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Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief – BBC1

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Alan Sugar challenges two teams of famous faces, including Sam Allardyce, Omid Djalili and Amanda Holden, to organise and host a cabaret night for Comic Relief

Alan Sugar challenges two teams of famous faces, including Sam Allardyce, Omid Djalili and Amanda Holden, to organise and host a cabaret night for Comic Relief

Ever watched The Apprentice and thought ‘I could do that’?

This week, 10 ultra-competitive celebrities put that theory to the test when they volunteer to raise money for Comic Relief in a two-part special.

On the boys’ team we have Rylan Clark-Neal, Richard Arnold, Russell Kane, Omid Djalili and Sam Allardyce.

The girls’ team are Amanda Holden, Tameka Empson, Ayda Williams, Kelly Hoppen and Rachel Johnson.

Their task is to organise a spectacular cabaret fundraiser.

After the event, everyone is called to the boardroom, where Claude Littner and Karren Brady grass up the contestants to Lord Sugar!

Concludes Friday 8 March at 9pm.

TV Times rating: ****

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Ryan Neal-Clark shows his competitive side (Image credit: Comic Relief)

Here, Rylan, 30, tells TV Times more…

How exciting is it to take part in Celebrity Apprentice?

I’m a massive fan of The Apprentice but being in the show is a very different experience. I felt nervous the second I walked in! But it was a fantastic, opportunity to raise money for Comic Relief.

The teams are split into girls and boys. Was the show very competitive?

Yes! We all know each other and get on really well, but you do think, ‘Forget them, let’s ruin their lives!’

I became project manager for the boys because no one else put their hand up. The task was to put on a cabaret extravaganza fundraising evening. All I will say is, it’s scarred me for life…

What tactics did you use?

Both teams got their little black books out and, honestly, it was the one time when I wished I was a woman because Amanda’s got Simon Cowell on speed dial and Ayda is married to Robbie Williams.

And then there’s me sitting with Richard, Russell, Omid and big Sam Allardyce, thinking, ‘Where did this go wrong?’