TV Guide 2016-03-26

Happy Easter, everyone! The BBC marks the long weekend with Can't Touch This (BBC1, Sat) and the University Challenge Boat Races (BBC1, Sun), ITV bites back with The Chase With Celebrities (ITV, Sun). Gok's Lunchbox (ITV, weekdays) is a pilot series with Gok Wan. Professionals get to play on Bake Off Crème de la Crème (BBC2, Tue), and it's the Mastermind final (BBC2, Fri).

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


Saturday 26 March

  • Airmageddon (CBBC, 8.25 and 3.20) Final heat.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Georgie Ainslie.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 11.30) Repeat from last night.
  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 1.30 and 8pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 2.25).
  • Britain's Got Talent (ITV2, 4.35) Top 10 surprises.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.20) Rich Hall and Shappi Khorsandi, Sian Lloyd and Fred Macaulay, Mark King and Stuart Maconie, Chemmy Alcott and Amy Williams.
  • Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV and UTV Ireland, 6pm) Little Ant and Dec do Billy Elliot. Moving to allow coverage of men's football.
  • Can't Touch This (BBC1, 6.10) Sound the Superfreak klaxon!
  • ITV's RTE The Voice of Holland of Ireland (RTE1, 6.55) Live 2; moving to allow coverage of the Easter Rising.
  • ITV's BBC The Voice of Holland of UK (BBC1, 7pm) Live 1. Results at 9.05.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 Wales, 7pm) As seen elsewhere last night.
  • Côr Cymru (S4C, 9pm) Highlights from last year's contest. Another edition happens next year.

And remember to put clocks forward overnight: summer time begins as 1am turns to 2am.

Sunday 27 March

  • Fun House (Challenge, 10am) New to this channel.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.10).
  • Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (CITV, 1.30 and 8pm).
  • School Choir of the Year (Radio Ulster, 2pm).
  • University Challenge The Boat Races (BBC1, 2.25) Defending champions Oxford take on this year's challengers from Cambridge. Kick-off is at 3.10, the men follow an hour later.
  • Big Star's Little Star (ITV, 2.35).
  • Four in a Bed (More4, 2.40) Five episodes.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 5pm) Subject to cancellation if the boat races go to extra oars or shouts of "rowlocks!".
  • Come Dine with Me (More 4, 5.20) Lancashire.


  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV and UTV Ireland, 7pm) Hayley Tamaddon, Geoff Hurst, Rob Beckett, Gaby Roslin.
  • Y Talwrn (Radio Cymru, 7.05).
  • Wordaholics (Radio 4, 7.15) Repeats.
  • Penn and Teller: Fool Us in Vegas (C5, 8pm).
  • American Ninja Warrior (Challenge, 8pm).
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 10.30, Wales 11.15).

Monday 28 March - Easter Monday

  • Dinner Date Day (ITVBe, 9am) To 7pm, with celebrity episodes from 4pm.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2008.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon).
  • Gok's Lunchbox (ITV and UTV Ireland, 12.30) Use the same ingredients to make a dish.
  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 1.40).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 2.10).
  • Think Tank (3) (BBC1, 2.50).
  • Brain of Britain (Radio 4, 3pm) Last of the heats.
  • Countdown (C4, 3.10) Mark Foster.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3.25).
  • Blockbusters (Challenge, 4pm) These episodes new to Challenge.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4.25).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm).
  • Pocket Money Pitch (CBBC, 5pm) Animal inventions.
  • Pyramid (S4C, 5pm).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 5.15).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5.25; UTV Ireland, 6pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.45) Repeats.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Paul Merton, Stephen Fry, Jenny Eclair, Nish Kumar.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm; Wales 9.30, NI 7pm Fri) Quarter-final 4. Delayed in Wales and NI because men's football is more important.
  • The Chase Australia (Challenge, 9pm).
  • Rupaul's Drag Race (TruTV, 10pm) Prancing queens, followed by Drag Race Untucked.
  • Eureka! The Big Bang Query (RTE2, 10.25).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10.40; Scotland 11.10, NI 12.40, not Wales) Misconceptions.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10.50).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Gok's Lunchbox (ITV and UTV Ireland, 12.30).
  • Wogan The Best Of (BBC2, 12.50 Tu, 1pm We-Th, 12.30 Fr).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 2.10). Fr 2.05.
  • Think Tank (3) (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 3.10) Tu: Mark Foster. We - Fr: Tim Vine. Fr 3.05.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Blockbusters (Challenge, 4pm) These episodes new to Challenge.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; UTV Ireland, 6pm).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm). Not Fr.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm).
  • The Chase Australia (Challenge, 9pm).

Tuesday 29 March

  • Bake Off Crème de la Crème (BBC2, 8pm) The professional spin-off is hosted by Tom Kerridge.
  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV4, 8pm).
  • Pop Idol Us (4Music, 8pm).

Wednesday 30 March

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2013.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm).
  • Big Star's Little Star (ITV and UTV Ireland, 8pm) Jamie Theakston, Shappi Khorsandi, James Anderson.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; NI 11.10, Wales 11.15) Nico Hulkenberg, Helen Glover, Hal Robson-Kanu, John Higgins.

Thursday 31 March

  • Booked (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) The literary game, from 1997.
  • The TV That Made Me (BBC1, 3.45) Quiz god Kate Garraway.
  • Cog1nio (S4C, 5.20).
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm).
  • Ffasiwn Bildar (S4C, 8.25) Plastering and make-up.
  • Mission Survive (ITV and UTV Ireland, 9pm) Pinnacle.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Katherine Ryan, David Mitchell.
  • Australia's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Paddy McGuinness from Benchmark, Shayne Ward from The X Factor.

Friday 1 April

  • Wildbrain (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 1997.
  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 4.30) Repeat.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30).
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8.30).
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 9pm; Wales, NI 9.30) Thunderbirds, English Test cricket, Elizabeth Gaskell, Seven Years War, Ryder Cup, Battle for Berlin.
  • Room 101 (BBC1, 11.25).

Sign language interpretation

  • May the Best House Win (ITV3, 2.45am Mon) Two episodes.
  • Great British Menu (BBC2, 8.30am Wed).
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2, 8am Thu).
  • Let's Play Darts for Sport Relief (BBC2, 2.05am Fri).
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