TV Guide 2020-10-17

A bit later than we might like, it's the Strictly Come Dancing Launch Show (BBC1, Sat). ITV gives us The Million Pound Cube, featuring Phillip Schofield, The Body, and The Body Double.

New episodes of !mpossible (BBC1 weekdays), and Hollyoaks Does Come Dine with Me (E4, weeknights). Don't Hate the Playaz is back (ITV2, Tue), and There's Something About Movies returns (The Satellite Channel, Wed).

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Strictly Come Dancing


Saturday 17 October

  • The Slammer (CBBC, 10.55) A classic episode.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).


  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 5.30) A classic episode.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 6.30) Humphrys? What's he doing here?
  • Little Mix The Search (2) (BBC1, 6.50) Battle of the bands. Postponed, what with one thing and another. Let's hope John Humphrys sings us all of his hits, like "Shout out at your ex" and "Love me like I do".
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.02 7pm) Sitcoms: Tim Healy, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden, Mina Anwar, Serena Evans, Judy Cornwell, Jeremy Gittins.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 7pm) Another chance to miss the I'm a Celebrity special.
  • Strictly Come Dancing Launch Show (BBC1, 7.50) Meet this year's contestants, judges, Dave Arch And His Lovely Lovely Band, reigning champion Kelvin Fletcher, and special guests Joel Corry and MNEK.
  • 20 Jaar Wie is de Mol? (, 7.55) "Stop de klok!" Followed by MolTalk and Dit Was Het Nieuws.
  • Eurovision Again (, 8pm) 2005 last month, one of the weakest shows ever thanks to predictable songs and an interminable voting sequence. But where this time?
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8pm Sun) Dane Baptiste, Nigel Owens, Anita Rani, Mark Pougatch.
  • The Million Pound Celebrity Cube (ITV, 9pm; repeated 12.20am) Mo Gilligan and David Ajao, then Jason and Stephen Manford.
  • The Wall (BBC1, 9.15) Lynne and Graham from Merthyr Tydfil.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2 Wales, 11.40).

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30), The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • BBC Brain (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV Breakfast Broadcasting, 7.30am) From last night.
  • The Crystal Maze (Nickelodeon, 10am) From Friday.
  • Bake Off (C4, 2.25) From last Tuesday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 5.45) From Thursday on Channel 4, a family viewing edition with all the swearing and naughty bits removed.

Sunday 18 October

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 3.50) Originally scheduled as a repeat from Friday, now an original episode as Friday's episode didn't air.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 7pm; not NI) A "classic" episode.
  • Family Fortunes (VM1, 7pm; ITV, 8pm) Burgess from South Shields play Kharod from London.
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 7pm) Kirsty Wark, Miles Jupp, Kerry Katona.
  • The Bridge (C4, 9pm) "A huge secret that could jeopardise the bridge build".

Bargain Hunt

Weekday Daytimes

  • Coach Trip Road to Barcelona (C4, about 5.30am Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed) Previously shown on E4.
  • Trapped (CBBC, 12.10) Three episodes, repeated to fill a hole in the schedule.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15, repeated BBC2 6.30am next weekday; Scot 3pm, Wales 11.30 Fri) They're marking 20 years of Bargain Hunt this week.
  • Decimate (BBC2, 1pm).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 1.45) Rick Edwards returns with the quiz where it's right to be right, OK to be wrong, but unforgivable to be impossible.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Shappi Khorsandi (Mo-Tu) then Jay Rayner (We-Fr).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) Repeats.
  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 3.15) Repeats.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) New episodes.
  • Blokken (, 4.25).
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 4.30).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) New episodes.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New episodes.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5.30) Essex.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Mike Bushell, Aisling Bea, Sunetra Sarker, Dion Dublin.
  • The Cube (Challenge, 7pm) Celebrity editions from the archive. Great to see the channel exploiting its rights so well.
  • Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm) New episodes.
  • Hollyoaks Does Come Dine with Me (E4, 7.30) The stars of E4's teen soap Hollyoaks stage a run of Come Dine with Me. Staged to mark the 25th anniversary of Hollyoaks this Friday.

The Cube

Monday 19 October

  • Foul Play (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm).
  • BBC Brain (Radio 4, 3pm) It's the grand final!
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) The first in a series of classic episodes. This one's from 2010, with Paul, Graham, Sue, and Liza Tarbuck.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Tales of the City, Blackadder, Boxer Rebellion, Blake's 7.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Barons v Whitcombes.
  • My Restaurant Rules New Zealand (W, 8pm).
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) The first repĂȘchage match.
  • The Million Pound Cube (ITV, 9pm; repeated 12.35am in most regions) Adam and Jon are the first contestants in the series.
  • Guessable (Comedy Central, 9pm) Mark Watson, Phil Wang, Ellie Taylor, Kiri Pritchard-McLean.
  • Hey Tracey! (ITV2, 10pm).
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.40; Sco 12.10am, NI 1.10am) Repeated from Friday.

Tuesday 20 October

Pointless takes a trip to BBC2, and The Bidding Room takes a day off, all to allow for more London vs Manchester bickering.

  • Bake Off an Extra Slice (C4, 1.50am) Repeated from Friday.
  • Who Goes There? (Radio 4 Extra, 2pm) Biography quiz.
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.10) A classic episode.
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Short and crusty: not last year's hosts, but this week's pastry.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1 Wales, 8.30) A classic episode.
  • The Million Pound Cube (ITV, 9pm; repeated 11.10 in most regions) Two best friends join us tonight.
  • Don't Hate the Playaz (ITV2, 10pm) The Black music show returns, with MNEK, Judi Love, Ms Banks, and Katherine Ryan.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 10pm) Another chance to see last week's edition.
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 10.45; STV 11.05) This week's guests: Kerry Godliman, Kojo Anim, Jimmy James Jones, and Humza Arshad.

There's Something About Movies

Wednesday 21 October

  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) Sitting this week: Trevor McDonald.
  • The Million Pound Cube (ITV, 9pm; repeated 3am) A mother and son pair.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) Another round of shouting from that loudmouth cook.
  • There's Something About Movies (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Alan Carr is the host, Michael Sheen and Jennifer Saunders the captains, Tom Allen's got the key to the studio, and tonight's guests are Jonathan Ross, Guz Khan, and Gemma Arterton.
  • Comedy Game Night (Comedy Central, 9pm) Jodie Kidd, Jenny Ryan, and Tolu Ogunmefun.
  • Celebrity Karaoke Club (ITV2, 10pm) An ITV2 show without Joel Dommett? That's impossible!
  • The Bridge (C4, 11.05) Repeat from Sunday.

Thursday 22 October

No The Bidding Room today either, bumped for yet another thrilling installment of The Bitching Room.
  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) Neil Innes goes big, bigger, massive.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) Behind the scenes at the factory making memorabilia for Countdown winners: "A documentary about despots".
  • The Million Pound Cube (ITV, 9pm; repeated 12.30am) His and hers challenges.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) More cooking with a Gordon.
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) "Best of": more clips from the recent series.
  • The Chop (History Channel, 9pm) This week, the teams set the bar, in their new pub. Postponed, apparently because one of the contestants is a bit dodgy.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) Topical comedy quiz show.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A classic episode with Nick Helm, Chris McCausland, and Harriet Kemsley.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Keith Lemon hosts with new captains Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack. This week's guests are Will Mellor, Clara Amfo, Tom Grennan, and Jimmy Carr.

Friday 23 October

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.15am; NI 12.55am, not Wales) Repeat from last Friday.
  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm) Antony Worrall Thompson.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30) The topical quiz returns.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Last in the series.
  • The Crystal Maze Usa (Nickelodeon, 7pm) "Swing it like a boss!".
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30, Scot 8.30) Chris Hoy, Stuart Pearce, Keri-Anne Payne, Perri Shakes-Drayton.
  • Bake Off an Extra Slice (C4, 8pm) Joel Dommett and Vick Hope.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1 England and Wales, 8.30).
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Jennifer Saunders, Matt Forde, and Ayesha Hazarika criticise the system from inside.
  • The Million Pound Cube (ITV, 9pm) Push 'em to the limit.

Sign language interpretation

  • Brightest Family (ITV, 3am Sun) Repeats from 2018.
  • Dinner Date (ITV2, 11.25am weekdays).
  • Flour Power (BBC Scotland, 2pm Mon).
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