The Apprentice’s Frances Bishop reveals team ‘almost killed Karren Brady’ in unseen moment: ‘She was not happy at all’

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The Apprentice star Frances Bishop revealed her team almost ‘killed Karren Brady’ in an unseen clip on the show.

This year’s competition to find Lord Alan Sugar a new business partner was scrapped due to the pandemic, with BBC airing montage shows of the best moments every Thursday evening instead.

Bosses also made season 12, from 2016, available to watch on BBC iPlayer in lieu of a new series.

And, chatting to about her episodes returning to streaming, Frances – who runs the successful children’s clothing outlet, The Pud Store – teased there was a lot viewers still haven’t seen.



‘There was a bit, I wish that it actually been put in the show… I’ll never forget, we nearly killed Karren Brady,’ she laughed when recalling the sweet task in episode three. ‘It never got on the show.

‘You know the sweet cart? Oliver decided and Karthik decided to start cycling the sweet cart down the road… 

Frances Bishop revealed what we didn’t see from The Apprentice season 12 (Picture: BBC)

The sweet task descended into chaos by the sounds of it (Picture: BBC)

‘There was no brakes on the sweet cart. Karren Brady was on this pedestrian crossing, and you have Oliver and Karthik hurtling towards her, me and Grainne were running past, screaming.

‘Karren was like, “Oh my God, this is ridiculous!” Even the cameramen were trying not to laugh. You see the camera shaking just from the laughter.’

‘It’s something I’ll never forget,’ she insisted. ‘I just remember all these passers-by and I was like, “We’re gonna die, we’re gonna die on a sweet cart. This is it, this is the end.” 

‘Poor Karren’s little face, she was not happy, at all.’

Karren was understandably not best pleased… (Picture: BBC)

Frances got down to the final three of the series, and was narrowly beaten out by Courtney Wood and eventual winner Alana Spencer.

Since appearing on the show, she has put her all into The Pud Store – as well as raising her adorable son, Oscar.

The businesswoman started the clothing company in 2015, and has built her way up, opening four retail shops, a busy online store and an impressive warehouse.

And, while she has absolutely no regrets about taking part in the show – and watching herself back now that she can – Fran is glad that the Apprentice bosses were able to rest the show for a year.

‘A lot of people have really fallen in love with it, I know I have,’ she continued. ‘I fell in love with it with the earlier seasons, and I think ours was one of the last seasons where people weren’t actually on there for fame, they were on there for really good business ideas. 

‘I do look at some of the earlier shows, and I love the simple production of it, where they were literally just walking around with one camera, it wasn’t gloss, it wasn’t fancy.’

‘I really hope they return to just the raw basics of it, where it’s not fancy, it’s a bit rough and ready, on a market stall,’ she added.


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‘That’s where the real fun is. Not these fancy bloody corporate tasks where candidates forget chuffing jeans.

‘You just need to fun tasks where you’re on a market stall, and you’ve got to try and flog some sweets that you’ve made, which probably haven’t got a hygiene rating.’

She makes a good point.

The Apprentice Best Bits airs tonight, on BBC One, at 9pm. The Apprentice series 12 is available to stream on iPlayer now.

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