TV Guide 2017-12-09

The final of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, Sun) is marked by a Through the Keyhole special (ITV, Sat). And the catchup show Coming Out ends the week (ITV and TV3, Fri).

Channel 5 has a night of programmes about Strictly Come Dancing (Fri). Taskmaster finds its champion of champions (Dave, Wed).

With the calendar showing "December", it's time for some mid-Advent specials: Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, Mon), A League of Their Own Unseen (The Satellite Channel, Tue), Dinner Date (ITVBe, Wed), The Crystal Maze (C4, Thu), Celebrity Juice (ITV2, Thu).

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


Saturday 9 December

  • Catchphrase Morning (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • The X Factor (TV3, 11.55, ITV 1.20).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 12.55) Five from Manchester.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 Scotland 3pm, England and NI 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) A classic episode.
  • Partners in Rhyme (BBC1, 5.15) Tom Allen (comedian), Sally Lindsay (acts), Kimberley Wyatt (Taking The Next Step), Rick Edwards (!mpossible).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6pm) Food and Drink, repeated from 14 January.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.45) Semi-finals week.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm) Science and mathematics puzzles.
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 7.15) Another chance to see this spring's series.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV, 8.20). Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e.
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.25).
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 9.50) With Jimmy Carr (CAUTION!), Stacey Solomon (The X Factor), Myleene Klass (Top of the Klass), Tony Blackburn (Pick of the Pops).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; NI 10.30).
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10.45; not NI).

Sunday 10 December

  • Takeshi's Castle Morning (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 9.30) The grand final.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 11am).
  • Wild Things (Challenge, 12 noon) Billed as new to this channel.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Chase Afternoon (Challenge, 1pm) To 6pm.
  • The Chase (ITV, 4.40) Another classic episode.


  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 7pm) Another chance to see March's final.
  • Only Connect (BBC4, 7pm) Another chance to see Friday's match.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm).
  • Strictly Come Dancing The Results (BBC1, 7.15) The BBC press office promises a performance from "Craid David".
  • University Challenge (BBC4, 7.30).
  • Know the Score (RTE1, 7.30) Stephen Ferris (rugbyman), Jason McAteer (soccer), Lindsay Peat (basketball, GAA, and rugby).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 8pm) Sam Quek (hockey), Basil Brush (television legend), Andi Peters (puppet), Charlie Higson (writer).
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and TV3, 9pm) Last in the series. Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and 3e.
  • A League of Their Own Unseen (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) And opposite I'm a Celeb, the clips and outtakes will remain unseen.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Paul Zenon, and Finals Week begins on Thursday.
  • Armchair Detectives (BBC1, 2.15) Let this be a lesson to you: don't celebrate C****t**s before Gaudete Sunday.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm) New shows.
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Raven (CBBC, 3.50) Wrapping up the Wolves, then the Wildcats, and starting on the Stags.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; not Fr) See daily listings for details.
  • Strictly - It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fr 6pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm).
  • Christmas University Challenge 2016 (BBC4, 7.30) Repeated from last year. There's no Monday edition, so it doesn't get too far out of line with Only Connect.

Monday 11 December

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes from 2010.
  • Round Britain Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Scotland and North of England.
  • Whiz sa Chistin (TG4, 4.55).
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 5pm) Christmas Rules! Cook and Line want Christmas to be fun on the Scarlet Squid, but Captain Captain is ruining things.
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 5.30) The Winners' Story.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Consumer journalists: Jasmine Birtles, Chris Hollins, Simon Calder, Adam Pearson, Rebecca Wilcox.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) To Hull and Not Coming Back. Barry and Tim are joined by Miles Jupp and John Finnemore. Jack Dee is the fourth-best chairman in Hull.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30) Guests include Susie Dent, Stacey Solomon, and The Ubiquitous Ore Oduba.
  • Fear Factor (MTV, 9pm) College students.
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10pm) Ed Gamble, Suzannah Lipscomb, Katy Brand, Amol Rajan.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1 England 10.45, Scotland 11.45, not NI) Mel Giedroyc hosts, with Hal Cruttenden and Sathnam Sanghera.

Tuesday 12 December

  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) The CBBC Massive: Hayley Hassall, Martin Dougan, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ayshah Tull, Katie Thistleton. You do not mess with the CBBC Massive.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Dedication.
  • 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 13 December

  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Food and drink: Oz Clarke, Ed Baines, Paul Rankin, Jonathan Pang, Reza Mahammad.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) The fifty-ingredient salad.
  • Mid-Advent Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Jack from London.
  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) Vicky and Akil.
  • Taskmaster Championship of Champions (Dave, 9pm) Josh, Katherine, Noel, Rob, and Bob put their tasks to the test.

Thursday 14 December

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Repeats from 2007.
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Sports participants, with Megan Giglia, Danny Crates, Stef Reid, Dan Greaves, Jonathan Broom-Edwards.
  • This Territory's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) Team championships from Stoke-on-Trent. Two episodes of Strongman Champions' League follow on Spike from 8pm.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Raymond Blanc.
  • Takeshi's Castle (Jonathan Ross v/o) (Comedy Central, 8pm).
  • Project Runway (Lifetime, 8pm) Warriors, ready!
  • Cythrel Canu (S4C, 8.25) Dewi Morris, Gareth Glyn, Mary Lloyd Davies, Robin Lyn Evans.
  • The Crystal Maze Mid-Advent Celebrity Edition (C4, 9pm) This year's cast of children is Ellie Simmonds, Nicola Adams, Ollie Locke, Mollie King, and Tom Davis.
  • This Territory's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm) The queens we use would not excite you.
  • Celebrity Juice Mid-Advent Special (ITV2, 10pm) Alex James, Denise Van Outen, Ricky Wilson, Stacey Solomon.

Friday 15 December

  • Breaking the News (R Scotland, 1.30)
  • Clann Feirm Factor (TG4, 5.55).
  • Y Cwis Pop (R Cymru, 6pm) Second semi-final.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales).
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm) Harry Potter novels, Waterloo, Battle of the Bulge, Rosalind Franklin.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30) Detectives and Arrowheads.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) David Tennant hosts.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Coming Out (ITV and TV3, 9pm).
  • Strictly Spoiler Night (C5, 9pm). Begins with Before They Were Famous, then unofficial history The Strictly Story: Fake Tan, Tangoes, And a Ten from Len (10pm), and concludes with a Lip Sync Battle repeat (11.35) with Danny Dyer and Craig Revel Horwood.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Operations, with Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan, and Rhod Gilbert.
  • Crash Karaoke (MTV, 10.30).
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 10.45). Followed by The Best of Play to the Whistle series 1, we think that was a test card and some music.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.25pm Sat, Sun).
  • May the Best House Win (STV, 2.35am Mon; rest of ITV, 3am Thu).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 8am Tue).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8am Thu and Fri).
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