TV Guide 2015-12-05

More endings than beginnings this week: I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! crowns its champion (ITV, Sun), The Great Pottery Throw Down finishes its glaze (BBC2, Tue), and World's Ultimate Strongest Team (C5, Fri) is a one-off. Christmas special season begins with 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, Tue), followed by Release the Hounds (ITV2, Wed) and Celebrity Juice (ITV2, Thu).

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


Saturday 5 December

  • Masterchef Australia (Watch, 8.20) The week's five episodes.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Georgie Ainslie.
  • The X Factor (TV3, 12 noon).
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 2pm) Six episodes.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 4pm) East Kent.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.20) Robert Peston.
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2 5.30).


  • Catchphrase (ITV, 5.45) Celebrity couples: Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from Gift Wrapped, Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams from Stepping Out, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer from Shooting Stars.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6pm) Finance, with Jacqueline Gold and Richard Farleigh, Tim Campbell and Saira Khan, Michelle Mone and Declan Curry, Peter Ratcliffe and Jeff Salmon.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm) That, it appears, is entertainment.
  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV, 7pm; UTV Ireland 7.45) Kaye Adams, Mark Bright, Jayne Torvill, Richard Arnold.
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 8pm) Who will be singing under a vat of custard?
  • Deal or No Deal (India) (&TV, 8pm).
  • Survivor San Juan del Sur (TG4, 8.15).
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.20).
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here (ITV and UTV Ireland, 9.30) Get Me Out of Here Now! follows on ITV2 and UTV Ireland at 10.35.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm). Subject to delay or cancellation if the snooker goes to extra frames.
  • The Apprentice (BBC1, 11.55).
  • The Chase (ITV, 11.55) Late-night fun with Bradley.

Sunday 6 December

  • Knightmare (Challenge, 10am) Two episodes from series three.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Chase (ITV, 1.50).
  • The X Factor (ITV, 2.55; TV3, 2.35) Last night's performance show again.
  • Four in a Bed (More4, 2.50) Five episodes.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Challenge, 3pm) Five episodes.
  • Come Dine with Me (More 4, 5.25) Five episodes.


  • A Game of Two Halves (RTE Radio 1, 7pm).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.20) Josh Groban.
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 8pm). Xtra Factor follows on ITV2 at 9 and TV3 at 10.
  • The Chase Us (Challenge, 8pm) New episodes of The Beast being beastly.
  • Deal or No Deal (India) (&TV, 8pm).
  • An Jig Gig (TG4, 8.30).
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here (ITV and UTV Ireland, 9pm) The winner is named. Get Me Out of Here Now! follows on ITV2 and UTV Ireland at 10.35.
  • The Great Irish Bake Off (TV3, 9pm) Sweet soufflé for the semi-final.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine With Me (C4, 12.05) Four episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Pressure Pad (BBC2, 1.45; not Thu) Another chance to see a very decent show.
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 2.10).
  • The Great British Bake Off (BBC2, 2.30; not Thu) Classic cooking.
  • 1000 Heartbeats (ITV, 3pm; series 1 on TV3 at 10am).
  • Fifteen-to-One (Challenge, 3pm) Repeats from the late 1990s.
  • Countdown (C4, 3.10) Nicki Chapman (Mo-We), David Baddiel (Th-Fr).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 5.15).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; not Fr) Repeats.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 6pm).
  • Robot Wars Extreme (Challenge, 6pm) Series 1.
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fr 6pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; not Mo, Wales not Fr).
  • Masterchef Australia (Watch, 8pm; Mo 7.30, Fr 7pm).
  • The Million Pound Drop Live (Challenge, 9pm; Mo, Tu only) Recorded from December 2010.

Monday 7 December

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2008.
  • Round Britain Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) North v Midlands.
  • Pyramid (S4C, 5pm).
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) With guest comedian Tony Hawks but guest host Jack Dee.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 7.30) Scientists v String Section in the first quarter-final.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Second round 6.
  • The Quizeum (BBC4, 8.30) Royal Armouries in Leeds, with Kate Williams, Janina Ramirez, Simon Thurley, Benedict Allan.
  • Rupaul's Drag Race (TruTV, 10pm) Scream queens; Shade. Two episodes.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 10.35; Wales 11.35, NI 12.40 tomorrow night) Xander, Sara Pascoe, Alex Salmond.

Tuesday 8 December

  • Catchphrase (ITV2, 1.40) The Mothering Sunday special season begins here, and ends when someone gets "dicing with death".
  • The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 7.30) Featuring Jules and Matisse, and some stunt performers.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) It's a knockout!
  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV4, 8pm).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2, 9pm) The grand final.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) The Christmas special season kicks off with Johnny Vegas and Katherine Ryan.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.45 Wed) A repeat from earlier in the year.
  • Freeze Out (ITV, 11.50; UTV 12.15am, not STV) Will this quiz work better on a cold winter's night, or on a hot summer's day?

Wednesday 9 December

  • Shark Cage (C4, 12.05am) Poker. Last in the series.
  • Counterpoint 1999 (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm).
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Coming Out (ITV and UTV Ireland, 8pm).
  • When Do You Get Off (ITVBe, 8pm).
  • The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm) Health snack. The Apprentice You're Fired follows on BBC2 at 10, and The Final Five is on BBC1 at 10.35 (Scotland 11.35).
  • Release the Hounds (ITV2, 10pm) Christmas special season continues with "Jingle Hell II", with three people from The Ibiza Weekender. (It's a show on ITV2.)
  • Redneck Island (TruTV, 10pm) Two episodes.

Thursday 10 December

  • University Challenge The Rugby Match (BBC2, 2pm) Defending champions Oxford take on this year's challengers from Cambridge. Jeremy Paxman referees, Roger Tilling calls the play, with John Inverdale making sense of it all.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm).
  • Rhestr (S4C, 8.25).
  • Bring the Noise (Sky1, 9pm) David Walliams and Melanie C.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Christmas special season continues with Jay McGuiness, Louise Redknapp, Michelle Keegan, CAUTION: Jimmy Carr.

Friday 11 December

  • The 99p Challenge (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Cwis Pop C2 (Radio Cymru, 6.15).
  • World's Ultimate Strongest Team (C5, 7pm).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; not Scotland, NI) Repeated from 2 September.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm) Barbara Castle, Archbishop Makarios, McAuslan Trilogy, Joe Meek.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Kirsty Wark and Andy Hamilton panel, David Mitchell hosts.
  • The Bachelor (ITVBe, 9pm) Road trip; two episodes.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Middle Muddle; with Aisling Bea, Danny Bhoy, CAUTION: Jimmy Carr.

Sign language interpretation

  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (ITV, 6am Sun).
  • The Apprentice (BBC2, 12.15am Tue; Scotland 12.45am).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2, 1.15am Tue; Scotland 1.45am).
  • Ejector Seat (ITV 3am Thu, not STV).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8.15am Thu).
  • Great British Menu (BBC2, 8.45am Fri).
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