TV Guide 2017-03-18

Back to BBC1 daytime: The Code, a superior quiz show. Back to ITV daytime: Chopping Block, Rosemary Schrager and John Whaite's schooling show.

Last in the series of The Big Painting Challenge (BBC1, Sun) and of The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2, Thu).

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


Saturday 18 March

  • Alphabetical (ITV, 9.25).
  • Fighting Talk (R5, 11am).
  • Rebound (ITV, 11.20).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 1pm) Five from Belfast.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 2.15; not Wales).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 2.45) Repeat from last Sunday.
  • Dinner Date Day (ITVBe, 3pm) Seven episodes, to 10 pm.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 3.30; Wales 1.30, Scotland 5.30), Only Connect (BBC2, 4pm; Scotland 6pm) Repeats.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6pm) Writers, from 8 October.
  • Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1, 6.45) The One Show reporters, Alison Hammond, Peter Firman and Ellie Taylor, Sally Lindsay, Steph and Dom Parker.
  • Antan Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Your Money (ITV and TV3, 7.30) A hula-hoop dancer they didn't want to pay.
  • Who Dares Wins (BBC1, 8pm) One and done.
  • Glór Tíre (TG4, 8.15).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV and TV3, 8.30) The "exciting" quarter-final stage.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11pm) Military matters.

Sunday 19 March

  • Chopping Block (ITV, 11.25).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 12.30) Mark Lester.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 2pm).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 3pm).


  • The Big Painting Challenge (BBC1, 6.00) The Not Live Final comes from Greenwich.
  • Alien Fun Capsule (ITV, 6.30).
  • Dancing With the Stars (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 7pm).
  • 5 Gold Rings (ITV and TV3, 7pm).
  • The Bachelor (ITVBe, 7pm).
  • Y Talwrn (Radio Cymru, 7pm).
  • Côr Cymru (S4C, 7.15) Children's choirs.
  • Wild Things (The Satellite Channel, 8pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Two Tribes (BBC2, 1pm; Th-Fr).
  • Beat the Brain (BBC2, 1.30; Mo-We).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Phil Hammond (Mo: Hugh Dennis).
  • The Code (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Chopping Block (ITV, 3pm) Another run of the Schrager-and-Whaite education show.
  • Fifteen-to-One (C4, 3pm).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm; 3e 5pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; be3 6pm).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Back to repeats.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) New shows.
  • Game of Clones (E4, 7.30) Tom and the grungies.

Monday 20 March

  • Quote, Unquote (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) "Classic" episodes from 2014.
  • Brain of Britain 2017 (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat nine.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Tom Allen, Gyles Brandreth.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Group phase match ten.
  • Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You (BBC1, 10.45; Wales 11.10, NI 11.55) Victoria Coren Mitchell, Romesh Ranganathan, Eddie Izzard.
  • The Chase (ITV, 11.15; STV 11.35, not UTV, Border).

Tuesday 21 March

  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 4.55) The catwalk.
  • Masterchef (RTE2, 7.50) The final continues.
  • Play to the Whistle (ITV, 9pm; 3e, 9pm Thu) Ore Oduba, Kevin Bridges, Ashley Cole.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) Baby food.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1, 9.30) Greg Davies, Alex Jones, John Cooper Clarke, Rick Edwards.

Wednesday 22 March

Following an incident at Westminster, ITV replaced Tipping Point and The Chase with extended news bulletins. Pointless moved to BBC2.

  • Top Class (CBBC, 5pm) Calside from Dumfries play Stone Church from Bucks.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Craig.
  • Battlebots (Spike, 8pm) There will be bot blood.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 11.15; Wales 11.40, NI 12.10) Paul Collingwood, Amy Tinkler, Will Bayley, Clinton Morrison.

Thursday 23 March

  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2, 8pm) The final.
  • America's Next Top Model (UK Living, 8pm) The "glamorous" life with Jason Derulo.
  • Celwydd Noeth (S4C, 8.25) More episodes.
  • Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule (ITV, 8.30) Sally Lindsay, Joe Lycett, Sara Cox, Philip Glenister.
  • Home of the Year (RTE1, 8.30) Clare, Leitrim, Louth.
  • Release the Hounds (ITV2, 9pm) Famous and Freaked: AJ Odudu, Maya Jama and Will Best.
  • Britain's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm) Sugar and spice and all things not so nice.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Repeats.
  • Project Runway (Lifetime, 10.30) No I in team.
  • Celebrity Juice Live (ITV2, 10.30) Scarlett Moffatt and Jonathan Ross.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 11.15; Border 11.45, not STV, UTV).

Friday 24 March

  • Red Nose Day 2017 (BBC1, 7pm) The regular feast of silly.
  • BBC Young Dancer 2017 (BBC4, 8pm) The street dance category.
  • Only Connect (BBC2 England, 8.30; NI, Scotland, Wales 9.30) Semi-final 1.
  • Can't Stop Dancing (RTE1, 8.30).
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 11.15; not NI).
  • Play to the Whistle (ITV, 11.15; not UTV).

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 4pm Sat and Sun).
  • Freeze Out (STV, 3am Sun).
  • The Chase (STV, 2.40am Mon)
  • May the Best House Win (ITV3, 3.25am Mon) Two episodes.
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2, 8am Mon).
  • The Big Painting Challenge (BBC2, 8am Tue).
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