TV Guide 2020-10-31

After a long break, The Voice of Holland of This Territory resumes (ITV, Sat) with a recap from the heats, back in prehistoric times. There's a new series of 5 Gold Rings (ITV, Sun), great news for the Phillip Schofield Fan Club.

Something new from CITV: Don't Unleash the Beast (weeknights) is an adventure series, contains no Mark Labbett. Ultimate Goal (various BT Sport channels, from Tue) finds a new footballer and makes sure she's worth it.

One reality show ends, The Bridge runs out of planks (C4, Sun and Mon). One reality show lasts the week, Don't Rock the Boat has a bunch of celebrities rowing via a very circuitous route (ITV, weeknights).

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Saturday 31 October - Hallowe'en

An unexpected speech from Downing Street proposed new restrictions for England. The time of the speech moved from 4pm to 5pm, and it eventually began at 6.49. BBC1 had a news special from 4.30, and changed its early evening schedule a lot during the night; ITV stuck with its scheduled rugby match with an extended news bulletin at 7pm.

  • Robot Wars (BBC2, 10am).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 11.20am) Five episodes.
  • The Slammer (CBBC, 11.25am) A classic episode of highlights from classic episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; not Wales).


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.40) Ranj Singh drops in. Moved to 6.40 in some early schedules, but eventually dropped.
  • Little Mix The Search (2) (BBC1, 6.10) Semi-final, already. Postponed to Friday so next Saturday's final still goes out on time.
  • The Big Bake (ITVBe, 7pm) Three Hallowe'en themed episodes of the professionals show, imported from Food Network.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.15) This week's theme is "Let the ballots open!" "Not even the prime minister messes with Strictly".
  • Stephen Mulhern's Catchphrase (ITV, 7.15) A Perfectly Normal People edition. Replaced by Stephen Mulhern's In for a Penny at 7.30.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8pm Sun) Su Pollard, Jordan Banjo, AJ Odudu, Jonathan Ross.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9pm; not NI) Revolutions, repeated. Replaced by a tribute to Sean Connery, whose death was announced today.
  • BBC The Voice of Holland of This Territory (9pm, ITV) A recap of how the semi-finalists got here, back when the series began in Roman times.

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30) From Friday.
  • Quote... Unquote (R4, 11pm) From Monday, with Paterson Joseph, Juno Dawson, and Jonathan Freedland.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 11pm) From Thursday.


  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV Breakfast Broadcasting, 7.30am) From last night.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Bake Off (C4, 1.30) From last Tuesday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 6pm) A family viewing edition.

Sunday 1 November - All Saints Day

  • 5 Gold Rings (ITV, 6pm) Another celebrity special, with Simon Gregson from Coronation Street and Matthew Wolfenden from Emmerdale Farm.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 7pm; not NI) A "classic" episode.
  • Family Fortunes (VM1, 7pm; ITV, 8pm) Davies from Wirral play Russell from Oxford.
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 7pm) Gareth Thomas, Ranvir Singh, London Hughes.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.15) The results show, and a song from Sam Smith.
  • The Bridge (C4, 9pm) No, not quite half way there? ♪ Nooo-ooooh! Living on a prayer. ♪
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 11.30) The show from 16 October, repeated elsewhere on 23 October.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Coach Trip Road to Barcelona (C4, about 5.30am Sat, Sun) Concluding the series previously shown on E4.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; We BBC2 11am; Scot not Th).
  • Decimate (BBC2, 1pm; not Tu, We).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Colin Murray (Mo-Tu) then Helen Fospero (We-Fr).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15) New episodes.
  • 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.
  • Don't Unleash the Beast (CITV, 5pm) Something new: intrepid treasure seekers retrieve ancient artefacts, but don't want to disturb the guardian.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New episodes.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) We're back on repeats from Tuesday.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5.30) Leeds.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Mark Billingham, Neil Delamere, AJ Odudu, Lucy Porter.
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • My Kitchen Rules Down Under (W, 7pm) Series 11 pits favourite teams against fans.
  • Classic Taskmaster (E4, 8pm) As previously seen on UKTV Dave.

Monday 2 November

  • Foul Play (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm).
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4, 3pm) Victoria Hislop, Nikesh Shukla, Benjamin Partridge.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) A classic episode from 2001.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Vanessa Bell, Rachmaninov, Sherlock, David Bowie.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Apres Skiers v Colleagues.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round, match 1.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30; not NI, Wales 8.30 Tue) Sheila Hancock.
  • My Restaurant Rules New Zealand (W, 8.40) The grand final.
  • The Bridge (C4, 9pm) Can the team get the bridge finished? Will anyone care?
  • Guessable (Comedy Central, 9pm) Tom Allen, Debbie McGee, Ivo Graham, Judi Love.
  • Don't Rock the Boat (ITV, 9pm) Freddie Flintoff and AJ Odudu host as 12 celebrities threaten to argue the entire length of the island.
  • Hey Tracey! (ITV2, 10pm) Frankie Bridge, Matt Richardson, Vick Hope, Amy Hart, Tom Green, and Myles Stephenson.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.45; Scot 12 midnight, NI 12.15am) Extended repeat from Friday.

Tuesday 3 November

  • Mock the Week (BBC2 NI, 12 midnight) A classic episode.
  • Bake Off an Extra Slice (C4, 2.45am) Repeats.
  • Who Goes There? (Radio 4 Extra, 2pm) Biography quiz.
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.10) A classic episode.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Catchphrase (ITV, 7.30) Another normal people episode.
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Ruffus was right: the 1980s are coming back.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8.15) A recent repeat.
  • Don't Rock the Boat (ITV, 9.15) The bickering dozen go livid in Wales.
  • Ultimate Goal (BT Sport 3, 10.30) Searching for the next female football superstar; hosted by Eni Aluko and Rachel Brown-Finnis.

Wednesday 4 November

Wednesday's !mpossible and The Bidding Room spent a day on BBC2 to accommodate yammering about the Yankee election.
  • The Bridge (C4, 12.20am) Repeating the final two episodes.
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) Sitting this week: James Nesbitt.
  • Don't Rock the Boat (ITV, 9pm) Thanks to someone's inability to read a map, "Britain" now includes parts of Ireland.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm).
  • There's Something About Movies (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Nick Frost, Phil Wang, Roisin Conaty.
  • Comedy Game Night (Comedy Central, 9pm) Denise Van Outen, Alexandra Burke, Tamzin Outhwaite in the last in the series.
  • The Rap Game (BBC II! on BBC1, 10.45; NI 11.15).

Thursday 5 November

The Bidding Room did not air as a result of Yet More Bunny, which also forced Pointless to BBC2.
  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) Toshwash.
  • Don't Rock the Boat (ITV, 9pm) A new member joins the snark party.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm).
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.30) Maisie Adam, Ed Byrne (comedian), Ed Gamble, Olga Koch, Glenn Moore.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Jimmy Carr, Marvin Humes, Maya Jama, Bradley and Connor from The Vamps.

Friday 6 November

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.15am; NI 12.55am) Repeat from last Friday.
  • Wordaholics (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 2pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Little Mix The Search (BBC1, 7pm) Postponed from last Saturday.
  • The Crystal Maze (Nickelodeon, 7pm) "Space is a Difficult Place". Returning after the half term break.
  • Bake Off an Extra Slice (C4, 8pm) Harry Hill, Sunetra Sarker, Martin Kemp.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 8.30) Greg Rusedski, Matt Prior, Bianca Williams, Kevin Davies.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Richard Ayoade hosts, with Roisin Conary and Armando Iannucci invited to tuck in.
  • Don't Rock the Boat (ITV, 9pm) The final squabble.

Sign language interpretation

  • Brightest Family (ITV, 3am Sun) Repeats from 2018.
  • Dinner Date (ITV2, 11.25am weekdays).
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