Cajoled into an on screen role by his friend Alan Sugar, in a “vaguely muscular” fashion, Nick’s raised eyebrow spoke volumes on The Apprentice. After putting off his own retirement, Nick Hewer has encouraged others of a certain age in ‘The Town That Never Retired’. He also lends a calm authority to Countdown.
Nick Hewer is the host of Countdown, and was Lord Sugar’s right hand man on ‘The Apprentice’ for almost ten years. On the business reality contest, Nick’s wry looks and deadpan comments became a favourite part of the show, and revealed exactly what he thought of the contestants.
In the 1980’s Nick’s PR firm was selected to represent Amstrad, and soon became responsible for media handling of Sugar’s business and charitable activities. For over 20 years Nick played an integral part in Amstrad’s management structure.
He also built a long and impressive client list. Including the Secretariat of HH The Aga Khan and the wife of the ruler of Dubai, the late Sheikh Maktoum. As well as a number of British and international companies.
After selling the business, Nick withdrew to his house in south west France. But having become firm friends with Alan, he was called upon to negotiate on his behalf with the Apprentice producers. The tables were turned, when Sugar persuaded Nick to take an on screen role and promised to negotiate his fees. “I fought hard against it” he says, “but he cajoled me – in a muscular sort of way”.
Nick and his original opposite Margaret Mountford, became stars of the hit show. Nick in particular took to TV, like a duck to water. Amassing a string of credits from ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Farm Fixer’, to ‘Would I Lie to You?’ and being appointed host of Channel 4’s teatime institution ‘Countdown’. He also reunited with Margaret to look at ‘The Town That Never Retired’, ‘The Trouble with Our Trains’ and ask ‘Too Many Immigrants?’.
After Dinner Speaking
After dinner Nick takes audiences behind the scenes of his TV career. Before turning to an extended question and answer session. With The Apprentice consistently high in the ratings, there is never any shortage of questions.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Nick Hewer
Havering College F&H
Dear Nick I’m just writing to say thank you for attending our business conference and making it such a success. we really appreciated your input and the early start!. We have gained a number of really good contacts from the event which we hope will convert into long term apprenticeship placements. Our business students and teaching staff in particular were delighted that you were able to meet with them and your comments and encouragement will stay with them long after the term has finished. Thank you once again, if ever you find yourself in this part of the world please don’t hesitate to drop in and see us, you will be most welcome!
The Co-operative Financial Services
I thought that your contribution to the success of our evening was outstanding. Thank you for taking the trouble to talk individually to the majority of our guests and for your patience with the endless photographs. Your after dinner speech gave us a glimpse behind the scenes of “The Apprentice” and was enjoyed by all of us.
Hi Nick Thank you so much for accepting the Kingston Uni speaking engagement. The feedback is quite literally ‘awesome’ and I know that the Student Union shop were both stunned and overwhelmed by you popping in there too.