Sian Williams tells Young Apprentice star James McCullagh he is too laid back

And finally… Sian Williams tells Young Apprentice star he is too “laid back” on BBC Breakfast as he sat slumped on the sofa

Mild mannered TV host Sian Williams sounded more like Lord Alan Sugar.

The BBC Breakfast host gave a finalist from the Young Apprentice a short lesson in manners in front of over a million viewers.

James McCullagh was being interviewed ahead of the final and displayed a very casual attitude.

Mother knows best: Sian Williams told James McCullagh to sit up straight on breakfast TV

Mother knows best: Sian Williams told James McCullagh to sit up straight on breakfast TV

The 16-year-old was sitting down on the red sofa alongside fellow finalist Zara Brownless.

Sian, who is a mother-of-four, took it upon herself to teach him the correct etiquette.

She told him: “You’re so laid back you’re horizontal.”

Rivals: James and Zara Brownless talk about tonight

Rivals: James and Zara Brownless talk about their experience on the show

Time for a lesson: Sian tells James that he is too laid back before telling him a thing about manners

Time for a lesson: Sian tells James that he is too laid back before teaching him a thing about manners

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She continued: “If you were my son I’d tell you to sit up properly.”

James took the hint and quickly adjusted his positioning to an upright position and apologised.

McCullagh, who describes himself as an ideas man, told Digital Spy that his fellow competitor lacked his vision.

He said: “Zara is a very worthy finalist and she”s an incredible speaker. And she”s incredible at pitching as well. However, she does have weaknesses as well.

“Throughoutthe process she never put forward any ideas. She might have developed aproduct, but she never created one. For me, business is all about idea.

This is how you do it! Sian shows James exactly how to sit when being interviewed

This is how you do it! Sian shows James exactly how to sit when being interviewed

Quick change: James sat upright instantly and apologised to Sian

Quick change: James sat upright instantly and apologised to Sian

“The biggest difference between Zara and myself is ideas. And I think that”s what separates a great entrepreneur from a great employee.”

The two youngsters are competing for a 25,000 cash prize.

Lord Sugar tweeted about the final and said: “5 hours to go FINAL of YOUNG APPRENTICE. BBC-1 9pm See who wins 25,000 prize hard decision.Great final task – MAKING AND PLAYING GAMES. (sic).”

Much better: James maintained his good posture for the rest of the interview

Much better: James maintained his good posture for the rest of the interview