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It sounds a little bit frightning: Zoe Lyons has got daytime quiz Lightning (BBC2, from Mon). Finals week on Junior Bake Off (C4, weekdays), and Celebrity Best Home Cook arrives on BBC1 (Tue, Wed).

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


Saturday 23 January

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.05) Five episodes. Not billed in some listings magazines.
  • The Masked Singer Unmasked (ITV2, 12.35).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 2pm).


  • Y Siambr (S4C, 5.50) Another chance to see the game in a cave.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 6pm; VM1 8pm Sun) Lesley Garrett, Jools Holland, and Adil Ray.
  • The Masked Singer (VM1 and ITV, 7pm).
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30) Subject to delay if the football goes to extra time. Last in the present series.
  • The Voice of This Territory (VM1 and ITV, 8.30).
  • Paul Sinha's TV Showdown (ITV, 10pm) Guests this week: Antony Cotton, Tomorrow's Star Melvin Odoom, Janet Street-Porter, Laura Whitmore.

Weekend repeats


  • Pooch Perfect (BBC2, 9.30) From Thursday.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Junior Bake Off (4Seven, 2pm) All five episodes.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 3.15; not Wales) From Tuesday.
  • Lingo (ITV, 4.30) From Tuesday.
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6.20) From Friday.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 6.50) From Wednesday.
  • Counterpoint (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10.05) Repeat from Thursday.

Sunday 24 January

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 9.40) Helen Bauer, Maisie Adams, David Morgan, Dr Ranj.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 12.15) That's on BBC2. Not BBC1.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Repeat, with David Grant.


  • Dancing on Ice (VM1 and ITV, 6pm) The next six contestants perform.
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 8pm) Old fruits.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 9pm).
  • The Cabins Reunion (ITV2, 9pm) Are we out of the woods yet, asks Clara Amfo.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 9.55) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 Scotland 10am (12.15 Tue, not Thu); elsewhere 12.15).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Prue Leith (Mo-Tu), Adrian Chiles (We-Fr).
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC2, 3pm) Repeats.
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm; some episodes repeated about 12.30am).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 4.30).
  • Junior Bake Off (C4, 5pm; rpt 4seven 7pm) Finals week!
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Charlie Brooks, Les Dennis, Darren Harriott, Melinda Messenger.
  • Love Bites (ITV2, 6pm).
  • Lightning (BBC2, 6.30) Zoe Lyons hosts a quick-fire quiz of knowledge, thought, and reactions.
  • Love Island Usa (VM2, 10pm) For viewers in Ireland; as seen on ITV2 last year.

Richard Osman

Bonus feature

  • The Thursday Music Club (Radio 4, 12.06pm and 10.45pm) For A Book at Bedtime, Haydn Gwynne reads from Richard Osman's debut novel.

Monday 25 January

  • Hidden Treasures (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Antiques quiz from 1998.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 8.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) A semi-couples edition: Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney, Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris, solo player Lucy Porter, solo player Justin Edwards.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Tchaikovsky, Evil Dead, Rafael Nadal, This Country.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Last Chance round, match 3: Barons v Colleagues.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Group phase, match 3.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC2, 10pm; not NI, Wales) Repeat from October 2019.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1, 10.45; Wales 11.45, NI 12.15) Sheridan Smith joins for musicals week. First seen on BBC3 online last week.
  • Paul Sinha's TV Showdown (ITV, 11.15; STV 11.40, HTV Cymru 11.45, UTV 12.15) Repeat from Saturday.

Britain's Best Home Cook

Tuesday 26 January

  • Who Goes There (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 6pm) Repeat from last Wednesday.
  • Celebrity Best Home Cook (BBC1, 9pm) Ten famous cooks try to impress Mary Berry. Taking part: Ferne McCann, Gareth Thomas, Desiree Burch, Ed Balls, Karim Zeroual, Ruth Madeley, Tom Read Wilson, Shobna Gulati, Ed Byrne (comedian, we assume), Rachel Johnson. This week's challenge: home-cooked dinner.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 11.45; Wales 12.05am, not NI) Repeat from Saturday.

Wednesday 27 January

  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (RTE2, 7pm) As seen on BBC2 in late 2019.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales).
  • Celebrity Best Home Cook (BBC1, 9pm) A chocolate dessert, and a cut of leftover meat.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 9pm) It's the last heat: "A Song of Fire and Ice" books, Michaelangelo, Coronation Street, Wrexham FC.
  • Fferm Ffactor Selebs (S4C, 10.40) Repeat from 2020.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.40) "Time to bring the charmpocalypse".

Thursday 28 January

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.25am; Scot 1.10, NI 1.25am) Repeat from Friday.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4, 6.30) Kate Fox, Shappi Khorsandi, Eleanor Tiernan, token bloke Scott Bennett.
  • Pooch Perfect (BBC1, 8pm) Pomeranians.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm).
  • QI (BBC2, 9pm) Rock 'n' Roll: Katy Brand, Eshaan Akbar, Alan Davies.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Sean Lock and Harriet Kemsley play Jon Richardson and Joe Lycett. Mat Ewins is in the corner.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 9.30) Angela Barnes, Ed Gamble, Rhys James, Milton Jones, Evelyn Mok.

Bonus feature

  • The Chasers' Road Trip (ITV, 9pm) Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, and Mark Labbett travel the world and meet some child geniuses.

Friday 29 January

  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6pm).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Andy Zaltzman and panellists.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 8.05) Mark Lewis-Francis, Rebecca Adlington, Charlie Adam, John Barclay.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1, 9pm) Miles Jupp, Bob Mortimer, Samantha Morton, Sarah Hadland.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 9pm) This week, the treasure hunt's back in Llangernyw.

Sign language interpretation

  • Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 3.15am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 1.55am Wed).
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