TV Guide 2019-12-07

As one I'm a Celebrity ends (ITV, Sun), another The X Factor Colon The Band starts (ITV, from Mon). Dress to Impress returns (ITV2, weekdays), and there's a mid-December special for Celebrity Juice (ITV2, Thu). ESPN has the World Tetris Championships (Tue).

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


Saturday 7 December

  • Top Class (BBC2, 6.45am) As seen on CBBC about a month ago.
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 10am).
  • Double Dare (Nickelodeon, 10am) Another chance to see the holiday special. And by "holiday", they mean "Hallowe'en".
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Flour Power (BBC1, 11.30).
  • America's Most Musical Family (Nickelodeon, 11.31) Does what it says on the tin, we guess.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 5pm) The "Friday" final, delayed by a combination of snooker and dancing.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05) A classic episode.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.30) A repeat from last year; Adam Hart-Davis is a contestant, and so is Michael Fish.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Catchphrase (ITV, 6.05) A classic episode.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.20) A new episode.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm) Semi-final week, with two dances to do.
  • Take Me Out (ITV, 7pm; repeated Tue 11.40) Last in the "present" series.
  • The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special 2018 (ITV, 8.20).
  • Winning Streak (RTE1, 8.25).
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and VM1, 9.20) Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and VM3 at 10.25.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm) Questions and Qualifications. Subject to delay or cancellation if the snooker goes to extra frames.

Weekend repeats


  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 10.30) From last Sunday.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 12 noon) Two episodes.
  • Quote... Unquote (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 11am) Friday's semi-final.
  • The X Factor Celebrity (ITV, 1.45; VM1, 3.30).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.40am; Scotland 1.55am).

Sunday 8 December

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 8.25).
  • Spy School (ITV Breakfast Broadcasting and CITV, 8.55am) Fake news, just like on BBC1.
  • Gloryhunters with Charlie Baker (Talk Sport, 9.30am).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 9.30am) Chobham play Strachur.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 12.15).
  • Tenable (ITV, 2.35); Tipping Point (ITV, 3.35).


  • The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special 2017 (ITV, 6pm).
  • !mpossible (Challenge, 6.30); All-Star Family Fortunes (Challenge; 7.30, 2 episodes).
  • Stephen Mulhern's I'm a Celebrity Celebrity Catchphrase Special (ITV, 7pm) Joel Dommett, Dean Gaffney, Rosemary Shrager.
  • Strictly Come Dancing The Results (BBC1, 7.20) Niall Horan sings, but who leaves?
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV and VM1, 9pm) Last in the present series. Extra Camp follows on ITV2 and VM3 at 10.35.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Fr BBC2 at 12 noon).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Suzannah Lipscomb (Mo-We), Jon Culshaw as Finals Week begins (Th-Fr).
  • The Switch (ITV, 3pm).
  • World's Strongest Man (5star, 3.35; three episodes) Repeats from 2014 to 2016.
  • Squad Goals (RTE2, 3.40) Teams take on physical and group challenges.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 4.45; not Fr) Repeats.
  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 4.50) New series of the fashion-dating-contest show.
  • Cash Trapped (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm; Fri 7pm) Championship of Champions 2: Dane Baptiste, Richard Herring, June Sarpong, Kate Williams.
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fri, 6pm).
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC4, 7.30) Repeated from last year.

Monday 9 December

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes from 2012.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4, 3pm) Tim Rice, Robin Stevens, Shazia Mirza.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Forrests v Choristers in the second second round match.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round, match 4.
  • The X Factor Colon The Band (ITV and VM1, 8.30) Diluting the format further, Simon Cowell tries to find a group to succeed where The Luminites and Five After Midnight so clearly didn't.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.15; Scotland 11.35, Wales 11.45).

Tuesday 10 December

  • World Tetris Championships (BT Sport ESPN, 2pm) Don't these pieces have names?
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Will Mellor and Nick Pickard.
  • The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 7.30) Featuring Colin Thackery from Got Talent.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Semi-finals week calls for a vegan meal.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) The winner in Venice.

Wednesday 11 December

  • Many a Slip (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 1978.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Gareth Ward is the special guest.
  • Your Face or Mine (Comedy Central, 8pm) Jodie Kidd from It's a Knockout and Joseph Bates.
  • The X Factor Colon The Band (ITV and VM1, 8.30).
  • The Challenge War of the Worlds (MTV, 10pm) Ditch your own worst team-mate?

Thursday 12 December

  • It's Your Round (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2011.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8pm) Ollie Dabbous.
  • Buy It Now for Christmas (C4, 8pm).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 8pm) Seen elsewhere last week.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Coming Out (ITV, 9pm).
  • Celebrity Juice Second Week of Advent Special (ITV2, 9.55) Paddy McGuinness, Gino D'Acampo, Stacey Solomon, and Kelly Osbourne.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Pubs - A Second Week of Advent Special. Cariad Lloyd, Josh Widdicombe, Noel Fielding.

Friday 13 December - Friday the Thirteenth

Schedules are particularly subject to change today.

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Family quiz from 2015.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Scotland 11.30, not Wales) Jill Scott (footballer), Lutalo Muhammad, Kevin Sinfield, Emily Diamond.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) History of medicine, Taylor Swift, Michaelangelo Antonioni, the Super Bowl
  • Test Drive (BBC1 Scotland, 7.30) Lanark.
  • The X Factor Colon The Band (ITV and VM1, 8.30).
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9.30) Poking fun at the funless.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) A compilation from the recent series.
  • Takeshi's Castle (Comedy Central, 12.30am; two episodes) Dane Baptiste and Jayde Adams join Guz Khan.

Sign language interpretation

  • I've Got Your Back (RTE2, 12.05 Sat, 12 noon Sun).
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.50pm Sat and Sun).
  • Bang on the Money (ITV, 3am Sun)
  • Best House in Town (BBC2, 4.25am Mon).
  • Flour Power (BBC Scotland, 12.45pm Mon).
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (ITV, 3am Wed).
  • Home is Where the Art Is (BBC2, 1.05am Fri; not Wales, NI).
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