TV Guide 2017-12-02

Young warriors, ready, as Raven is back (CBBC, weekdays). Dickinson's Real Deal tarnishes weekday afternoons (ITV). Clann Feirm Factor finds the best Irish-speaking family of farmers (TG4, Fri).

Advent Sunday is finals day for The X Factor (ITV and TV3, Sat and Sun). Also finding their winners: Taking The Next Step (CBBC, Mon), Landscape Artist of the Year (Artsworld, Wed).

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Schedules are accurate at the time of publication; check against EPG for late changes.


Saturday 2 December

  • Catchphrase Morning (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • The X Factor (ITV, 12 noon; TV3, 4pm).
  • Don't Say It, Bring It (Dave, 12 noon) Six episodes, seen recently.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 1.30; not Scotland).
  • Take Your Pick Afternoon (Challenge, 1.30pm) To 4.30.
  • Partners in Rhyme (BBC1, 5.25) Oti Mabuse (Strictly) Joe Swash (presenter), Heidi Range (Sugababe), Lionel Blair (Give Us a Clue).


  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 6.10) Another chance to see this spring's series.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.15) Strictly Come Dancing, repeated from October last year.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm) Science and mathematics puzzles.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.05) Musicals week.
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 7.05).
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.25).
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV, 9.10). Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e.
  • QI XL (BBC2 England 10.05, Wales and NI 10.35, Scotland 11.00).

Sunday 3 December - Advent Sunday

  • Takeshi's Castle Morning (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 9.30) St John's v Potten End.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 12 noon; not HTV Wales).
  • Wild Things (Challenge, 12 noon) Billed as new to this channel.
  • The Chase Afternoon (Challenge, 1pm) To 6pm.
  • The X Factor (ITV, 1.05; TV3, 3pm).


  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 6.30) Gregg Wallace (cook), Denise Lewis (heptathlete), Mark Pougatch (sports commentator), Gina Yashere (comedian).
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm).
  • Strictly Come Dancing The Results (BBC1, 7.20) With a performance from The Leading Ladies.
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 7.25) Last in the "present" series.
  • University Challenge (BBC4, 7.30).
  • Know the Score (RTE1, 7.30) Andy Lee (boxer), Catherina McKiernan (athlete), Stephen Kenny (soccer manager), Lee Chin (hurler).
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 8pm) The repêchage for second- and third-place robots.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e.
  • The Chase Celebrity (Challenge, 9pm) New to this channel.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Richard Madeley (Fr: Paul Zenon).
  • Armchair Detectives (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm) New shows.
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Raven (CBBC, 3.50) This week, the Bears and Wolves take part.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5.30) Swansea.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; not Fr) See daily listings for details.
  • Strictly - It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fr 6pm).
  • My Kitchen Rules Kiwi (UK Living, 6.55).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; Tu, We only).
  • Christmas University Challenge 2015 (BBC4, 7.30) The second week.

Monday 4 December

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes from 2010.
  • Round Britain Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Prepare to be awed, as Wales and Midlands clash in the Battle of the Titans.
  • Whiz sa Chistin (TG4, 4.55).
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 5.30) The grand final.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) TV doctors: David Bull, Ellie Cannon, Linda Papadopoulos, Ranj Singh, Javid Abdelmoneim.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) In Margate, where Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer are as thick as the rock. Andy Hamilton and Tony Hawks try to crack them. Jack Dee is still in the chair, but will anyone notice?
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Round 2, episode 4/8.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30) Guests include Gabby Logan and Tomorrow's Star Melvin Odoom.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e.
  • Fear Factor (MTV, 9pm) Fitness freaks.
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10pm) James Acaster, Kate Williams, cultural icons Ed Balls and Lauren Laverne.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1 England 10.45, NI 11.10, Wales 11.40, Scotland 11.45) Kirsty Young hosts, with Richard Osman and Desiree Burch.

Tuesday 5 December - Day of the Ninja

  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Antiques experts: David Harper, Gary Pe, Raj Bisram, Danny Sebastian, Caroline Hawley.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) The Almighty Cookoff.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e at 10.
  • A League of Their Own Unseen (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Sweepings from the cutting-room floor. Look, it's this or the best of Sing.

Wednesday 6 December

  • A Dewey Decimal (Radio 4 Extra, 6.30am, 1.30pm, 8.30pm) Shaun Wallace presents a documentary on a way of classifying books. Repeated from 2007.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) News presenters: Babita Sharma, Charlie Stayt, Sally Magnusson, Martin Croxall, Clive Myrie.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) A team challenge.
  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) AJ and Meg.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) The not-live final, from Winkworth Arboretum. Followed by The Winner Paints Firefly.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e at 10.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; Wales 11.05, Scotland 11.10) Carl Frampton (boxer), Louise Hazel (sporty), Mark Wood (bowler), Dean Saunders (footballer).

Thursday 7 December

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Repeats from 2007.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Sports commentators, with Iwan Thomas (athlete), Martine Wright, Tania Nadarajah, Sean Rose, Steve Brown.
  • This Territory's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) Two episodes of Strongman Champions' League follow on Spike from 8pm.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Dining with engineers.
  • Takeshi's Castle (Jonathan Ross v/o) (Comedy Central, 8pm).
  • Project Runway (Lifetime, 8pm) Driving miss unconventional.
  • Cythrel Canu (S4C, 8.25) Arwyn Davies, Emyr Wyn, Gillian Elisa, Eleri Siôn.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e at 10.
  • This Territory's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm) Bangkok: it's Iceland, or Hastings, or the Philippines, or this place.

Friday 8 December

  • Breaking the News (R Scotland, 1.30)
  • Clann Feirm Factor (TG4, 5.55) The show on S4C is resting, but the Irish version returns with a family contest.
  • Y Cwis Pop (R Cymru, 6pm) First semi-final.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm) Discworld novels, Mahatma Gandhi, Boston Marathon, top ten singles.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30) Remember this? Still on, with the Dandies and Beaks playing.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Mel Giedroyc hosts, with Hal Cruttenden and Sathnam Sanghera.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e at 10.30.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Opposites, with Sara Pascoe, Colin Lane, but Jimmy Carr.
  • Crash Karaoke (MTV, 10.30) A cross between Cash Cab and singing.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.25pm Sat, Sun).
  • May the Best House Win (STV, 2.35am Mon; rest of ITV, 3am Thu).
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8am Tue).
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