TV Guide 2016-12-10

Who has won The X Factor? We'll find out this weekend (ITV and TV3). BBC4 offers an alternative with a film from the Choir of the Year contest (Sun). There's a Go for It special (ITV, Sat) and the final of The Next Great Magician (ITV, Sun).

Be very ware, Little Noely has tunnelled out of the studio. Where will he go as Deal or No Deal goes On Tour (C4, from Mon).

Gregg Wallace is the new host of Time Commanders (BBC4, Mon). The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, Tue) wraps up the Britain's Got Talent year. Cheryl Tweedy / Cole / Fernandez-Versini is on Who Do You Think You Are (BBC1, Thu).

CBBC marks Christmas this week, presumably so the channel controller can spend more time with his meat paste collection. Top Class and Copycats on Tue, The Dog Ate My Homework on Fri, and the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band have a hill to climb on Thu.

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


Saturday 10 December

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Cash Trapped (ITV, 12.25).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 12.30).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Dinner Date Evening (ITVBe, 3pm) To 10pm.
  • The Chase (ITV, 4.35).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.25) Repeated from last Christmas.


  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 6pm) Another chance to see Jim Moir beat the machine.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.10) Comedy, repeated from 19 March.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.50).
  • Go For It Special (ITV and UTV Ireland, 7pm) Another shot at some of the stunts we saw earlier in the autumn.
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 8pm) This week's theme is "Live final". The Xtra Factor follows on ITV2 and TV3 at 10.05.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year (Sky1, 8pm).
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.20).
  • The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV, 10.05) With Paul Hollywood (Bake Off), Kylie Minogue (BBC The Voice) and David Walliams (Britain's Got Talent).

Sunday 11 December

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 12.15).
  • Deal or No Deal (C4, 12.25) The last studio show.
  • The X Factor (ITV, 2.55; TV3 3pm) Another chance to miss last night's show.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).


  • The Next Great Magician (ITV, 7pm) It's the grand final.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.20) With a performance by Sting.
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 8pm) The live final, with guest performances from the entire SyCo roster. The Xtra Factor follows on ITV2 and TV3 at 10.05.
  • Choir of the Year (BBC4, 8pm) Josie D'Arby presents from Cardiff.
  • An Ril Deal (TG4, 8pm) Celebrities learn to Irish dance.
  • Know the Score (RTE1, 8.30).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10.20; NI 12.45am).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Tim Rice. Finals week begins on Thursday.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm).
  • Think Tank (BBC1, 3.10).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • Deal or No Deal On Tour (C4, 4pm). The big box game takes to the road. Venues: Mon - Flying Scotsman, Tue - Eden Project, Wed - Warwick Castle, Thu - Alexandra Palace, Fri - Trafford Centre.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm)
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5.30) West Midlands.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; not Fr).
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; 6pm Fri).

Monday 12 December

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes.
  • Round Britain Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Wales and Scotland.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) To Bath, with Jeremy Hardy, Jo Brand, but Jack Dee.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Two teams of students.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30) Fire-eaters v Clareites.
  • Time Commanders (BBC4, 9pm) Scipio sends troops to destroy Hannibal and take Carthage. Can a team of wrestlers repel the invaders loyal to ancient Rome?
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.15; Scotland and Wales 11.45, not NI). Mel Giedroyc, Adil Ray, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Tuesday 13 December

  • QI XL (BBC2 Wales, 12.30am; NI 12.15am Thu) Not Nearly, shown in England and Scotland on 27 November.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 5pm) With CBBC regulars.
  • Copycats (CBBC, 5.30) A festive special.
  • The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 7.30) Richard Jones collects the prize from Britain's Got Talent.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Eight remain.
  • The Taste of Success (RTE1, 8.30) What's on the shelves?

Wednesday 14 December

  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm).
  • Mock the Week Christmas Special (BBC2, 10pm, NI 11.15) But there's still eleven days to go, anything could happen. They might well have to re-write it by the time they're on in Northern Ireland, such is the pace of news.
  • The Chase (ITV, 11.45; not STV, Border-Scottish)

Thursday 15 December

  • Strongman Team World Championship (C5, 7pm) They count like Conan: one's a player, two's a team.
  • Masterchef (RTE2, 7.50).
  • Who Do You Think You Are (BBC1, 8pm) With Cheryl, from Popstars The Rivals, The X Factor, and other shows.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Gogglyboxers, a review of the recent series.

Friday 16 December

  • Sam and Mark's Big Christmas Wind-Up (CBBC, 4.30).
  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 5pm) With Hacker T Dog, Ashleigh and Pudsey, Alex Riley, Pippa Evans.
  • Y Cwis Pop (Radio Cymru, 6pm).
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm) Steve Jobs, Farscape, history of Hungary, black metal. Heat 24 follows in the new year.
  • Sion a Sian (S4C, 8.25).
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Gary Lineker, leader of the opposition; the panel is Nicky Morgan and Jon Richardson.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Non Sequiturs, with Miles Jupp, Dierdre O'Kane, Phill Jupitus.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4, 11.05).

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 4pm Sat, Sun).
  • May the Best House Win (ITV3, 3.15 Mon) Two episodes.
  • The Choir (BBC2, 1.15am Tue; Scot 1.45am).
  • Great British Menu (BBC2, 8.30am Wed).
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