TV Guide 2020-05-23

There's a special edition of the BBC's most popular daily quiz: Popmaster Day takes over Radio 2 on Monday. On the telly, there's a new series of Eggheads (BBC2).

More returning favourites: Bake Off The Professionals sharpens up your Tuesday (C4), Brightest Celebrity Family invites Anne Hegerty to your Thursday evening (ITV), and QI hits the R-series (BBC2, Thu).

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


Saturday 23 May

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bake Off (RTE1, 11.50) From 2015.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; not Wales).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 1.15) Five episodes.
  • Twee voor Twaalf (, 2pm) Very hard questions in Dutch.


  • Blankety Blank (Challenge, 5pm) From 1979.
  • The Talk Sport Quiz (Talk Sport, 5pm).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.50; not Wales) Christian Brassington.
  • 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) Cardiff, repeated from last year.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.50) Sci-fi and fantasy, with Sophie Aldred, Carole Ann Ford, Josh Herdman, Louis Cordice, Sandra Dickinson, Josh Duttine, Kiran Shah, Clive Mantle.
  • This Territory's Got Talent (VM1 and ITV, 8pm)
  • Eurovision Again (EBU on youtube, 8pm) Well, they've given us "Waterloo", the 1974 contest is available till next Sunday. But where this week?
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 9.20) A classic episode.

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, 1.15).
  • My Generation (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 12 noon).
  • Got Talent (ITV, 2pm; VM1, 3.40).

Sunday 24 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; not Scotland).


  • Takeshi's Castle (Nickelodeon, 6pm).
  • BBC Young Musician of the Year (BBC4, 7pm) Percussion 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).
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8.15; not NI) Best Ever Pitches.
  • The Family Chase (ITV, 8.15) Fullers from Maidstone.
  • Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft (C4, 8.15) Mel B is this week's picker.
  • How Quizzing Got Cool (BBC4, 9pm) Another chance to see the documentary.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (VM1, 9pm) Seen elsewhere earlier in the month.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 10.30) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 Wales, 11.45; elsewhere 12.15).
  • Letterbox (BBC2, 1pm; not Mo, 2 eps Thu) Another chance to see everyone's favourite letters game.
  • 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; from 5pm Mo) Repeats.
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) One-hour episodes.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 6pm; Mo 6.30) New episodes of the cracking quiz.

Monday 25 May

Bank holiday for most

  • Popmaster Day (Radio 2, from 7am) The BBC's most popular quiz spreads across the bank holiday, like shower clouds across the weather map. Ken Bruce hosts.
  • Whispers (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) From 2005.
  • My Generation (Radio 4, 3pm).
  • In for a Penny (ITV, 6pm) Essex, repeated from last year.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) A classic episode from July 2012, with Tim, Barry, Graeme, and Rob Brydon.
  • 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 features

  • Monkman and Seagull's Genius Guide (BBC2, 9pm) This week with the Davy Lamp.

Tuesday 26 May

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Radio 4 Extra, 2pm) Clive Anderson's improvised comedy series from 1988.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm) Another chance to see the series from a couple of years ago.
  • Bake Off The Professionals (C4, 8pm) Liam Charles and Tom Allen introduce 12 professional teams.
  • I'll Get This Extra Helping (BBC2, 10pm) A classic episode with Dotty, Russell Kane, Richard Madeley, Steph McGovern, Steve Pemberton.
  • The Challenge Total Madness (MTV, 11pm) Going off like a bomb.

Wednesday 27 May

The Challenge channel moves on Sky's EPG to 160.

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) The 2009 series concludes its heats.
  • Dinner Date (ITVBe, 8pm) Rebecca.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Scotland, 8pm) Series best of.
  • Sewing Bee (BBC1, 9pm) Bomber jackets.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A classic episode with Richard Ayoade.

Thursday 28 May

  • Booked (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm).
  • Glow Up (BBC3 online, 7pm).
  • Brightest Celebrity Family (ITV, 8pm) Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt from Coronation Street) takes on Quiz God Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans from The Eastenders). Later in the series: Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen v Ranj Singh, Scarlett Moffatt v Curtis Pritchard, and John Barnes v Matt Le Tissier.
  • QI (BBC2, 9pm) First in the R-series is Rude. Sandi and Alan are joined by Phill Jupitus, Aisling Bea, and John Barrowman.

Friday 29 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 Anand Menon and Zoe Lyons.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Scot 11.15) Sprint Finish highlights.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Martin Clunes hosts the last in the series.

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, 1.50am Wed).
  • Freeze Out (ITV, 3am Thu).
  • Ffasiwn Bildar (S4C, 12 noon Fri).
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