TV Guide 2021-01-23

It sounds a little bit frightning: Zoe Lyons has got daytime quiz Lightning (BBC2, from Mon). Finals week on Junior Bake Off (C4, weekdays), a new series of Step Up to the Plate (CBBC, Tue), and Celebrity Best Home Cook arrives on BBC1 (Tue, Wed).

Last week | TV Guide This Week | Next week

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


Saturday 23 January

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.05) Five episodes. Not billed in some listings magazines.
  • The Masked Singer Unmasked (ITV2, 12.35).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 2pm).


  • Y Siambr (S4C, 5.50) Another chance to see the game in a cave.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 6pm; VM1 8pm Sun) Lesley Garrett, Jools Holland, and Adil Ray.
  • The Masked Singer (VM1 and ITV, 7pm).
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30) Subject to delay if the football goes to extra time. Last in the present series.
  • The Voice of This Territory (VM1 and ITV, 8.30).
  • Paul Sinha's TV Showdown (ITV, 10pm) Guests this week: Antony Cotton, Tomorrow's Star Melvin Odoom, Janet Street-Porter, Laura Whitmore.

Weekend repeats


  • Pooch Perfect (BBC2, 9.30) From Thursday.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Junior Bake Off (4Seven, 2pm) All five episodes.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 3.15; not Wales) From Tuesday.
  • Lingo (ITV, 4.30) From Tuesday.
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6.20) From Friday.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 6.50) From Wednesday.
  • Counterpoint (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10.05) Repeat from Thursday.

Sunday 24 January

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 9.40) Helen Bauer, Maisie Adams, David Morgan, Dr Ranj.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 12.15) That's on BBC2. Not BBC1.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Repeat, with David Grant.


  • Dancing on Ice (VM1 and ITV, 6pm) The next six contestants perform.
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 6.30).
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 8pm) Old fruits.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 9pm).
  • The Cabins Reunion (ITV2, 9pm) Are we out of the woods yet, asks Clara Amfo.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 9.55) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1 Scotland 10am (12.15 Tue, not Thu); elsewhere 12.15).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Prue Leith (Mo-Tu), Adrian Chiles (We-Fr).
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC2, 3pm) Repeats.
  • 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) Finals week!
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Charlie Brooks, Les Dennis, Darren Harriott, Melinda Messenger.
  • Love Bites (ITV2, 6pm).
  • Lightning (BBC2, 6.30) Zoe Lyons hosts a quick-fire quiz of knowledge, thought, and reactions.
  • Love Island Usa (VM2, 10pm) For viewers in Ireland; as seen on ITV2 last year.

Richard Osman

Bonus feature

  • The Thursday Music Club (Radio 4, 12.06pm and 10.45pm) For A Book at Bedtime, Haydn Gwynne reads from Richard Osman's debut novel.

Monday 25 January

Guess what! Another edition of Matt Hancock's Half Hour pushes Pointless to BBC2, and leaves no room for The Bidding Room.

  • Hidden Treasures (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Antiques quiz from 1998.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 8.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) A semi-couples edition: Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney, Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris, solo player Lucy Porter, solo player Justin Edwards.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Tchaikovsky, Evil Dead, Rafael Nadal, This Country.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Last Chance round, match 3: Barons v Colleagues.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Group phase, match 3.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC2, 10pm; not NI, Wales) Repeat from October 2019.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1, 10.45; Wales 11.45, NI 12.15) Sheridan Smith joins for musicals week. First seen on BBC3 online last week.
  • Paul Sinha's TV Showdown (ITV, 11.15; STV 11.40, HTV Cymru 11.45, UTV 12.15) Repeat from Saturday.

Britain's Best Home Cook

Tuesday 26 January

Once again, a Westminster briefing shunts Pointless to BBC Two, and The Bidding Room off air.

  • Who Goes There (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Step Up to the Plate (CBBC, 5pm) New series starts here. Heat 1: Fright Bites, preparation day. Service day follows next week.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 6pm) Repeat from last Wednesday.
  • Celebrity Best Home Cook (BBC1, 9pm) Ten famous cooks try to impress Mary Berry. Taking part: Ferne McCann, Gareth Thomas, Desiree Burch, Ed Balls, Karim Zeroual, Ruth Madeley, Tom Read Wilson, Shobna Gulati, Ed Byrne (comedian, we assume), Rachel Johnson. This week's challenge: home-cooked dinner.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 11.45; Wales 12.05am, not NI) Repeat from Saturday.

Wednesday 27 January

Another day, another press conference. You know the drill: The Bidding Room off, Pointless moved to BBC Two.

  • The Motion Show (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).
  • Celebrity Best Home Cook (BBC1, 9pm) A chocolate dessert, and a cut of leftover meat.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 9pm) It's the last heat: "A Song of Fire and Ice" books, Michaelangelo, Coronation Street, Wrexham FC.
  • Fferm Ffactor Selebs (S4C, 10.40) Repeat from 2020.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.40) "Time to bring the charmpocalypse".

Thursday 28 January

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.25am; Scot 1.10, NI 1.25am) Repeat from Friday.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4, 6.30) Kate Fox, Shappi Khorsandi, Eleanor Tiernan, token bloke Scott Bennett.
  • Pooch Perfect (BBC1, 8pm) Pomeranians.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm).
  • QI (BBC2, 9pm) Rock 'n' Roll: Katy Brand, Eshaan Akbar, Alan Davies.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Sean Lock and Harriet Kemsley play Jon Richardson and Joe Lycett. Mat Ewins is in the corner.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 9.30) Angela Barnes, Ed Gamble, Rhys James, Milton Jones, Evelyn Mok.

Bonus feature

  • The Chasers' Road Trip (ITV, 9pm) Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, and Mark Labbett travel the world and meet some child geniuses.

Friday 29 January

  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Crackerjack! (CBBC, 6pm).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) Andy Zaltzman and panellists.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 8.05) Mark Lewis-Francis, Rebecca Adlington, Charlie Adam, John Barclay.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1, 9pm) Miles Jupp, Bob Mortimer, Samantha Morton, Sarah Hadland.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 9pm) This week, the treasure hunt's back in Llangernyw.

Sign language interpretation

  • Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 3.15am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 1.55am Wed).
A Labyrinth Games site.
Design by Thomas.
Printable version
Editors: Log in