2/12. After a gruelling first task, the teams are set their second challenge of designing a new dog accessory to pitch to pet stores in London. The claws are out as the remaining candidates strive to stand out, but it's not long before it becomes clear that some of them are more cut out for the dog-eat-dog world than others. The Apprentice: You're Fired! follows on BBC2. Series producer Kelly Webb-Lamb ; Exec producer Michele Kurland Repeated next Tuesday on BBC2 www.bbc.co.uk/appprentice
BBC1 takes over the reins of this afternoon's Aintree coverage with starts at 2.50 and 3.25 before the Grand National at 4.15, where the Gordon Elliott-trained Silver Birch was a surprise 33/1 winner last year. This year Cloudy Lane, trained by Donald McCain, could be the one to watch. Presented by Clare Balding, with analysis from Rishi Persad, Norman Williamson, Richard Dunwoody, Richard Pitman and John Parrott. Commentary by Jim McGrath, Ian Bartlett, Tony O'Hehir and Darren Owen. Highlights at 11.40pm. Director Steve Docherty ; Producer Dermot Cumiskey
Racing certainty: page 34 The Inside Story: page 66
10/14. Mrs Merdle is determined that Edmund should be separated from Fanny once and for all. Arthur is worried when he sees a French stranger. Dramatised by Andrew Davies ; Producer Lisa Osborne ; Director Adam Smith Cast Wednesday Omnibus next Sunday Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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