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Exclusive pictures as The Apprentice 2019 films with Rutherford’s punt company in Cambridge


By Paul Brackley


There was a glimpse of some of the new candidates on BBC One’s The Apprentice in Cambridge this week as filming for the new season took place.

The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of BBC One's The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of BBC One's The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Cambridge Independent spotted them at Quayside, outside Thaikun restaurant, on Wednesday (May 15), where they interacted with punt company Rutherford’s.

At one point, one of the smartly-dressed contestants tried out a punting pole for size.

The punt company was tight-lipped about the filming this week.

It offers shared and group punting, private hire, romantic punts and Champagne tours.

One of the 2019 candidates of The Apprentice tries a punt pole for size in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
One of the 2019 candidates of The Apprentice tries a punt pole for size in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

The individuals who will compete in the reality TV show for investment from Lord Alan Sugar have yet to be named.

They were spotted earlier this month outside the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.

Candidates for the 2019 season of The Apprentice were smartly-dressed as they filmed in Quayside, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Candidates for the 2019 season of The Apprentice were smartly-dressed as they filmed in Quayside, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Apprentice 2019 candidates were talking to punt operators in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Apprentice 2019 candidates were talking to punt operators in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge became a filming location for 'The Apprentice'tv programme on Wednesday 15 th May. Picture: Keith Heppell. (10419793)
The Quayside in Cambridge became a filming location for 'The Apprentice'tv programme on Wednesday 15 th May. Picture: Keith Heppell. (10419793)

The 15th season of the show returns to our screens later this year.

Swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon won the 2018 series and earned a £250,000 investment into her business from Lord Sugar.

Camilla Ainsworth, who at 22 was the youngest ever finalist, was runner-up and has since landed a deal for her nut milk product M+LKPLUS with Holland and Barrett.

The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Quayside in Cambridge was a filming location for the 2019 season of The Apprentice on Wednesday May 15. Picture: Keith Heppell

Concerns for the duty of care towards reality TV show staff have been raised following the death of a man who had taken a lie detector test on Jeremy Kyle Show, which has now been cancelled by ITV.

Two contestants on Love Island - Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon - have taken their own lives since appearing on the show.

But in the wake of the debate, Lord Sugar has defended the level of care given to candidates on The Apprentice.

The Apprentice 2019 films in Quayside, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Apprentice 2019 films in Quayside, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

He told Good Morning Britain on Tuesday that a shortlist of candidates is drawn up from thousands of entrants.

“Before we tell them they can come on the show, they have to see a psychiatrist and they have to talk about their past life and whether they can take the stress and the strain and all that,” he said.

“At the BBC, and I'm sure that ITV are the same, they have a duty of care to make sure that no-one enters the process if there’s any chance of it causing them any trauma.”

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