TV Guide 2020-01-04

It's all kicking off on Saturday. BBC1 leads with The Greatest Dancer, Hacker T Dog and Mrs. McCluskey on Pointless Celebrities, and Jason Manford does First & Last. Over on ITV, it's Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase, mystery singing on The Masked Singer, more mystery singing on The Voice, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Sunday gives us Dancing on Ice, more Masked Singer and more Millionaire. SAS: Who Dares Wins reaches Channel 4, and Dancing With the Stars is back on RTÉ1.

On Monday, Celebrity Coach Trip kicks off on E4, Tenable is on ITV, and Antiques Road Trip returns to BBC1. Celebrity Countdown resumes (More4, weeknights). 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4) and Un Cwestiwn (S4C) kick off new series on Tuesday. CBBC finds the next star on Got What It Takes?, and The Great Pottery Throw Down slips into More4 (both Wed). A League of Their Own are back in Europe on Thursday (The Satellite Channel). Prue Leith joins the QI panel for "Quaffing" (BBC2, Fri), and RuPaul's Drag Race reaches BBC1.

And, as an experiment, we'll point out a Bonus Feature each day - something tangentially related to game shows, or just that tickles our fancy.

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


Saturday 4 January

  • Top Class (BBC2, 6.40am); The Dog Ate My Homework (BBC2, 7.15) As seen on CBBC about a month ago.
  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 9.45).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • America's Most Musical Family (Nickelodeon, 12 noon).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Adam Garcia and co, from 2018.


  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6pm) With Stephen are James Jordan, Fiona Wade, and Louis Walsh.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.15) Children's TV, with Paul Chuckle, Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker), Gwyneth Powell and George Christopher (both Grange Hill), Hacker and Dodge, Andy Day and Cerrie Burnell (something on Cbeebies far too clever for us).
  • The Greatest Dancer (BBC1, 7pm) Todrick Hall joins the captains' bench. In a new twist, one of the performers goes straight through to the next round. The part of Amelia the receptionist is played by Curtis Pritchard.
  • The Masked Singer (ITV, 7pm) Joel Dommett hosts as famous faces perform behind elaborate costumes. Guessing and judging are Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, and Ken Jeong.
  • First & Last (BBC1, 8.15) Jason Manford hosts as eleven players try to avoid finishing first or last.
  • The Voice of Holland of This Territory (ITV, 8.30) The spinning chairs contain, Tom Jones Tom Jones, Olly Murs, and new recruit Meghan Trainor.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 10.05) Frank Skinner, Naga Munchetty, and Martine McCutcheon.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10.25) Quests 2.

Bonus feature

  • Virtues of Vulnerability (Radio 4, 8pm) Ed Balls reflects on his Strictly Come Dancing experience, and talks to others who have dealt with challenges in public view. Contributors include Michael Palin, fellow Strictly star Will Bayley, and Scarlett Curtis.

Weekend repeats


  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 10.40) From last Sunday.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Best Home Cook (BBC1, 3pm; not Wales) From Thursday.
  • A Question of Sport 50 Not Out (BBC1 Wales 3.30).
  • Quote... Unquote (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 12 noon) From last Monday.
  • The Masked Singer (ITV, 2.10).
  • Rhannu (S4C, 4.20) Y ffeinal, from 27 December.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of the Decade (C4, 10pm) From Friday.
  • A Question of Sport 50 Not Out (BBC1, 12.10am).

Sunday 5 January - Twelfth Night

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 8.25).
  • Gloryhunters with Charlie Baker (Talk Sport, 9.30am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 Wales, 11.45; elsewhere, 12.15).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 3.40).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Donna Air and chums from 2018.


  • Dancing on Ice (ITV and TV3, 6pm) The first six celebrities perform.
  • !mpossible (Challenge, 6pm). New to the channel.
  • Dancing With the Stars (RTE1, 6.30) This year's hoofers: Brian Dowling, Michael Carruth, Yewande Biala, Father Ray Kelly, Gráinne Gallanagh, Sinéad O'Carroll, Lottie Ryan, Ryan Andrews, Glenda Glison, Mary Kennedy, and Aidan Fogarty.
  • Y Talwrn (Radio Cymru, 7.05).
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8pm) Boxing technology.
  • The Masked Singer (ITV, 8pm) Another six celebrities battle it out.
  • Réalta Agus Gaolta (TG4, 8.30) Ireland's most talented family.
  • SAS: Who Dares Wins (C4, 9pm) Nick Knowles asks another set of recruits to leap out of a speedboat.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 9.30) Ruth Jones, Johnny Vegas, and David Haye.

Bonus feature

  • Richard Holt A'i Felin Felys (S4C, 8pm) Richard wants to open a cake restaurant on Anglesey, using the only active mill, and renewing it to grind flour. How will he get on? Will there be cakes for all?

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Tim Vine (Mo), Richard Arnold (Tu-Fr).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) New episodes! This week's teams: Sisters Before Misters, Jog On, The Gurt Lushes, The Rowley Polys, The Baseballers.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 4.30) New series.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Gary Delaney, Rose Matafeo, Valerie Singleton, Rav Wilding. Series 1 is repeated on Dave at 7pm.
  • Celebrity Countdown (More4, 6.55) After the abysmal performance in primetime last November, the remaining episodes are going out at shoulder-peak. Don't expect a series.
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 7.30) We begin in St Tropez.

Monday 6 January - Epiphany

  • Just a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Classic episodes from 2012.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4, 3pm) Esther Rantzen, Steve Pemberton, Konnie Huq.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Susan Calman, Graeme Garden, Sindhu Vee, Lloyd Langford.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Gordon Riots of 1780, Marvel comics, Franklin D Roosevelt, FE McWilliam.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) The fourth second round match.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round, match 6.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4, 10pm) Compilations from last year's series
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm).

Bonus feature

  • Welcome Strangers (Radio Wales, 6.30) A comedy sketch show, narrated by Ruth Madoc.

Tuesday 7 January

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.40) A new series of the junior quiz show.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4, 9pm) Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan, Richard Osman, Tom Allen, Sophie Hermann, and Sophie Duker dissect contemporary culture and Jimmy Carr.

Bonus feature

  • Farpaisean Chon-Chaorach (BBC Alba, 9pm) Extended coverage from last year's International Sheepdog Trials.

Wednesday 8 January

  • Got What It Takes? (CBBC, 5.45) Saffron's Social Stars launches a new series.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Helen from Essex.
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (More4, 9pm) Melanie Sykes asks the potters to throw a breakfast set and some egg cups.
  • The Challenge War of the Worlds (MTV, 10pm) The winners are named.

Bonus feature

  • Red Arrows Take America (C5, 9pm) The air display team perform in America - but how will they get there?

Thursday 9 January

  • It's Your Round (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2012.
  • Prosiect Z (S4C, 5.20) From 2018.
  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4, 6.30) Another chance to hear the panel find how typical they are. This week: Jenny Eclair, Ayesha Hazarika, Hayley Ellis, Alun Cochrane.
  • A League of Their Own Eurotrip (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Jamie Redknapp and Andrew Flintoff splat their own tomatoes.

Bonus feature

  • In Our Time (Radio 4, 9am) Three university boffins have a highbrow discussion on Catullus, with Simon Smith (Kent), Gail Trimble (Oxford), and Maria Wyke (UCL). Melvyn Bragg is involved, so do be careful.

Friday 10 January

  • The Food Quiz (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) 2004.
  • The Good the Bad and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 1.30) Hal Cruttenden, Jo Caulfield, Stephen Buchanan.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Hugo Rifkind, Mark Steel, Helen Lewis, Zoe Lyons, with Nish Kumar hosting.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Wales 3.30 Sat) Keri-Anne Payne, Nicolas Colsaerts, Anyika Onuora, John Hartson. Postponed from 20 December.
  • QI (BBC2, 9pm; Wales, 10pm, NI 10pm next Sun) Quaffing, with Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, and Prue Leith.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1, 11.25; Wales, NI 11.55) Ten drag queens enter. Seen on BBC II! last year.

Bonus feature

  • The Dumping Ground (CBBC, 5pm) Adaptations of Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker books are now in their 19th year. The new series starts now.

Sign language interpretation

  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (STV, 12.05am Sun; ITV, 3am Wed).
  • Best House in Town (BBC2, 2.30am Mon).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8am Mon, Tue).
  • Dragons' Den Pitches to Riches (BBC2, 2.45am Thu).
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV (not STV), 3am Thu).
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