TV Guide 2017-04-01

This week's highlight is the University Challenge Boat Races (BBC-tv, Sat). There's also a new series of Let the Peoples Sing (Home Service, Mon).

A weekly guide to game shows and competition fripperies broadcast in these islands over the next week.

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Saturday 1 April

  • What Do You Know? (Light Programme, 12 noon) Franklin Engelmann chairs the general knowledge contest in which listeners from all over the British Isles compete for the title 'Brain of Britain 1961'. The third heat from Wales.
  • Let's Go (ITV, 1.38) A snooker challenge match, from Regent Street Polytechnic. Part of ITV's Saturday sports show.
  • The University Challenge Boat Races (BBC-tv and Light Programme, 1.55) Defending champions Oxford face this year's challengers, Cambridge. Asking the questions: G D Clapperton. The trophy will be presented by Antony Armstrong-Jones. Highlights in Sports Special at 10.35pm.
  • Sporting Chance (Light Programme, 7.31) First semi-final of the inter-regional sports quiz: Great Yarmouth host Southport or Torquay. Brian Johnston asks questions, Roy Webber keeps score.

What, you mean it isn't 1961? Tell that to Number 10.

This week in 2017, we've the finals of BBC The Voice (ITV, Sat and Sun) and Only Connect (BBC2, Fri). Bake Off Crème de la Crème (BBC2, Tue) has a new host. Me and My Dog (2) (BBC2, Wed) is a test of dog, human, and Chris Packham. There are new episodes of Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, Sat), and we really do have The University Challenge Boat Races (BBC1, Sun).

Saturday 1 April 2017

  • Alphabetical (ITV, 9.25).
  • Fighting Talk (R5, 11am).
  • Rebound (ITV, 12 noon).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 1pm) Five from Belfast.
  • Britain's Got Talent (ITV2, 1.10) Child stars.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Dinner Date Day (ITVBe, 3pm) Seven episodes, to 10 pm.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 4.30; Scotland 4.30 Sun), Only Connect (BBC2 Scotland 4.30, elsewhere 5pm) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 4.30).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.10) Medical, with Guy Henry and Rosie Marcel, Vicki Pepperdine and Ricky Grover, Ranj Singh and Hilary Jones, Charles Dale and Amanda Henderson.
  • Antan Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Your Money (ITV and TV3, 7pm).
  • Who Dares Wins (BBC1, 7.40).
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 7.40).
  • Glór Tíre (TG4, 8.45).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV and TV3, 8.30) The "final" four become three for tomorrow. They're going to spend 110 minutes to eliminate one person.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9pm) M-places.

Sunday 2 April

  • Secret Dealers (ITV, 10am) Antiques specialists put in their offers for ancient objects. Replaces Peston on Sunday. Make your own punchline.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 2pm).
  • The University Challenge Boat Races (BBC1, 4pm) Defending champions Oxford face this year's challengers Cambridge. Asking the questions: Seagull and Monkman.


  • 5 Gold Rings (ITV, 6pm; be3 8pm Mon) If you want to watch this show at 7pm, put your gold ring round ITV+1.
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 7pm).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 7pm) The final public vote helps to determine the winner.
  • Y Talwrn (Radio Cymru, 7pm).
  • The Bachelor (ITVBe, 7.10).
  • Côr Cymru (S4C, 7.30) Women's choirs.
  • Wild Things (The Satellite Channel, 8pm).
  • Dragons' Den (RTE1, 9.30) Chanelle McCoy joins the den.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 11pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Two Tribes (BBC2, 12.45; 1pm Th, not Tu, Fr).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Nicki Chapman (Mo: Nina Hossain).
  • The Code (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Chopping Block (ITV, 3pm; not Th, Fr).
  • Fifteen-to-One (C4, 3pm).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm; not Th, Fr, 3e 5pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; be3 6pm).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15; 3e at 7pm) Yet more repeats.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm).
  • Masterchef Us (W, 7pm).

Monday 3 April

  • Booked (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) The literary quiz from 1998.
  • Brain of Britain 2017 (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 11.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Semi-final 2.
  • Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You (BBC1, 11.45; Wales, NI 12.10, not North, North West, North East) Frankie Boyle, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Adil Ray.

Tuesday 4 April

  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 5.20) The public vote.
  • The Taste of Success (RTE2, 8pm) Something more for the shelves of Widl.
  • Play to the Whistle (ITV, 9pm; 3e, 9pm Thu) Andrew Johnston, Scarlett Moffatt, Rob Beckett.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) Aerial manoeuvres.

Wednesday 5 April

  • Top Class (CBBC, 5.30) Sheringham and Little Sutton.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm) Week two.
  • Me and My Dog (BBC2, 8pm) Chris Packham hosts a test of dog and man united.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Adam from Edinburgh.
  • Battlebots (Spike, 8pm) Shake battle and roll.
  • Celebrity Masterchef (London Live, 9pm) Repeats from the fifth series.

Thursday 6 April - New Year for Taxmen

  • Deal or No Deal (ITV, 7.30) Not a game. A special edition of the Tonight programme, and not a return for Noel's red box game.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm) How does a taxman begin a joke? "ISA, ISA, ISA".
  • America's Next Top Model (UK Living, 8pm) Platform power.
  • Celwydd Noeth (S4C, 8.25).
  • Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule (ITV, 8.30) Fay Ripley, Nina Wadia, Nish Kumar, Des O'Connor.
  • Britain's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm) Touching up.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm).
  • Project Runway (Lifetime, 10pm) Urban jungle.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10.30) Tony Hadley, Melody Thornton, James van der Beek.

Friday 7 April

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales, Scot).
  • BBC Young Dancer 2017 (BBC4, 8pm) South Asian dance.
  • Ffasiwn Mecanic (S4C, 8.25) Go kart, and dirty work.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30; NI and Wales 10pm) The grand final.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8.30).
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; not NI, Wales) Messy.
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 11.05; not NI).
  • Play to the Whistle (ITV, 11.15; not UTV).

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 4pm Sat and Sun).
  • Chopping Block (STV, 1.30am Sun).
  • May the Best House Win (ITV3, 2.50am Mon) Two episodes.
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2, 3.05am Tue).
  • The Big Painting Challenge (BBC2, 8am Tue).
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