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ITV ‘planning reality show to compete with Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice’

Lord Sugar could have some competition on his hands (Picture: BBC)

ITV is planning a reality show to compete with Lord Alan Sugar’s The Apprentice on BBC One.

According to reports, the broadcaster is in talks of developing a series currently titled Easy Millions and casting contestants seeking to own the ‘next million-pound business’ has already begun.

A source said: ‘ITV has spotted a big gap in the telly market and is full steam ahead.

‘They want people to apply if they fancy themselves to be the sort of person who might have applied for The Apprentice and now haven’t got an outlet to show themselves off.’

They continued to The Sun: ‘All being well, they’ll have a decent line-up, get it filmed and be ready for the autumn or later in the year.’

‘In these extraordinary times, Britain needs its entrepreneurial spirit more than ever, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to run the next million-pound business, we want to hear from you,’ casting directors state.

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Lord SugarLord Sugar could have some competition on his hands (Picture: BBC)

ITV is planning a reality show to compete with Lord Alan Sugar’s The Apprentice on BBC One.

According to reports, the broadcaster is in talks of developing a series currently titled Easy Millions and casting contestants seeking to own the ‘next million-pound business’ has already begun.

A source said: ‘ITV has spotted a big gap in the telly market and is full steam ahead.


‘They want people to apply if they fancy themselves to be the sort of person who might have applied for The Apprentice and now haven’t got an outlet to show themselves off.’

They continued to The Sun: ‘All being well, they’ll have a decent line-up, get it filmed and be ready for the autumn or later in the year.’

‘In these extraordinary times, Britain needs its entrepreneurial spirit more than ever, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to run the next million-pound business, we want to hear from you,’ casting directors state.

The Apprentice series 16The Apprentice might not air until 2021 (Picture: BBC)

Back in April, Lord Sugar revealed that plans to film The Apprentice series 16 had been qaushed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He later disclosed that two series could air in 2021 due to the pushbacks.

‘We hope that if things calm down by July we might be able to start filming in September,’ he told The Daily Mail.

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‘In which case, the show will be on early next year. One of the things we’re considering, [is] to have two series air in one year.’

Lord Sugar continued: ‘It would be a big challenge to do, but it’s possible.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.

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