TV Guide 2014-12-27

The week after Christmas is always odd. Celebrity editions of shows continue (University Challenge on BBC2, Mastermind on BBC1), ITV pads its schedules with repeats and shows laughing at celebrities, and Channel 5 fulfils its annual quota of quality game shows with World's Strongest Man. (They'll send some of the competitors round if we dare criticise it. We value our front teeth.)

Channel 4 has 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Tue) and the Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (Fri), while BBC2 schedules Mock the Week in what would be the Newsnight slot. ITV2 has an outtakes compilation from Celebrity Juice (Tue).

A few new series kick off: Win Your Wish List (BBC1, Sat) is the new lottery tie-in show with Shane Richie. We hope it's no Reflex. There's a new run of The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2, Fri), and Channel 5 looks back at Celebrity Big Brother's Best Bits (Thu).

Hey Ho Let's Go (RTE2, Sun) pilots in Ireland. Viewers in Wales can look back at 50 years of Sion a Sian (S4C, Tue)

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Saturday 27 December

  • Swashbuckle! (Cbeebies, 11am) Idiotic inventions.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Repeat from Thursday.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 11.30).
  • The Cube (ITV, 12.25) Norman.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 1.25).
  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 5pm).


  • Stars In Their Eyes Night (Challenge, 5pm) To 10.45.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1 Scotland 5.10, elsewhere 6.50) Comedians: Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, Robert Webb and Richard Herring, Hal Cruttenden and Dave Spikey, Milton Jones and Roisin Conaty.
  • You Saw Them Here First (ITV, 6.05) Early Alexander Armstrong.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 6.20; Scotland 7pm tomorrow) Andy Day, Ann Cleeves, Tom Rosenthal, Robert Peston.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 6.35).
  • Win Your Wish List (BBC1, 7.40) Shane Richie invites couples to win the prize of their dreams.
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.30).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (More4, 10pm).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10.30; NI 11.30) "No L".

Sunday 28 December

  • Swashbuckle! (Cbeebies, 11am) The Space Ship.
  • The Cube (ITV, 11.15) Fred and Annette.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 1.15).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Catchphrase (ITV, 2.20) Christmas special.
  • Fifteen-to-One The Celebrity Edition (C4, 5pm).
  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 5pm).


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 6pm; Scotland 8.30 tomorrow) Rob Deering, Amy Willerton, Andy Bell from Erasure, Jason Watkins.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 8pm) Coronation Street v Emmerdale. How original.
  • Got to Dance (Sky 1, 8pm) A celebration.
  • It'll be Alright on the Night (ITV, 9pm).
  • Hey Ho, Let's Go! (RTE2, 9pm) Music comedy panel quiz.
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 10.15).
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2, 10.35; not Scotland).

Monday 29 December

  • Dinner Date (ITV, 6am).
  • Britain Versus the World (Radio 4 Extra, 9.30am). Also 10.30pm.
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 11.30) Geoff Capes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 12.30) Gino d'Acampo and Michelle Keegan.
  • Secret Dealers (ITV, 1.30).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 1.50).
  • Brain of Britain (Radio 4, 3pm).
  • Catchphrase Celebrity Special (ITV2, 4.40) With Denise Van Outen, Charlie Condu, Jo Brand.


  • The Chase (ITV, 5.35).
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Today's liars are Lloyd Langford, David O'Doherty, Josh Widdicombe, and Susan Calman.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 8pm).
  • University Challenge at Christmas (BBC2 Scotland 7.30, elsewhere 8.30) York (Adam Hart-Davis, Helen Geake) play Surrey (Jim Al-Khalili, Susan Blackmore).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Kathy Burke and David Baddiel play, while former contestant Alex Horne is in DC.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (C4, 10pm) It's no funnier second time around.

Tuesday 30 December

  • Dinner Date (ITV, 6am).
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 11.30) Tina Malone.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 12.25) Andrew Castle and Tina Hobley.
  • Secret Dealers (ITV, 1.20).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 2.25).
  • Catchphrase Celebrity Special (ITV2, 4.45) With Ashley Roberts, Tim Vina, Mel Giedroyc.


  • The Chase (ITV, 5.35).
  • Goreuon Cog1nio (S4C, 5.35) Highlights of the junior cooking show.
  • Sion a Sian (S4C, 7.05) Dathlu 50 - Y Stori Cn/Ns. Fifty years of this show.
  • University Challenge at Christmas (BBC2 7.30) Manchester Met (Bernard Hill, Jon Thomson) play Goldsmiths (Corrie Corfield, Neil Innes).
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 8pm).
  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV4, 8pm) Jodie Prenger and Chris Packham.
  • Unseen Celebrity Juice Tit Bits (ITV2, 10pm) Out-takes from the panel show. Followed by the Saturday Night Takeaway Special from February.

Wednesday 31 December

  • Dinner Date (ITV, 6am).
  • Four in a Bed Day (Really, 8.35) Turns into Three in a Bed at 11, and continues until 7pm.
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 11.30) Wes Brown.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.05).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 12.25) Rav Wilding and Blythe Duff.
  • Secret Dealers (ITV, 1.20).
  • A Game of Two Halves (RTE Radio 1, 1.30) Players versus pundits in a sports quiz.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.20) Tim Brooke-Taylor and Robert Llewellyn.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5.35).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 6.35; Scotland 7pm Friday) Kate Thornton, Tony Law, Steve Pemberton, Harry Shearer.
  • University Challenge at Christmas (BBC2 8pm) The first semi-final.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 8pm).
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10.45). The best bits.

Thursday 1 January 2015

  • Dinner Date (ITV, 8.25).
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 11.20) Tricia Penrose.
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 12.25) Nadia Sawalha and Jane Cox.
  • Secret Dealers (ITV, 1.35).


  • Blue Peter: Lindsey's Mountain Marathon (CBBC, 5.25) The result of You Decide in 2013.
  • University Challenge at Christmas (BBC2 8.30) The second semi-final.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 8.30) The grand final.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5, 10.35) The Good, The Bad, and the Unforgettable. Series highlights.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 11.30; Scotland 11.45). The best bits, for people who had a life last night.

Friday 2 January

  • Dinner Date (ITV, 8.25).
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 11.25; also UTV Ireland) Dane Bowers.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon).
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 12.25) Carolyn Pickles and Perry Fenwick.
  • Secret Dealers (ITV, 1.40).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; another episode 11.10).


  • Mastermind (BBC2 Scotland 6.30, elsewhere 8pm) U2, First Ladies, Stanley Kubrick, Athens in the age of Pericles.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 7pm; Scotland 5.35 Saturday) Jimmy McKenna, Gillian Joseph, Dallas Campbell, Russell Kane.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Wales 10.35) FA Cup special.
  • University Challenge at Christmas (BBC2 7.30; Scotland 7.30 Saturday, not Wales) The final.
  • Room 101 (BBC1, 8.30) Tim Vine, Len Goodman, Ronni Ancona.
  • The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2, 9pm; Scotland 9.30, Wales 10pm) More competitive gardening.
  • The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (C4, 9pm) The last ten years reviewed by Russell Brand, Noel Fielding, Jonathan Ross, Jack Whitehall, Warwick Davis, Claudia Winkleman.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; Scotland 10.30, Wales 11pm) Lucky Losers, with Jeremy Clarkson, Dame Sandi Toksvig, Danny Baker.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 11.30; not Scotland). The Christmas special.

Sign language interpretation

  • The Apprentice (BBC2, 1.40am Tue) The final.
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