A nice reminder of how TV likes to slightly distort the truth.
As you’re watching the final of The Apprentice tonight, ask yourself where the boardroom where people are fired is actually located.
The establishing shots are all of Canary Wharf, so you’re obviously supposed to think that’s where it is. But when the person who has been fired is shown leaving the building and getting into a taxi, that’s filmed at Amstrad’s headquarters, Brentwood House, which is in Brentwood.
But that’s not the end of the deception. Apparently those shots were all filmed on the same day at the start of the series. The actual boardroom is in a film studio somewhere in West London.
Oh, and Alan Sugar is played by an actor.
I made that last bit up.
Update: I’ve just seen this on the BBC web site
The final face-off between 26-year-old Michelle Dewberry, a former checkout girl turned telecoms consultant, and 27-year-old sales manager Ruth Badger is expected to bring the series to a heated climax.
But the recent revelation in The Times that both women have been working for Sir Alan since September has seen the show criticised for its lack of realism.
The newspaper reported that their performances will be taken into account when Sir Alan makes his ultimate choice.
“His final decision is not based on the programme that people see,” says Saira Khan [the woman who was runner-up last year].
“His final decision is based on [the fact that] these two people have been working with him for the six months.”
Bah. Next they’ll be telling me that Doctor Who isn’t real.