TV Guide 2021-01-09

What with one thing and another, we're all spending a lot more time watching telly. Paul Sinha is no exception, and he hosts celebrity panel game TV Showdown (ITV, Sat). On another tack, The Unbelievable Truth (R4, Mon).

Channel 4 is doing something more practical with its time, we've new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down (Sun) and Junior Bake Off (weeknights). They've also got new episodes of Catsdown (Thu) and the first in a new run of RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, Thu).

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TV Showdown


Saturday 9 January

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.25) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • The Masked Singer Unmasked (ITV2, 1.15).


  • Y Siambr (S4C, 5.20) Another chance to see the game in a cave.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 6pm; VM1 8pm Sun) Rpt: Richard Ayoade, Katie McGlynn, Joe Swash.
  • The Masked Singer (VM1 and ITV, 7pm).
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30).
  • The Voice of This Territory (VM1 and ITV, 8.30).
  • Paul Sinha's TV Showdown (ITV, 10pm) A comedy quiz show. Captains: Fay Ripley and Rob Beckett. Panel: Denise Van Outen, Adil Ray, Catherine Tyldesley, Josh Widdicombe.

Weekend repeats


  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • The Great New Year Bake Off (C4, 3pm) From last Sunday.
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6.10) From Friday.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 6.20) From Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • Lingo (ITV, 2.50) From Monday.
  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 5.55) From last Sunday.

The Great Pottery Throw Down

Sunday 10 January

  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 9am) From 2017.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 11.30).
  • The Crystal Maze Celebrity Edition (E4, 3.55) Repeated from last month.


  • Junior Bake Off Even More Best Bits (E4, 5pm) A third helping of highlights from the 2019 series.
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm) The poetry contest starts here.
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 7.45) Siobhán McSweeney is this year's host. First challenge: make a fondue set. By week 5, they'll be making monogrammed luggage and duvet sets.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 8pm) Repeat of a Christmas special.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; rpt ITV 11.50) Last in the series.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 9.55) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot not Thu).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Dr. Phil Hammond, MD (Mo-Tu), Rory Bemner (We), and Richard Arnold (Th-Fr).
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm; some episodes repeated about 12.30am).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 4.30).
  • Junior Bake Off (C4, 5pm; rpt 4seven 7pm) A new series of the baking show for children. Ravneet Gill and Liam Charles judge.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) David Baddiel, Alex Brooker, Sophie Duker, Charlotte Hawkins.
  • Love Bites (ITV2, 6pm).
  • Love Island Usa (VM2, 10pm) For viewers in Ireland; as seen on ITV2 last year.


Monday 11 January

Pointless moved over to BBC2, and The Bidding Room was closed for business. The usual reason, our games are apparently less interesting than natter from SW1.

  • Hidden Treasures (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Antiques quiz from 1998.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 6.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Frankie Boyle, Sara Pascoe, Miles Jupp, Holly Walsh.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) A civilian edition: Reginald Perrin, Marlene Dumas, Edward Thomas, Guy Burgess.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Last Chance round, match 1: Whodunnits v Walruses.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Group phase, match 1.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 10pm) Another chance to see Friday's episode.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC2, 10pm; NI 10pm Fri) Repeat from October 2019.
  • Paul Sinha's TV Showdown (ITV, 10.45) Repeat from Saturday.

Bonus feature

  • The Pembrokeshire Murders (ITV, 9pm; continues until Thu) The tale of John Cooper, a killer who went and turned up on Bullseye.

Tuesday 12 January

  • Who Goes There (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.10) A classic episode.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 11.35; NI 12.05am) Repeat from Saturday.

Bonus feature

  • Carol Vorderman Closer to Home (BBC1 Wales, 8.30) Can Carol come down a zip line properly? Some people can't, you see...

Wednesday 13 January

  • All the Way from Memphis (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (RTE2, 7pm) As seen on BBC2 in late 2019.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 7.30; not Wales) An excursion into primetime, but only to allow regionalia.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 9pm) Michael Collins (politician), Offa's Dyke, 1998 men's football world cup.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • Fferm Ffactor Selebs (S4C, 10.40) Repeat from 2020.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.35) "The chicken has flown the co-op" Won't get his divvi.

Thursday 14 January

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.15am; NI, Sco 12.45am) Repeat from Friday.
  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4, 6.30) Competing to be average: Jo Brand, Ruth Bragg, Sara Cox, and token bloke Daliso Chaponda.
  • Pooch Perfect (BBC1, 8pm) Alaskan malamutes and fluffy puppies.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm; also BBC1, 1am Sat (NI 1.30am)) Meet the Queens, a preview of the new series starting next week.
  • QI (BBC2, 9pm) Rogue.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Katherine Ryan and Joe Lycett play Johnny Vegas and Sean Lock. Christopher Bliss is opposite.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 9.30) Tom Allen, Ed Byrne (comedian), Ed Gamble, Felicity Ward.

Friday 15 January

Once more, Pointless moves to BBC2, The Bidding Room barricades its doors, and him off Have I Got News for You is let loose on BBC1.

  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Mastermind Plant Cymru (S4C, 5.15) Repeat from 30 December.
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6pm) Guests include Joe and Harpz, and the Kidz Bop singers. Followed by Blue Peter, two shows adding up to a century on air.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Andy Zaltzman and panellists.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 8.10) Adam Gemili, Eilidh Doyle, Leon Osman, Stephen Warnock.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1, 9pm) Stephen Hendry, Laura Whitmore, Chris McCausland, Maisie Adam.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 9pm) With the rugby being cancelled, here's the episode in Llangrannog originally scheduled for next week.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4, 10.30) Repeat from 7 January.

Sign language interpretation

  • Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 3.15am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 2.30am Wed, 3am Thu).
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