TV Guide 2021-11-13

Great news for all Michael McIntyre fans, as The Wheel returns for more high-octane high-volume quizzing (BBC1, Sat). Great news for Radio 4's leading quotations programme, as Quote... Unquote returns for its final series (Mon).

Great news for all fans of morally-ambiguous heroes, as Don't Unleash the Beast comes back for a new run (CITV, Mon-Thu). There's also some celebrity editions of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, Tue-Fri), and a Children in Need special of University Challenge (BBC2, Fri).

Great news for pantomime fans, as Countdown welcomes Christopher Biggins to Dictionary Corner (C4, weekdays). Oh yes they do! NBC The Voice arrives on ITV2 (from Tue), and Dan's Quiz has more Ball 35-related weirdness in the Mid-November Special (The Internets, Thu).

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The Wheel


Saturday 13 November

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) Sam Quek sits in while Colin Murray refreshes his voice.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.10) Five episodes.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.05) Leslie Ash, Lucy Benjamin, Todd Carty, Robin Ince, Josie Long, Joe McElderry, Claire Sweeney, Nina Wadia.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 5.55) Another round of quzzing for pop-pickers.
  • Moneyball (ITV, 6.30) Will anyone ever get a question wrong?
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.40) The annual Second Week of November edition.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 7.30) Charlene White, Russell Kane, and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen join Stephen Mulhern.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8pm) Hoping to be the half: Michael Ball (specialist subject: musicals), Tom Allen (housekeeping), Lulu (the 60s), Joe Marler (rugby), Maisie Smith (EastEnders), Anita Rani (the countryside), Raj Bisram (art).
  • Last Singer Standing (RTÉ1, 8.15).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 8.30; VM1, 8pm Sun) Scott Mills, Gareth Malone, Louise Minchin, Glenn Hoddle.

Weekend repeats


  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Friday.
  • Survivor (TG4, 5pm) Only on Ireland.
  • BBC Brain (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Bake Off (C4, 12.30) From Tuesday.
  • Eggheads (5Select, 1pm) Six episodes from earlier in the series.
  • Last Singer Standing (RTE1, 1.40) From last night.

Sunday 14 November

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Tipping Point Best Ever Finals (ITV, 4pm); The Chase (ITV, 4.30).
  • Sitting on a Fortune (ITV, 7pm).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.15) CAUTION: with a performance from James Blunt.
  • Réalta Agus Gaolta (TG4, 8.30).


Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Th).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm) New episodes.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) It's panto season, with Christopher Biggins! Oh yes it is! Where are the best years of your career? Behind you! (continues in this vein all week)
  • The Tournament (BBC1, 2.15; Scot 3pm We; Fr 1.45).
  • Moneybags (C4, 3pm).
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 5pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • NBC The Voice (ITV2, 5pm; not Mon) A recent series.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15). Repeats all week.
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5.30) From Essex.
  • Don't Unleash the Beast (CITV, 5.30; not Fr, rpt 11.50am next day) Series 2 begins this week: Trailblazers, Titans, Code Crackers, and Dare Devils.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Edith Bowman, Fern Brady, Will Kirk, Martin Lewis.
  • Strictly It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • Eggheads (C5, 6.30) New episodes.
  • Masterchef America (W, 7pm).

Quote... Unquote

Monday 15 November

  • It's Your Round (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2011.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4, 3pm) The beginning of the end: this will be the final series of Nigel Rees's parlour game. Episode 500 features John Lloyd of Europe, Sathnam Sanghera, and Frank Gardner.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 7.35 and 8.30; Wales: BBC2 7.30 and BBC1 8.30) Two episodes.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30; Wales, 10pm Thu) Butterflies, Cornetto trilogy, Tutankhamun, Kate Bush
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Godyn Family vs Ramblers in the third Last Chance match.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30).
  • Quizzy Mondays (, 9.05) Gareth and guests look back at recent quizzing action.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC1 England, 10.35; Wales 11.15, NI 11.45, Scot 12.20am) With a guest appearance from Russell Tovey.

Tuesday 16 November

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 Wales, 1.15am).
  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara.
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm).
  • Ultimate Goal (BT Sport 1, 8pm).
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 9pm) A celebrity edition, with Robert Rinder and Scarlett Moffatt.
  • Question Team (Dave, 10pm) Alex Brooker, Sarah Kendall, Ria Lina, David O'Doherty.
  • I Like the Way U Move (BBC1, 10.35; NI, Wales 11.05; Scot 11.35).
  • The Wheel (BBC1 England 11.35; NI and Wales 12.05am, Scot 12.40am); Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1 England 12.40am, Wales 1.05am, not Scot, NI); A Question of Sport (BBC1 1.25am, not Wales, NI) Repeats from last weekend.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 11.45) A vintage episode with Katherine Ryan.

Wednesday 17 November

  • Listomania (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 7.30; Scot 8pm) Another hour of cooking.
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Sitting: David Olusoga, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Sergei Polunin.
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 9pm) A prominent-person special, with Jimmy Carr, Christine Ohuruogu, and Alex Beresford.
  • Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave, 9pm) With lectures from Nick Helm, Janine Harouni, Marcus Brigstocke.
  • Love Trap (C4, 10pm) To test the relationship, they're dancing.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.45) "Live reunion show". A winner is crowned. Not actually live.

Thursday 18 November

  • The Hit List (BBC1 England, 12.40am; Wales 1.05am; not Scot, NI) Repeat from Saturday.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Dom Joly and Pauline McLynn.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3 online, 8pm) The next episode, to be shown on BBC1 next Monday.
  • Handmade (C4, 8pm) Drinks cabinets.
  • Dan's Quiz (, 8pm) After the Christmas special on 1 July, this is the Birthday Square special.
  • Scotland's Best Dog (BBC Scotland, 8pm) New series. Kaye Adams says "fetch!".
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) This week's quarter final.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) "Nothing matters".
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 9pm) Promi-person special continues, with Meera Syal and Jim Moir.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) What the hell.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm; not Wales) Pain & Punishment, repeated.
  • Moneyball (ITV, 11.10; Border 11.40 Fri; not HTV Wales) Repeat from Saturday.

Friday 19 November

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Robert Daws and Mark Curry.
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 8pm).
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV, 9pm) Promi-person special concludes, with Harry Redknapp, Craig Charles, and Sam Quek.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) The young guns shoot it out.
  • Clash of the Cover Bands (E!, 9pm) "Kings of country" cover Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
  • University Challenge The Telly Stars (BBC2, 10pm) Kirsty Wark hosts, as the BBC (Rick Edwards, Mishal Husain, Angela Barnes, Jon Culshaw) play ITV (Kaye Adams, Dr Ranj Singh, Russell Kane, Denise Welch).
  • I'm a Celebrity - a Jungle Story (ITV, 10.45) Ant and Dec remember the best bits from the last 20 years.

Bonus feature

The BBC's annual Terry Wogan Memorial Appeal for Children in Need of Assistance takes place on Friday. Radio 2 has the all-request marathon, and there's a special edition of Bargain Hunt. The main telethon begins at 7pm, with Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Alex Scott, and Chris Ramsay. In the telethon, we're promised I Can See Your Voice with various BBC folk; a Sports Day event; and CBBC's Sam and Mark take on The Wall. Does that mean Danny Dyer will be in the new series of Crackerjack!?

Sign language interpretation

  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 9.25am Sat) Two episodes.
  • Am Dro! (S4C, 2.30 Sat).
  • The Void (ITV, 3.05am Sun).
  • Lingo (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Thu).
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 2.50 Thu).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 12.50am and 2.10am Fri).
  • Rolling in It (ITV, 3.15am Sat).


A short selection of shows from mainland Europe.

Late-night dating entertainment on RTL this Saturday: Take Me Out Boys Boys Boys tries to pair off some single-Herren. It's followed by Date or Drop, where unsuccessful dates go through the trapdoor. The best of Bares für Rares (ZDF, Sun) including the time they tried to sell a hairdressing chair in which Elvis Presley once had his greatness straightened.

A celebrity special of Wir wird Millionär? brightens RTL on Thursday, with prominent people Thomas Gottschalk (sometime Wetten, Dass...? host), Barbara Schöneberger (acts in Tatort), and Oliver Pocher (from My Man Can). Sat.1 replies with a celeb edition of Let the Music Play, their Name That Tune, with special rounds including "Backwards Singing" and "Wrong Lyrics". Wouldn't catch Alan Carr being that interesting.

On Wednesday, France 2 marks the 1000th edition of Tout le monde a son mot à dire - it's their take on The Alphabet Game, and looks far more fun than Alphabetical. Most things are more fun than Alphabetical. Income tax returns, changing a duvet cover, rice cakes, the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow...

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