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The Young Apprentice

The Young Apprentice is back. Brace yourselves.

The series where suited mini me's do series-long impressions of businessmen is always entertaining, if more than a little cringeworthy. While there's lots to ponder with this series, the number one question here is this: is it ok to laugh at overconfident teenagers?

There's something rather demoralising about seeing the Apprentice kids. Haven't they got the teenager memo? These are supposed to be your awkward years, spent commiserating with a group of similarly awkward friends. Instead these kids have decided to appear on TV to boast about their business prowess, making it easy to dislike them (and nigh-on impossible not to).

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However, we can't help but feel sorry for them. Well, not them per se, but their future selves. Surely a few of the contestants will cringe in a year or two at the still-fresh memory of them saying silly things, wearing outsized Asda suiting and really, genuinely, thinking they know it all?

Well, we'd like to think that, but having watched adult Apprentice (the butterfly to the Young Apprentice's group of caterpillars) it's highly likely they won't ever learn their lesson. And that's a terrifying thought.

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And we're back to our first question - it is ok to laugh at them? In short: yes. The Young Apprentice is, in essence, the eternal question of 'would you kill a baby if they were destined to be an evil person?' in programme form.

We're not saying that any of these kids will turn out to be evil (although we can't guarantee that there isn't a future Donald Trump among them), what we are saying is that it's almost certain that they'll turn into the kind of swaggering douchebag who appears on the adult Apprentice. And that's not ok. So laugh at the contestant in the cravat and sparkling lapels, you might just be saving humanity.

BBC1, Thursdays, 8pm

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