TV Guide 2021-08-28

Summer is ending. How can we tell? New episodes of Tipping Point and The Chase (ITV); we've also a charity episode of Tenable (ITV, Wed). The News Quiz returns (Radio 4, Fri).

Richard Osman has a new radio show, The Birthday Cake Game (Radio 4, Tue). For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, Richard Osman is a very tall and a very pleasant person.

Celebrity Masterchef has an unusual week, Wednesday is the new Monday. Glow Up Ireland begins (RTE2, Thu). Paddy McGuinness takes over on A Question of Sport (BBC1, Fri).

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The Cube


Saturday 28 August

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Booked contributors: Flex, Mina Rzouki, Charles Dagnall, Danny McLoughlin.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 4.55) Andy Crane.


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.30) Soap, repeated.
  • Rolling in It (ITV, 6.30) Katherine Ryan, Jason Donovan, Ranj Singh.
  • The Void (ITV, 7.30; VM1, 8pm) Everyone gangs up on England in a «four nations» event.
  • The Cube For Soccer Aid (ITV, 8.30) Olly Murs, Joel Dommett, Ore and Portia Oduba. A different celebrity edition airs on VM1 at 9pm.
  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 10.30) Repeated from 2018.

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Survivor (TG4, 1.20) Only on Ireland.
  • BBC Brain (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Rolling in It (ITV, 11.20); The Void (ITV, 12.20) From last night
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 12.04) From Monday.

Sunday 29 August

  • Full Bloom (More4, 1.10am) Float My Floral Boat. Seriously, they're burning off this import at 1.10 in the morning.
  • The Masked Singer Us (ITV, 10.25) The final concludes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 3pm) Kirsty Wark; The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Susan Calman.
  • Wipeout Usa (E4, 5.50).
  • Lego Masters Down Under (E4, 6.45) Go jump off a brick.
  • Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins (C4, 9pm) Go jump off a bridge.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Letterbox (BBC2, 1pm; Th, Fr only) Eggheads (BBC2, 1pm Tu, 1.45 We, 1.30 Th, Fr) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) New episodes, with Johnny Vaughan.
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.30) Repeats.
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm; Mo 3.35) A new episode on Wednesday, the London City Lionesses play for Soccer Aid. Repeats for the rest of the week.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm; Mo 4.35) New episodes.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 4.30) Repeats.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; Mo 5.35) New episodes from Tuesday.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm; not We, Fr also 6.30.) New episodes, with Lucy Beaumont, Shazia Mirza, Joe Thomas, Jake Wood.
  • Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm).
  • Love Island Usa (ITVBe, 10.30 Mon, then 11pm) Shown recently on one of the networks.

Monday 30 August

Bank holiday for many

  • It's Your Round (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2011.
  • The Big Bake (ITVBe, 12 noon) Seven episodes of a baking show imported from Canada.
  • BBC Brain (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 7.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Sally Phillips, Frankie Boyle, Lucy Porter, Neil Delamere.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Blandings stories, Seattle Seahawks, listed buildings of Liverpool, Beyoncé.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Godyns v Data Wizards in the last first-round match.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Exeter play Manchester The Team Everyone Wants To Beat.
  • Quizzy Mondays (, 9.05) Gareth and guests look back at tonight's quizzing action. We've seen all of the Only Connect teams: does one look like a winner?

The Birthday Cake Game

Tuesday 31 August

  • The Birthday Cake Game (Radio 4, 6.30) Richard Osman asks Jayne Sharp, Ed Gamble, and Beattie Edmondson how old people are.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Piecemeal, a repeat.
  • Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You (BBC1, 11.35; NI 12.05am, not North West, Yorkshire, North) The "best" of 2020.

Wednesday 1 September

  • Whispers (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Kem Cetinay, Kadeena Cox, Gavin Esler, Johannes Radebe, Michelle Collins.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) A classic episode. It'll be cancelled if the cricket goes to extra time or bowling from half-way down the pitch.
  • The Cube (ITV, 10.45; STV 11.05, Border 11.10 Thu) Repeat from Saturday.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 11.05) Another chance to see the treasure hunt in a car.

Thursday 2 September

  • Survivor (TG4, 12.05) "Plan Z".
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 8pm) Alex Rushmer talks to the vegetables.
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Micah Richards, Maisie Adam, Josh Taylor, Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
  • Glow Up Ireland (RTE2, 9.35) Maura Higgins invites the best amateur make-up artists on the island to show off their brilliance.

A Question of Sport

Friday 3 September

  • The Food Quiz (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • The Good, The Bad, and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30).
  • The Chase for Soccer Aid (ITV4, 7pm) Another chance to see a big money episode.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.35) Paddy McGuinness is the new host, with Ugo Monye and Sam Quek. This week, they're joined by Georgia Taylor-Brown, Matty Lee, Emily Campbell, and Lauren Price.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30) Joel Dommett.
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Rylan Clark-Neal is back.

Sign language interpretation

  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 9am Sat) Two episodes.
  • Brightest Celebrity Family (ITV, 3.15am Sun) Repeat from 2020.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Lingo (ITV, 3.15am Tue).
  • Celebrity Masterchef (BBC2, 2.20am Thu, 12.15am and 1.15am Fri.)


A short selection of shows for those with Astra satellite dishes, or available for free and legal web streaming.

Schlag den Star weekend. Sophia Thomalla against Evelyn Burdecki; both kandidaten have already beaten another star. We expect will have some sort of live commentary.

Hirschhausens Quiz des Menschen is on ARD. It's a medical quiz, hosted by Eckart von Hirschhausen - sounds similar to Dr. Phil Hammond. A new series of cooking show The Taste begins on Sat.1 on Wednesday. On Friday, Paar Wars looks like a modern, more physical, take on Mr and Mrs; that's also on Sat.1.

For French speakers, Fort Boyard continues on TV5 at Saturday teatime. In Dutch, De Slimste Mens is on each weeknight.

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