The Apprentice 2015: Dan Callaghan first to be fired

The highly anticipated first episode of The Apprentice aired on BBC One on Wednesday night – and it didn't disappoint. The 2015 candidates were all out to impress Lord Alan Sugar as they took part in the opening task of the series, haggling for the best price on seafood before turning their ingredients into tempting lunch items for hungry Londoners.

For the first time in Apprentice history, the initial boys and girls' teams were mixed up – with Selina heading up Team Versatile, and April leading Team Connexus. And there was a shock in store for the latter team when the results were revealed; while Versatile managed to make £200.29 profit in the task, Connexus brought home a measly £1.87.

Connexus project manager April brought Dan (left) and Brett back into the boardroom

PM April decided to bring Brett and Dan back into the boardroom to face Lord Sugar.

"Part and parcel of the criteria of the winner is they've got to be a bit of a jack of all trades," the business magnate told the trio. "They've got to be able to dirty their hands, go out and sell, market things, and Dan, you've failed on one of the things already in that you can't sell, and you say you can't sell.

"Brett, I can understand why you took on the task of cooking the stuff. What I'm struggling to understand is having had more experience in watching – albeit many, many years ago – how a fish restaurant operated, that you didn't do a better job in the kitchen.

Dan Callaghan become the first candidate to be fired

"But April, you're the project manager here, you've got this food blog, this was right up your alley. You let Brett run riot in the kitchen, you relied upon Dan with his numbers and this is not the qualities of the project manager, and it is for that reason that I am struggling very badly at the moment.

"But Dan, you say that purchasing is all down to me, and you were the only one who didn't sell anything. Dan, you're fired."