Baroness Brady, Lord Sugar and Tim Campbell (BBC Pictures)

The Apprentice is returning to the BBC in 2022 and promises to bring all the usual drama and competitiveness.

The popular business series will air its sixteenth series on BBC One on Thursday, January 6 and 16 new candidates are fighting for Lord Alan Sugar’s investment.

The entrepreneurs will compete to win a life-changing £250,000 by completing tasks and fighting for their right to stay in the famous boardroom.

This year will be slightly different, with Claude Littner not returning to Lord Sugar’s side after a cycling accident.

He will be replaced by Tim Campbell, who won the first series in 2005 and will join Baronness Karen Brady CBE.

Lord Sugar said: “Claude has been part of the series since the beginning and is leaving an important boardroom chair to temporarily fill.

“In the meantime, my former winner Tim Campbell will step into Claude’s seat and be my eyes and ears as the candidates face a tough set of business challenges in the upcoming series.”

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Tim was the first ever winner of The Apprentice back in 2005.

He won a £100,000-a-year job with Lord Sugar’s company Amstrad.

Tim said: “I’m excited to be looking after Claude’s boardroom chair while he recuperates and look forward to seeing what the candidates come up with on this year’s tasks.

“I was saddened by the circumstances which led to getting the call from Lord Sugar, but having been on the show myself, I know the hard work that goes into it – so I didn’t take the decision lightly.”

After two years, he founded his own charity, the Bright Ideas Trust, which helps young people set up their own businesses.

He is also a co-author of one of Amazon’s Top 10 business books in 2010 called What’s Your Bright Idea?

In 2012, Tim received an MBE for Enterprise Culture and now has a digital marketing agency, Marketing Runner.

The Apprentice airs on BBC One and iPlayer at 9pm on Thursday, January 6.