years when it was really just four months, but overall, I really liked the guy. I liked his enthusiasm, I liked his sense of humour, and I liked his heart, which must surely have been made of gold.
So yeah. Go Lee!
Did any of you watch The Apprentice? What did you think of it?