TV Guide 2018-03-24

Two long-standing series return to BBC1 on Saturday: The University Challenge Boat Races and Who Dares Wins. Over at, friends of the site will talk around Schlag den Hensler.

Band Cymru finds the best brass / wood / jazz band (S4C, Sun). Masterchef continues all week (BBC1), Dancing With the Stars finishes (RTE1, Sun), and it's the Mastermind final (BBC2, Fri).

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


Saturday 24 March

  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 9am).
  • The Great Northern Ireland Music Quiz (R Ulster, 10.30am).
  • Gory Games (CBBC, 10.30).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars Day (W, 11am) To 7pm.
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 11.20) Jayne Torvill.
  • Dancing on Ice The Final (ITV, 12.30) Repeated from 11 March.
  • Me and My Dog (BBC2, 2.30; Wales 5pm) Repeated from last year.
  • The University Challenge Boat Races (BBC1, 3.50) Defending men's champions Oxford take on this year's challengers from Ulster. The women of Cambridge defend against ITV. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions, and this billing may be eight days early.
  • Dinner Date Evening (ITVBe, 3.55) To 9pm.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.45) A Grange Hill special, with Todd Carty and Alison Bettles (Tucker and Fay Lucas), Paula Ann Bland and Lee MacDonald (Claire Scott and Zammo), Erkan Mustafa and Michelle Gayle (Roland and Fiona), Francesca Martinez and Stuart Organ (Rachel and Mr. Robson).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 7pm; TV3, 10.30) It's a Knockout round! Moved up from 8.30, to cover The Saddest Minute of the Week.
  • Schlag den Henssler (Bother's Bar, 7.15) Brig and his chums commentate on Germans playing silly games. It's good, but it's not In for a Euro.
  • This Territory's Got Talent TV3 (TV3, 7.30) It's the grand final already! Followed at 9.30 by Got Mór Talent.
  • Who Dares Wins (BBC1, 7.40) The long-awaited return of Nick Knowles' list quiz.
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 9pm) Fearne Cotton, Will Mellor, and Robert Rinder have another go.
  • Lip Sync Battle (Comedy Central, 11pm) Bryshere Grey and Rumer Willis.

Weekend repeats

Shows seen earlier in the week


  • Got What It Takes? (CBBC, 11.20am) From Tuesday.
  • Brightest Family (ITV, 2.30) From Wednesday.
  • Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 3pm) From last Sunday.


  • Masterchef Junior Us (W, 7am) The week's five episodes repeated.
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 11am) From last night.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (The Satellite Channel, 1pm) Another chance to see the final.
  • Celebrity Burn-Out (C4, 5.15) From Tuesday.
  • Only Connect (BBC4, 7pm), University Challenge (BBC4, 7.30) From last Monday.

Sunday 25 March

Clocks go forward at 2am. An hour less in bed. Sorry, everyone.

  • Spy School (CITV and ITV Breakfast Broadcasting, 8.30) Operation Pay Day.
  • Gory Games (CBBC, 10.30) Two episodes.
  • Junior Bake Off (CBBC, 12.20) Two episodes.
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Rank the Prank (CBBC, 4.55).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Una Healy.


  • Upside Down Ninja Warrior (Challenge, 6pm).
  • Dancing With the Stars (RTE1, 6.30) The grand final.
  • Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 7pm) Tess Daly, Jonathan Ross, Linda Robson.
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7.05).
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm) The semi-finals begin here.
  • Band Cymru (S4C, 8pm) A contest for brass, wind, and jazz bands.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.45 Thu) A classic episode.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10.15) A recent episode.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Tout Le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place (TV5, 10.45am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Len Goodman (Mo), Jay Rayner (Tu-Fr).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm).
  • Questions Pour un Champion (TV5, 3.30).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) New.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) New.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15; Fr 5.45) Repeats.
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC2, 5.15) Repeat.
  • Star Boot Sale (C4, 5.30).
  • Fitheach (BBC Alba, 5.55, Mo-We) Raven in Gaelic.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; Fr 6.30).
  • Masterchef Down Under (Home, 7pm) New to Freeview.
  • Five Star Hotel (E4, 10pm).

Monday 26 March

  • We've Been Here Before (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2004.
  • Brain of This Territory (R4, 3pm).
  • Whiz sa Chistin (TG4, 4.55).
  • Just a Minute (R4, 6.30) Stephen Fry, Jan Ravens, Gyles Brandreth, Paul Merton.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 7.30) It's a Knockout week continues.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Group phase 8: Belgophiles v Escapologists.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Group phase match 9.
  • Know the Score (RTE1, 8.30).
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Over and Ova.
  • Go 8 Bit (Dave, 10pm) Natalie Cassidy and John Thomson.

Tuesday 27 March

  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm) From 2006.
  • Last Commanders (CBBC, 5.30) Future imprefect.
  • Celebrity Burn Down (C4, 8pm) Lee Mack (Not Going Out), Griff Rhys Jones (The Quizeum), Melanie Sykes (The Vault), Joe Lycett (Epic Win).
  • Home of the Year (RTE1, 8.30).

Wednesday 28 March

  • Many a Slip (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 1978.
  • Got What it Takes? (CBBC, 5.30) Ironik rap battle.
  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4, 6.30) Russell Kane, Fern Britton, Ivo Graham.
  • Brightest Family (ITV, 8pm; UTV, 11.20) QF3.
  • Celebrity Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) "Muggy" Mike Thalassitis.
  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) Dan and Jade.
  • Celwydd Noeth (S4C, 8.25).
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Twelve remain.
  • Hell's Kitchen Us (ITV2, 9pm) Two episodes.
  • The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central, 10pm).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45; NI 11.10) Ricky Hatton, Tim Bresnan, Asha Philip, Michael Jamieson. Postponed from last week.

Thursday 29 March

  • Listomania (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Another Susan Calman production, from 2014.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm).
  • Takeshi's Castle (Comedy Central, 8pm).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2 and 3e, 10pm) Phillip Schofield, Courtney Act, Rylan Clark-Neal, Gino D'Acampo.

Friday 30 March - Good Friday

  • The Chase 24 (Challenge, 6am) Non-stop Bradley, Beastie, Paulie, Shaunie, and if we call her Annie we will be glared to death.
  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2000.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) The Final.
  • Yankee Next Top Model (UK Living, 8pm).
  • Room 101 (BBC1, 8.30) Stephen Mangan, Phil Wang, Holly Walsh.
  • Can't Stop Dancing (RTE1, 8.30).
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm).
  • Fear Factor (MTV, 10pm).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4, 10.30).
  • Playing for Time (C4, 11.15) Rob Beckett and Peggy Aytean (Kerry Godliman) travel back to play classic video games. Not a game show as we define it, but something of interest.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.20pm Sat, 3.25pm Sun).
  • Babushka (ITV, 4am Sun; STV, 3.45am Sun)
  • Alphabetical (STV, 2.35am Tue; rest of ITV, 3am Sat).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 8am Tue).
  • Masterchef (BBC2, 12.45am Wed, 12.45am Thu, 12.15am Fri not Wales)
  • Tenable (ITV, 3am Thu; STV, 3.05am Sat).
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