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Published on September 19th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne


The Irish Apprentice 2009

Bill Cullen and Brian Purcell

Bill Cullen and Brian Purcell

On Monday night, September 21st, Bill Cullen and The Irish Apprentice return to our TV screens. The first season ran from September to December last year and was a roaring success, spawning catchphrases like “You’re Barneybracked” and “Have you got the liathroidi?” The show even won the IFTA Award for Best Entertainment Show.

This year promises to be an even bigger affair, with 14 new contestants vying to become Bill Cullen’s new Apprentice. The big man himself says that this year’s contestants are more feisty than he’s seen before and have forced him to up his game too. Does this mean we’ll be seeing a more fierce Bill? Will he, Jackie Lavin and Brian Purcell crack the whip like never before?

In many ways the fun of The Apprentice starts after the person has been fired and the main show ends. You have this person who is hurt and bitter, who feels betrayed, whose dream has been shattered — and obviously it is a shame not to share this heartbreak with a TV audience

Brendan O’Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor and Michelle Heaton

One of the new additions to this year’s programming on TV3 is the inclusion of the post-show analysis programme You’re Fired. Adrian Chiles presents the UK version of the popular show and the Irish Apprentice has You’re a Star’s Brendan O’Connor picking the brains of each week’s ‘fired’ contestant. Word is that celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean and his partner Lisa Murphy will be showing up too. Niamh has already written more here about You’re Fired! and how to get tickets to the show.

Culch.ie will be following the show each week with our own reviews, previews and any other titbits of information we unearth, so keep an eye on www.culch.ie/apprentice.

We had a lot of fun following last year’s Irish Apprentice and this year’s UK Apprentice on the Liveblogs so they will return with a vengeance during each show. Make sure you join us to celebrate, castigate and commiserate the contestants each week. The first liveblog will kick off here at 8.30pm on Monday evening and will run right through to You’re Fired! at 10pm.

Hopefully you’ll follow our coverage of this year’s Irish Apprentice and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. If you want to contact us about anything to do with the Apprentice or anything else on the site, drop us an email.

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One Response to The Irish Apprentice 2009

  1. Jen says:

    Well done Lucinda, great team leader,girls deffo deserved to win

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