It's Day 9 of the Dunning Running Advent Calendar 2017 and quite frankly, we're amazed to have made it this far and so anybody who is still with us at this juncture, well played indeed. Bonus Christmas points for you!
Bursting over-enthusiastically and somewhat condescendingly out of Door number 9 is everyone's least reprehensible Apprentice candidate, Elizabeth! And for this week's task Sir Lord Alan Sugarman has tasked the remaining candidates with their hardest challenge yet - to save Christmas!
With no further clarification provided from Old Albie Shugmas, professional Miranda Hart impersonator Elizabeth decides to throw her hat into the ring with all of her usual gusto for the role of Project Manager. Despite all of her colleagues on Team Unobtainium voting her down, our hero Elizabeth decides that she and she alone has the necessary Christmas Spirit to lead on the task and uncharacteristically railroads everyone else into making her PM.
For some reason the task commences the night before Christmas and Father Alan Shugginton has challenged the candidates to create and bring to market a replacement for the boring old Christmas tree for the Big Shaq generation.
Elizabeth is nothing if not down with the kids and after asking for and rudely rejecting every single suggestion from her team-mates, she decides that the only way forward is to replace the humble Christmas tree with a statue of Lord Sugar himself in his classic "You're fired" pose with a choice of Claude Littner's shiny baubles dangling from Al-Shugrabwy's geriatric finger.
Needless to say, Elizabeth's creation ends in a disastrous but heart-warmingly slapstick incident in which Sir Am-sled's statue-esque finger somehow ends up protruding from Elizabeth's bottom on a giant electronic billboard for the new Christmas tree replacement (with Elizabeth having naturally opted to direct, star in, write and sing the theme tune of said advertisement) with Claude Littner's baubles hanging off it.
Needless to say, Elizabeth immediately becomes Lord Alazaar McSugarman's new Business Apprentice Partner and most importantly, Christmas is saved! #theapprentice #christmas #sugarman #dunningrunning #running