TV Guide 2019-10-12

A choice of entertainment for your Saturday night. On ITV, it's The X Factor Celebrity, where various famous people perform for Simon Cowell and his chums. On BBC1, The Wall threatens to make someone very rich, on the bounce of a ball. We reviewed the French version in 2017.

On Sunday, Celebrity Hunted kicks off (Channel 4). For viewers on Ireland, Go Gasta sounds like knockout television (TG4). There's a new series of Tenable (ITV, weekdays), and Flour Power gets a network slot (BBC1, Sat).

Would I Lie to You? returns for Friday (BBC1), as does Breaking the News (Radio Scotland). It's the last in the present run of The Circle (Channel 4).

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


Saturday 12 October

  • Top Class (BBC2, 7.05am) First shown on CBBC a couple of weeks ago
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 10am).
  • Double Dare (Nickelodeon, 10am) First of four episodes with WWE wrestling stars.
  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 10.25am).
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30) Which is more useful: slime or slop?
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 10.55) Five episodes.
  • Flour Power (BBC1, 11.30) A network outing for BBC Scotland's scrummy baking show.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1 Wales 4.30, Eng and Scot 5pm, not NI) Joe Pasquale.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 5pm) Shown elsewhere last night.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.50) Michael Sheen, Steve Pemberton, Mark Benton, Jess Robinson, Anita Harris, Bobby Crush, Neil Ruddock, Steve McMahon.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6.30) Johnny Vegas.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.10) Quaerom Quintus exanimatus erat? It's Latin week.
  • The Chase Celebrity Edition (ITV, 7.30) Donna Air, Amanda Lamb, Sarah Greene, Dan Snow.
  • Rhannu (S4C, 7.30).
  • The Great Model Railway Challenge (C5, 7.45) The first semi-final: myths, monsters, legends, and fables.
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.15).
  • The Wall (BBC1, 8.35) A version of Face a la Mur, hosted by Danny Dyer and Angela Rippon.
  • The X Factor Celebrity (ITV and VM1, 8.35) A new series, with stars including Ricki Lake, Jenny Ryan, Olivia Olson, some folk from Love Island, and Max & Harvey.

Weekend repeats


  • The News Quiz (R4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Counterpoint (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • The X Factor Celebrity (ITV, 2.10) From last night.
  • Bake Off (C4, 12.30) From Tuesday; Extra Slice follows at 1am.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 England and NI 12.40am, Scotland 1.25am) From Friday.

Sunday 13 October

  • Gloryhunters with Charlie Baker (Talk Sport, 9.30am).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 9.45am) Great Kingshill CofE against Broad Heath Primary.
  • Double Dare (Nickelodeon, 10am) More from the wrestlers.
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30) Can camouflage help Cook and Line evade the Swashbucklers?
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 12.15).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 3.40).
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.05) Radio.


  • Strictly Come Dancing The Results (BBC1, 7.15) Keith Urban sings, but who goes?
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV not Wales, 8pm, rpt 11.10; HTV Wales 10.15 and no repeat; VM1, 9pm) Last in the series.
  • Go Gasta (TG4, 8.30) Teams of six from villages take on challenges and obstacles on a playing field.
  • Celebrity Hunted (C4, 9pm) Trying to avoid the spotlight: Gavin Henson, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Georgia Toffolo, Lydia Bright, and four others.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Boss (BBC2, 1pm).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Jeremy Thompson (Mo-We), Gloria Hunniford (Th-Fr).
  • Headhunters (BBC1, 2.15).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) New episodes, with Dunstable & Dusted, As Good As Gold, Shut That Troubadour, The Ecky Thumpers, and Life's a Wisbeach.
  • Make Me a Dealer (BBC1, 3.45).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) Repeats.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Normal service is resumed: in repeats from Wednesday.
  • Your Room or Mine? (C4, 5.30).
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm; Fri 7pm (Wales 4.30 next Sat)) Angellica Bell, Gyles Brandreth, Scarlett Moffatt, The Fabulous Iain Stirling.
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fri, 6pm).
  • Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm).
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 7.30) Second and final week.

Monday 14 October

  • Whispers (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm).
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Endeavours play Outliers.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Wolfson Oxford play Sheffield.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.05; Scot 12.35am, NI 12.10am Thu).
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 11.05).

Tuesday 15 October

  • Pants on Fire (C4, 12.10am) Repeated from E4 last week.
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Festival week.
  • Snackmasters (C4, 9.15) Whoppers.
  • The Circle (C4, 10.15).

Wednesday 16 October

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2018.
  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) Lea and Wade.
  • Taskmaster (Dave, 9pm).
  • The Challenge War of the Worlds (MTV, 9pm) Bear juggles multiple romances. Grr.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Don't Hate the Playaz (ITV2, 10pm) With MC Harvey, Romeo, Suzi Ruffell, Aitch.
  • Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave, 10pm) Desiree Burch, Chris Ramsey, Lost Voice Guy.

Thursday 17 October

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2000.
  • Rupaul's Drag Race (BBC II!, 8pm).
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Second-best bits.
  • Blockbusters (Comedy Central, 8pm) Jason, Eve, Mia.
  • Pants on Fire (E4, 9pm) Joel Dommett and Natasia Demetriou try to tell the fact from the fib.
  • There's Something About Movies (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Warwick Davis, Tom Davis, and Alice Levine.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) With Gemma Collins, Emilia Fox, Denise Van Outen, and Maura Higgins.

Friday 18 October

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Friends and family from 2013.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30) A new series.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Nish Kumar hosts the last in the present series.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 England and NI, 7.30; Scotland 11.25, not Wales) Joanna Rowsell Shand, Luke Campbell, John Regis, Tommy Seymour.
  • Test Drive (BBC1 Scotland, 7.30) Another chance to see BBC Scotland's travel quiz.
  • Mastermind (BBC2 England and Scotland, 7.30; Wales 5pm next Sat, NI 5.30 next Sat) The Mabinogion, Jacqueline du Pré, William Gibson, Emily Temple.
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 8pm).
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts, with Ross Noble.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 9.30) New series! Gabby Logan, Chris McCausland, Angela Scanlon, John Simm.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Quests Part Two, with Susan Calman, Joe Lycett, Holly Walsh.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm) The live final.

Sign language interpretation

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.50 Sat and Sun).
  • Best House in Town (BBC2, 2am Mon).
  • Interior Design Masters (BBC2, 12.15am Tue).
  • Home is Where the Art Is (BBC2, 1.15am Fri).
  • Star Boot Sale (C4, 5.25am Tue, Fri).
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