TV Guide 2021-10-02

How can one man be in two places at the same time? We don't know, but we're not the superpowered Bradley Walsh. He hosts Blankety Blank (BBC1, Sat) and Beat the Chasers (ITV, Sat).

More panel show action, Sorry, I Didn't Know returns (ITV, Sun). Another sort of panel show on Channel 5 as Eggheads returns (weeknights). Murder Island (C4, Tue) is a competitive detective show penned by Ian Rankin.

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Blankety Blank


Saturday 2 October

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 11.50); Four in a Bed (C4, 12.50) Five episodes.


  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 5.30) Repeat from Friday.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6pm).
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Fish Chat with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 6.30) Angling for points: Bill Bailey, Kathy Burke, and Gok Wan. Chairing the chat: Stephen Mulhern. Renaming the show: Cariad Lloyd.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.45) This is going to last 2 hours and 12 minutes. The 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was complete in 1 hour 37 minutes.
  • The Cube (ITV, 7.30) Tayif and Mo from Manchester; Sally and Sarah from Port Talbot.
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 8.20).
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 8.30; last week's ep on VM1 at 9pm).
  • Blankety Blank (BBC1, 9pm) Bradley Walsh appears on BBC1 and ITV at the same BLANK. This week's blankers are Adjoa Andoh, Martine McCutcheon, Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Carr, Chizzy Akudolu, and Joe Swash.
  • Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up (ITV, 9.30) Bill Bailey, Mel B, Ross Kemp, Nicola Adams.

Weekend repeats


  • The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Take a Hike (BBC2, 1.45) All five episodes.
  • Survivor (TG4, 3.45) Only on Ireland.
  • The Big Deal (VM1, 4.30) Repeat from last Saturday.
  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 5pm; VM1, 7pm) From Sunday.
  • Farm to Feast Best Menu Wins (BBC2 NI, 5.30).
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 6.15) From Wednesday.
  • BBC Brain (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From Monday.
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 1.10) From last night.
  • Bake Off (C4, 2.45) From Tuesday.
  • The Cube (ITV, 5.30).
  • Glow Up Ireland (RTE2, 11.10)

Sunday 3 October

  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 3.30) Ranvir Singh.
  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 7pm) Serghiou from Clacton and Cooper from Scotland.
  • The Big Deal (VM1, 7pm) The last episodes move to Sunday, for reasons.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.05) The results show, with music from Tom Grennan.
  • Junior Eurovision (TG4, 8.30) Two more singers emerge.
  • Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins (C4, 9pm).
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 10.20) Black History Month gets a panel show, with Jimmy Akingbola, Chizzy Akudolu, Judi Love, Russell Kane, Dane Baptiste, Reginald D Hunter, and Fatiha El-Ghorri.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10.55) A repeat.


Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Th).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 1pm); Eggheads (BBC2, 1.45; Wales 2.35 Tu); Celebrity Painting Challenge (BBC2, 2.15 We-Fr); Curiosity (BBC2, 3.45; Wales not Tu) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Dr. Phil Hammond.
  • Unbeatable (BBC1, 2.15; Scot 3pm We; Fr 1.45) Repeats.
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3pm) New episodes.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 4.30) New episodes.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) New episodes.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15).
  • The Perfect Pitch (C4, 5.30) It's Come Dine with Me for campsites.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Roger Black, Jo Brand, Sanjeev Kohli, Tiff Stevenson.
  • Strictly It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • Eggheads (C5, 6.30) New episodes: a team of four take on the most famous quiz team around. Olav Bjortomt is the latest Egghead, a very good choice from the producers.
  • Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm).
  • Love Island Usa (ITVBe, 11pm) Shown recently on one of the networks.

Monday 4 October

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2006.
  • BBC Brain (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 12.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Josie Lawrence, Shappi Khorsandi.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) James Bond villains, George Byron, Middle-earth, castles of Northumberland.
  • Farm to Feast Best Menu Wins (BBC1 NI, 7.35) Oysters from Carlingford Lough and lumper potatoes from the Glens of Antrim. Danni Barry and Joris Minne are the judges, Eamonn Holmes polishes off the afters.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Librarians v Animal Lovers in the first second-round match.
  • Landmark (Artsworld, 8pm) Wales, with Charlotte Church.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Wolfson Oxford take on Bristol.
  • The Complaints Department (Comedy Central, 9pm) Dear Comedy Central, we have a complaint. You've booked the execrable Jimmy Carr and the unspeakably unfunny Geoff Norcott on the same show, along with Russell Kane and Sarah Keyworth. Please do better.
  • Quizzy Mondays (, 9.05) Gareth and guests look back at recent quizzing action.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1 England, 10.35; NI, Wales 11.05, Scot 12.05am) A complex dance challenge with Oti Mabuse.

Tuesday 5 October

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm) From 2018.
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.35).
  • The Birthday Cake Game (Radio 4, 6.30) Suzi Ruffell, Andrew Hunter Murray, Sophie Duker. Last in the series
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; not Wales).
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Bread week.
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Richard Ayoade, DJ Majestic, Mollie King.
  • Murder Island (C4, 9.30) Oh no! There's been a gruesome and ghastly murder! Four pairs of amateur sleuths search the scene, unpick the clues, and work out who did it - and why! Top crime writer Ian Rankin has been involved.
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 11.10) Repeat from Saturday; Taskmaster (C4, 11.35) Repeat from last Thursday.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 11.40; NI 12.10am) Repeat from last Friday.

Wednesday 6 October

  • House of Games Night (BBC1, 12.10am; NI 12.40am) Repeat from last Friday; The Hit List (BBC1, 12.40am; not NI) Repeat from Saturday.
  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Nick Hancock and David Gower.
  • Undeniable (Comedy Central, 9pm) Fay Ripley, Ivo Graham, Darren Harriott, Bobby Mair.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; NI 12.15am) A classic compilation.
  • Outsiders (Dave, 10pm) Milking goats.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.38) "We made it to the merge part two".

Thursday 7 October

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Show Me the Honey (CBBC, 5.30) Waggle dances and pollen gardens.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm).
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm) The next episode, to be shown on BBC1 next Monday.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) "The end of the franchise".
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) "Come hell or high water".
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Jonathan Ross, Joe Marler, Shanthi Ranganathan, David Walliams, Joel Dommett, Kelly Somers.
  • Glow Up Ireland (RTE2, 9.30) Myths and legends with Tom McInerney.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.15) "Sugar and Spice" with Alice Levine, Jason Manford, Rose Matafeo.
  • Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up (ITV, 11.50; STV 12.15am) Repeat from last weekend.

Friday 8 October

  • Blankety Blank (BBC1, 12.05am; NI 12.45am) A BLANK from last Saturday.
  • 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).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Scot 11.25) Kate French, Jack Laugher, Karriss Artingstall, Charlotte Worthington.
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 8pm).
  • House of Games Night (BBC1, 8.30).
  • Have I Got News for You? (BBC1, 9pm) With the regulars: host Alexander Armstrong, Joanne Soap, and Phil Panel.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) "Young guns going big".

Sign language interpretation

  • The Void (ITV, 3.15am Sun).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 5.05am Sat, 5.10am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • BBC One Man and His Dog (BBC2, 12.45am Tue).
  • Lingo (ITV, 3.15am Tue).
  • Caru Siopa (S4C, 12.05pm Tue).
  • Cooking with the Stars (ITV, 3.15am Thu).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 1am and 3.15am Fri).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 2am Fri) Last week's edition.


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

German-language telly has The Voice of Holland auf Deutschland (Pro7, Sun and Thu), starting with die unglaublichen Spinnstühle rund. Sarah Connor joins the panel, with Johannes Oerding, Mark Forster, and Nico Santos returning from the last series. On Saturday, RTL begins Das Super-Talent, the local version of the Got Talent format. Judges here are Die Erlich Brothers, Michael Michalsky, Motsi Mabuse, and Riccard Simonetti.

On the ARD, Wer Weiß denn sowas? returns for a regular series on Monday. To mark the occasion, there's an XXL version on Saturday night. In this show, the audience pick one of two celebrity sides before a question is asked, and then win money based on their team's responses. There are usually tricky questions from the show's resident physicist. See, this is what ITV needs: a show with a resident physics doctor.

RTL brings us Das Summerhaus des Stars on Tuesday. Celebrity couples live together in a villa, and are given challenges to demonstrate how well they know each other. As last year, the villa in Portugal is off limits, and they're using a place in the Bauernhof of Bocholt-Barlo. And by "celebrity" they mean "folk who appeared in Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity, or Next Topmodel. Continues on Wednesday and Thursday. Vergessen Sie nicht, es zu verpassen.

Dutch-language tv marks its 70th birthday. Je zou het moeten weten is the inevitable panel game based on telly clips, NPO1 on Sunday, next week. RTL has a celebrity special of Deal or No Deal before the daily show returns - at 10pm.

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