TV Guide 2021-01-02

Happy new year. Saturday continues the run of The Masked Singer, and follows it with The Voice (both VM1 and ITV). BBC1 strikes back with The Wheel. On Sunday, Beat the Chasers returns (VM1 and ITV), we pick up Family Fortunes (ITV), and it's the Great New Year Bake Off (C4).

Daily reality show on VM2 and ITV2: The Cabins pairs up single people, sends them to a remote log cabin, and see what happens. Pooch Perfect (BBC1, Thu) gets into dog grooming, Would I Lie to You gets into fibs (BBC1, Fri), Elephant in the Room gets into the average (Radio 4, Thu), and Crackerjack! gets into cabbages (CBBC, Fri).

In daytime, Pointless has new episodes (BBC1), and Lingo continues (ITV). In Welsh, Y Talwrn starts its new series (R Cymru, Sun).

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The Voice UK


Saturday 2 January 2021

  • Runaround (Talking Pictures, 9am).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • The Masked Singer Unmasked (ITV2, 12.30) Will Njobvu goes behind the scenes, in an authorised fashion.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).


  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 6pm; VM1 8pm Sun) Kelvin Fletcher, Chris Ramsey, Heather Small once more.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 6.15) Lemm Sissay (Sylvia Pankhurst), Arielle Free (Daft Punk), Chrissy Rock (Pendle witch trials), Andrew Cotter (Smallfilms).
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.45) Radio, with Johnnie Walker, Sally Boazman, Stuart Maconie, Elizabeth Alker, Scott Mills, Chris Stark, Vick Hope, Harriet Scott.
  • The Masked Singer (VM1 and ITV, 7pm) The second half of the panel: Harlequin, Blob, Seahorse, Viking, Bush Baby, Grandfather Clock.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30) This week's "experts" include Stacey Dooley, Roman Kemp, Omid Djalili, Judy Murray, Owain Wyn Evans, Kate Humble, Vikkstar.
  • The Voice of This Territory (VM1 and ITV, 8.30) Emma Willis and the Amazing Spinning Chairs. For this series, the role of Jessie J will be played by Anne-Marie.

Bonus feature

  • Saturday Knight Takeaway (ITV, 5.15) A compilation of the pre-recorded story from 2018's series.

Weekend repeats


  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 10.30) From Thursday.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Family Fortunes Christmas Special (ITV, 3.50) From last Sunday.
  • Dancing with the Stars (RTE2, 6pm) From Thursday.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) From Thursday.
  • Counterpoint (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 2.30) From Wednesday.
  • Celebrity The Crystal Maze (E4, 4pm) From 21 December.
  • Lingo (ITV, 4.05) From Friday.
  • Taskmaster's New Year Treat (E4, 11.05) From Friday.
  • TV Gameshows Then and Now (C5, 11.15) From Tuesday.

Beat the Chasers

Sunday 3 January

  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 9am) From 2017.
  • Runaround (Talking Pictures, 9am) Last in the series: judging by the quality of the shows, it's no surprise Southern lost its franchise to broadcast.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).


  • Junior Bake Off More Best Bits (E4, 5pm) More highlights from the 2019 series.
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm) The poetry contest starts here.
  • The Great New Year Bake Off (C4, 7.40) Helena and Henry from 2019, Nancy from 2014, Rahul from 2018.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8pm) Repeat.
  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 8pm) Craig from Falkirk, Mills from Essex.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm) Another run-out for the pigs-in-blankets of a quiz: it's bad for you, but tremendously moreish.

Bonus feature

  • Cloch le Carn (RTE1, 1.10) A tribute to Larry Gogan, who died a year ago this week.
  • Jimmy Tarbuck The Laughs are On Me (C5, 8pm) Two-hour clip show for the Winner Takes All host.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 9.55) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot not Thu).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 1pm).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Levi Roots (Mo-Tu) and Dr. Phil Hammond, MD.
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm; some episodes repeated about 12.30am).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 4.30).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Gemma Cairney, Tim Key, Gabby Logan, Jeff Stelling.

Monday 4 January

  • Hidden Treasures (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Antiques quiz from 1998.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 5.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) Remote recording 4: Tony Hawks, Pippa Evans, Miles Jupp, Sandi Toksvig, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) A civilian edition: Life on Mars, the Titanic, Barbara Castle, the periodic table.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Qualifying round, match 4: Après Skiers v Polyhymnians.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Qualifying round, match 8: Birkbeck v Open.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV at 11.45).
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm) Dating show in which single people are paired up, sent to three remote log cabins, and have 24 hours to stay or leave.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 10pm) Another chance to see Friday's episode.
  • The Wall Versus Celebrities (BBC1, 11.55; NI 12.25am) Repeat from Thursday.

Tuesday 5 January

"Xander, have you seen who's got King of the Twigs this year?"
"Really?! Him?!? We're... er... what are we going to do, Richard?"
"We're going to wassail around the channels and spread good cheer."

Pointless moved to BBC2. The Bidding Room hid on iPlayer until it was safe to come out.

  • Who Goes There (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.10) A classic episode.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV (but not STV) at 11.40).
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 11.30) Repeat from Saturday.

Bonus features

Wednesday 6 January

  • All the Way from Memphis (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Prosiect Z (S4C, 5pm) A classic episode.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (RTE2, 7pm) As seen on BBC2 in late 2019.
  • New Year Sewing Bee (BBC1 Scotland, 8pm) Seen elsewhere on Hogmanay.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 9pm) Bro Trawsfynydd, Gilmore Girls, The City Watch, mountains of Wales.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV at 11.45 (STV 12.05am)).
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.10) David plays Goliath in this series shown only on Ireland.

Thursday 7 January

Pointless moved to BBC2, and The Bidding Room was closed, owing to another press conference in Whitehall.
  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4, 6.30) Sarah Millican finds which panellists are close to, or far from, the mythical average person. This week's panel: Susan Calman, Shazia Mirza, Kirsten O'Brien, Nick Mohammed.
  • Pooch Perfect (BBC1, 8pm) Sheridan Smith hosts a show about grooming dogs. Colin Taylor and Verity Hardcastle are the meticulous judges.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9pm; not Wales) R-animals.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4, 9pm) Rob Beckett, Roisin Conaty, Nish Kumar, Katherine Ryan, Oti Mabuse, Rob Brydon.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV (but not STV) at 11.40).
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).


Friday 8 January

  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Mastermind Plant Cymru (S4C, 5.15) Repeat from 29 December.
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6pm).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Andy Zaltzman and panellists.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 8.30) Steve Sidwell, Aimee Fuller, Richard Kilty, Pamela Cookey. Originally scheduled for 11 December.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1, 9pm) With Les Dennis, Richard Osman, Alice Levine, Lou Sanders.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 9pm) Llanerfyl.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV 3am).
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).

Sign language interpretation

  • Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 3am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 2.30am Wed, 3am Thu).
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