Celebrity entrepreneur Hilary Devey fronts a new business reality TV show on Channel 4 tonight. Will The Intern manage to beat off stiff competition from Lord Sugar and The Apprentice?
They’re flamboyant, outspoken and fearless self-made British millionaires. Hilary Devey, formerly of BBC2’s Dragons’ Den, is now going head-to-head with Lord Sugar to grab the TV limelight and ratings. Like The Apprentice before it, The Intern is one of the world’s most challenging job interviews this side of being hired as Kim Jong-un’s PR spin doctor. Better still, the applicants’ bragging, blunders and blame games in every episode are there to be enjoyed by millions of us watching, and laughing hysterically, at home.
So, who out of this dynamic duo of wheeler dealers can claim to be Britain’s biggest business brain? There’s only one way to find out… let’s Google it!
|Hilary Devey||VS||Lord Sugar|
|Born||10th March 1957 – Bolton, Lancashire||24th March 1947 – Hackney, East London|
|Other celebrities associated with their birth place||
|Star sign traits||Openhearted, intuitive and creative. Relies on instincts rather than facts or logic||Bold, impatient and fiery. An absolute leader of the pack|
|Biggest business success||Pall-Ex||Amstrad|
|Estimated net worth||£50 Million||£770 Million|
|OMG||Hilary suffered a stroke in 2009 acter having a ‘tummy tuck’ operation.||Sir Alan predicted that the iPod would be “dead, finished, gone, kaput” by Christmas 2005.|
|Number of Twitter followers||62,837
|Best one-liner||“I don’t do bullsh*t.”||“I’ve read all your CVs and on paper you all look good, but so does fish and chips.”|
|As seen on YouTube||Vikki Stone as Hilary Devey on That Sunday Night Show||Lord Alan Sugar Rap|
It’s never been harder for young people to kickstart their career than right now. It’s tough times for everybody during a recession that just refuses to go away, particularly for those first-time jobseekers who think they lack the experience or lucky breaks to get their foot in the door. There’s a scary one million 18-24 year olds currently without a job in the UK. That’s where Channel 4’s latest television show hopes to help. The first episode of The Intern, due to be broadcast at 9pm tonight, will see three young people – Georgia (22), Princess (21) and Taelre (18) – try to secure a job at Red Carnation Collection, one of Britain’s top hotel chains.
However, they aren’t the irritating over-achievers who we’ve all become accustomed to seeing in every series of The Young Apprentice. Hilary’s disheartened young hopefuls usually don’t even make it through to the first interview stage due to their CV or background. These three interns now have a chance to make their mark in the job market, but they only have one week to prove their worth. Will they be able to cope with the exacting demands of posh hotel guests while suitably impressing their new employer?
“There are a lot of bright young people out there in dead end jobs, going no-where who think they have no future in this country,” says Hilary Devey. ”We are wasting so much talent.”
Harlequin Mills and Boon (Publishing), Manhattan Loft Corporation (Property), My Wardrobe.com (Fashion Retail) and TBWA (Advertising) will be the companies featured in other episodes of The Intern. Hopefully the series will provide inspiration and encouragement to other young people looking for work.
This YouTube trailer explains how real internships work at Channel 4 itself:
And here’s a bit of interesting trivia for you. The Apprentice, Young Apprentice and The Intern are actually made by the same TV production company! Boundless, FremantleMedia UK’s factual label, also makes Grand Designs and Escape to the Country.
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