TV Guide 2021-12-11

What's on this week? I Literally Just Told You (C4, Thu), a test of observation and memory hosted by Jimmy Carr. Walk the Line (ITV and VM1, Sun-Fri) is a test of performance and confidence, with Gary Barlow.

Christmas specials on The Satellite Channel for A League of Their Own (Mon), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Wed), and There's Something About Movies (Thu).

It's the final week of Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, Tue-Thu), Last Singer Standing (RTE1, Sat), and Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld, Wed).

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


Saturday 11 December

  • Junior Bake Off (C4, 11am) More highlights from the recent series.
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30) Sandy and Seaweed learn about the right name for parts of the ship.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; Wales, 1.45).
  • Bake Off (C4, 3.15) A repeat from last Christmas.
  • Tipping Point Best Ever Finals (ITV, 5.10).


  • Moneyball (ITV, 6pm; VM1, 8pm).
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.20) More celebrities: Jake Wood, Tamzin Outhwaite, Gareth Malone, Yolanda Brown, Alex Brooker, Ellie Taylor.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase with Stephen Mulhern (ITV, 7pm) Charlotte Church, Melvin Odoom, Katherine Ryan join Stephen Mulhern.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.05).
  • The Cube (VM1, 7pm) Seen on ITV some weeks ago.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8pm Sun) Len Goodman, Nicki Chapman, Will Kirk, Joe Pasquale.
  • Last Singer Standing (RTÉ1, 8.30) The seven weekly winners come back for the grand final.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.25) Matt Baker, Gyles Brandreth, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Hrvy, Grace Dent, Laura Whitmore, Mr Motivator.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (VM1 and ITV, 9.15).

Weekend repeats


  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 11am) Nikki Fox and Matt Allwright.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30am) From Thursday.
  • Quote... Unquote (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 12.04) From Monday.
  • Eggheads (5Select, 1pm) Eleven episodes from earlier in the series.
  • Last Singer Standing (RTE1, 1.40) From last night.

Sunday 12 December

  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 10am) Festive repeat.
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30) A Pirate Inspector calls...
  • Ninja Warrior (ITV, 12.50) Resuming the interrupted series of repeats.
  • Eggheads (5Select, 1pm) Two episodes seen recently on Channel 5.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.50; Wales, 2.20).


  • Sitting on a Fortune (ITV, 6pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Gareth Malone and Yolanda Brown from The Hit List.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 7pm) Tim Vine, Alice Beer, Ken Bruce, Sonny Jay.
  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4, 7.15) A recent episode.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.20) Mabel performs as we find the finalists.
  • Walk the Line (ITV, 8pm; repeat 11pm) Maya Jama hosts a musical show with a prize pot of £500,000. Tonight's winner can walk with 10 grand or play against four new challengers tomorrow. Judges are Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Dawn French, Craig David.
  • Réalta Agus Gaolta (TG4, 8.30) The first semi-final.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (VM1 and ITV, 9pm) The grand final.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Eggheads (C5, 11.15am) Recent repeats.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Th).
  • Eggheads (BBC2, 1.45; Wales 2.35 Tu; not Fr) Repeats.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm) New episodes.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Adrian Chiles is in Dictionary Corner. Anne-Marie Imafidon is the guest arithmetician. Finals Week begins on Wednesday.
  • Moneybags (C4, 3pm).
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm).
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 3.15) More new episodes.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) Repeats.
  • Great Local Menu (BBC2, 4.15 Mo, Tu only) Repeat from last Christmas.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • NBC The Voice (ITV2, 5pm) The live finals.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15). Repeats all week.
  • Bake Off Down Under (More4, 5.30).
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm; Fr, 7pm) Champions week: Maisie Adam, Ivo Graham, Dev Griffin, Zoe Lyons.
  • Strictly It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • University Challenge at Christmas (BBC4, 7pm Mon, and Fri 7.30 Tu-Th) Repeats from last year.
  • Masterchef America (W, 7pm; not Fr).

Monday 13 December

  • It's Your Round (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2011.
  • Quote... Unquote (Radio 4, 3pm) Helen Macdonald, Salena Godden, Nick Robinson.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) Marcus Brigstocke, Rory Bremner, Pippa Evans, Andy Hamilton, from the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Squatting in the host's chair is Jack Dee.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) Qualifiers with Albert Hall.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) All Black Tests, His Dark Materials, MGM musicals, John Clare.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Ramblers vs Muppets in the third quarter-final.
  • Walk the Line (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8.30; rpt ITV 3.15am).
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Birmingham vs St Andrews, apparently.
  • A League of Their Own Christmas Special (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) More silliness with Flintoff, Redknapp, and Ranganathan.
  • Quizzy Mondays (, 9.05) Gareth and guests look back at recent quizzing action.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4, 11pm) Joe Wilkinson, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.10; NI 11.55); A Question of Sport (BBC1, 1.45am; not Scot) From Friday.

Tuesday 14 December

  • Top Class (CBBC, 8.25am) Celebs, repeated from 2019.
  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm) Repeats from 2013.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Rufus Hound and Chris McCausland.
  • Walk the Line (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8.30; rpt ITV 3.15am).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) Finals week starts with dedicated dishes.

Wednesday 15 December

  • The Wheel (BBC1, 12.40am; not NI, Wales); The Hit List (BBC1, 1.40am) Repeat from last Saturday.
  • Listomania (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Walk the Line (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8.30; rpt ITV 3.15am).
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) The final, with Barry Humphries. The winner's commission - with Nicola Benedetti - is on Artsworld only.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) The chefs head to Dorchester.
  • Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave, 9pm) One to miss: chronically unfunny Geoff Norcott, Fern Brady, Tez Ilyas.
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Holly Johnson, Lauren Laverne, and Asim Chaudhrey join the regulars.

Thursday 16 December

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1 England, 12.40am; Scot, Wales 12.55am; not NI) Repeat from last Friday.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) AJ and Curtis Pritchard.
  • World's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) Qualifiers with Albert Hall.
  • Scotland's Best Dog (BBC Scotland, 8pm) Angus the goldendoodle, Bear the Pomeranian, Poppy the cocker spaniel.
  • Walk the Line (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 8.30; rpt ITV 3.15am).
  • There's Something About Movies (The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Thomas Brodie Sangster, Susan Wokoma, James Acaster join the panel for a seasonal special. Are they going to raise the hoary old chestnut about Die Hard being a Christmas movie? 'Fraid so.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) The final. Last in the series.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.15) Unseen bits.
  • I Literally Just Told You (C4, 10pm) Contestants are given every answer with the questions being written during the day-long recording. Jimmy Carr hosts.

Friday 17 December

  • It's Not What You Know (Radio 4 Extra, 7.30am, 5.30 and 10pm).
  • Funny You Should Ask (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm). A panel game about comedy from 1979.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Walk the Line (VM1 and ITV, 8.30; rpt ITV 3.15am).
  • Taskmaster (E4, 9pm) Another chance to see January's special edition.
  • Clash of the Cover Bands (E!, 9pm) "80s icons", covering Depeche Mode and Poison. Followed by "Queens of Country", covering Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9.30) Martin Clunes hosts, with Steph McGovern and Armando Iannucci.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A repeat with Jon Richardson and Sarah Millican, Sean Lock and David Mitchell, David O'Doherty.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Noel, a repeat.

Sign language interpretation

  • Dress to Impress (ITV2, 9.35am Sat) Two episodes.
  • Lingo (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Fri).
  • Love Bites (ITV2, 6am Mon-Fri).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 8am and 8.30am Tue, 1.45am and 2.45am Thu).
  • Caru Siopa (S4C, 12.05 Wed).
  • Home Advantage (RTE1, 3am Thu).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 2.50am and 4.10am Fri).


Quiz ohne Grenzen (ARD / SRF / ÖRF) unites German-speaking public service broadcasters on Saturday night. Competitors include Marcel Hirscher (skiier), Mark Forster (pop singer), and Rea Garvey (reigning Free ESC champion). It's the live finals of Das Supertalent (RTL, Sat). A famous people special on Ninja Warrior (RTL, Sun). Balls! cries Pro7 on Monday, described as a "hardcore trash-show" with 50 contestants. KiKa has a Junior ESC countdown show all week.

Something new on Dutch telly: The Big Balance, six well-known faces learn how to walk the tightrope. The not-live final will screen on New Year's Day.

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