TV Guide 2021-04-03

We're rotating the Saturday night schedules: ahead of some major changes next week, Alan Carr's Epic Game Show returns for a second triangular series (ITV, Sat). We've also the first in a new run of Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, Sun).

This week's big quiz final is University Challenge (BBC2, Mon); to mark the occasion, they've organised some special University Challenge Boat Races (BBC1, Sun). Quiz fans also have new Pointless (BBC1, from Tue), and a fourth series of Brightest Family - again with celebrities (ITV, Thu).

They're rotating the cookery shows: Masterchef ends (BBC1, Mon, Thu, Fri), as does Celebrity Bake Off (C4, Tue); Snackmasters resumes (C4, Tue) and Great Local Menu continues (BBC2, Wed-Fri). Scotland's Home of the Year resumes (BBC Scotland, Wed) as Ireland's Home of the Year finishes (RTE1, Tue).

Two silly shows are back: Celebrity Juice (ITV2, Thu) and Have I Got News for You (BBC1, Fri). A League of Their Own Roadtrip also winds back on television (The Satellite Channel In The Sky, Thu).

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Epic Gameshow


Saturday 3 April

  • Me and My Dog (BBC2, 10am) Another chance to see Chris Packham's animal show.
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 10.55).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; not Scot).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 2.45) Five episodes.


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.45) Steve Backshall (sharks), Noreen Khan (Marilyn Monroe), Rhys James (The Office), Caroline Flint (Alien).
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6pm; VM1, 8.35) Jeff Stelling, Charlotte Hawkins, Andy Whyment, repeat.
  • Catchpoint (BBC1, 6.20) Last in the series.
  • The Wall (BBC1, 6.50; repeated 12.45am) Married couple from Merthyr Tydfil.
  • Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV, 7pm) The series ends with Mo Gilligan announcing, and Mo Farah is given silly things to do.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.30) Stand-up comedy: Rosie Jones, Miles Jupp, Russell Kane, Lucy Beaumont, Rhys James, Lloyd Griffith, Phil Wang, Sindhu Vee.
  • Alan Carr's Epic Game Show (ITV, 8.35) Play Your Cards Right, with couples including Harry and Sandra Redknapp, Martin and Shirlie Kemp.
  • Oci Oci Oci! (S4C, 9.30) Another chance to miss the 2019 series.

Weekend repeats


  • Drawers Off (4seven, 9am) Five episodes from the week.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 11.30am) Two episodes, from Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Round the Islands Quiz (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 11.30) From Friday.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 11.50) From Thursday.
  • Ths is My House (BBC1, 12.15am; not Scot) From Wednesday.

Sunday 4 April - Easter Sunday

  • Don't Unleash the Beast (ITV Breakfast Broadcasting and CITV, 8.30am).
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 10am) Another chance to see the treasure hunt show.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.25; not Scot, Wales).
  • Got Talent Audition Magic (ITV, 2.15) A clip show of awesome and awful auditions.
  • The University Challenge Boat Races (BBC1, 3pm) Defending champions Cambridge host this year's event, against teams representing Oxford.


  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 7pm) Jason Manford, Iwan Thomas (sprinter), Debbie McGeetake. That's what the ITV Press Office said, and they're never wrong.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).

Weekday Daytimes

  • The Great House Giveaway (C4, 11am).
  • Great British Menu (Food Network, 11am; not Mo). Two episodes a day from series 5.
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 12.05).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Wales not Thu).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 12.55 Tu, 1pm We-Fr); Best House in Town (BBC2, 1.45 We-Fr).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Jon Thomson (Mo-Tu), Nicki Chapman (We-Fr).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15, Fr 1.45; repeat BBC2 6.30am next day).
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm; not Th, Fr) Repeats.
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC1, 3.45).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm; not Th, Fr) Repeats.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 4.45; not Mo) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) Repeats.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes begin on Tuesday.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) Another chance to see Radzi Chinyanganya, Hal Cruttenden, Kerry Godliman, and Ebony Rainford-Brent.
  • Top Chef (W, 7pm)

University Challenge

Monday 5 April - Easter Monday

Holiday just about everywhere. Nobody told,the Westminster administration, who had a press conference on BBC1 at 4.30. Except that it couldn't be shown in Scotland or Wales due to restrictions on political broadcasting during election periods. The upshot? Ready Steady Cook is off everywhere today (except for Yorkshire, apparently) and the Pointless repeat moved to BBC2 in England and Scotland. It's as complex as the University Challenge quarter-finals!

  • The Wall (BBC1, 1.15am) From Saturday.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Round the Islands Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Wales and Scotland.
  • In for a Penny (ITV, 6pm) Stephen Mulhern's in your town, Bognor!
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Stephen Fry hosts, with Paul Merton, Sue Perkins, Desiree Burch, Jenny Eclair.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Semi-final 1: Booker prize, York, Busby babes, Russo-Japanese war.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 8pm) Semi-final 2: Stephen King, Joan Rivers, state capitals, Neil Gaiman.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) The grand final.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Finals week starts here, with a five-course lunch.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).

Tuesday 6 April - Banker's New Year

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm) From 2016.
  • Step Up to the Plate (CBBC, 5pm) Semi-final 1, day 1.
  • The Great Celebrity Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Anneka Rice, John Bishop, Nadine Coyle, Ade Adepitan.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm) A classic episode.
  • Home of the Year (RTE1, 8.30) The final.
  • Snackmasters (C4, 9.20) Re-create a singing burger.
  • The Circle (C4, 10.20).
  • The Challenge (MTV, 10.30).

Wednesday 7 April

  • Taskmaster (C4, 12.25am) Repeat from last Thursday.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (RTE2, 7pm) Seen on BBC2 in 2019.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Carlton starter and fish courses.
  • Scotland's Home of the Year (BBC Scotland, 8pm) A blue house in Biggar.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year, Eh? (Artsworld, 8pm) The grand final.
  • This is My House (BBC1, 9pm) Jimmy Carr's on the panel tonight, looking for Gemma.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Naval Navigation, a very popular episode in the Suez.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.55) "Are you feeling lucky?".

Celebrity Juice

Thursday 8 April

  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Charlie Brooker.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm) A low-calorie craft lager.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Mains and desserts.
  • Brightest Celebrity Family (ITV, 8.30) Vanessa Feltz plays Matthew Wright.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) A trip to Michel Roux Jr's restaurant Le Gavroche.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) Toilet roll is involved.
  • A League of Their Own Roadtrip (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff, and Romesh Ranganathan try to get from Loch Ness to London. This week, they're joined by Jack Whitehall on a survival challenge.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) A classic episode.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Keith Lemon hosts, Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack captain, with Roman Kemp, Shirley Ballas, Judi Love, and Jamie Laing.
  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4, 11pm) From 2016, Joe Lycett asks questions of Adrian Chiles, Zoe Lyons, and Mae Martin. Sounds like a House of Games week.

Have I Got News for You

Friday 9 April

The death of Prince Philip was announced just after 12 noon. Transmission of many shows was changed.

Latest as of 3pm: BBC One, BBC Two and ITV have cleared their schedules through midnight. As a result, no Bargain Hunt, Head Hunters, Breaking the News, !mpossible, Best House in Town, Ready Steady Cook, Eggheads, The Chase, Pointless, House of Games, or Great Local Menu airs today.

Channel 4 plans smaller changes; Countdown, Four in a Bed and The Circle are not affected, though a repeat of Couples Come Dine with Me was abandoned halfway through for breaking news. The Challenge Channel continues unaffected

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) The 2010 series starts... now!
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.35; not Wales) Sarah Storey, Ryan Sidebottom, Mark Foster, Adam Gemili. Postponed from 26 March.
  • Masterchef (BBC1, 8.30) The grand final.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9.30) Another series of pro-establishment propaganda with David Tennant but fun-sponge Jack Dee but the even worse Helen Lewis.
  • I'll Get This Extra Helping (BBC2, 10pm) Another chance to see Jonathan Ross, Gabby Logan, Mark Wright, Anita Rani, and Rachel Parris.
  • The Circle (C4, 10pm) The grand final.
  • Epic Game Show (ITV, 11.55) Repeat from last Saturday.

Sign language interpretation

  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Flour Power (BBC Scotland, 1.30pm Mon)
  • Lingo (ITV, 3.15am Tue).
  • Masterchef (BBC2, 1.30am Wed, 2.35am Thu, 3am Fri).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3.15am Wed).
  • Interior Design Masters (BBC2, 1.35am Thu)
  • Ireland's Fittest Family (RTE1, 1.40am Thu).
  • Alan Carr's Epic Game Show (ITV, 3.15am Thu).
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