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: Right Hand Man

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.

Amstrad PR

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.

The Apprentice

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”.

Other TV Shows

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 Hewer 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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