Is it just my imagination or is the Irish Apprentice a more serious and all-round better quality show than the better established UK and US versions. The standard of the candidates is pretty high. There seems to be less of the auld self-congrulatory guff and overall they seems to be a bright bunch. Bill Cullen himself is shining through as a far slicker operator than you’d have expected as are his right hand people. Should get more interesting as the series goes on.