TV Guide 2015-01-03

New shows for the first week of 2015 include Celebrity Big Brother (C5, from Wed). ITV has a greatest hits weekend, including Diversity Live (Sun), the BBC has an hour of Sinatra Our Way (Sat). There are new episodes of all good daytime shows. On more obscure stations, The Fanatics pops up on The Satellite Channel (Wed). The Algorithm (TV3, Saturday) pits machine against friends, and The Voice of Holland of Ireland is back (RTE1, Sunday). The BBC version follows next week.

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Saturday 3 January

  • Swashbuckle! (Cbeebies, 11am) Sea Shell Silliness.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Josh Widdicombe.
  • Ejector Seat (ITV, 11.25; also UTV Ireland) ITV begins its campaign to win votes in the UK Gameshows Poll of the Year..
  • The Great British Bake Off Masterclass (BBC2, 12 noon) From 2011.
  • The 21st Question (ITV, 12.25) ..with repeats of its best shows from 2014.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1pm).
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 2.55; UTV Ireland 1.25) See what we mean? Louis Walsh here.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 3.55) Jonathan Ross and Jim Moir mastered the machine...
  • Big Star's Little Star (ITV, 4.55)... and Stephen Mulhern gets a remarkable confession from one of Ben Cohen, Denise Lewis, and Neil "Razor" Ruddock. Did you actually read your autobiography?
  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 5pm).


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.35; Scotland 7.30 Friday) Gethin Jones, Ben Bailey Smith, Aasmah Mir, Mark Little.
  • Pointless FA Cup (BBC1 6.05) Gabby Logan and Robbie Savage, Mark Chapman and Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas and Jacqui Oatley, Jason Mohammad and Trevor Sinclair.
  • Frank Sinatra: Our Way (BBC1, 7pm) This may be competitive karaoke in the style of Sinatra. Certainly hosted by Rochelle Humes and Xander Armstrong.
  • The Algorithm (TV3, 8pm) Can a machine predict whether a person will answer quiz questions better than their friends and family? Ray Foley explains.
  • Win Your Wish List (BBC1, 8.15).
  • Take Me Out (ITV, 8.30) New series.

Sunday 4 January

  • Swashbuckle! (Cbeebies, 11am) Raspberry Fools.
  • Ludus (CBBC, 11.25).
  • Britain's Best Bakery (ITV, 11.25am) Last year's series will keep them going for months.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon).
  • The Great British Bake Off Masterclass (BBC2, 12 noon) From 2011.
  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 5pm).


  • Questions Pour un Super Champion (TV5, 5.40) The final for the annual schools' tournament.
  • RTE The Voice of Holland of Ireland (RTE1, 6.30) Una Foden and Rachel Stevens join Bressie and Kian on The Amazing Spinning Chairs!!
  • Diversity Live (ITV, 7pm; also UTV Ireland) After their sad loss on Release the Hounds, the remaining members of the dance troupe perform live for the nation. And then they do it again on ITV+1.
  • Famous Family Fortunes (TV3, 7pm).
  • All Star Mr and Mrs (TV3, 8pm).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; not NI)
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) Another chance to see the Christmas special.
  • The Celebrity Apprentice Us (BBC1, 11.50; Scotland 12.40) Pepperoni Profit, with contestants including Dionne Warwick, David Cassidy, Only Connect clue Meat Loaf, Celebrity Big Brother-ite Gary Busey, and John Rich.

Weekday Daytimes

  • The Cube (ITV2, 8.15).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV2, 11.15).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 1.05).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 3pm; also TV3, 1pm) New episodes. At 4 this week is "Fat Pets", coverage of an animal charity's contest.
  • Countdown (C4, 3.10) Jon Culshaw.
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; UTV Ireland 5.30; old episodes on ITV2, 10.10am) New episodes.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm; old shows at 12.05) Gloucestershire.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) New episodes.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 6pm).

Monday 5 January

  • Britain Versus the World (Radio 4 Extra, 9.30am). Also 10.30pm.
  • Brain of Britain (Radio 4, 3pm).
  • Pyramid (S4C, 5.10).
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Today's liars are Ed Byrne (comedian), Henning Wehn, Holly Walsh, and Richard Osman.
  • The Lie (TV3, 7.30).
  • University Challenge (BBC2 8pm).
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30) Nørdiphiles versus Bibliophiles.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (4music, 9pm) 2 episodes.
  • Celebrity Big Brother: The Good, The Bad and The Unforgettable (C5, 10pm) Repeat.

Tuesday 6 January

  • Ludus (CBBC, 5.30) Earthtwerps from Cardiff, in English.
  • The Lie (TV3, 7.30).
  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV4, 8pm; another episode TV3 8pm) Suzi Perry and H from Steps.
  • Celebrity Dinner Date (ITV2, 8pm) Joe Swash. As seen on ITVBe last year.
  • Farpaisean Chon-Chaorach (BBC Alba, 9pm) Coverage of the annual sheepdog trials.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.05; Wales 11.35) A repeat with Jennifer Saunders and Richard Osman.

Wednesday 7 January

  • The Lie (TV3, 7.30).
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Julia from Gloucester.
  • The Fanatics (The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Baz Ashmawy with specialist experts. This week: Dr Who, boxing, the tube.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5, 9pm) Who's in? Like in college football, you don't decide.
  • Fonn Fonn Fonn (BBC Alba, 10pm) David Byrne, Andrew D Fraser, Derek Maclennan, Angus Macleod.
  • The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (C4, 10pm).
  • Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3, 10pm) Pixie Lott, Tulisa, Lacey Turner, and token bloke Jack Osbourne.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.35; Scotland 11.35) Carl Frampton, Dean Saunders, Paul Sculthorpe, Perri Shakes-Drayton.

Thursday 8 January

  • The Lie (TV3, 7.30).
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8pm) Aisling Bea, June Brown, Adrian Chiles, Seann Walsh.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5, 9pm).
  • Sion a Sian: Dathlu 50 (S4C, 9.30) Another chance to see the golden anniversary documentary.

Friday 9 January

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 6pm) From 2008.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales, Scotland) FA Cup special.
  • The Lie (TV3, 7.30).
  • Mastermind (BBC2 8pm; Wales 7pm tomorrow) Dick Francis, British railway disasters, Gram Parsons, Welsh rugby 1960-80.
  • Celebrity Squares (TV3, 8pm) ITV's quality shows in Eire are now licensed to UTV Ireland. This is not.
  • Room 101 (BBC1, 8.30) Jack Dee, Gary Lineker, Fay Ripley.
  • The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2, 9pm; Wales 9.30) Cucumbers and larkspur.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Sean Lock and David Mitchell play Jon Richardson and Katherine Ryan.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5, 9pm) Live nominations follow at 10.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; Wales 11.05) Little and Large, with Richard Osman, Lucy Porter, Phill Jupitus.

Sign language interpretation

No game shows are translated this week.

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