Did we like it?
The sturdy, entertaining Apprentice format is applied to a search for a junior sports agent and it works pretty well.
What was good about it?
• It shares the best traits of The Apprentice. There’s the severe-looking boss (Mel Goldberg) and his eyes and ears (Tahli Grobbelaar, daughter of controversial keeper Bruce, and Fitzroy Simpson, a footballing journeyman in his day). There’s the to-camera pieces where the six contestants make themselves seem ridiculous when attempting to big themselves up. And there are the ego clashes between the rivals as they all seek to impress.
• Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher set a good challenge – and almost managed coherence in his explanation of the task. The six hopefuls had to spot the best players from the club’s youth academy.
• There’s one really hateful candidate (a pantomime villain is another essential ingredient). He’s Ashley who wants to be an agent so he can afford “flashy clothes and haircuts – all the nice things in life”.
What was bad about it?
• The usual hyperbole (“the glamorous and cutthroat world of sports management”, “six contenders being pushed to their limits”) thrusting forth from programmes like this.
• Tahli and Mel seem a bit too earnest. They’re only getting bumper pay packets and column inches for their clients; not saving the world.