Derry’s Bafta winner Colm Martin was still on cloud nine yesterday just hours after scooping one of the top awards in television.
Producer Colm, originally from the Pennyburn area of the city, picked up the gong for the Reality & Constructed Factual category for ‘Young Apprentice’ which is fronted by entrepreneurial guru, Lord Alan Sugar.
The St Columb’s College old boy said the category was tough and he thought the Ricky Gervais-inspired ‘An Idiot Abroad’ would have pipped him to the post.
“So, it was simply amazing to hear that we’d won,” he told the ‘Journal’ yesterday.
“It was a terrific night made all the better by us being among the award winners. I still can’t believe it.”
A documentary-maker by trade, Colm’s experience with the BBC’s business unit was key when it came to being “hired” for ‘The Apprentice.’
“People think the whole ‘Apprentice’ project is simply about entertainment, but there is a genuine business principle to it and it does test real business skills,” he says.
“It forces people to go outside their comfort zones and, for many people, it’s the moment when they realise their potential.
“That’s also why I think it works - and there is something in all of us that enjoys watching people who think they’re great end up making a mess of things.”
Colm, who’s currently working with music maestro Gareth Malone on a new project, has worked on different strands of ‘The Apprentice’ brand - from the flagship show to ‘Young Apprentice’, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and a special Sports Relief edition.
“The Apprentice is a great show and something I’m really proud of,” he says.
The Derry man also paid tribute to the real star of ‘The Apprentice’, Lord Sugar. “We’re good at making television programmes, and he’s good at business, and we respect that in each other,” he says. “With Lord Sugar, what you see is what you get and that’s why, I think, the programmes work.”