TV Guide 2021-05-01

Snooker and maypoles dominate the holiday weekend. We have a new run of Beat the Chef (C4, weekdays), and great quizzing on Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, from Mon). It's the final of Young Musician of the Year (BBC4 and Radio 3, Sun). RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under comes to BBC1 (Mon). And watch out for a lot of schedule changes on Friday.

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


Saturday 1 May - May Day

  • Me and My Dog (BBC2, 9am) The final. Postponed from 10 April.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 11.50) Five episodes.


  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 5.25) Debbie McGee (Margot Fonteyn), Ben Cajee (West Ham), Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Inside No 9), Tracy-Ann Oberman (women of Imperial Rome).
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.55) Writers: Steve Cavanagh, Paul Tonkinson, Emma Kennedy, Jen Brister, Kate Mosse, Adele Parks, Chris Riddell, Lemm Sissay.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2 Wales, 6pm) Shown elsewhere on BBC1 last Thursday.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.40).
  • Stephen Mulhern's In for a Penny (ITV, 7pm; VM1, 7.30) Stephen Mulhern is in Cambridge.
  • I Can See Your Voice (BBC1, 7.25) Fleur East is this week's guest star.
  • Game of Talents (ITV, 7.30; VM1, 8pm) Joel Dommett and Oti Mabuse guest.
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 8.25).
  • Alan Carr's Epic Game Show (ITV, 8.30) Strike it Lucky.
  • Oci Oci Oci! (S4C, 9.30) A classic episode from 2019.

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (BBC Scotland, 11.30am).
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 12 noon) Two episodes, from Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30).
  • Brightest Celebrity Family (ITV, 4pm; VM1, 6pm) Repeat from last Thursday.
  • All that Glitters (BBC2, 6pm; not Wales) From Tuesday. As we feared, cancelled after the snooker went to extra time or balls from the baulk spot
  • Survivor (TG4, 6.05) From Wednesday, and only on Ireland.
  • Round the Islands Quiz (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Game of Talents (ITV, 12.25); In for a Penny (ITV, 5pm) From last night.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 11pm) From Thursday.
  • This is My House (BBC1, 12.10am; not Scot) From Thursday.

Sunday 2 May

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 7pm) Richard Madeley, Sheila Ferguson, Mark Wright.
  • BBC Young Musician of the Year Final (BBC4 and Radio 3, 8pm) Who will be the Young Musician of 2020? Anna Lapwood, Josie d'Arby, Jess Gillam host the final.

Beat the Chef

Weekday Daytimes

  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 11.30).
  • Top Class (CBBC, 11.30am, not Mo; also 11.05am Fri) Finals week from 2017.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Wales, Scotland not Fri).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 1pm We and Th) Finally concluding the repeat run they began back last year.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm; not Mo, HTV Wales not Fr).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) With Jay Rayner (Mo-Tu), Samira Ahmed (We-Fr).
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15; Mo 1.30, Fr 1.45 (BBC2 in Wales), not Scot) Repeats.
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm; Mo 3.30, HTV Wales not Fr) Sally Lindsay hosts. This week's teams are Most Eggcellent, The UE A-team, Family Quizness, The House Party, Bing-going for Gold.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm; Mo 4.30, not HTV Wales or STV Fr) New episodes.
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 4.45; not Mo).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; Mo 5.35, not STV Fr) New episodes.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15; Fr on BBC2) More new episodes.
  • Beat the Chef (C4, 5.30) Deferred for a year by the you-know-what, Andi Oliver hosts the new self-contained format.
  • House of Games (3) (BBC2, 6pm) With Samira Ahmed, Dom Joly, Angela Rippon, John Robins.

Beat the Chasers

Monday 3 May - May Day (observed)

A bank holiday for many

  • Act Your Age (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Round the Islands Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Val, Alan, Elizabeth-Jane, and Stephen have a common enemy, Tom.
  • Scotland's Home of the Year (BBC1 Scotland, 6.30) Repeat from BBC Scotland last week.
  • Home Advantage (RTE2, 7.20) Repeat from Saturday.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV 11.10) More heavyweight quizzing against the clock.
  • This is My House (BBC2 Wales, 10pm) Shown elsewhere on BBC1 last Thursday, and the "repeat" overnight was the first time viewers in Wales saw this episode.
  • Drag Race Down Under (BBC1, 11.20; Scot 11.45, Wales 11.50) Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson judge the drag queens. Don't forget to turn your set upside down.

Tuesday 4 May - Star Wars Day

  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.35) Repeats.
  • All That Glitters (BBC2, 8pm) Gold lockets.
  • Celebrity Bake Off Classic (C4, 8pm) Joe Lycett, Lee Mack, Griff Rhys Jones, Melanie Sykes.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 8pm) A classic episode.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV 11.40).
  • Lego Masters Usa (E4, 9pm) Movie genres.
  • Guessable (Comedy Central, 9pm) Alex Brooker, Jason Manford, Rachel Parris, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Extended repeat from Friday, with Alexander Armstrong, Joe Lycett, Kirsty Wark.
  • Glow Up (BBC1 England 10.45, Wales 10.50, Scot 11.05, NI 11.45) Period make up.

Wednesday 5 May

  • Taskmaster (C4, 12.10am) Repeat from last Thursday.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (RTE2, 7pm) Seen on BBC2 in late 2019.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Granadaland.
  • Scotland's Home of the Year (BBC Scotland, 8pm) An industrial new build in Fife.
  • Sewing Bee (BBC1, 9pm) Sing your own sarong.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV 11.40, STV 12 midnight).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm) Numbers, with Colin Lane.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.30) "One of us is going to win the war".

Thursday 6 May

  • I Can See Your Voice (BBC1, 12.15am; Scot, Wales 12.45am, not NI) Repeat from Saturday.
  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Catherine Cookson.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm) Personalised milk shakes.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Mains and desserts.
  • Brightest Celebrity Family (ITV, 8.30) The first semi-final.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; repeat ITV 11.45).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) Pretty wings.
  • A League of Their Own Roadtrip (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Highlights.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) A classic episode.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) With Eamonn Holmes, Ella Henderson, Maya Jama, Jimmy Carr.

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Friday 7 May

Elections results change the schedules. A lot. !mpossible moves to BBC2 in Wales and doesn't air in Scotland. Pointless moves to BBC2 everywhere. There's no Tenable or Tipping Point in Wales, and no Tipping Point or The Chase on STV. In the evening, A Question of Sport and Have I Got News for You also shift to BBC2 Wales, and Beat the Chasers is delayed in Wales. And all of this is subject to change depending on the results.

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) The 2010 series continues.
  • Most Spectacular Backyard Builds (BBC2, 1pm; not Wales) Repeat from 2016.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Wales BBC2, Scotland 12.20am) Sarah Storey, Ryan Sidebottom, Mark Foster, Adam Gemili. Postponed from 9 April and 16 April.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30; not Scot, Wales) A repeat, with Clare Balding.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 8.30) Wayne Hemmingway guests.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm; Wales BBC2) Steph McGovern hosts, with Lightning host Zoe Lyons and ex-journalist John Pienaar.
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1 and ITV, 9pm; HTV Wales 10.45).
  • I'll Get This Extra Helping (BBC2, 10pm; not Wales) Another chance to see Johnny Vegas, Sue Perkins, Mike Tindall, John Barnes, Fleur East.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A repeat, with Jon Richardson, Sara Pascoe, Sean Lock, Richard Ayoade, Nick Helm.
  • Epic Game Show (ITV, 11.50; not HTV Wales) Repeat from last Saturday.

Sign language interpretation

  • Brightest Family (ITV, 3.15am Sun) Careful: this is a civilian episode from 2019.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Flour Power (BBC Scotland, 1.30pm Mon)
  • Lingo (ITV, 3.15am Tue).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3.15am Wed).
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 1am Thu).
  • All That Glitters (BBC2, 1.15am Fri).
  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 2.15am Fri).
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