TV Guide This Week


Week 1

Picks of week one: the Strictly Come Dancing final (BBC1, 6.30 Sat; also 5pm Christmas Day), the Fort Boyard final (CITV, 8.25am Sun), Just a Minute at Christmas (Radio 4, 6.30 Mon), the Only Connect final (BBC4, 8.30 Mon), World's Strongest Man (C5, Boxing Day to New Year's Eve), and a 3-2-1 Christmas special from 1979 (Challenge, 6.05 Christmas Day).

The selection box for week two: Challenge's Firsts Weekend (Sat and Sun from 2pm), a special edition of The Cube (ITV, 8pm Sat), That Puppet Game Show (BBC1, 3.20 Sun), a special Deal or No Deal (C4, 7pm New Year's Eve), Christmas University Challenge and Celebrity Mastermind (most evenings, BBC2 and BBC1 respectively), a Blue Peter edition of Pointless (BBC1, 5.10 Thu), and — sorry! — Celebrity Big Brother (C5, 9pm Fri).

Shortcuts: Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Week 2

Schedules subject to change. New series are not marked.

Saturday 21 December

0830CITVThe Munch BoxAlso ITV Breakfast Broadcasting.
1055ITV2The X Factor Us x2
1100Rad5Fighting Talk
1228Rad4The News Quiz
1530TV5Questions Pour un ChampionContinues through the holidays, daily except Su.
1600CITVFort Boyard
1630C4Come Dine with Me x5Cardiff.
1725BBC2Strictly Come Dancing It Takes TwoNI only; Wales 1730. Seen in England, Scotland yesterday.
1730ITVThe Chase With CelebritiesRussell Grant, Liz McClarnon, Sherrie Hewson, Des O'Connor.
1740BBC1Pointless CelebritiesIt's panto season, with the Chuckle Brothers, Keith Harris and Orville, Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane, Roy Wood and Father Christmas.
1830BBC2MastermindWales only; NI 1910.
1830BBC1Strictly Come DancingThe grand final. Concludes at 2040.
1905BBC2University ChallengeKent (Fi Glover, James Wong) v Lancaster (Matthew Fort, Roger Ashton-Griffiths). Wales 2030, after yesterday's episode at 2000. NI has yesterday's episode at 1840.
2000ITV2The Xtra FactorThe winners' story.
2020RTE1Winning StreakRepeated 1340 tomorrow.
2300Rad4Brain of Britain
2355ITV2Celebrity Juice

Sunday 22

0830CITVFort BoyardThe grand final. Also ITV Breakfast Broadcasting.
1204Rad4I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
1400BBC1When Miranda Met BruceAnother chance to miss the dull-as-ditchwater interview.
1435ITVShow Me the TellyAnother chance to see the Text Santa special.
1455BBC2University ChallengeNI only.
1600CITVFort Boyard
1610Mor4Come Dine With Me x5Celebs.
1915TG4An Gig JigThe grand final.
2000TV3Famous Family Fortunes
2000CHALUK's Strongest Man 2013
21004MUS8 Out of 10 Cats x2
2200BBC2QI XLWales 2220, NI 2250, not Scotland.
2350ITVThe Cube

Shortcuts: Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Week 2

Monday 23

1005TV5Mot de PassePassword, in French. Continues weekdays through the fortnight.
1300CHALCelebrity MillionaireTo 2300.
1500Rad4Brain of Britain
1540C4Deal or No DealIdeal Christmas. AudioD.
1640C4Come Dine with MeCelebrities.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsA repeat from last year.
1830Rad4Just a MinuteChristmas special: Pam Ayres, Stephen Mangan, Gyles Brandreth, Paul Merton.
1900BBC1Celebrity MastermindShaun Keaveny, Mark Watson, Bunny Campione, Frank Cottrell Boyce.
1930BBC1A Question of SportChristmas. Wales, NI 2335.
2000BBC2University ChallengeKeele (Steve Jackson (Fighting Fantasy)) v Aberystwyth (Elfyn Llwyd, Dan Jarvis).
2030BBC4Only ConnectThe grand final.
2030BBC1Would I Lie to You?A festive edition, with Stephen Mangan, Barry Cryer, Miles Jupp, and Lookingglass F. Rabbit.
21004MUS8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut x2
2200ITV2Celebrity Juice
2220BBC2QI XLKeeps. Not Wales.
2305BBC2Never Mind the BuzzcocksAn old Christmas show.
2345ITVFamous Family FortunesJodie Prenger and Gareth Gates fill a hole. Not UTV.

Tuesday 24

1210C4Deal or No DealAudioD. Classic Noel at 2100 on BBC4, with Top of the Pops 1978.
1500Mor4Come Dine With Me x5Glasgow. A one-hour episode at 2100.
1730CBBCThe Slammer ReturnsJedward! In jail! Happy Christmas, everyone!
1815Rad415 Minute MusicalIt's A One-Hit Wonderful Life. Simon Cowell and Susan Boyle.
2100BBC2QI XLNew: Kris Kringle, with Jo Brand, Brendan O'Carroll, Phill Jupitus.

Shortcuts: Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Week 2

Wednesday 25

0625ITV2Britain's Got More Talent x2
0835CBBSSwashbuckleAnd same time all week.
0855MOR4Come Dine With Me Down UnderAnd same time all week.
0920MOR4Brendan's Love CruiseBecause nothing says Christmas like episode 18 of a flop series. It's here all week, too.
1125ITVThe Chase With CelebritiesAnother chance to see last week's Text Santa special.
1245CHALThe Crystal Maze Specials x3Three sets of children prove they're better than adults.
1515C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1610MOR4Come Dine With Me x5Celebrities.
1700BBC1Strictly Come DancingSit back and relax.
1805CHAL3-2-1"Dickens", the Christmas special from 1979. Look, it's better than Call the Blimmin' Midwife.
1915TV3Famous Family FortunesKeith Duffy and Jennie McAlpine.
21304Mus8 Out of 10 Cats x2

Thursday 26

0900RLLYThree In A Bed x11To 2000.
1230CBBCJedward's Big Adventure x5Two-and-a-half hours with the big-haired twins. Blue Peter (1730) will come as a blessed relief.
1300CHALFamily Fortunes x18To 2200.
1535C4Deal or No dealAudioD.
1635C4Come Dine with MeComedians Christmas special, repeated.
1700CITVFort Boyard Ultimate ChallengeRepeat from Sunday.
1945BBC2University ChallengeYet another Oxbridge battle. Joining the Grinch for this five-star event are Gonville and Caius Cambridge (Lars Tharp) and Christ Church Oxford (Andrew Graham-Dixon).
2015C5World's Strongest Man 2013
21004MUS8 Out of 10 Cats x2
2100C4Big Fat Quiz of the YearJack Whitehall and Jonathan Ross, Dara O'Briain and Kristen Schaal, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade.
2200ITV2Celebrity JuiceClip shows, part 2.
2355BBC1Have I Got A Bit More News for YouBest of 2013.

Friday 27

0825ITVDinner Date
1025ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1240MOR4Come Dine with Me x5Newport
1300CHALStrike it Rich x18To 2200.
1330RTR1Don't Quote Me!Seán Hughes with the wordy game show.
1515C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1545ITVThe Chase
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsTheatreland.
1930BBC2Christmas University ChallengeSt Hugh's Oxford (Rowan Pelling) v Stirling (Richard Lochhead).
2000C5World's Strongest Man 2013
2000C4Come Dine with MeHugo Taylor, Daniella Westbrook, Louie Spence, Sinitta. Another episode at 1615.
2030BBC1A Question of SportWales only.
2200CHALBlankety BlankWith Les Dawson.
2335ITVThe Cube

Shortcuts: Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Week 2

Week 2

The selection box for week two: Challenge's Firsts Weekend (Sat and Sun from 2pm), a special edition of The Cube (ITV, 8pm Sat), That Puppet Game Show (BBC1, 3.20 Sun), a special Deal or No Deal (C4, 7pm New Year's Eve), Christmas University Challenge and Celebrity Mastermind (most evenings, BBC2 and BBC1 respectively), a Blue Peter edition of Pointless (BBC1, 5.10 Thu), and — sorry! — Celebrity Big Brother (C5, 9pm Fri).

Shortcuts: Week 1|Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri

Saturday 28 December

0900Rd4XLet's Get QuizzicalRussell Davies' trawl through radio quiz and panel games. Also 1900.
1100Rad5Fighting TalkChristian O'Connell presents a tenth birthday party.
1135ITVDinner Date
1400WTCHTotal Wipe Us Out
1400CHALFirsts Weekend (part 1)Inaugral editions of classic shows, beginning with Supermarket Sweep. Then 1430 Takeshi's Castle, 1500 One Versus One Hundred, 1550 Going for Gold, 1620 Bob's Full House.
1415BBC1Bargain HuntAudioD.
1530TV5Questions Pour un Champion
1535C4Celebrity Come Dine with Me x5
1600CITVFort Boyard
1700CHALFirsts Weekend (part 2)The debuts continue with Whittle, then 1730 Fun House, 1800 Ninja Warrior, 1900 Total Wipeout, 2000 Celebrity Squares, 2030 Strike it Lucky.
1730BBC1Celebrity MastermindGail Porter, Danny John-Jules, Prue Leith, Mike Bushell.
1800BBC1Pointless CelebritiesThe eighties coming back: Stephanie Beacham and Emma Sams; Anne Diamond and Rustie Lee; Denise and Steadman Pearson; Tessa Sanderson and Willie Thorne.
1800ITVThe Chase With CelebritiesRebecca Adlington, Kate Garraway, Ritchie Neville, Rosemary Shrager.
1900ITVFamous Family FortunesFirst in a new series: Dancing on Ice v Coronation Street.
2000ITVThe CubeDenise Welch, Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell, Greg Rutherford.
2000C5World's Strongest Man 2013
2010RTE1Winning StreakRepeated 1315 tomorrow.
2300Rad4Brain of Britain
2310ITV2Celebrity Juice

Sunday 29

1300CHALUltimate StrongmanChildren compete.
1340E4Come Dine With MeMade in Chelsea.
1400WTCHTotal Wipe Us Out x2And at this time all week.
1400CHALFirsts Weekend (part three)Initial episodes begin with The Crystal Maze, then 1500 Take Your Pick with Des O'Connor, 1530 Deal or No Deal, 1615 Wipeout with Paul Daniels, 1645 3-2-1 with Janice Long.
1520BBC1That Puppet Game ShowSuperstition: Richard Hammond and Ortisé JLS.
1600CITVFort Boyard
1600Mor4Come Dine With Me x5
1745CHALFirsts Weekend (part four)A final slew of openers with Stars in Their Eyes, then 1815 Treasure Hunt, 1915 Knightmare, 1945 Bullseye, 2015 Blankety Blank.
1900ITVCatchphraseCelebrities: Michelle Collins, Michael Ball, Carol Vorderman. UTV 2215.
1950TV3Famous Family FortunesChristmas 2011.
2000C5World's Strongest Man 2013
2100C48 Out of 10 Cats

Shortcuts: Week 1|Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri

Monday 30

1025ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1100BBC2The Great British Bake Off x2Repeats from this year. Continues all week.
1215BBC1Bargain Hunt
1300CHALCatchphrase x 13To 1930.
1350BBC1A Question of SportNot Wales.
1350ITVDinner Date
1450ITVCatchphraseThe celeb edition shown yesterday.
1500Rad4Brain of BritainMay be more brain-taxing than Catchphrase. Possibly. A bit.
1600C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1700C4Celebrity Come Dine with Me
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsThe Eastenders, but without Barrie they have no chance.
1800S4CY LifftLast year's celebrity edition.
1830Rad4The Unbelievable TruthArthur Smith, Henning Wehn, Bridget Christie, Ed Byrne (comedian) start a new series.
1900BBC1Celebrity MastermindJames Allen, David Bradley, Chris Ramsey, Shobu Kapoor.
2000BBC2University ChallengeLeicester (Sue Cook, Heather Couper) v Sussex (Rob Bonnet, The OC's Alice Arnold).
2030C5World's Strongest Man 2013
2300Rd4XGeniusPaul Daniels and the 99p coin.

Tuesday 31

1100ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1200ITVFamous Family Fortunes
1200BBC1Bargain Hunt
1300CHALBullseye x 13To 1930.
1500ITVThe Cube
1600C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1700C4Come Dine with MeFootballers.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsHouse and home experts (and game show hosts Ed Hall and Laura Hamilton).
1900C4Deal or No DealChristmas Stars; a special edition. AudioD.
1900BBC1Celebrity MastermindJosh Widdicombe, Katharine Merry, Sian Reese-Williams, Nick Baker.
1930BBC2University ChallengeKing's London (Rory Bremner, Susan Hill) v Southampton (Stefan Buczacki). NI 1945.
2000C4Fifteen-to-One The Celebrity ShowFrom September.
2000C5World's Strongest Man 2013The grand final.
2200BBC2Mock the WeekPick of the year. NI 2300.
2310RTE2Next Year's NewsRing in the new year with a panel show hosted by Eoghan MacDermott.
2325ITV2Celebrity Juice x4Or with Keith and Holly and Fearne.

Shortcuts: Week 1|Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri

Wednesday 1

0900RLLYThree in a Bed x 11To 2000.
1040C5World's Strongest Man 2013 x2Whole series repeated on 5* from 1440.
1205C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1220ITVDickinson's Real Deal
1500MOR4Come Dine With Me x5Kingston.
1725BBC2University ChallengeFirst semi-final.
2220C4Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2013

Thursday 2

1200BBC1Bargain Hunt
1300CHALSupermarket Sweep x13
1400ITVAll-Star Mr and Mrs
1600C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1600ITVTipping Point
1700C4Come Dine With MeMore celebrities.
1700ITVThe ChaseBack!
1710BBC1Pointless CelebritiesBlue Peter: Peter Purves and Yvette Fielding, Simon Groom and Janet Ellis, Anthea Turner and Tim Vincent, Barney Harwood and Lindsey Russell.
1730CBBCBlue PeterFeaturing ... oh, a profile of Radze Chinyanganya. Still, bonkers scheduling!
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsFootballing greats.
1900BBC3Winter Wipeout
1900BBC1Celebrity MastermindAdil Ray, Mark Porter, Kevin Eldon, Jordan Stephens.
1930BBC2University ChallengeThe second semi-final.
2200ITV2Fake ReactionWith Helen Flanagan, Marlon Davis, and Stepping Out's Brian and Vogue.

Friday 3

1200BBC1Bargain Hunt
1300CHALBruce's Price is Right x13
1400ITVAll-Star Mr and Mrs
1600C4Deal or No DealAudioD.
1600ITVTipping Point
1700C4Come Dine With MeMore celebrities.
1700ITVThe Chase
1710BBC1Pointless CelebritiesTheatre: David Bradley and Simon Williams; Les Dennis and Warwick Davis; Bill Kenwright and Jenny Seagrove; Clive Mantle and Connie Fisher.
1800BBC2Celebrity EggheadsDr Who.
1900BBC1Celebrity MastermindJohn Cooper Clarke, Ben Faulks, Roy Hudd, Frank Turner.
1930BBC1A Question of SportSteve Redgrave, Neil Back, Shay Given, Sally Gunnell. Wales 2030.
2030BBC2Christmas University ChallengeThe final. NI 2105.
2100C5Celebrity Big BrotherWho are these people? Bit on the Side follows at 2300.
2100C48 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
2210CHALBlankety BlankWith Les Dawson.

Shortcuts: Week 1|Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri

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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