TV Guide This Week

Mid-December brings Finals Week for The X Factor (ITV, 7.30 Sun), Countdown (C4, 3.10 weekdays), and the final live edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 9pm Thu). Mid-December also means Christmas is coming, with special editions of Sewing Bee (BBC2, 7.40 Sun) and Bake Off (BBC2, 8pm Tue), World's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm weekdays), and Christmas University Challenge (BBC2, 7.30 Fri). It's also ITV's annual Text Santa appeal (all day, Fri).

Schedules subject to change.

Shortcuts: Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri


Saturday 14 December

0830CITVThe Munch BoxAlso ITV Breakfast Broadcasting.
1100Rad5Fighting TalkChristian O'Connell.
1110ITV2The X Factor Us x2
1228Rad4The News Quiz
1510BBC2Dr Who MastermindA repeat from 2005.
1530TV5Questions Pour un Champion
1540BBC2The Weakest LinkAnother Dr Who special.
1600CITVFort Boyard
1600C4Come Dine with Me x5Christmas in south-east London.
1700BBC2MastermindWales only.
1750BBC1Pointless CelebritiesClemency Burton-Hill and Graeme Garden; Dan Snow and Susie Dent; Robert Peston and Steph McGovern; Michael Mosley and Germaine Greer.
1840BBC1Strictly Come DancingSemi-final week.
1900ITVThe Chase With CelebritiesArlene Philips, Diarmuid Gavin, Helen Skelton, Micky Flanagan.
1900BBC3Winter Wipeout
2015ITVThe X FactorLive finale. Also TV3. The Xtra Factor follows on ITV2 and TV3.
2020RTE1Winning StreakRepeated 1340 tomorrow.
2300Rad4Brain of Britain
2305ITV2Celebrity Juice
2325ITVTake Me Out

Sunday 15

0830CITVFort BoyardSo the Whites are in, and the Greens need 1400 to pip the Reds to the final. Also ITV Breakfast Broadcasting.
1000DAVETotal Wipe Out AustraliaCall my buff.
1204Rad4I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
1415BBC1Bargain Hunt
1535ITVThe X FactorRepeat. TV3 1300.
1600CITVFort Boyard
1725Mor4Come Dine With Me x5Chelmsford.
1830ITVThe Chase With CelebritiesChris Bisson, Gareth Thomas, Naga Munchetty, Harry Judd.
1845TV3Famous Family Fortunes
1900BBC1Strictly Come DancingThe results show, with Pointless singer Céline Dion.
1915TG4An Gig JigInto the semi-finals.
1930ITVThe X FactorWith more guest celebs than we can list here. (Read: many are not yet confirmed). Also TV3. Xtra Factor follows on ITV2 and TV3.
1940BBC2The Great British Sewing Bee SpecialNot interested in X Fac? Or sport? Or Tim Vine on ITV4? The last four return to make various festive items. Scotland 2000.
2000CHALUK's Strongest Man 2013
21004MUS8 Out of 10 Cats x2
2100ITVThrough the Keyhole New!
2200BBC2QI XLWales 2220, NI 2250, not Scotland.
2335BBC2Never Mind the BuzzcocksNot Scotland.

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0920MOR4Brendan's Love Cruise
1005TV5 Mot de Passe
1215BBC1Bargain Hunt
1330CBBCTotal Wipeout
1345BBC1PerfectionThe new Going for Gold.
1430CBBCThe Slammer
1500ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1510C4CountdownRichard Madeley is on the runway for Finals Week.
1530TV5 Questions Pour un Champion
1600C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1600ITVShow Me the Telly
1700C4Four in a Bed
1700ITVThe ChaseMostly repeats.
1730C4Come Dine With MeChristmas celebrities. Four old episodes at 1205.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsSee daily listings for details.
1800ITV2Dinner Date
1830BBC2Strictly Come Dancing It Takes TwoOne hour on Fri, but nothing in Wales, NI.
1900C5World's Strongest Man Qualifiers New!

Monday 16

1500Rad4Brain of Britain
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsSports greats: Gareth Chilcott, Scott Hastings, Jeff Probyn, Richard Pitman, Eddie Edwards.
1830Rad4I'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueWith celebrity husband David Mitchell. Jack Dee is hosting in M***** K*****. Best place for him.
2000BBC2University Challenge
2030BBC4Only ConnectLasletts v Bakers.
21004MUS8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut x2
2100DISCGet Out AliveThe mountains will give strength.
2200BBC2Never Mind the BuzzcocksJohnny Vegas hosts, with Brian McFadden, Jessica Hynes, DJ Locksmith and Sara Pascoe. NI 2350 Tu.
2235BBC1Have I Got A Bit More News for YouWales 2305, Scotland 2335, not NI.

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Tuesday 17

1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsApprentice failures: Stephen Brady, Tom Gearing, Katie Wright, Laura Hogg, Adam Corbally.
1900BBC3Winter Wipeout
1900BBC2The Great British Sewing BeeWatching X Fac / the sport on Sunday? Here's a repeat. England, NI only.
2000BBC2The Great British Bake Off MasterclassMary and Paul help you bake some things.
21154Mus8 Out of 10 Cats

Wednesday 18

1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsTom O'Connor, Roy Walker, Syd Little, Mick Miller, Johnnie Casson.
21004Mus8 Out of 10 Cats x2
2235BBC1A Question of SportIan Thorpe, Ryan Sidebottom, Tim Visser, Sarah Storey. Scotland and NI 2305, Wales 2320.

Thursday 19

1700CITVFort Boyard Ultimate ChallengeRepeat from Sunday.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsSuzanne Charlton, Penny Tranter, Jim Bacon, Francis Wilson, and John Kettley are weathermen.
2100ITVWho Wants to be a Millionaire SpecialA live greatest hits edition, with Alex and Eamonn again.
2200BBC2Mock the Week Again
22004MUS8 Out of 10 Cats x2
2200ITV2Celebrity JuiceClip shows, part 1.
2200RTE2My Best Shot New!Contestants decide on a future date by picking a childhood photo from the past. Bernard O'Shea hosts.

Friday 20

1500ITVDickinson's Real DealText Santa begins here, with an edition from Birmingham.
1600ITVShow Me the TellyText Santa continues: TV critics versus TV stars.
1700ITVThe ChaseThe annual Text Santa celebrity edition.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsScreen greats: Patti Boulaye, Diane Keen, Anna Karen, Shirley-Anne Field, Anita Harris.
1830Rad4The News Quiz
1930BBC1A Question of SportAs Wednesday. Not Scotland.
1930BBC2Christmas University Challenge New!Reading (Jay Wynne, Joan Smith) v Emmanuel Cambridge (Rory McGrath, Mary-Ann Ochota). Not Wales, NI.
2000BBC2MastermindNone of this celebrity rubbish! JFK, Peter Carey, boxing, James Clerk Maxwell. Not Wales, NI.
2000ITVText Santa SpecialEntertainment and charity, including an edition of Take Me Out with people who remember when Paddy's routine was new.
2100BBC1Have I Got News for YouBest of the year. NI 2320.
2200CHALBlankety BlankWith Les Dawson.
2200BBC2QIIce, repeated.

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Channel abbreviations

4MUS4 Music
BBC1BBC1 (Network unless otherwise noted)
BBC2BBC2 (Network unless otherwise noted)
C4 Channel 4
C5 Channel 5
ESP2Eurosport 2
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
RScoBBC Radio Scotland
RUlsBBC Radio Ulster
RWalBBC Radio Wales
RTE1RTE1 (Irish)
RTE2RTE2 (Irish)
RTR1RTE Radio 1 (Irish)
SKY1Sky 1
SKYASky Atlantic
STV STV (ITV1 in North and Central Scotland)
TV3 TV3 (Irish)
TV5 TV5 Monde (Europe)
TG4 TG 4 (Irish)
UTV Ulster Television (ITV1 in Northern Ireland)

Other stations explained in the programme description.

AudioD - Audio Description for the blind.

Signed - in-vision British Sign Language translation.

Shows on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV2, E4, Dave, 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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