TV Guide 2017-12-16

The week before Christmas has many finals. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, Sat), Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, Thu), Britain's Next Top Model (Lifetime, Thu). It's also Eurovision Young Dancers (the internets, Sat).

Lots of special episodes, too. Top Class (Sun) brings out the CBBC celebrities. The Chase (ITV, Sun) collects its bloopers. Festive edition of Mock the Week (BBC2, Wed) and A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, Thu), and a year-end round-up of Have I Got News for You (BBC1, Fri).

And if you want even more Susan Calman in your life, she has a show on Radio 4, Keep Calman Carry On. (See what they did there?) This Thursday, she's with Selasi from last year's Bake Off.

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


Saturday 16 December

  • Catchphrase Morning (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 12.50) Christmas celebs.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Mastermind (BBC2 2.50; not Wales).
  • Dinner Date Evening (ITVBe, 4pm) Five episodes, to 9pm.
  • The Chase (ITV, 4.35) A classic episode.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.40) BBC Sports Personality of the Year, repeated from last year.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.30) The grand final, plus Ed Sheeran performs.
  • Eurovision Young Dancers (, 7pm) The top eight perform from Prague.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm) Science and mathematics puzzles.
  • QI XL (BBC2 England and Scotland, 10.45).

Sunday 17 December - Gaudete Sunday

  • Takeshi's Castle Morning (Challenge, 7am) To 11am.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 9.30) The Christmas special. Johnny Cochrane, Rachel Stringer, Lauren Layfield and Tallulah Greive go up against Barney Harwood, Ed Petrie, Naomi Wilkinson, Alex Riley.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Chase Afternoon (Challenge, 1pm) To 6pm.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4.45).


  • The Chase With Celebrities (ITV, 5.45) Matthew Horne (acts), Danny Care (rugbyman), Jodie Kidd (model), Al Murray (Compete for the Meat).
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 6.30) The final.
  • The Chase: The Bloopers (ITV, 6.45) How many ways can Bradley get it wrong?
  • Only Connect (BBC4, 7pm) Another chance to see Friday's match.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Link (BBC2, 1pm) Uncle Arthur's been at the sherry again.
  • Classic World's Strongest Man (My5, 1pm) Reliving the series from 2008-12 in one afternoon, stacked until about 7pm each night.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Rufus Hound joins us for Finals Week.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm) Antique shows.
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.28).
  • Raven (CBBC, 3.50) The Stags finish, and then we're into the final.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 6.30).
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) Not Fr.
  • Christmas University Challenge 2016 (BBC4, 7.30) Repeated from last year.
  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 8.20; Mo-We only) Repeated from early this year.

Monday 18 December

  • Round Britain Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Northern Ireland play Wales.
  • Whiz sa Chistin (TG4, 4.55).
  • Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Lifestyle presenters: Piers Taylor, Tom Dyckhoff, Esme Young, Danny Clarke, Keith Brymer Jones. Last episode of this run.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) To Hull and Still Not Coming Back. Barry and Tim have trapped Miles Jupp and John Finnemore in a sticky situation. Jack Dee could save them with a competent chairman's performance.
  • A League of Their Own Christmas Special (The Satellite Channel, 8pm) A repeat, with Dennis Taylor but Gary Barlow.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round 5/8.
  • Fear Factor (MTV, 9pm) MTV hosts.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 9.30) Guests include Henry Blofeld, Richard Coles, Clive Myrie.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1 England 10.45, Scotland 11.15, Wales 11.35, NI 11.50) David Tennant asks of Angela Rayner and Joe Wilkinson.

Tuesday 19 December - Bad Jumper Day

  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Finals: The Chef's Tables.
  • What's Your Favourite Biscuit? (C5, 9pm) An hour and a half where celebrities talk about biccies. (Anyone seen the bottom of this barrel?)

Wednesday 20 December

  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) To Mirazur.
  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) Brian and Emma.
  • Taskmaster Championship of Champions (Dave, 9pm) Josh, Katherine, Noel, Rob, and Bob find the best of the best.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Christmas Special (E4, 10pm) Remembering Carrie Fisher.
  • Mock the Week Christmas Special (BBC2, 10.30).

Thursday 21 December

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Repeats from 2007.
  • Keep Calman Carry On (Radio 4, 6.30) Susan Calman learns to bake with Selasi from last year's series of Bake Off.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) The winner is found.
  • Takeshi's Castle (Jonathan Ross v/o) (Comedy Central, 8pm).
  • Project Runway (Lifetime, 8pm) There's no business like sew business.
  • Cythrel Canu (S4C, 8.25) Nadolig. Robat Arwyn, Tara Bethan, Trystan Ellis-Morris, Heledd Cynwal.
  • A League of Their Own Christmas Special (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) With Nigel Havers, Kriss Akabusi, David Seaman.
  • This Territory's Next Top Model (Lifetime, 9pm) Back to your bars for the final.
  • Celebrity Juice The Sweetest Bits (ITV2, 10.30) Clips.
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10.35) Christmas, with Jack Dee, Suzannah Lipscomb, Martin Kemp, Liz Bonnin.
  • QI (BBC2, 11.05) Merriment; a repeat with Stephen Fry.

Friday 22 December

  • Breaking the News (R Scotland, 1.30).
  • Clann Feirm Factor (TG4, 5.55).
  • Y Cwis Pop (R Cymru, 6pm) The grand final.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30) Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse, Josh Widdicombe and Elis James.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm) Doctor Who, Concorde, The Clash, Francis Walsingham.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8.30) Meeples and Parishoners go into the second-chance tournament.
  • Have I Got 2017 News for You (BBC1, 9pm; Wales 11.25) Best of the year.
  • Crash Karaoke (MTV, 10.30) College football and firefighters.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.15pm Sat, 3.45pm Sun).
  • May the Best House Win (STV, 2.45am Mon; rest of ITV, 3am Thu).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 8am Tue).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 7am Thu, 6.05am Fri).
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