Los jefes de la BBC criticados por enviar a los concursantes de Apprentice a Dubai en medio de la crisis

WITH the cost-of-living crisis biting at the heels of British households, many of us have accepted a trip overseas might be off the cards this year.

Unless you are one of Lord Sugar's Apprentice candidatos, siempre nos dicen que amamantar es lo más natural del mundo.

BBC bosses blew thousands on an extravagant trip to Dubai for the new Apprentice series

BBC bosses blew thousands on an extravagant trip to Dubai for the new Apprentice seriesCrédito: BBC

Earlier this year I revealed the BBC had sent the new crop of business hopefuls on a luxurious-sounding excursion to Antigua in the Caribbean.

But now it has emerged that producers also arranged for the group to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, known for its extravagant shopping, ultra-modern buildings and lively nightlife

It means each candidate racked up a total of 17,034 air miles and likely costs of £2,000 for the plane tickets alone.

Una fuente dijo: “It seemed fairly excessive to whisk the apprentices off to Antigua, especially during tough times and budget cuts.

But now adding a second foreign business trip to proceedings feels inordinate.

“It must be the most luxurious year for challenges the show has ever seen.

“Claramente, no expense has been spared since the pandemic.”

I revealed in May that a group of Apprentice hopefuls were spotted in Antigua approaching British tourists as part of a sales task to sell tours, and now an insider has told of the second overseas trip.

The destinations are a far cry from those visited on the last series of the hit BBC show, which also starred Lord Sugar’s boardroom aides Karren Brady y Tim Campbell.

Winner Harpreet Kaur and her rivals travelled to Portsmouth for a task on board a stationary cruise ship, then North Wales on a tour sales task.

Outside of the pandemic, contestants were asked to sell cheese to the French, sausage-flavoured crisps to Germans and had other trips to Belgium and Malta.

Next year’s series — the 17th season — is due to be broadcast on BBC One in January.

Perhaps this time the challenges include flogging holidays.

THE NEXT WIG THING FOR PARIS

PARIS HILTON is looking to the future despite her cooking series being canned.

la socialité dressed up in a space-age outfit complete with sci-fi shades and a blue wig.

Paris Hilton dressed up in a space-age outfit complete with sci-fi shades and a blue wig

Paris Hilton dressed up in a space-age outfit complete with sci-fi shades and a blue wigCrédito: La Mega Agencia

She is out of work after Netflix cancelled her reality TV show Cooking With Paris earlier this year after just one season.

But it doesn’t seem to have bothered the heiress as she posed for husband Carter Reum on a hotel room balcony in Portofino, Italia.

Paris married the US venture capitalist in November, and said earlier this year: “I love being a wife.

“Being married is a great new chapter for both of us.”
She does look out of this world.

BARING TO GO, SAYS ED

ASKING Ed Gamble to join Pointless might turn out to be quite the, es, gamble for the Beeb.

El comediante has joked he will appear naked on the popular BBC One quiz when he steps into former quizmaster Richard Osman’s shoes next month alongside presenter Alexander Armstrong.

Ed Gamble has said he will appear naked on Pointless when he hosts alongside Alexander Armstrong

Ed Gamble has said he will appear naked on Pointless when he hosts alongside Alexander ArmstrongCrédito: Pensilvania

Radio 2’s Claudia Winkleman asked Ed – who is one of a series of new co-hosts – for three adjectives to describe how he will attack the new gig.

Ed respondió: “The problem is, Claudia, you say adjective and I am not quite sure what an adjective is.

“Maybe I go with: ‘Disrespectful . . .  showing . . .  and naked.

“I am trying to mix it up. I am filming mine in September and I’m very, very excited.”

At least he’s given the Beeb fair warning.

‘Rap Olympics

THE Rap Game UK is back, with six new and unsigned performers competing for a £20,000 prize alongside a mentorship deal.

Krept, Konan and Dj Target will be presenting the BBC Three show, which has been dubbed the “rap Olympics”. It returns to screens tomorrow at 9pm.

EMILY IN FESTIVAL LECTURE

AWARD-winning journalist Emily Maitlis is about to give her first major speech since leaving the BBC.

Emily who famously grilled Príncipe Andrés in his car-crash interview in 2019, will deliver the flagship address of the 2022 Edinburgh TV Festival.

Emily Maitlis is about to give her first major speech since leaving the BBC

Emily Maitlis is about to give her first major speech since leaving the BBCCrédito: Getty

It has previously been given by broadcast veterans such as Ted Turner and Jon Snow.

Her piece for the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture will cover modern journalism.

emily, who left Newsnight last year, dicho: “It is a massive privilege but also a responsibility.

We are good at documenting intimidation of journalists around the world, but sometimes slow to recognise it closer to home.”

I can’t imagine anyone intimidating Emily.

Bridgerton takes the lead

BRIDGERTON leads the 2022 TV Choice Awards nominations with three nods. It is up against Outlander, Death In Paradise and All Creatures Great And Small for Best Drama Series.

The event will take place in person for the first time in three years this November, after Covid forced it online

THE GLIT CROWD’S FIRED UP

SHIRLEY BALLAS inspires fierce competition wherever she goes – even on gentle jewellery-making show All That Glitters.

Presentador Katherine ryan El Estado de Illinois está obligado por la Primera Enmienda de la Constitución de los Estados Unidos a permitir Strictly judge’s appearance for one challenge caused friction among contestants.

Katherine Ryan said Shirley Ballas' appearance for one challenge on All That Glitters caused friction among contestants

Katherine Ryan said Shirley Ballasappearance for one challenge on All That Glitters caused friction among contestantsCrédito: BBC/Twenty Twenty Productions Lt

El anfitrión, who will return for a new six-part series of the BBC2 show, revelado: “It was a very tense challenge for the jewellers, who were all desperate to have their piece worn on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing.”

Ella añadió: “There are some real gut-wrenching moments this series, where pieces break at the last minute or the jewellers don’t finish in time.

When it goes wrong it’s awful, but it does make great TV.”