TV Guide 2017-10-21

Look out, Robot Wars is back (BBC2, Sun). There's also the first Junior Eurovision heats (TG4, Sun), and the final of Painting the Nation (RTE1, Sun)

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


Saturday 21 October

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 11.50am) Five from Southport.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Fear Factor Evening (MTV, 5pm) Five episodes, to 10pm.

Saturday Catchup

Repeats from earlier in the week

  • My Kitchen Rules Down Under (UK Living, 6.45am).
  • The X Factor (ITV2, 11.25; TV3, 4pm).
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 4pm).
  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 4.30).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.45) Famous voices. Brenda Longman and John Leeson, Peter Dickson and Jon Briggs, Redd Pepper and Marcus Bentley, Felicity Finch and Emerald O'Hanrahan.
  • Cannonball! (ITV and TV3, 6.20) Last in the "present" series.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.35).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 7.20) Jamie Theakston (live and/or kicking), Faye Tozer (Step), Ben Cohen (rugbyman), Sara Pascoe (comedian).
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 8.20) Houses with the judges.
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.30).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; Wales 12.35am).

Sunday 22 October

  • The Chase (UK Living2, 6am) Three episodes, new to this channel.
  • Masterchef Australia (W, 6.50am) Five episodes from earlier this week.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 9.30) Stone Buckinghamshire v Elworth Cheshire.
  • Rose d'Or Best Game Show Bigheads (ITV, 11.55).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The X Factor (ITV, 1pm; TV3, 2.30).
  • Search (RTE2, 1.50).
  • The Crystal Maze (C4, 4.10) A celebrity edition.
  • The Grate Breadxit Burn-Out (C4, 5.10).


  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 6pm) An ITV staff party, with Katie Price (Loose Woman), Marc Baylis (Coronation Street), Alison Hammond (This Morning).
  • Painting the Nation (RTE1, 6.30) The final.
  • Only Connect (BBC4, 7pm).
  • The X Factor (ITV and TV3, 7pm) More judges' houses.
  • Strictly Come Dancing The Results (BBC1, 7.15) With music from The Script.
  • University Challenge (BBC4, 7.30).
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 8pm) First in a new series.
  • Junior Eurovision (TG4, 8pm) The search begins for this year's contest in Tbilisi.
  • The Chase Celebrity (Challenge, 9pm) New to this channel.
  • Blind Date (TV3, 9pm).
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10.45; not NI).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 12.05).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Code (BBC2, 1pm; Scot 3.30 We) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Mo-Tu: Adrian Chiles; We-Fr: John Challis.
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Alphabetical (ITV, 3pm).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • My Kitchen Rules (C4, 4pm) Mansion round.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; not Fr) Repeats.
  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 6pm) Series highlights.
  • Strictly - It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fr 6pm).
  • Masterchef Antipodes (W, 7pm; Mo, 8pm).

Monday 23 October - International Sloth Day (observed by awake sloths)

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes from 2010.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4, 3pm) Simon Brett, Michele Hanson, Vanessa Feltz, Henry Normal.
  • Whiz sa Chistin (TG4, 4.55) Cookery for children, in Irish.
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 5.30) Regionals 3.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Ellie Taylor, John Finnemore.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 7.30) Merton Oxford v King's College London. This is earlier than normal for Springwatch Autumn.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 10.45; NI 11.40, Scot 11.45) Martin Clunes is joined by Jon Richardson and Kirsty Wark.
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).

Tuesday 24 October

  • The Grate Breadxit Burn-Out (C4, 8pm) Paul Hollywood's course continues. 9 - Spoon and licks.
  • Dragons' Den (RTE2, 8.25) The wellie wet suit.
  • Celebrity Hunted (C4, 9.15) They could just hide by appearing on Channel 4, right?

Wednesday 25 October

  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) Hazen and Alicia.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) The South Gare steelworks.
  • Celebrity Showmance (ITV2, 9pm) Superhero.
  • Taskmaster (Dave, 9pm).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; NI 11.40) Curtley Ambrose, Zinzan Brooke, Karen Pickering, Carl Fogarty.

Thursday 26 October

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Repeats from 2007.
  • Pigo Dy Drwyn (S4C, 5.05).
  • Celwydd Noeth (S4C, 8.25).
  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 9pm) Semi-final three.
  • Bromans (ITV2, 9pm) A day in a Roman spa.
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Robbie Keane (footballer), Romesh Ranganathan ("funnyman", it says here), Jessica Ennis-Hill (cultural treasure).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) A Hallowe'en special, with Gina D'Acampo, Wayne and Frankie Bridge, Joey Essex, and Rylan Clark-Neal.
  • Burn-Out Another Sic (C4, 10pm) Jo Brand finds out what's due.

Friday 27 October

  • Breaking the News (R Scotland, 1.30)
  • Y Cwis Pop (R Cymru, 6pm).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Last in the present series.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 Wales 7pm, elsewhere 8pm) Porridge, Peggy Guggenheim, Deep Purple, Warlord Chronicles.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30; Wales 9.30) Eco-Warriors v Snake Charmers.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) This week's Alexander Armstrong is Rhod Gilbert (not the previously-billed Mel Giedroyc), with Armando Iannucci and Lucy Prebble.
  • Sing (The Satellite Channel, 9pm).
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.05) Organisms, with Nish Kumar, Holly Walsh, Cariad Lloyd.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.25pm Sat, Sun).
  • May the Best House Win (STV, 2.45am Mon; rest of ITV, 3am Thu).
  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 8am Mon).
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8.30am We).
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