TV Guide This Week

It's the week before Christmas, and celebrity specials rule the house. Eggheads and Pointless are joined by University Challenge (BBC2, all week), Take Me Out (ITV, 7.45 Sat), Sion a Sian (S4C, 8.25 Thu), and Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm weekdays). It's the grand final of Only Connect (BBC4, 8.30 Mon) and Countdown (C4, 2.40 Friday), and - if the hype is to be believed - the final of the world as we know it. ITV is hedging its bets with Text Santa (Friday from 8), an entertainment gala (so if the world does end, it's with a smile) and charity appeal (so if it doesn't, some good will be done). Genius!

Schedules subject to change.

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Saturday 15 December

0830CITVFort Boyard Ultimate Challenge
0900CBBCGory Games
1100Rad5Fighting Talk
1300BBC1Bargain Hunt
1400CBBCTotal Wipeout
1530TV5Questions Pour un Champion
1550ITV2The Xtra Factor x5Highlights from the various series.
1625ITVFamous Family Fortunes
1625C4Come Dine with Me Ireland x5
1635CITVJungle Run
1745BBC1A Question of SportSports Personality special: Joe Calzaghe, Steve Redgrave, Mary Peters.
1830BBC1Strictly Come DancingAdditional commentary on Ceefax p301.
1945ITVTake Me Out SpecialCelebrities: Matt Johnson, Joe Swash, Keith Lemon. Take Me Out The Gossip follows on ITV2 at 2100.
2000CHALBob's Full House
2030RTE1Winning Streak
2100ITVTen Years of Girls Aloud SpecialPopstars: The Rivals: so much to answer for. Over on 4, it's another Twilight movie.
2300Rad4Brain of Britain

Sunday 16

0730C4Survival of the Fittest SpecialThe pain from these obstacles can quickly add up.
0830CITVFort Boyard Ultimate ChallengeAlso ITV.
0930ITVThere's No Taste Like Home
1000Rd4XDesert Island DiscsThe JAM years, with Paul Merton (1993).
1030ITVDinner Date
1130ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1204Rad4I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
1320BBC1Bargain HuntSD. Not Scotland.
1345C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1400CBBCTotal Wipeout
1420ITVThe X FactorRepeat from last Sunday.
1605Mor4Come Dine With Me x5
1635CITVJungle Run
1850BBC1Strictly Come Dancing
1900C4Come Dine With MeJona Lewie, Maizie Williams from Boney M, VV Brown, and Toby Anstis.
1915TG4An Jig Gig
2000TV3Famous Family FortunesBenidorm v Towie.
2100DAVEMock the Week Night
2215BBC2QI XLAlso BBC-HD. Not NI.
2300BBC2Never Mind the BuzzcocksAlso BBC-HD.

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1215BBC1Bargain HuntSome episodes SD.
1400CBBCTotal Wipeout
1400DAVEQI x2
1400WTCHTotal Wipe Us OutHD. Also DAVE 1900 (Mo 1800).
1415BBC2The Weakest Link
1440C4CountdownAlistair McGowan. Finals week concludes. SD.
1500ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1520DAVENever Mind the BuzzcocksFr: HIGNFY.
1525TV5 Questions Pour un Champion
1530C41001 Things You Should Know
1600C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1600ITVBritain's Best Bakery
1700ITVThe Chase
1700C4Come Dine With MeVery minor celebs: Chelsee Healey, Marcus Collins, Crissy Rock, Nick Pickard, Lasmine Lennard. Who are these people?
1715BBC1PointlessMore celebrities not good enough for Saturday, like Mark Durden-Smith.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsSee daily listings for details. Also BBC-HD.
1830BBC2Strictly Come Dancing It Takes TwoAlso BBC-HD. Friday for an hour, and it's at 2100 in NI.
1900BBC2Masterchef The ProfessionalsHighlights, recipes, and tips from the chefs. Not Fr.
1930BBC2University ChallengeCelebrity editions. See daily listings for details. Also BBC-HD, the first time UC's been in HD.

Monday 17

1500Rad4Brain of Britain
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsSports: Johnny Virgo, Rodney Marsh, Matthew Hoggard, David Fairclough, Joe Johnson.
1830Rad4I'm Sorry I Haven't a CluePreston. Victoria Wood is the guest panelist, Celebrity Big Brother's Jack Dee the guest host.
1930BBC3Winter Wipeout
1930BBC2University ChallengeBristol (Alistair McGowan from the next-door studio) v Leeds (Jay Rayner).
2030BBC4Only ConnectThe Grand Final: Scribes v Draughtsmen.
2100DAVEHave I Got A Bit More News for You
2100LIVAmerica's Next Top ModelBungee jumps.
2200DAVEMock the Week
2200BBC2Never Mind the BuzzcocksHighlights.
2200BBC2Limmy's Show
2200CHALBritain's Strongest Man 2012 x2
2200C48 Out of 10 CatsHighlights.
2235BBC1Have I Got A Bit More News for YouCharlotte Church, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman. NI 2305, Wales 2320, Scot 2335.
2240DAVEWould I Lie to You?

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Tuesday 18

0355BBC1Masterchef The Professionals New!Signed.
1100CBBCCopycats x5To 1320.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsTravellers: Martin Roberts, Wanted's Magenta Devine, Pop Idol's Nicki Chapman, Simon Calder, Alex Riley.
1930BBC2University ChallengeNewcastle (Peter Gibbs) v Loughborough (Tanni Grey-Thompson).
2000BBC2The Great British Bake Off Christmas MasterclassIncluding advice on the best arrangement for nuts. Also BBC-HD.
2200E4Tool AcademyLowlights.
2200DAVEHave I Got A Bit More News for You
2300DAVEMock the Week

Wednesday 19

1740S4CY Lifft
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsArchers Admiration: Tim Bentinck, ndrew Wincott, Rachel Atkins, Charlotte Martin, Charles Collingwood.
1930BBC2University ChallengeNew Oxford (Kate Mosse) v LSE (Lloyd Grossman).
2200DAVEHave I Got a Bit More News for You
2300DAVEMock the Week

Thursday 20

0340BBC1Masterchef The ProfessionalsSigned.
0930Rd4XJust a MinuteMerton, Hawks, Hancock, Norton. August 2011.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsParalympians: Charlotte Henshaw, Liz Johnson, David Wetherill, Dani Brown, Mark Colbourne.
1930BBC2University ChallengeLiverpool (Lawrence McGinty) v Cardiff (Bill Turnbull).
2000ITV2The X Factor UsThe first of two exciting shows. TV3 2100.
2000BBC1Young The ApprenticeConnaitre moi sports, connaitre toi casual. Mm-hm.
2000C5World's Strongest Man 2012
2025S4CSion a Sian SpecialIwan and Non John; Emily Tucker and Rhys Bidder.
2100ITVWho Wants to be a Millionaire SpecialChristmas special.
2200ITV2Celebrity JuiceA Juicemas Carol (2/2)
2300DAVEMock the Week

Friday 21

0340BBC1Masterchef The ProfessionalsSigned. Also 0315 tomorrow.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsSongwriters: Tim Rice, Gary Kemp, Roger Greenaway, Mike Batt, Gary Osborne.
1830Rad4The News Quiz
1930BBC2University ChallengeNewnham Cambridge (Diane Abbott) v Nottingham (Brian Moore). Scotland 2000, not Wales, NI.
2000BBC2Mastermind None of this celebrity nonsense! Bee Gees, Kevin Smith, Falklands war, Thomas Hardy. Not Wales, NI.
2000ITV2The X Factor UsTV3 2100.
2000ITVText Santa SpecialIf the world is ending tonight, ITV are going out with a bang - Jonathan Ross and Jo Brand in Family Fortunes, Loose Women on The X Factor, and it's all for charity.
2100BBC1Have I Got News for YouDaniel Radclife, Andy Hamilton.
2100LIVThe Love Machine SpecialInexplicably renewed, this is the catch-up from series one for anyone who cares.
2200SKY1A League of Their OwnBest bits.
2200BBC2QIJingle Bells: Sarah Millican, Phill Jupitus, Danny Baker.
2200DAVEHave I Got A Bit More News for You
2215ESPTLatin Dancing x2 New!Competitive dance sport from Moscow and Innsbruck.
2300DAVEMock the Week
2315ITVCelebrity Juice SpecialA Text Santa special, with Davina McCall, Louis Smith, Aston Merrygold, and Simon Gregson. STV 0000, as rugby's more important.
2330BBC1Would I Lie to You?

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Channel abbreviations

4MUS4 Music
ABSRAbsolute Radio
ARTSSky Arts
BBC1BBC1 (Network unless otherwise noted)
BBC2BBC2 (Network unless otherwise noted)
BORDBorder (ITV in Cumbria and south-west Scotland)
C4 Channel 4
C5 Channel 5
CLASClassic FM (Radio)
DISNDisney Channel
DRT Discovery Real Time
ESP2Eurosport 2
FDNTFood Network
HTV HTV (ITV in Wales; Wales only unless noted)
ITV ITV1 (Network unless otherwise noted)
LIV Sky Living
LIV2Sky Living It
MOR4More 4
Rad1BBC Radio 1
Rad2BBC Radio 2
Rad3BBC Radio 3
Rad4BBC Radio 4
Rad5BBC Radio 5
Rd4XBBC Radio 4Xtra
RCymBBC Radio Cymru
RSctBBC Radio Scotland
RUlsBBC Radio Ulster
RWalBBC Radio Wales
RTE1RTE1 (Irish)
RTE2RTE2 (Irish)
RTR1RTE Radio 1 (Irish)
S4CDS4C Digidol
SKY1Sky 1
SKY2Sky 2
SKYASky Atlantic
STV STV (ITV1 in North and Central Scotland)
TLKSTalk Sport (radio)
TV3 TV3 (Irish)
TV5 TV5 Monde (Europe)
TG4 TG 4 (Irish)
UTV Ulster Television (ITV1 in Northern Ireland)

AudioD - Audio Description for the blind.

Signed - in-vision British Sign Language translation.

Shows on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV2, E4, Sky Living, and Sky One are in HD unless specified as SD. Shows on other channels are marked as HD.

See also

TV Guide Last Week

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