TV Guide 2021-03-27

Some top quizzing this week, as celebrities try to Beat the Chasers (ITV, Sat). This year's most esoteric quizzers are found in the Only Connect final (BBC2, Mon).

We're nearing the end of Masterchef (BBC1), while pay-channel W has Top Chef (weeknights). A new series of Dragons' Den grondas over to BBC1 (Thu).

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Beat the Chasers


Saturday 27 March

  • Me and My Dog (BBC2, 10am) Another chance to see Chris Packham's animal show.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.50) Five episodes.


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.50) Marcus Brigstocke (Pink Floyd), Vick Hope (giraffes), Briony May Williams (boy bands of the 90s and 00s), Siobhán McSweeney (Gene Wilder).
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6pm) Nicola Coughlan, Stephen Mangan, Toyah Willcox, repeat.
  • Catchpoint (BBC1, 6.20).
  • The Wall (BBC1, 6.50; repeated 12.45am) Sisters from Glasgow.
  • Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV, 7pm; VM1, 7.30) Alesha Dixon announces, and Creamy Muck McFly say "this isn't a bungalow".
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.35) Football: Chloe Morgan, Jenna Schillaci, Peter Shilton, Paul Parker, Jackie McNamara, John Hartson, Rachel Brown-Finnis, David James
  • Spy School (CITV, 7.35) ...but Eden Hazard is exclusive to Agent J and co.
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 8.30) Famous faces try to beat Mark, Anne, Shaun, Jenny, and newcomer Darragh.
  • Love Island Down Under (ITV2, 9pm).
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; NI 1.10am Mon-into-Tue).

Weekend repeats


  • Drawers Off (4seven, 9am) Five episodes from the week.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 12 noon) Two episodes, from Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC1, 4.45) From Friday.
  • Interior Design Masters (BBC2, 6pm) From Tuesday.
  • Round the Islands Quiz (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 12 noon) From Friday.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 11.35) There's no pre-watershed version of this series, which is a shame. Repeat's from Thursday.
  • Ths is My House (BBC1, 12.15am; not Wales or Scot) From Wednesday.

Sunday 28 March

Clocks go forward an hour overnight. We lose an hour's sleep. Boo.

  • Don't Unleash the Beast (ITV Breakfast Broadcasting and CITV, 8.30am).
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 10am) Another chance to see the treasure hunt show.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; not Scot).
  • Got Talent Buzzer Breakers (ITV, 12.40) A clip show of awesome and awful auditions.


  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • Tipping Point Best Ever Finals (ITV, 7.30) The daytime filler moves to primetime, filling an awkward half-hour after the men's football.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Wales not Thu).
  • Head Hunters (BBC2, 1pm Mo, We); Best House in Town (BBC2, 1.45, also 1pm Th, not Fr) With schools on a break, the lunchtime quizzing resumes on the Deuce.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Konnie Huq (Mo-Tu), Jon Thomson (We-Fr).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15; repeat BBC2 6.30am next day).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) Repeats.
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC1, 3.45; not Fr).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 4.45; not Fr) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) Repeats.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15; not Fr) Repeats.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Another chance to see Michelle Ackerley, Matt Forde, Fred MacAulay, Judy Murray.
  • Tenable (Challenge, 6pm) Wonder if Monday's contestants will know about lasers.
  • Top Chef (W, 7pm)
  • Love Island Down Under (ITV2, 9pm).

Only Connect (2)

Monday 29 March

No Eggheads today, and Pointless shoves over to BBC2.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Round the Islands Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Northern Ireland and North England.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Lucy Porter hosts, with Nish Kumar, Josie Lawrence, Zoe Lyons, Gyles Brandreth.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Last heat: Otto von Bismarck, hand-knitting, Robert Louis Stevenson, Coen Brothers films.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) The grand final.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Semi-final 2.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Semi-finals week starts here, with Anna Haugh and a fat duck.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).

Tuesday 30 March

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm) From 2016.
  • Step Up to the Plate (CBBC, 5pm) Bin appetit, day 2.
  • The Great Celebrity Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Stacey Dooley, Jade Thirlwall, Katherine Ryan, Ksi.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm; not UTV) A classic episode.
  • Home of the Year (RTE1, 8.30) A period home in County Dublin.
  • The Challenge (MTV, 10pm).
  • The Circle (C4, 10.15).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 11.20) Repeat from last Thursday.

Wednesday 31 March

  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Scottish starter and fish courses.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year, Eh? (Artsworld, 8pm)
  • This is My House (BBC1, 9pm) Rob Rinder joins the panel, this week hoping to find the real Michael.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Hypothetical (Dave, 10pm) Sue Perkins, Sara Pascoe, Dant Baptiste, Sindhu Vee.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.40) "So smart they're dumb".

Dragons' Den

Thursday 1 April

April Fool's Day. Beware of spoofs and errors.

  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Matthew Wright.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm) Tea-makers are in hot water. Uncle will not be happy.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Marcus Wareing visits.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) Someone forgets an important document.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm) Rocks, rolls, and rock 'n' roll.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4, 11pm) From 2016, Joe Lycett asks questions of Holly Walsh, Tim Lovejoy, and Nish Kumar.

Friday 2 April - Good Friday

A public holiday

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) These episodes are from 2012.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • In for a Penny (ITV, 6pm) Bristol hosts Stephen Mulhern's travelling circus.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm; Scot 9.30) Grace Dent, Jay Rayner, Jimi Famurewa.
  • Would I Lie to You The Unseen Bits (BBC1, 9.30; Scot 11.20. not Wal) More out-takes from the recent series.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 11pm) Repeat from Saturday.

Sign language interpretation

  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Flour Power (BBC Scotland, 1.30pm Mon)
  • Lingo (ITV, 3.15am Tue).
  • Masterchef (BBC2, 1.35am Wed, 3am Thu, 1.30am Fri).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3.15am Wed).
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 1.40am Thu).
  • Alan Carr's Epic Game Show (ITV, 3.15am Fri).
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