TV Guide 2015-05-16

It's the Eurovision Song Contest (BBC3 and RTE2, Tue and Thu), with the return of Radio 2 Eurovision (from Thu), and a high-art documentary on BBC4 (Fri). Elsewhere, Ninja Warrior moves into the semi-finals (ITV, Sat) and A League of Their Own comes back (The Satellite Channel, Fri).

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Schedules are accurate at the time of publication; check against EPG for late changes.


Saturday 16 May

  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 1pm). An old edition on CITV and ITV at 6am.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Georgie Ainslie.
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 2.45) Caprice.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 2.50) Six episodes.
  • Pop Idle Us (3e, 3.30).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 4.15) Northampton.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.20) Cheryl Baker, from January 2014.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.10) British film: Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash, Keith Allen and Clare Grogan, Vas Blackwood and Thomas Turgoose, Sally Thomsett and Phil Cornwell.
  • Ninja Warrior UK (ITV, 7pm; also UTV Ireland) Into the semi-finals!
  • Big Star's Little Star (TV3, 7pm).
  • Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 8pm; also TV3) Britain's Got More Talent follows on ITV2 and TV3.
  • The Whole 19 Yards (UTV Ireland, 8pm).
  • In It to Win It (BBC1, 8.30) Playalong on Superer Ceefax 601.
  • The Million Euro Challenge (RTE1, 8.45).
  • Play to the Whistle (ITV, 9.20; UTV Ireland, 11pm) AP McCoy, Jonathan Ross, Brooke Vincent.
  • Big Brother (C5, 9.20; also 3e).

Sunday 17 May

  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV and ITV, 6am and 7.30). Another episode CITV 1pm.
  • Desert Island Discs Revisited (Radio 4 Extra, 10.15) The Eurovision season continues with Terry Wogan.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 12.30; not STV, HTV Wales).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 1.30).
  • The Chase (UTV Ireland, 1.30) Three episodes.
  • Four in a Bed (More4, 2.40) Five episodes. Followed by fives of Come Dine with Me at 5.20.
  • Famous Family Fortunes (ITV, 2.45; not UTV) Jermain Defoe and Martine McCutcheon.
  • Songs of Praise (BBC1, 4.50) Footage from the School Choir of the Year contest.
  • Ninja Warrior UK (ITV, 5.50; not UTV).


  • Keep It In the Family (3) (UTV Ireland, 6pm).
  • Y Talwrn (Radio Cymru, 7pm).
  • Celebrity Squares (ITV, 7.15) Sarah Millican, Ana Matronic, Joe Lycett, Duncan Bannatyne, Tess Daly, Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom, Milton Jones.
  • Busker Abu (TG4, 8.30).
  • Big Brother (C5, 9pm; also TV3).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Scrapheap Challenge (Dave, 9am, 2pm, 6pm; Quest 1pm, 5pm).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 10.30) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Raven: The Dragons' Eye (CBBC, 1.35).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Louise Minchin becomes Steve Backshall on Friday.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm; UTV Ireland, 4.30).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 3pm).
  • Decimate (BBC1, 3.45).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15). New episodes.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm). New episodes.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 6pm).
  • Beat the Brain (BBC2, 6.30).
  • Masterchef South Africa (Watch, 7pm).

Monday 18 May

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4, 3pm) De Montfort University.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Paul Merton, Tim Rice, Lisa Tarbuck, Graham Norton.
  • The Biggest Loser Us (UK Living, 8pm).
  • Big Brother (C5, 10pm; also TV3).
  • Virtually Famous (E4, 10pm) Joey Essex, James Sutton, Katherine Ryan, Chris Ramsey.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 10.45; Wales 11.10, NI 11.15 Tue).
  • News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).

Tuesday 19 May

  • Cog1nio (S4C, 5pm) Repeat.
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (BBC3 and RTE2, 8pm) Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc (BBC3), Marty Whelan (RTE)
  • Hell's Kitchen Us (ITV2, 9pm) Two episodes.
  • Big Brother (C5, 10pm, also TV3).

Wednesday 20 May

  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV4, 9pm).
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Lumped together.
  • Big Brother 2015 (C5 and TV3, 10pm).
  • Come on Down! The Game Show Story (ITV, 10.40; STV 11.05, UTV 11.10, not Border).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; Wales 11.15, NI 11.45) Amy Williams, Gary Pallister, Matthew Hoggard, Stephen Hendry.

Thursday 21 May

  • Sion a Sian (S4C, 6.30).
  • Father Ted (RTE2, 7.30) A pony no more.
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (BBC3, RTE2, Radio 2 Eurovision, RTE Radio 1, 8pm) Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc (BBC3), Marty Whelan (RTE2), Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski (RTE Radio 1). We don't know who hosts on Radio 2 Eurovision.
  • The Face Australia (UK Living, 8pm)
  • Munud i Fynd (S4C, 8.25).
  • Big Brother 2015 (C5 and TV3, 10pm).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) David Guetta and Johnny Vegas.

Friday 22 May

  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm; Wales, NI 9.30) CAUTION: Jon Ronson.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Rhod Gilbert and Sara Pascoe, with Johnny Vegas and Joey Essex.
  • Big Brother 2015 (C5 and TV3, 9pm).
  • Eurovision at 60 (BBC4, 9pm) Ahead of the contest's 59th birthday, a high art documentary.
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Brooker, Jennifer Saunders.

Radio 2 Eurovision


  • 12 noon - Paddy O'Connell live
  • 2pm - The Ultimate Eurovision Quiz (Ken Bruce)
  • 3pm - Pick of the Pops (50s and 60s)
  • 4pm - SF1 (recorded from Tuesday)
  • 6pm - Scott Mills on Austria
  • 7pm - Steve Wright's Eurovision Love Songs
  • 8pm - SF2 live
  • 10pm - Ana Matronic
  • 11pm - Books, with Vanessa Feltz


  • 12 noon - Paddy O'Connell live
  • 2pm - Rufus Hound nul points
  • 3pm - Pick of the Pops (70s and 80s)
  • 4pm - Mills
  • 5pm - Wogan's Tracks of my Years
  • 6pm - Paddy meets Conchita
  • 7pm - Sara Cox
  • 9pm - Inside Track - Eurovision to the music industry
  • 10pm - Ken Bruce's Top 40 (winners ranked by listeners)

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 4pm Sat)
  • Holding Out for a Hero (RTE1, 1.20am Mon) The 2011 quiz with Gethin is repeated with translation into Irish sign language.
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