TV Guide 2021-03-13

Just when we thought it was safe to turn on BBC1 again, they give us a celebrity Bank Balance (Sat). It's in favour of Comic Relief, as is Ready Steady Cook for Comic Relief (BBC1, Wed).

Great news for all !mpossible fans, it's back (BBC1, weekdays). As The Celebrity Circle closes (C4, Mon), they start a new run of The Circle (C4, Tue). There's a new run of Taskmaster (C4, Thu), and the final of RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3, Thu). A special edition of Dan's Quiz features viewers' questions (The Internet, Thu).

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


Saturday 13 March

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; Wales, 1.45).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 1.15) Five episodes.
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC1, 2.45; Wales, 3.15)
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 4pm) Shown elsewhere last Friday.


  • Catchpoint (BBC1, 5.30).
  • Bank Balance for Red Nose Day (BBC1, 6pm) In a desperate effort to make this failed idea more appealing, they've brought Gino D'Acampo and his son Luci to try and make entertaining television. Don't bother, there's rugby on the other side and Crackerjack on the i-player.
  • The Wall (BBC1, 6.45) Sam and Louise from Aberdeen.
  • Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (VM1 and ITV, 7pm) Michelle Visage talks, we'll have another shot at Singalong Live, The Hit Squad visit a coffee drive-through, and it's sea shanties to finish.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.30) A selection of Available People: Gok Wan, Brian Conley, Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood, Libby Clegg, Stef Reid, Stephen K Amos, Zoe Lyons.
  • The Voice of This Territory (VM1 and ITV, 8.30) The second semi-final.
  • Love Island Down Under (ITV2, 9pm).

Weekend repeats


  • Drawers Off (4seven, 9am) Five episodes from the week.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Interior Design Masters (BBC2, 6pm; not NI) From Tuesday.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC2 NI, 6pm).
  • Round the Islands Quiz (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.

Sunday 14 March - Mothering Sunday

  • Don't Unleash the Beast (ITV Breakfast Broadcasting and CITV, 8.30am).
  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 9.40) Lindsey Russell, Duaa Karim, Sam Fletcher, Helen Bauer.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 12.30) It's on the other side.


  • Dancing on Ice (VM1 and ITV, 6pm) The grand final.
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 8pm) The final: an art deco theme.
  • The Celebrity Circle (C4, 9pm) Delivering news face-to-face.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (12.15; Scotland not Mo, We, 11.30 Th, 2.30 Fr; Wales not Mo, We, 2.30 Fr).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Jon Culshaw (Mo-Tu), Paul Zenon (We-Fr).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15; Scot 3pm Tu, 1.45 We; Fri 1.45 everywhere) A new series of Rick Edwards' three-option quiz.
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC1, 3.45).
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC2, 3pm; Wales not Tu; Fri 3.45 only) Two episodes, repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • Drawers Off (C4, 5.30).
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Another chance to see Dane Baptiste, Richard Herring, June Sarpong, and Kate Williams.
  • Tenable (Challenge, 6pm) Series 2 arrives on the Challenge channel.
  • Junior Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm; not Mo, Fr).
  • Love Island Down Under (ITV2, 9pm).

Monday 15 March

  • The Wall (BBC1, 12.40am) Repeat from Saturday.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Round the Islands Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Northern Ireland (Paddy Duffy and Freya McClements) against Wales (Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) Take a Walk on the Merseyside. It's horse racing at this hour for the rest of the week; classic episodes on the Challenge channel at 6pm, and ITV4 at 7pm.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm). For the rest of the week, Greatest Finals is scheduled at 4.30.
  • Gigglequiz (Cbeebies, 5pm) Wizard Tripwick's new wand, in the series finale.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Jenny Eclair hosts, with Paul Merton, Shappi Khorsandi, Julian Clary, Pam Ayres.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Kimi Raikkonen, Gloucestershire, Hercule Poirot, lidos.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Semi-final 2.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Group phase, match 10.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Signature dishes and two-course meals.
  • The Celebrity Circle (C4, 9pm) Who won?
  • Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Stephen Mangan, Brian Cox, and Roisin Conaty.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1, 10.45; Wales, NI 11.15) Acting, with Natalie Cassidy.

Tuesday 16 March

  • Step Up to the Plate (CBBC, 5pm) Shiver me dinners, pirate fans.
  • Interior Design Masters (BBC2, 8pm) This week's fantasy idea is people working together in a confined space. Are they nuts?!
  • The Great Celebrity Bake Off (C4, 8pm) James McAvoy, Anne-Marie, David Baddiel, Kelly Holmes.
  • Home of the Year (RTE1, 8.30) A flat with a view.
  • The Circle (C4, 9.15) Nine people move into a new flat. Emma Willis has a big twist.
  • Unforgivable (Dave, 10pm) Sara Pascoe, Chris Kamara, Jo Brand.
  • The Challenge (MTV, 10pm).

Wednesday 17 March - St Patrick's Day

Holiday on Ireland

  • Masterchef The Professionals (RTE2, 7pm) As seen on BBC2 in late 2019.
  • Ready Steady Cook for Comic Relief (BBC1, 7.30) Stephen Mangan and Robert Rinder.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm) Five more signature dishes.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year, Eh? (Artsworld, 8pm) The Canadian version of the show.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Hypothetical (Dave, 10pm) Sally Phillips, Huge Davies (sic), Helen Bauer, Joel Dommett.

Bonus feature

  • Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death (C4, 9pm) A retrospective on Caroline Flack's career, and a discussion about the pressures of fame and of mental health.

Thursday 18 March

  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Simon Munnery.
  • Dan's Quiz ([, 8pm) You might find it useful to re-read Weaver's Week over the past year.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm) The grand final.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8.30) Jay Rayner is this week's critic.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) Lee Mack, Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Mike Wozniak, and Sarah Kendall.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).

Friday 19 March

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Home is Where the Art Is (BBC1, 2.30; not Scot, Wales)
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).

Bonus feature

  • Comic Relief (BBC1, from 7pm) Fun-raising and fund-raising. How much do we have to pay them not to show Bank Balance at 11.45 (12.45 in Scotland)?

Sign language interpretation

  • Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 3.15am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon, Tue; 5.35am Wed-Thu).
  • This Time Next Year (ITV, 3.15am Tue).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 12.30am Wed).
  • Masterchef (BBC2, 2.40am Wed, 1.30am Thu, Fri).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3.15am Wed).
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 1.20am Thu).
  • Alan Carr's Epic Game Show (ITV, 3.15am Fri).
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