TV Guide 2021-10-23

Brendan off of Coach Trip isn't the most scary thing one might associate with Hallowe'en season, but he hosts Celebrity Ghost Trip (E4, Sun-Thu). Irish viewers get Last Singer Standing with Nicky Byrne (RTÉ1, Sat) and talent show Réalta Agus Gaolta (TG4, Sun).

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Saturday 23 October

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 11.55); Four in a Bed (C4, 12.55) Five episodes.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).


  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.35). Mixed bag: rower Matthew Pinsent, hockeyer Sam Quek, unfunny Geoff Norcott, comedians Kerry Howard, Rachel Parris, Marcus Brigstocke, actors Valentine Warner, Michelle Collins.
  • Hewlfa Drysor (S4C, 6pm).
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.20).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.05).
  • The Cube (ITV, 7.30; VM1 has a recent episode at 8pm).
  • Last Singer Standing (RTÉ1, 8.30) Nicky Byrne hosts a show where singers need tactics, talent, singing ability, and nerve. Offering guidance and advice: Nadine Coyle, Joey Fatone, Samantha Mumba.
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 8.30; VM1, 9pm).
  • Blankety Blank (BBC1, 8.55) Rachel Riley, Baga Chipz, Liza Tarbuck, Rhod Gilbert, Ore Oduba, Scarlett Moffatt.

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Survivor (TG4, 3.55) Only on Ireland.
  • Farm to Feast Best Menu Wins (BBC2 NI, 5.30).
  • 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, 2.25) From Tuesday.
  • Glow Up Ireland (RTE2, 10.40)

Sunday 24 October

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 2pm).
  • Tipping Point Best Ever Finals (ITV, 5pm); The Chase (ITV, 5.30) A classic episode.


  • Family Fortunes (ITV, 7pm) Michaels from London play McIntosh of Bristol.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.10) The results show, Craig David and MNEK perform.
  • Am Dro! (S4C, 8pm) Llancaiach Fawr, Pembrokeshire, Rhosllanerchrugog, Llyn Bochlwyd.
  • Réalta Agus Gaolta (TG4, 8.30) The most talented family in the Gaeltacht.
  • Celebrity Ghost Trip (E4, 9pm) A coach trip around some of the island's spookiest locations, hosted by Brendan Sheerin.
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 10.20) Kemah Bob, Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza, Verona Rose.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Th, Wales not Fr).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 1pm; not We); Eggheads (BBC2, 1.45; not We) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Rhyming couplets aren't majestic, just the work of a footman. In diction'ry corner this week, we find it's young Len Goodman.
  • !mpossible (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; Th BBC2) Repeats.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm) New episodes.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15; Th BBC2). New episodes until Wednesday, then repeats.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5.30) It's The Perfect Pitch, but with fewer outdoor activities and more dinner parties. Really! North east this week.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Sean Fletcher, Louise Minchin, Chris Washington, Kimberly Wyatt.
  • Cake Wars Hallowe'en (Food Network, 6pm) New imported episodes.
  • Strictly It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • Eggheads (C5, 6.30).
  • Junior Masterchef Down Under (W, 7pm).
  • Love Island Usa (ITVBe, 11pm).

Monday 25 October

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2006.
  • BBC Brain (Radio 4, 3pm) Semi-final 3.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Galapagos islands, The Mighty Boosh, European Champions' Cup finals, Catherine de'Medici.
  • Farm to Feast Best Menu Wins (BBC1 NI, 7.35) Bacon from Fermanagh.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) The last second-round match.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) The last repêchage match.
  • Quizzy Mondays (, 9.05) Gareth and guests look back at recent quizzing action, with a special appearance by an Only Connect question-setter.
  • Celebrity Ghost Trip (E4, 10pm) Brendan's creepy excursion goes through the north-east, with potions and the ghosts of Byker.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1 England, 10.35; NI, Wales 11.05) With a guest appearance from Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

Tuesday 26 October

  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.35).
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Pastry week.
  • Would I Lie to You (BBC1 England, 8.30; NI 9.30 Wed) Julie from Durham.
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Maisie Adam, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Ms Banks.
  • Murder Island (C4, 9.15) New forensic evidence casts doubt at Alicia Devere, the smarmy land agent, but will Hamish disappear again?
  • Celebrity Ghost Trip (E4, 10pm) The coach makes it to York and Barnsley.
  • Question Team (Dave, 10pm) Nish Kumar (movies), Rosie Jones (dictators), Maisie Adam (the driving test), Mat Ewins (nominative determinism).
  • I Like the Way U Move (BBC1, 10.35; NI 11.25, Wales 11.35).
  • New Comedy Awards 2021 (BBC1, 11.35; NI 12.25am, Wales 12.35am) The best new stand-up comics.

Wednesday 27 October

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.05am; not Wales, NI) Repeat from last Friday; House of Games Night (BBC1, 12.35am; not Wales, NI) Repeat from last Friday; Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 1.05am) Extended repeat from Friday: hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell with Rylan on the panel.
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 12.40am; not HTV Wales) Repeat from Sunday.
  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Sitting: Alexa Chung, Nish Kumar, Philip Glenister.
  • Undeniable (Comedy Central, 9pm) Seann Walsh, Eamonn Holmes, AJ Odudu, Larry Dean.
  • Celebrity Ghost Trip (E4, 10pm) The group are held up in Sheffield by zombies. This isn't one of Brendan's stunts, but a normal day in Sheffield.
  • Love Trap (C4, 10pm).
  • Outsiders (Dave, 10pm) This week, the squirrels try to shoot rubber bands at Davie.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.35) "A very simple plan". Of course it is, it's on Survivor.
  • New Comedy Awards 2021 (BBC1 England, 11.35; Wales 12.05am, NI 12.35am, Scot 1.50am) The best new stand-up comics.

Thursday 28 October

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Show Me the Honey (CBBC, 5.30).
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm) The next episode, to be shown on BBC1 next Monday.
  • Handmade (C4, 8pm) Doll's houses.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) "A chair in a sweet".
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) "A game show from hell", where they try to balance stacks of ingredients on a wobbly thing that falls over when nobody's watching.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.15) "The Occult", a repeat.
  • Celebrity Ghost Trip (E4, 10pm) The celebs head to Liverpool and put on a Hallowe'en-themed show.

Friday 29 October

  • Blankety Blank (BBC1, 12.05am); The Hit List (BBC1, 12.40am) More BLANK than miss.
  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.30; Scot 11.25) Pat Cash, Lauren Williams, Richard Kilty, Lianne Sanderson.
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 8pm).
  • House of Games Night (BBC1, 8.30).
  • Have I Got News for You? (BBC1, 9pm) With host Bill Bailey, Fin Taylor, and Dawn Butler.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) "More than a sticky situation". Ew!

Sign language interpretation

  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 9.25am Sat) Two episodes.
  • Am Dro! (S4C, 2.30).
  • The Void (ITV, 3.05am Sun).
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Caru Siopa (S4C, 12.05pm Tue).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 12.50am Wed).
  • Cooking with the Stars (ITV, 3.15am Thu).
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 3am Thu).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 1.35am and 3.25am Fri).


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

Germany: A new series of Da kommst du nie drauf! (ZDF, Wed). Two teams of three celebrities answer increasingly difficult questions, with more cash as the show continues. The Taste (Sat.1, Wed) and Das Sommerhaus des Stars (RTL, Thu) conclude.

One of interest: Wer ist das Phantom? (Pro7, Tues), a spin-off show from The Masked Singer, a panel of three regulars and their guests discuss the weekend's live show.

A new run of Dutch painting show Sterren op het doek, where three artists paint a portrait of a famous person - when they're all finished, the star picks one for themselves, and the other two are sold off for charity. NPO2 on Saturday, and clips are widely available once it's aired. NPO1's occasional De Grote ____quiz strand returns with one on climate (Thu): the setup is close to BBC1's Test the Nation, or the 1970s filler So You Think....

RTL4 has a new series of Één tegen 50 (Sat), the pandemic-safe version of 1 vs 100; SBS6 has The Wheel (Sat) and Wie kent Nederland? (Sun). De laatste vraag begins on SBS6 (Tue), ten players try to give correct answers, an error takes you out, once everyone's out everyone's back in, and whoever is left in at the klaxon shares the pot.

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