TV Guide 2016-12-31

For New Year's Eve, ITV offers Ninja Warrior and a celebrity edition of Take Me Out. Diversity have a show on New Year's Day, and it's the final of World's Strongest Man (C5).

A new daytime quiz on BBC1, !mpossible (from Mon). The Great Interior Design Challenge returns to BBC2, and Celebrity Big Brother to Channel 5 (both from Tue). Pop Quiz The Comeback concludes (BBC4, Wed).

Lots of entertainment on Friday night, with The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4), Lip Sync Battle (C5), The News Quiz (R4), and The Big Quiz (2) (ITV). Drastic action to address this overload of silly, and Only Connect (BBC2) moves a slice of Monday to Friday nights.

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Saturday 31 December

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Russell Kane, Vanessa Feltz, Kate Thornton, Stephen K Amos look back at the year that was.
  • Catchphrase Afternoon (Challenge, 1.20) Episodes continue to 7.45.
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off (BBC1, 2.15) Release the guy ropes, fold up the awning. The end of the BBC series.
  • The Chase (ITV, 3.30).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 3pm); Junior Bake Off (4.30); Taking The Next Step (5pm), Got What It Takes? (5.30) Our favourite episodes of the last two shows.


  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 7pm) Series three begins here. Will we get a champion this time?
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.45; Scot 7.50) Mixed bag, repeated from 26 March.
  • Bullseye All Night (Challenge, 7.45) To 6am.
  • Take Me Out Celebrity Special (ITV, 8pm) Thom Evans (rugbyman), Roman Kemp (radio host), Ritchie Neville (20% of Five).
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 8pm) Fifth and final heat.
  • Dragons' Den Pitches to Riches (BBC2, 9pm) Repeat.
  • The Lottery Draws (BBC1, 9.25; not Scotland) Silence the balls, let Arthur and Guinevere ascend. Last in the series.

Sunday 1 January 2017 - New Year's Day

  • The Chase, Tipping Point, Rebound (ITV, from 12.15am).
  • Big Fat Quiz of the Year (C4, 12.35am) That's last year.
  • The Chase Day (Challenge, 6am) To 8pm.
  • Battlebots (Spike, 11am) The final. Also C5 at 12.50 tomorrow.
  • Chopping Block (ITV, 11.10).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 12.15) John Thomson versus Ricky Whittle.
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 3.30) Repeat from last night.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 3pm), The Dog Ate My Homework (3.30), Rank the Prank (4pm), Junior Bake Off (CBBC, 4.30), Taking The Next Step (5pm), Got What It Takes final (5.35)


  • Diversity Presents Steal the Show (ITV, 7pm) The 2011 Got Talent winners have their own show.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) The grand final.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8pm) A new safety device.
  • An Ril Deal (TG4, 8pm) Celebrities learn to Irish dance.

Monday 2 January - New Year's Day (observed)

  • The Chase Day (Challenge, 6am) 12 episodes, to 6pm.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes from 2010.
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 9.25) Penny Smith and James Sutton.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Battlebots (C5, 12.50) The final.
  • World's Strongest Man Recap (My5, 2pm) All eleven episodes, to 1am.
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.10) Debut of a new daytime quiz.
  • Round Britain Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm).
  • Top Class final (CBBC, 3pm), The Dog Ate My Homework (3.30), Rank the Prank (4pm), Junior Bake Off final part one (4.30), Taking The Next Step (5pm).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3.45) New episodes.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4.45) New episodes.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 5.15) New.
  • Fi Yw'r Bos (S4C, 5.30) Repeat of the business contest.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.45) New.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5.45) New.
  • Just a Minute Does Panto (Radio 4, 6.15) Another chance to hear the Christmas Day special.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 7.30; Wales 8.30) Bryony Page, Nemone Metaxas, Emma Kennedy, Alan Gardner.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Back to the kiddywinks.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30) Repeat.
  • Take Me Out Celebrity Special (ITV, 10.15) Repeat from Saturday).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 11pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 11.15).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.05) Four episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Alistair Stewart.
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.30).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm)
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) One-hour shows.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm).

Tuesday 3 January

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (3.25), Rank the Prank (3.55), Junior Bake Off final part two (4.30), Taking The Next Step final (5pm).
  • Masterchef (RTE2, 7.55).
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Build your own front room, this heat is in Regency Cheltenham.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Who are these people? Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • Virtually Famous (E4, 10pm) Spencer Matthews, Will Mellor, Tom Allen.

Wednesday 4 January

  • Got What It Takes? (CBBC, 5pm) The winner's story.
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Saltaire.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • Pop Quiz The Comeback (BBC4, 9.30) Nick Heyward (Haircut 100), Carol Decker (T'Pau), David Grant (Linx), Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz), Ranking Roger (The Beat).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (More4, 10pm) New year special, with Joe Lycett, Kate Humble, Jamali Maddix, Rick Edwards.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; NI, Wales, Scotland 11.10) James Taylor, Lutalo Muhammad, Alex Danson, Dean Ashton.

Thursday 5 January

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales).
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Break out the stripy tights, it's Highgate Goths.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • Lip Sync Battle Night (My5, 9pm) Six episodes from the Yankee series.
  • Australia's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm).
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Repeats.

Friday 6 January

  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Jeremy Hardy, The Lord (Finkelstein, not Lloyd-Webber), Kerry Godliman.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 Wales 7pm; Scotland, England 8pm; NI 9.30) Naval battles of WWI, Charles Laughton, de Havilland Mosquito, "Punisher Max".
  • Only Connect (BBC2 NI, 7pm; Scotland, England 8.30) Genealogists v Oscar Men
  • The Big Quiz (2) III (ITV, 9pm) Emmerdale Farm (Mark Charnock, Natalie J Robb, Chris Bisson, Matthew Wolfenden) play Coronation Street (Jack P Shepherd, Catherine Tyldesley, Daniel Brocklebank, Dolly-Rose Campbell).
  • Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4, 9pm) Jonathan Ross, David Walliams, Katherine Ryan, Aisling Bea, Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm and 10.30) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; Wales 11.05) Nonsense, with Holly Walsh, Nish Kumar, Phill Jupitus.
  • Lip Sync Battle UK (C5, 10pm) Danny Dyer and Craig Revel-Horwood.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4, 12.10am).

Sign language interpretation

  • May the Best House Win (ITV3, 3.15 Mon) Two episodes.
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off (BBC2, 2.10am Tue).
  • Great British Menu (BBC2, 8.30am Wed).
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