TV Guide 2021-10-16

The New Comedy Awards are on television this year (BBC1, Tue and Wed). Joel Dommett opens the The Love Trap (C4, Wed), then Mel Giedroyc seeks something Handmade (C4, Thu). It's finals week in Ireland, as Glow Up Ireland and Junior Eurovision both reach their conclusions.

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


Saturday 16 October

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 11.50); Four in a Bed (C4, 12.50) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.30). Music, with Mc Romeo, Mc Harvey, Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw, Keith Duffy, Brian McFadden, Natasha Hamilton, and Liz McClarnon.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.15).
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 6.30) Charlotte Church, Melvin Odoom, Katherine Ryan join Stephen Mulhern.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm).
  • The Cube (ITV, 7.30; VM1 has a recent episode at 8pm).
  • Eurovision Again (, 8pm) Last month took us to the Royal Albert Hall and Katie Boyle's magnificent hosting. A lovely scoreboard, and a welcome interjection from Michael Aspel. But that was last month: where are we going this time, and why isn't it 1979?
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 8.30; VM1, 9pm).
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 8.55) Last in the series.
  • Blankety Blank (BBC1, 9pm) John Thomson, Karim Zeroual, Sue Perkins, Joel Dommett, Gloria Hunniford, Judi Love.
  • QI (BBC2, 9pm) Pictures, a repeat.
  • Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up (ITV, 9.35) Rupert Everett, Danny Jones, Catherine Tyldesley, Martin Kemp. Last in the series.

Weekend repeats


  • The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Survivor (TG4, 1.50) Only on Ireland.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 2.30, elsewhere 3.30) Repeat from Friday.
  • The Big Deal (VM1, 4pm) Repeat from last Sunday.
  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 5pm; VM1, 7pm) From Sunday.
  • Farm to Feast Best Menu Wins (BBC2 NI, 6.30).
  • BBC Brain (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From Monday.
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 1.10) From last night.
  • Bake Off (C4, 2.25) From Tuesday.
  • Glow Up Ireland (RTE2, 10.40)

Sunday 17 October

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Dickinson's Biggest and Best Deals (ITV, 2.05) Subject to delay if the FA Cup draw goes to extra balls.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5.30) A classic episode.


  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 7pm) Shares from Worcester versus Alverangas from Luton.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.10) The results show, with music a performance from Westlife.
  • Bother's Bar Game Night Championship of Champions (, 8pm) The best players over the past year go head-to-head and try to win the annual championship. Who will tick all the boxes?
  • Am Dro! (S4C, 8pm) This week, the walkers go to Chirk Castle, Tregarth, Rhosili, Laugharne.
  • Junior Eurovision (TG4, 8.30) The grand final. Who will we be cheering in Paris in December?
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 10.20) Curtis Walker, James Acaster, Humza Arshad, Sikisa.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Th).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 1pm); Eggheads (BBC2, 1.45; Wales 2.35 Tu, Fr 2.30); Curiosity (BBC2, 3.30 Mo, 3pm Tu not Wales) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Lesley Joseph.
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15; Scot 3pm We; Fr 1.45) Repeats.
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3pm) New episodes.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 4.30) Repeats.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) New episodes.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • The Perfect Pitch (C4, 5.30).
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Michelle Collins, Reginald D Hunter, Joanne McNally, Bill Turnbull.
  • Strictly It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • Eggheads (C5, 6.30).
  • Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm) Finals week.
  • Love Island Usa (ITVBe, 11pm).

Monday 18 October

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2006.
  • BBC Brain (Radio 4, 3pm) Semi-final 2.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Saxophone, Margaret Thatcher, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, venomous African snakes.
  • Farm to Feast Best Menu Wins (BBC1 NI, 7.35) Lough Neagh eels and triple-cream cheese.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Muppets v Steelers.
  • Landmark (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) The finalists face the public in Coventry.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) The first repêchage match pits UCL against St John's Cambridge.
  • The Complaints Department (Comedy Central, 9pm) Sarah Millican, Nick Helm, Catherine Bohart, Daliso Chaponda.
  • Quizzy Mondays (, 9.05) Gareth and guests look back at recent quizzing action.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1 England, 10.35; NI 11.15, Wales 11.35) With guest appearances from Emma Bunton and Steps.

Tuesday 19 October

  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.35).
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Deutsche wöche.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1 England, 8.30; NI 9.30 Wed) Sara Pascoe.
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Joe Wilkinson, Aitch, Self Esteem.
  • Murder Island (C4, 9.15) A mysterious dinghy, suggestions it's a drug smuggling route, copies of "The Best of Reg 'Reg' Snipton" and other criminal records.
  • Question Team (Dave, 10pm) Katherine Ryan, Desiree Burch, Ivo Graham, Nick Helm.
  • I Like the Way U Move (BBC1, 10.35; NI 11.30, Wales 11.35) Rookie dancers woo professionals with their moves and hope to win their hearts. Not sure this is a game. Jamie Laing hosts, with dance expert Kaelynn Harris.
  • New Comedy Awards 2021 (BBC1, 11.40; NI 12.35am, Wales 12.40am) The best new stand-up comics.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 11.20) Repeat from last Thursday.
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 11.40) Repeat from Sunday.

Wednesday 20 October

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.10am; not Wales, NI) Repeat from last Friday; House of Games Night (BBC1, 12.40am; not Wales, NI) Repeat from last Friday; Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 1.10am; NI 1.15am We-into-Th) Extended repeat from Friday: hosted by Alexander Armstrong with non-comedians Mishal Husein but Geoff Norcott.
  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Sitting: Gyles Brandreth, Karen Gibson, Sophie Cookson.
  • Undeniable (Comedy Central, 9pm) Harriet Kemsley, Josh Jones, Melvin Odoom, Ahir Shah.
  • The Love Trap (C4, 10pm) A group of women woo singleton David. But only half the women are in it for love, the rest are after a cash prize. How is this different from ITV2's Ready to Mingle, you may ask: Joel Dommett and a big trap door are involved.
  • Outsiders (Dave, 10pm) This week, Davie squirts the squirrel's tents with a hosepipe.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.33) "Bring on the Bacon".
  • New Comedy Awards 2021 (BBC1, 11.40; NI 12.45am) The best new stand-up comics.

Thursday 21 October

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Show Me the Honey (CBBC, 5.30).
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm) The next episode, to be shown on BBC1 next Monday.
  • Handmade (C4, 8pm) Competitive woodcraft and woodworking.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) "Croissants is croissants".
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) "If you can't stand the heat".
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) More series highlights.
  • Glow Up Ireland (RTE2, 9.30) The grand final.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.15) "Spooky" with David Mitchell, Richard Osman, Zoe Lyons.
  • Complaints Welcome (C4, 10pm) We've still not seen if this passes as a game show.
  • Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up (ITV, 11.15) Repeat from last weekend.

Friday 22 October

  • Blankety Blank (BBC1, 12.05am; NI 1.25am); The Hit List (BBC1, 12.40am; not NI) A BLANK-saving repeat from last Saturday.
  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Last in the series.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Scot 11.25) Tom Dean, Danny Murphy, Joshua Buatsi, Maggie Alphonsi.
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 8pm).
  • House of Games Night (BBC1, 8.30) The new celebs are Ed Balls, Janette Marara, Steph McGovern, Ben Miller.
  • Have I Got News for You? (BBC1, 9pm) With host Victoria Coren Mitchell, Rylan Clark-Neal, and Phil Panel.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) "A devilish challenge".

Sign language interpretation

  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 9.25am Sat) Two episodes.
  • The Void (ITV, 3.05am Sun).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Caru Siopa (S4C, 12.05pm Tue).
  • Cooking with the Stars (ITV, 3.15am Thu).
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 4am Thu).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 1am and 3am Fri).


A short selection of shows for those with Astra satellite dishes, or available for free and legal web streaming.

Germany on Saturday has Versten sie Spaß, three hours of silly games with Uwe Ochsenknecht and Heiner Lauterbach (that's on ARD). Sunday brings Guido's Wedding Race (VOX), three couples compete for a dress from star designer Herr Maria Kretschmer. Ninja Warrior Kids has a new series (RTL, Sun), followed by the old fogey's Ninja Warrior (RTL, Fri). A new series of Die Gegenteilshow (Sat.1, Fri), the mash-up of little formats that don't quite work as full series.

Dutch telly: we're waiting on to pick up Aria (NPO1, Sun), ten talented singers train to become opera leads. Don't expect to see The Masked Singer (RTL4, Fri), because RTL don't export their shows through bvn.

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