TV Guide 2020-05-16

It's Eurovision Song Contest Saturday, so settle down for hours and hours of cheap fun. It all starts on BBC1 with Pointless Celebrities, then there's a special with Graham Norton before the main show at 8pm. Rylan has the after-party on BBC2, and Steve Wright puts the bins out.

With Brain taking an enforced break, Radio 4 has a new quiz: My Generation (Mon) has Stuart Maconie bringing up the line to your home, to quiz you about your greatest decade - and another one.

A new series of Monkman and Seagull's Genius Guide (BBC2, Mon), and Vic Reeves gets out his shears for The Big Flower Fight (Netflix, Mon).

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


Saturday 16 May

  • Bake Off (RTE1, 10.40) From 2015.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.55) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; not Wales).
  • Twee voor Twaalf (, 2pm) Very hard questions in Dutch.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 3.05) Seen elsewhere last night.


  • Blankety Blank (Challenge, 5pm) From 1979.
  • The Talk Sport Quiz (Talk Sport, 5pm) Lyndsey Hipgrave and Darren Bent.
  • Dress to Impress (VM2, 6pm); Yankee Love Island (VM3, 6pm); Survivor (TG4, 6.05) Only available on Ireland.
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 6.30) Repeat.
  • Stephen Mulhern's In for a Penny (VM1 and ITV, 7.30) Glasgow, repeated from last year.
  • This Territory's Got Talent (VM1 and ITV, 8pm)
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 9.20) A classic episode from about 2015.
  • Celebrity Juice (VM2, 11.05) Ten days after it aired on ITV2.

All Things Eurovision Song Contest

  • Eurovision Insight (Podcast Radio, 10.30am and 3pm) On DAB in Surrey and south London.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.40) Jay Aston and Mike Nolan of Bucks Fizz; Surie of RTBF and Dana Domestic; Jade Ewen of the Sugababes and John Lundvik; Niamh Kavanagh of Your Eyes and Måns Zelmerlöw of Peace Peace.
  • Eurovision Come Together (BBC1, 6.25) Graham Norton talks with John Newman, asks us to pick from his favourite moments, and Sonia duets with Epic Sax Guy.
  • Marty's Magical Eurovision Moments (RTE1, 6.55) Marty Whelan looks at some highlights of past events.
  • Eurovision Come Together (NPO1; also on, RTE1, BBC1, ARD, RTE Radio 1, and about forty other channels) Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit host a celebration of the songs chosen for this year's contest.
  • Graham Norton Douze Points (Radio 2, 9pm) In conversation with Paddy O'Connell.
  • The A-Z of Eurovision (BBC2, 10pm) Rylan Clark-Neal compiles some great moments, and Céline Dion on a tractor.
  • Eurovision Kings and Queens (Radio 2, 10pm) Rylan Clark-Neal with the past and present of the contest, and doubtless a few comments about that bloke on the telly.
  • Totp 2 Goes Eurovision (BBC2, 11pm) Steve Wright declares the party over in this clip programme from 2007.

Weekend repeats


  • The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 11.30), The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 12.50).
  • Radio 4 Brain (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 12 noon) It's a classic episode from 2000, featuring a montage of all the game shows of the era.
  • Got Talent (VM1, 3.40; ITV, 4pm).
  • Dana The Original Derry Girl (BBC2 NI, 9.15).

Sunday 17 May

  • Gloryhunters with Charlie Baker (Talk Sport, 9.30am).
  • Caru Siopa (S4C, 12 noon) Another chance to see the charity shop challenge.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).


  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.40) A "classic" episode.
  • Takeshi's Castle (Nickelodeon, 6pm).
  • The Family Chase (ITV, 7pm) Patels from Essex.
  • BBC Young Musician of the Year (BBC4, 7pm) Brass final highlights; the full performances will be on I-player afterwards.
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (VM1, 7pm) Seen elsewhere last autumn.
  • Y Talwrn (Radio Cymru, 7.05).
  • Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft (C4, 8pm) The game show panel has adjudicated. Katherine Ryan picks a designer.
  • Eurovision Again (EBU on youtube, 8pm) Birmingham 1998 last week, the first use of pyro on stage. We're promised "a very special show" this week.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8.15; not NI) A "classic" episode.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (VM1, 9pm) Seen elsewhere last week.
  • Die NDR Quizshow (, 9.05).

Bonus feature

  • Cats The Musical (Artsworld, 8pm) A performance of the musical, featuring Rosemarie Ford from The Generation Game and Elaine Paige from Crackerjack.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 10.30) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 Wales, 11.45; elsewhere 12.15).
  • Top Class (BBC Red Button, 12.40) Series 2.
  • Letterbox (BBC2, 1pm) Another chance to see everyone's favourite letters game.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 1.30) More cracking fun.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) The 30th birthday championship, repeated from January 2013.
  • Tenable, Tipping Point, The Chase (ITV, from 3pm) Repeats.
  • Blokken (, 4.20).
  • Antiques Road Trip, Pointless (BBC2, from 4.30) Repeats.
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) One-hour episodes.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Repeats.

Monday 18 May

  • The Big Flower Fight (Netflix, 6am) Eight episodes of a garden sculpture competition, hosted by Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou. Available on subscription only.
  • Whispers (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) From 2005.
  • My Generation (Radio 4, 3pm) In a change to the expected BBC Brain, and the planned The 3rd Degree, here's something new. Stuart Maconie focuses on the events and culture of decades within living memory. Contestants answer questions on their chosen decade, plus another one picked by the producers.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) A classic episode from November 2013, with Tim, Barry, Graeme, and Victoria Wood.
  • Dim I'w Wisgo (S4C, 8pm) Another chance to see last year's pilot episode.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1 England and Scotland, 8.30) Claudia Winkleman.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; NI 12 midnight We-Th) Overseas.
  • The News Quiz Extra (Radio 4 Extra, 11pm); Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.45; NI 12.15am, Scotland 12.45am) Potentially expanded repeats from last Friday.

Bonus feature

  • Monkman and Seagull's Genius Guide (BBC2, 9pm) A new series of the scientific tour, this week seeing Arkwright's Water Frame and Watt's Separate Condenser.

Tuesday 19 May

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Radio 4 Extra, 2pm) Clive Anderson's improvised comedy series from 1988.
  • Celebrity Bake Off (C4, 8pm) A classic episode with Jeremy Paxman, Joe Wilkiinson, Sally Lindsay, Georgia Toffolo.
  • I'll Get This Extra Helping (BBC2, 10pm) A classic episode with Rob Beckett, Joanna Scanlan, Martin Kemp, Harry Redknapp, and Victoria Coren Mitchell.
  • The Challenge Total Madness (MTV, 11pm) Cold War.

Wednesday 20 May

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) The 2009 series.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Scotland, 8pm).
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Josh.
  • Sewing Bee (BBC1, 9pm) Sleepwear.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A classic episode with Alan Carr.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 11.45; NI 12.45am, not Wales)

Thursday 21 May - Ascension Day

Holiday in parts of Europe

  • It's Your Round (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm).
  • Glow Up (BBC3 online, 7pm).

Friday 22 May

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) Classic episodes from 2019.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) With Helen Lewis, Darren Harriott, and Jess Fostekew.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Scot 11.15, not Wales) The Best of Series 49.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm; Wales 9.30) Charlie Brooker hosts.

Bonus feature

  • Portrait Artist of the Week (Artsworld, 8pm) A previous series winner paints a celebrity via video link. Not quite a competition format.

Sign language interpretation

  • Babushka (ITV, 3am Sun).
  • Don't Ask Me Ask The Viewers (ITV, 3am Mon) The live show with the topics from (er) April 2017.
  • Culinary Genius (ITV, 3am Tue).
  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 12.30am Wed).
  • Race Across the World (BBC2, 1am Thu).
  • Freeze Out (ITV, 3am Thu).
  • Ffasiwn Bildar (S4C, 12 noon Fri).
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