TV Guide 2017-12-30

Saturday has disguise programme Guess the Star (ITV and TV3), and a revival of The Price is Right (C4). New Year's Eve brings us A Right Royal Quiz (ITV and TV3) and a Robot Wars special (BBC2).

New Year's Day sees the World's Strongest Man found (C5), and Nicholas Parsons Talks With Paul Merton (Radio 4). There's another Festive Bake Off (C4) and Only Connect returns to quiz on a Monday (BBC2).

If it's January, Celebrity Big Brother is back (C5 and 3e, from Tue). So is Hunted (C4, Thu). The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, Fri) and The News Quiz have new series.

Christmas University Challenge continues (BBC2; final on Fri). Ar y Dibyn (S4C, Fri) finds an outward-bound Welsh-speaker; The Big Quiz (2) (ITV, Fri) finds the best ITV soap of 2018.

And on daytimes from Tuesday, new Antiques Road Trip and new Pointless (BBC1).

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Saturday 30 December

  • Bruce Forsyth's Play Your Cards Right Morning (Challenge, 6am) To 1.30.
  • Antiques Road Trip Day (Really, 8am) To 7pm.
  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 8.45am).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Reviewing the year.
  • The Chase (ITV, 1.30).
  • Bruce's Price is Right (Challenge, 1.30) To 8pm.
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 2pm).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 3.50).
  • Celebrity Dinner Date Afternoon (ITVBe, 4pm) To 9pm.


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.50) Rachel Stevens, Asim Chaudhry, Anita Anand, Andy Zaltzman.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 6.05).
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.15) Radio 2, repeated from 7 January.
  • Saturday Night Takeaway: Who Shot Simon Cowell (ITV, 6.30) A compilation of last year's whodunnit.
  • Guess the Star (ITV and TV3, 7pm) Jonathan Ross presents a one-off show, where famous people are disguised as their hero, and mime to a song.
  • Blind Date (C5, 7pm) Bring your dog to date day.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm) Science and mathematics puzzles.
  • The Price is Right (C4, 8pm) Alan Carr invites five people to come on down. Only five? They must be spending more time to know the contestants' personalities, thus missing the whole point.
  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 8.20).
  • Bard Brain of Britain (R4, 11pm) Another chance to hear the Shakespeare quiz from 2015.

Sunday 31 December - New Year's Eve

  • The Chase Day (Challenge, 6am) To 11pm.
  • One Minute Please (Radio 4 Extra, 8.30am and 12.30) From 1952, the fore-runner of Just a Minute.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 8.35am) Young celebrities: Sophia Dall'aglio, Hacker T Dog, Louis Dunn, Patrick Ward play Mya-Lecia Naylor, Theo Stevenson, Marley Lockheart, Paddy Wilde.
  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 9am).
  • Dinner Date Day (ITVBe, 9am) To 8pm.
  • Next Top Model Day (Lifetime, 11am) To 9pm.
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 2.10).
  • A Right Royal Quiz (ITV, 3.30) Fern Britton hosts a quiz show about the royal family. With Joe Pasquale, Angellica Bell, Hal Cruttenden, and Jodie Kidd.
  • Top Class (CBBC, 4pm).
  • Bother's Bar Does Top Of the Pops Again (BBC1, 4.05pm) Featuring a performance from this year's X Factor winner, Alexander Armstrong.


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1 Scotland, 5.35; elsewhere, 6.30) Faisal Islam, Lloyd Langford, Yasmin Evans, Ollie Locke.
  • The Best of Cannonball (ITV, 6.50) Clips from the series.
  • Robot Wars Special (BBC2, 7pm) Former champions and international bots.
  • Codebreaker (Discovery Science, 7pm).
  • The Crystal Maze (C4, 8pm) The Christmas special repeated.
  • World's Strongest Man 2017 (My5, 8pm) The last semi-final.
  • Big Fat Quiz of the Year (C4, 11pm) Making sense of the past year.

Monday 1 January 2018 - New Year's Day

  • The Crystal Maze (C4, 2.55am) If you can't sleep...
  • The Chase Day (Challenge, 6am) All day, with celebrity editions 1pm-7pm.
  • Bake Off Day (Really, 8am) The 2012 series, with final at 5pm, and then repeated all over again.
  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 8.15am) Two episodes, with the final at 9.15.
  • The Best of Cannonball (ITV, 9.25am) Another chance to miss the highlights from last year's series.
  • World's Strongest Man (5*, 9.25am) To 1.25.
  • Tout Le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.43am).
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 2.05).
  • Round Britain Quiz (R4, 3pm) Another edition from the Edinburgh Festival, with South of England playing Scotland.
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.30).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 3.55).


  • 50 Years of Just a Minute (R4, 6.15) Paul Merton's in conversation with Nicholas Parsons.
  • World's Strongest Man 2017 (C5, 6.30) The grand final. A conversation with the winner follows at 8pm on 5* (and a Very Hard Stare to the Channel 5 billings writers, who include the winner's name in that listing).
  • The Grate Festive Burn-Out (C4, 7.40) Benjamina, Rav, Rob, and Sandy go for the snow.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Snake Charmers play Inquisitors in the Second Chance First Round.
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Queen Mary College play Cardiff in the first round: Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Chiles turn up.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout Le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.45am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Taking The Next Step (CBBC, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Richard Arnold kicks the year off.
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.30).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 3.50).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Still on repeats.
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 4.30) A new series.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) These are still new.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) New one-hour episodes.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) First new episodes since early November.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm) Also new.

Tuesday 2 January

  • The Food Quiz (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2003.
  • Stop the Press (Radio Scotland, 1pm) Grant Stott asks the Journalists and Professionals to predict the future.
  • Uchafbwyntiau Y Gemau Gwyllt (S4C, 5.30) Highlights from the outdoors show.
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC2, 7.30) Brunel play Reading, with Eniola Aluko and Iwan Thomas (sprinter).
  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 8.20) The grand final, from last April.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Who are these people? Emma Willis tells us. Bit on the Side follows at 11.30.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4, 10pm) New Year special, with Joe Lycett, Kate Humble, Jamali Maddix, and Rick Edwards.

Wednesday 3 January

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2013.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 7pm) Phil Williams, John Robins, Lydia Bright, Tim Farron.
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC2, 7.30) Semi-final 1.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30) Charlotte Edwards, Kieron Dyer, Andrew Pozzi, Alex Goode.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30) Nikki Fox, Miles Jupp, Nish Kumar, Joe Lycett.
  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 8.30) The winner appears on stage.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) Another chance to see last week's show.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) Outtakes and errors.

Thursday 4 January

  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 7pm) Laurence Rickard, Martin Hughes-Games, Vogue Williams, John Pienaar.
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC2 7.30) Semi-final 2.
  • World's Strongest Man Night (Spike, 8pm) Clip shows "Rivalries" and "Legends", a repeat of this year's final at 10pm, and the winner's interview again.
  • Hunted (C4, 9pm) If you insist this is a game show...
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Bit on the Side follows at 11.05.

Friday 5 January

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 5.30) Series 5!
  • Sam and Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up (CBBC, 6pm) Saturday Night Takeaway for young viewers.
  • Just Dance (Disney, 6.02) A contest for children's dance troupes. We think this is a contest, and not a Disney Channel Original Movie.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 7pm) Dane Baptiste, Grace Victory, Annie Wallace, Martin Bell.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 Wales 7pm, elsewhere 8pm) Specialist subjects: Royle Family, William Lamb, Beach Boys, postwar general elections.
  • Ar y Dibyn (S4C, 8.25) Outward bound adventures. It's Raven for adults, without the back story.
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30; Wales, 8.15 Sat) The final.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (C5 and 3e, 9pm) Friday special. Bit on the Side follows at 10.30.
  • The Big Quiz (2) (ITV, 9pm) The annual clash between Coronation Street (Jack P Shepherd, Julia Goulding, Bhavna Limbachia, Peter Gunn) and Emmerdale Farm (Mark Charnock, Amy Walsh, Michelle Hardwick, Dominic Brunt).
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; Wales, 11.05) Origins and Openings, with Josh Widdicombe, Rich Hall, and Susan Calman. Nobody gets away with quarrels on QI!
  • Crash Karaoke (MTV, 10.30) As ridiculous as it is feelgood.
  • Guess the Star (ITV, 10.40) Repeat from Saturday. Feels like a long time ago.
  • Take Me Out (ITV, 11.40) Celebrity special, ahead of a new series starting soon.
  • Alphabetical (ITV, 3am) A cure for insomnia. Not STV, where they have the oh-so-gripping STV Nightscreen.

Sign language interpretation

  • Babushka (ITV, 3am Sun; not STV).
  • Tenable (STV, 4.20am Mon).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 8am Tue).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8am Thu and Fri)
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