TV Guide 2018-01-20

A quiet week for new shows. Chris Maslanka traces Two Thousand Years of Puzzles (Radio 4, weekdays), Extreme Hair Wars begin (5Star, Thu), and it's the ITV Television Awards (Tue).

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Saturday 20 January

  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 9am) Another chance to see a recent series.
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.20) Three Captain Captains.
  • Raven (CBBC, 10.30).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Douglas Anderson, Matt Forde.
  • Dancing on Ice (ITV, 1pm) Another chance to see Sunday's show.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 1.25).
  • The Wave (W, 2pm) All five episodes repeated.
  • Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 3pm).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).


  • And They're Off (BBC1, 5.50) Mike Bushell, Una Foden, Michelle Ackerley, Michael Vaughan and Penny Lancaster.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.30) Aughts, with Lisa Maffia and Romeo, Gail Emms and Audley Harrison, David Spinx and Susie Amy, Katy Brand and Brian Belo.
  • Take Me Out (ITV, 6.45; 3e 8pm).
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm).
  • Wedding Day Winners (BBC1, 7.20) As reviewed in this week's Week.
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV and TV3, 8pm).
  • Village of the Year (C4, 8pm) The winner of the "Western zone".
  • Blind Date (C5, 8pm).
  • Destination Eurovision (TV5, 8pm) Second heat, ahead of next week's live final.
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.15).
  • Celebrity Big Brother (5*, 9pm; C5 and 3e, 10.25).
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 9.30) Paddy McGuinness, Gregg Wallace, Scarlett Moffatt.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10.30) Subject to delay by live snooker.

Sunday 21 January

  • Masterchef Junior Us (W, 8am) Four episodes.
  • Takeshi's Castle (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Coach Trip (E4, 8.30) The week's five episodes repeated.
  • Spy School (CITV and ITV Breakfast Broadcasting, 8.30am).
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.20) Coco-Nutty.
  • Raven (CBBC, 10.30).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 11.25) Another chance to see last night's show.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15)
  • Brightest Family (ITV, 1.30) Repeated from Wednesday
  • Les Chefs! (TV5, 2.06).
  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV, 5pm) Larry Lamb.


  • Dancing on Ice (ITV and TV3, 6pm) Disco week.
  • Dancing With the Stars (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Only Connect (BBC4, 7pm) Repeated from last Monday.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm).
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7.05).
  • University Challenge (BBC4, 7.30) Repeated from last Monday.
  • SAS Who Dares Wins (C4, 9pm).
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) Repeated from Friday.
  • Face Value (BET, 11pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout Le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.45am).
  • Two Thousand Years of Puzzling (R4, 12.04) Chris Maslanka traces the history of intellectual pursuits.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Raj Bisram (Mo), John Inverdale (Tu-Fr).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm) New.
  • Village of the Year (C4, 3pm).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.30).
  • Horrible Histories Gory Games (CBBC, 3.55).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) New.
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 4.30) New.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) New.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) New.
  • The Chef's Line (UK Living, 6pm).
  • Coach Trip Road To Tenerife (E4, 7.30) Week 3.

Monday 22 January

  • Round Britain Quiz (R4, 3pm) Midlands and Wales.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Meeples and Inquisitors head for the group phase.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Last of the second-round direct elimination matches.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.15) Tom Davis, Kate Williams, Robert Peston, Aisling Bea.
  • Have I Got Old News for You (BBC1, 10.45; NI 11.10) Kirsty Young, Robert Peston, Jon Richardson.
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).

Tuesday 23 January

  • Prosiect Z (S4C, 5.35).
  • "National" Television Awards (ITV, 7.30; TV3, 9pm Fri) The most popular programmes on telly.
  • Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 (Artsworld, 8pm) This week, they're painting Noel Fielding.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bye, then. Bit on the Side follows at 11.35.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4, 10pm) With Fred Sirieix, Thomas Turgoose, Sara Pascoe, Desiree Burch.

Wednesday 24 January

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2013.
  • Brightest Family (ITV, 8pm; not UTV).
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Behind the Scenes is at 10 on C5, and Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30; NI, 11.40) Previously unseen material.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; NI 12.45am Thu-into-Fri) Repeat.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; NI 12.10, not Wales) Anthony Ogogo, Matthew Upson, Becky Downie, CJ Ujah.

Thursday 25 January - Burns Night

  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2013.
  • Extreme Hair Wars (5Star, 8pm) A new series of wild and unpredictable hair styles.
  • Hunted (C4, 9pm).
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • Release the Hounds (ITV2, 9pm) George Shelley, Joe Swash and Vicky Pattison.
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Claudia Winkleman, Micah Richards, but Jimmy Carr.
  • Can't Stop Dancing (RTE2, 9.30) The companion show to Dancing With the Stars.

Friday 26 January

  • Whispers (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2005.
  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 5.30) Dominique Moore and George Lewis.
  • Clann Feirm Factor (TG4, 5.55) Crowley and Hanley in the first semi-final.
  • Sam and Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up (CBBC, 6pm) Johnny and Yasmin from Saturday Wind-Up.
  • Pen Ben (R Cymru, 6pm) Catrin Beard searches for the most knowledgeable contestant in a no-nonsense quiz.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) With Andy Hamilton, Angela Barnes, Fern Brady.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 8pm) Red Dwarf, Ascension Island, Kentucky, Tiberius.
  • Yankee Next Top Model (UK Living, 8pm) "Is Los Angeles", an episode title inviting a question mark.
  • Ar y Dibyn (S4C, 8.25) Surviving a night in the wild.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe play Joe Wilkinson and Sara Pascoe. Bill Bailey has the anecdote.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) A "surprise" double eviction. Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Omnishambles, with Josh Widdicombe, Stephen K Amos, Cally Beaton.
  • Crash Karaoke (MTV, 10.30).
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 10.45), Take Me Out (ITV, 11.45) Repeated from Saturday.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.20pm Sat, 3.25pm Sun).
  • Babushka (ITV, 3am; STV 3.40am)
  • Alphabetical (STV, 3.50am Tue; rest of ITV, 3am Sat).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 8am Tue).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3am Thu; STV, 3.05am Sat).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8am Thu and Fri).
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