TV Guide This Week


A guide to game shows broadcast in the UK and Ireland for the week beginning 12 December 2009

Schedules are subject to change.

'Twas the week before the week before Christmas, and all through the schedules, only one programme debuted, and it was a mouse. That's Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC3, from Monday), and there are some sheep, in One Man and His Dog (BBC2, from Tuesday). It's certainly finals week, though: Simon Cowell Annoys reaches its peak of indifference (ITV, Sunday), then there are ends for School of Saatchi (BBC2, Monday), Fferm Ffactor (S4C, Tuesday), Britain's Best Brain (C5, Wednesday), The Restaurant (BBC2, Thursday), and Countdown (C4, Friday).

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0005BBC4 Only ConnectChessmen v Mathematicians.
0035BBCH Shooting Stars
0500VIR1 Unbeatable Banzuke x2
0600VIR1 Take It or Leave It
0700VIR1 Ninja Warrior x2
0700DAVE HeadJam
0740DAVE School's Out
0800VIR1 Unbeatable Banzuke x2
0900BRV2 UK's Strongest Man 2007 x3
1000BBC2 Best of Friends
1000VIR1 Takeshi x2
1100Rad5 Fighting Talk
1200 C5 Britain's Best Brain
1203RCym Bwlletin
1300S4CD Fferm Ffactor
1525TV5 Questions Pour un Champion
1555CBBC The Slammer
1700S4C Deal or No Deal
1730BBC1 Hole in the WallHighlights. To 1731. Also BBC-HD.
1730BBC2 EggheadsScotland only.
1735TV3 Mr and Mrs
1845BBC1 Strictly Go DancingAlso BBC-HD. To 2000, and continues 2130.
1900VIR1 Millionaire
1930 C4 Come Dine With Me x4
1930ITV Simon Cowell AnnoysIt's the beginning of the end of the show! Also TV3.
2002RTR1 Buille Faoi Thuairim
2020DAVE HIGNFYAngus Deayton, Janet Street-Porter, Ray Johnson.
2040TG4 Glor Tire
2100DAVE QI XL Night
2130BBC2 Have I Got a Bit More News For YouDominic West, James May, Reginald D Hunter.
2135RTE1 Winning Streak
2300Rad4 Brain of Britain


0500VIR1 Ninja Warrior x2
0600VIR1 Take It or Leave It
0700VIR1 Ninja Warrior x2
0800VIR1 Unbeatable Banzuke x2
0900BBC2 The Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe final: surprise magic.
0900CBBC The Slammer
0930Mor4 Scrapheap Challenge x4
1000VIR1 Takeshi's Castle
1000BRV2 UK's Strongest Man 2007 x2
1204Rad4 I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
1555CBBC The Slammer
1625 C4 Deal or No Deal
1640Mor4 Come Dine With Me x5
1800BBC1 A Question of SportScotland only.
1830RTE1 The All Ireland Talent ShowThe Dublin auditions.
1845ITV All-Star Family FortunesGareth Gates v Jodie Prenger. Also TV3.
1900WTCH Total Wipe Us Out
1930ITV Simon Cowell AnnoysIt's the end of the end of the show! Also TV3.
2000RTE2 Dragons' Den
2030 C4 Come Dine With MeWest Yorkshire.
2030TG4 An Jig Gig
2100DAVE Mock the Week Night
2300BBC2 Never Mind the Buzzcocks
2330BBC2 ArgumentalDara O'Briain and Will Smith. Not Wales.

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0410VIR1 Catchphrase x2 Old!
0510VIR1 Unbeatable BanzukeAbove two not Mo.
0700VIR1 Take It or Leave It
0800VIR1 Catcphrase x2
0905TV5 Des Chiffres et des Lettres
1030CBBC Beat the Boss
1215BBC1 Bargain Hunt
1230CBBC Best of FriendsCBBC programmes Signed We, Th.
1300DMAX Scrapheap Challenge
1330S4C Deal or No Deal
1400ITV Dickinson's Real Deal
1415S4C Countdown
1525 C4 CountdownFinals week continues, with Rory McGrath.
1530TV5 Questions Pour un Champion
1530SKY1 Sell Me the Answer
1600CBBC Copycats
1610 C4 Deal or No Deal
1630BBC2 Ready Steady Cook
1630BBCH Kerwhizz
1700ITV Golden BallsSTV 1600.
1715BBC1 The Weakest Link
1800BBC2 Celebrity EggheadsMon: Celebrity Mastermind winners. Tue: Blue Peter presenters. Wed: female broadcasters. Thu (Sat in Scot): The Nod Show (CAUTION: contains Gyles Brandreth). Not Fr.
1830BBC2 Strictly Come Dancing It Takes TwoScotland not Th; 1800 Fr.
2100ITV2 The Best of The X Factor 2009Amazingly, they've got an hour of this each night.


0500VIR1 Takeshi x2
1300TV5 Pekin Express
1330Rad4 Brain of Britain
1730S4C Pen Campau
1830Rad4 I'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueFrom the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, with Jo Brand and Jeremy Hardy.
1830S4C Fferm Ffactor
1900ITV2 Mr and Mrs
2000BBC2 University ChallengeEdinburgh v Regent's Park Oxford.
2030BBC3 Move Like Michael Jackson New!Two hours of auditions.
2030VIVA Slips
2030ALBA Cocaire nan CocaireanA special edition: Donald MacKay prepares a festive dinner.
2100BBC2 School of SaatchiLast in the series. Scotland 2130.
2100BBC4 Games Britannia2: Monopolies and Mergers. Signed repeat at 0200.
2100TV3 The ApprenticeIt's the grand final! ..You're Hired follows at 2215.
2200BBC2 QINI 2320, not Scot.
2200DAVE Mock the Week
2200TG4 Survivor
2320BBC2 Have I Got News For You

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0025BBCH Hole in the Wall
1800S4C Gair am Aur Iau x2
1900BBC2 One Man And His Dog x2 New!From Armoy in Antrim. Clare Balding hosts, Matt Baker and Gus Dermody commentate. Also BBC-HD.
2000VIVA Slips x2
2020DAVE QI x2
2025S4C Fferm FfactorIt's the grand final!
2100BBC3 Move Like Michael JacksonFirst semi-final.
2140DAVE Mock the Week
2220DAVE Buzzcocks
2230BBC4 We Need AnswersMiranda Hart v Ian McMillan.
2300DAVE Would I Lie to You?


1230BBC7 Foul PlayAlso 1930.
1715CBBC Bamzooki
1800S4C ShotolauWhat's Welsh for grand final?
1830S4C Pen CampauYsgol Syr Hugh Owen v Brynhyfryd.
1900BBC2 One Man And His DogAlso BBC-HD.
2000 C5 Britain's Best BrainYes! It's the grand final!
2140DAVE Mock the Week
2200BBC2 Never Mind the BuzzcocksBernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Jamie Cullum, Jo Whiley; hosted by David Tennant from Casanova. Apparently, this makes for a Sarah-Jane Adventures special (!)
2200BBC3 Move Like Michael JacksonSecond semi-final. The final's on Sunday.


1800S4C Gair Am Aur Iau x2
2000BBC2 The RestaurantGuess what! It's the grand final!
2100DAVE Buzzcocks
2130BBC1 QIGeography, with Jo Brand, Rob Brydon, CAUTION Jimmy Carr.
2235BBC1 The Best of Would I Lie to You?Isn't this Question Time's spot..? Wales 2315.


1525 C4 CountdownFinal the grand it's (anag, 3, 3, 5, 5).
1615S4C Mama Mia
1700BOOM Staraoke
1735TV5 Pekin Express
1800BBC2 Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two
1803RCym Bwletin
1900BBC2 One Man And His DogAlso BBC-HD. Wales 1930, Scotland 1920 Saturday.
1930 C5 The What in the World? Quiz
2000TV3 Deal or No Deal
2030BBC1 A Question of SportNot Scot.
2100BBC1 Have I Got News For YouBill Bailey and a panel. Scot 2235.
2140DAVE Mock the Week
2310S4C Fferm Ffactor
0025BBC4 Only ConnectCambridge Quiz Society v Rugby Boys.

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0000Bullseye x2
0100Ninja Warrior x2
0200Takeshi x2
0300It's Not What You KnowTo 0400.
0700Karaoke Challenge x2
0800Fun House x2
0900Play Your Cards Right x2
1000Supermarket Sweep x2
1100Wheel of Fortune x2
1200The Crystal Maze x5
1700Millionaire x3
2000The Weakest Link x2
2300Take It or Leave It


As Saturday except

0000Shooting Stars x2
0100Your Face or Mine x2
0200Wheel of Fortune x2
0300It's Not What You KnowTo 0400.
1200Takeshi x10


0000Shooting Stars x2
0100Your Face or Mine x2
0200Wheel of Fortune x2
0300It's Not What You KnowTo 0400.
0700Takeshi x2
0800Ninja Warrior x2
0900Supermarket Sweep x2
1000Wheel of Fortune x2
1100Catchphrase x2
1200Pasquale's Price is Right
1400Take It or Leave It
1500Golden Balls
1600The Crystal Maze
1700Takeshi x2
1800Ninja Warrior x2
1900Eggheads x2
2000Family Fortunes x2
2100Take It or Leave It
23008 Out of 10 Cats x2

Tuesday - Friday

As Monday except

0000Bullseye x2
0100Ninja Warrior x2
0200Takeshi x2
0300It's Not What You Know

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Channel abbreviations

4MUS4 Music
ABSRAbsolute Radio
ARTSSky Arts
BBC1BBC1 (Network unless otherwise noted)
BBC2BBC2 (Network unless otherwise noted)
BBC7BBC7 (Radio)
BORDBorder (ITV in Cumbria and south-west Scotland)
C5 Five
CLASClassic FM (Radio)
COMCComedy Central
COMXComedy Central Extra
DISNDisney Channel
DRT Discovery Real Time
DSCIDiscovery Science
ESP2Eurosport 2
HTV HTV (ITV in Wales; Wales only unless noted)
ITV ITV (Network unless otherwise noted)
LIV UK Living TV
LIV2UK Living TV 2
MENMMen and Motors
MOR4More 4
Rad1BBC Radio 1
Rad2BBC Radio 2
Rad3BBC Radio 3
Rad4BBC Radio 4
Rad5BBC Radio 5
RCymBBC Radio Cymru
RSctBBC Radio Scotland
RUlsBBC Radio Ulster
RWalBBC Radio Wales
RTE1RTE1 (Irish)
RTE2RTE2 (Irish)
RTR1RTE Radio 1 (Irish)
S4C S4C (analogue)
S4CDS4C Digidol
SCI Sci-Fi
SKY1Sky One
SKY2Sky Two
SKY3Sky Three
STV STV (ITV in North and Central Scotland)
TLKSTalk Sport (radio)
TV3 TV3 (Irish)
TV5MTV5 Monde (Europe)
TG4 TG 4 (Irish)
UTV Ulster Television (ITV in Northern Ireland)
VIR1Virgin 1

AudioD - Audio Description for the blind

Signed - in-vision British Sign Language translation.

See also

TV Guide Last Week

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