TV Guide 2019-08-31

Television's autumn season begins with a vengeance.

Saturday night is enlivened by Pointless Celebrities (BBC1) and Got Talent The Champions (ITV and VM1). A choice of viewing on Sunday night, 5 Gold Rings (ITV) for most, Cash Machine (STV) in Scotland.

All of your daytime favourites are back. New episodes of Tipping Point and The Chase (both ITV), Pointless (BBC1), and Eggheads (BBC2).

Brainboxes will appreciate Only Connect (BBC2, Mon) and QI (BBC2, Fri). Cookers will enjoy Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, Mon / Wed / Fri). And fans of music have Junior Eurovision (TG4, Sun) and Chwilio am Seren Junior Eurovision (S4C, Tue), and music quiz Counterpoint (R4, Mon).

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Saturday 31 August

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (BBC2, 6.45am; CBBC, 10.25am).
  • Curious Creatures (BBC2, 8.30am).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 11.25) Five episodes.
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm); Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).


  • Fferm Ffactor Selebs (S4C, 5.55) Repeated from earlier in the year.
  • The Chase (ITV, 6pm)
  • Sion a Sian (S4C, 6.50) Repeats.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 7pm) Stephen Mulhern welcomes Anton du Beke, Gemma Collins, and Paul Sinha to see it, say it.
  • Rhannu (S4C, 7.30).
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.45) A new series: Comedy, with Ralph Ineson, John Thomson, Janine Duvitski, Tony Maudsley, Melvyn Hayes, Stuart McGugan, Vicki Pepperdine, Rosi Vavaliero.
  • Got Talent The Champions (ITV and VM1, 8pm) Familiar and novel acts, featuring Paul Potts, Boogie Storm, Kseniya Simonova, Bello and Annaliese Nock.
  • Who Dares Wins (BBC1, 8.35) Famous people born before 1900? There's over 10,000 answers.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (True Entertainment, 9pm) Three old episodes.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV and VM1, 10pm) One new episode.

Weekend repeats


  • The News Quiz (R4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • The 3rd Degree (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From Monday.
  • Got Talent The Champions (ITV, 1.30) From last night.
  • Bake Off (C4, 3pm) From Tuesday; Extra Slice follows at 2.15am.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 11.30; not Scot, Wales) From Friday.

Sunday 1 September

  • The Rap Game (BBC II! on BBC1, 12 midnight).
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 9.25am).
  • Gloryhunters with Charlie Baker (Talk Sport, 9.30am).
  • Celwydd Noeth (S4C, 11am) Two episodes from the very first series.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3.30); Tipping Point (ITV, 4.30).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.45) Strictly Come Dancing, a repeat.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 6pm) Toyah Willcox and John Barnes, repeated.
  • Scrapyard Supercar (Dave, 6pm) The one where they pull planes.
  • 5 Gold Rings (ITV, 7pm; not STV) A celebrity edition, featuring Jimmy Carr and Rachel Riley from Catsdown.
  • Cash Machine (STV, 7pm) Four teams of contestants take on a giant ATM, but only one team cracks the final PIN to withdraw the cash. Lorraine Kelly presides.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8pm) Repairing bicycle chains.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm, rpt 11.45; VM1, 9pm).
  • Al Murray's Pub Quiz (Quest, 9pm) The Streeties from London, the Newton Grange from Durham. With Ed Byrne (comedian) and Andy Parsons.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (True Entertainment, 9pm) Three old episodes.
  • Temptation Island (E!, 9pm).
  • Junior Eurovision (TG4, 9.05) Eoghan McDermott hosts the talent search; judges are Gráinne Bleasdale, Chris Greene, and Brendan Murray.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Hardball (BBC2, 1pm; not Tu).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Martin Lewis (Mo-We), Anneka Rice (Th-Fr).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) Repeats.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) Swindon.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15; Mo 5.30).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; not Tu).
  • Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm).

Monday 2 September

  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) The new series begins here!
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Graham Norton, Zoe Lyons, Jenny Eclair, Paul Merton.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Darksiders play Suits.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Jesus Oxford play Manchester The Team Everyone Wants To Beat.
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm).
  • Temptation Island (E!, 9pm) Last in the series.
  • Have I Got Old News for You (BBC1, 11pm; NI 11.10) Highlights from 2018.
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).

Tuesday 3 September

  • Y Gemau Gwyllt (S4C, 5.35) Repeated from last year.
  • Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Biscuits.
  • Chwilio am Seren Junior Eurovision (S4C, 8pm) Who will deliver S4C's best Junior Eurovision result ever?
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) A classic episode.
  • Lip Sync Battle (Comedy Central, 10pm) A Mariah Carey tribute, which had us checking.

Wednesday 4 September

  • Gaby's Talking Pictures (Radio 4, 6.30) Lucy Porter and Anton du Beke.
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm).
  • Interior Design Masters (BBC2, 8pm) This week, they're making student rooms.

Thursday 5 September

  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 20002.
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Clare Balding guests hosts, with Rob Beckett, Chemmy Alcott, and Harry Winks on the panel.

Friday 6 September

  • Who Goes There? (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Famous people from 2002.
  • The Good, The Bad and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 1.30) With Lucy Porter, Leah McCrae, and Paul Birchard.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 Wales 6.30, elsewhere 7.30) Islands around Great Britain, "Pop Larkin Chronicles", The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) This week's host is Angela Barnes from Just a Minute.
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 8pm) Jo Brand is back.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Sean Lock and Katherine Ryan play Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson. Adam Riches is in the corner.
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) The weekly final.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Quirky, with Loyiso Gola, Jason Manford, and Sarah Millican.
  • Room 101 (BBC1, 10.35; not Wales) A repeat with Ricky Wilson.

Sign language interpretation

  • Ffasiwn Mecanic (S4C, 3pm Sat) Repeated from 2016.
  • Go For It (ITV, 3am Thu; not STV) Repeated from 2015.
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