TV Guide 2019-01-05

Happy new year! Lines are open for the UKGameshows Poll of the Year 2018.

BBC1 starts on the path to find The Greatest Dancer (Sat); ITV seeks the winner of The Voice of This Territory (Sat; also VM1 on Ireland). They're also after someone capable of Dancing on Ice (ITV and VM1, Sun). Dancing With the Stars returns to RTE1 (Sun).

Missing Hunted (C4, Thu)? Your wait is over. A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, Thu)? We've got that, too. Even 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is back (C4, Fri).

Weekdays get a new run of The £100k Drop (C4). On S4C, clever children are asked Un Cwestiwn (Tue), and famous people take sports in Y Ras (Wed). ITV2's import Hell's Kitchen gets a new series (Tue, Wed).

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


Saturday 5 January 2019

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (BBC2, 8.30) Repeats from CBBC.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Double Dare (Nickelodeon, 11am).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) Repeat from Friday.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 1.20) Five episodes.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 3.10), The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 4.35).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.20) Christian Brassington (Eric Cantona), Claudia-Liza Armah (Martin Scorcese), Edwina Currie (Nancy Astor), Mark Dolan (Elton John).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.10) Gail Emms, Matthew Hoggard, Bonnie Langford, Frazer Hines, Dalton Grant, Charlie Stayt, Helen Lederer, Shaun Williamson.
  • Wie is de Mol? (, 7.10) A new series of the sabotage-and-detection show. In Dutch, and streaming online worldwide; spin-off MolTalk follows afterwards. Bother's Bar has more, and subtitled episodes.
  • The Greatest Dancer (BBC1, 8pm) All sorts of dancing, with Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo.
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV and VM1, 8pm) The incredible spinning chairs are back!
  • Strongman Champions' League (Spike, 8pm)
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.15).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9pm) Organisms.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV and VM1, 9.35; rpt ITV 12.35am).
  • India's Got Talent (Colors, 10pm).

Sunday 6 January

  • Spy School (CITV and ITV Breakfast Broadcasting, 8.55) Operation Golden A-listers, a repeat.
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 9.25) First part of the final.
  • Big Star's Bigger Star (ITV, 10.30) Repeat from last Sunday.
  • Double Dare (Nickelodeon, 11am).
  • BBC The Voice of This Territory (ITV, 11.30) Repeat from last night.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon).
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 12.04) Repeat from Monday.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 3.25); The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 3.35; not Wales) Repeat from Wednesday.
  • Bargain Hunt Evening (Home, 5pm) To 4am.


  • Dancing on Ice (ITV and VM1, 6pm) The first six make their debuts.
  • Dancing With the Stars (RTE1, 6.30) Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne find the celebrity-professional ballroom dancing stars of the new year.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8pm) Whisky.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV and VM1, 8pm, rpt ITV 12.30am) Last in the nightly series.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A classic episode.
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10.20) Repeat from Wednesday.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Think Tank (BBC2, 1pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) The Championship of Champions continues, with Kate Humble (Mo-Tu), Linda Papadopoulos (We-Fr).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 3pm).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The £100k Drop (C4, 4pm; rpt 4Seven 7pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm).

Monday 7 January

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Round "Britain" Quiz (R4, 3pm).
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Sandi Toksvig, Jon Richardson, Lucy Porter, and Graeme Garden.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Dragons play Three peaks in the last First-and-a-Halfth Round match.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round, match 6.
  • Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You (BBC1, 10.45; NI, 11.10).
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).

Tuesday 8 January

  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.40) Eight bright students, four challenging tasks, and no questions – except one.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) More cooking and shouting with Gordon Ramsay.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) A repeat.

Wednesday 9 January

  • The Crystal Maze (C4, 1.25am) The Hauxwell family come to visit. This is likely to be an error.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) Risotto. It's a meal in itself.
  • Y Ras (S4C, 9.30) A celebrity edition, with Owain Tudur Jones, Gary Slaymaker, Geraint Hardy, and Lauren Jenkins.
  • Insert Name Here (BBC2, 10pm) Al Murray, Suzannah Lipscomb, Ellie Taylor, Stephen Mangan.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 10.45) Sarah Storey, Steve Diswell, Monty Panesar, Asha Philip.

Thursday 10 January

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Beat the Internet with John Robins (Dave, 8pm) Two episodes.
  • Hunted (C4, 9pm) Avoid the attention of everybody by, er, taking a speedboat through Liverpool Harbour. First in a new series.
  • A League of Their Own European Road Trip (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Sailing across la Manche.
  • Flirty Dancing (Channel 4, 10pm) Dating show where singletons meet on the dance floor.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4, 10.55) Repeat from last Friday.

Friday 11 January

  • Guess What? (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 1998.
  • Pigo dy Drwyn (S4C, 5.05) Pick your own nose.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales) Repeat from Wednesday.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm; not Wales) Wright brothers, Jeeves and Wooster, Rumpole stories, track and field.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 8.30) Camilla Kerslake (musicals of Lloyd Webber), Monty Panesar (Sikh religion), Sean Wilson (birds), Terry Alderton (Tony Hancock).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Sean Lock and Johnny Vegas play Alan Carr and Lou Sanders, with Brett Domino in the corner.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1, 9.30) Rhod Gilbert, Ronan Keating, Ellie Taylor, Georgia Toffolo.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Pain and Punishment, with Lee Mack, Alice Levine, and trope namer Jimmy Carr.
  • Take Me Out (ITV, 10.45; UTV, 11.15) A classic episode.
  • Phone Swap (BBC1, 11.50) Terrestrial repeat from 2 January.

Sign language interpretation

  • Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2, 7.30am Mo, 8am Th).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8am Tu).
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8.30 We).
  • Celebrity Squares (ITV, 3am Sa; not STV).
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