TV Guide 2022-01-22

Finals week for lots of shows. Only Connect crowns the best team at connecting disparate things (BBC2, Mon). Yn y Ffram has the best amateur photographer in Wales (S4C, Mon). Junior Bake Off is self-explanatory (C4, weekdays; final on Fri).

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All programmes subject to cancellation, shifting, editing, and general fannying about. Check against EPG for late changes.


Saturday 22 January

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15; not Scot).
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 3.30) with Suzi Ruffell; The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 4.30) with Nicki Chapman.


  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6pm) Roisin Conaty, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sunetra Sarker.
  • The Weakest Link (BBC1, 6.10) Marcus Brigstocke, Rita Simons, Jamie Laing, Nicki Chapman, Babatunde Aleshe, Yvette Fielding, Tony Blackburn, Chunkz.
  • The Wall Versus Celebrities (BBC1, 6.55) Storm Keating and husband Ronan, a deejay.
  • The Masked Singer (VM1 and ITV, 7pm) All eight have a go.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.45) Mixed bag: Sean Fletcher, Kate Bottley, Mark Chapman, Clare Balding, Oti Mabuse, Giovanni Pernice, Joe Swash, JB Gill. Postponed from 8 January.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30) Dermot O'Leary, Penny Lancaster, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Judi Love, Michael Vaughan, Craig Revel Horwood, Nikki Fox.
  • Limitless Win (ITV, 8.30).
  • The Cabins (ITV2, 9.30) Another follow-up show. Last in the present series.

Weekend repeats


  • Junior Bake Off (4seven, 12 noon) All five episodes.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.30) From Friday.
  • Dancing with the Stars (RTE1, 3.45) From last Sunday.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 11pm) Repeat from Monday.


  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 12.04) Repeat from last Monday.

Sunday 23 January

  • Dickinson's Real Deal Winners (ITV, 9.30) Another clip show from the series.
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Tipping Point Best Ever Finals (ITV, 4.35); The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5.05) Ryan Sidebottom.
  • Lego Masters Down Under (E4, 5.50) "Make & Shake".


  • Dancing with the Stars (RTÉ1, 6.30) They're all performing, and someone leaves tonight.
  • Dancing on Ice (VM1 and ITV, 6.30) The series continues.
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 7.45) A handle-pulling task. Has anyone commissioned The Great Local Pub lately, and can we apply for the judging panel?

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Thu).
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC2, 1pm); Eggheads (BBC2, 1.45) Repeats.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm) New.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Beth Rigby (Mo), then Ruby Wax is in Dictionary Corner. Ruby Wax! Haven't seen her in yonks!
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm) New.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) New.
  • Watercolour Challenge (C5, 4pm) New.
  • Junior Bake Off (C4, 5pm) Finals week.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) A repeat week, but what a week! Mark Billingham, Neil Delamere, AJ Odudu, Lucy Porter.

Monday 24 January

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2008.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 5.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) Alan Davies, Lucy Porter, Lou Sanders, Justin Edwards.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Specialist subjects: Tom Hanks, Edward Elgar, Bess of Hardwick, Björk.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) The grand final.
  • Yn y Ffram (S4C, 8pm) Strength, the series final.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) The third group phase match.
  • Guessable (Comedy Central, 9pm) With Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm, Sindhu Vee, The Wheel brainbox Melvin Odoom.

Tuesday 25 January - Burns Night

  • Glór Tíre (TG4, 9.30) Another two contestants arrive.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 11pm) Repeat from Friday.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 11.30; NI 12 midnight); The Wall Versus Celebrities (BBC1, 12.30am; NI 1am) Repeats from the weekend.

Wednesday 26 January

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Stephen King.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Whitstable Harbour.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 11.20; Wales 12.05am, Scot 1.25am, not NI); A Question of Sport (BBC1, 11.55; Wales 12.35am, Scot 1.55am) Repeats from last Friday (first airing of A Question of Sport in Wales).

Thursday 27 January

  • Foul Play (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Whodunnit panel game.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm) A low-alcohol plant-based drink. Have they reinvented dandelion and burdock?

Bonus feature

  • Blake's 7 (Forces tv, 9pm) Federation troops have boarded the Liberator, now under the command of Major Tarrant. Will he want to give the ship back to Avon? Oddly, not the most unsympathetic characters on your telly this hour.

Friday 28 January

  • Funny You Should Ask (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Peter Jones (1) asks about comedy. With Charles Hawtrey, Tommy Trinder, Ron Goodwin.
  • 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; not Wales) Alex Danson-Bennett, Hal Robson-Kanu, Bianca Walkden, Steve Sidwell.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8pm) Gyles Brandreth, Yung Filly, Sarah Millican, Lou Sanders.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9pm) Silly Season, with Stephen K Amos, Ivo Graham, Holly Walsh.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Lee Mack and Joe Wilkinson play Jon Richardson and Jessica Knappett. Nigel Ng helps to referee.
  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 9.30) A classic celebrity edition.

Sign language interpretation

  • Moneyball (ITV, 3am Sat).
  • Lingo (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun).
  • Yn y Ffram (S4C, 12.30 Sat).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Fri).
  • Squad Goals (RTÉ2, 7.40am Mon-Fri).
  • Take a Hike (BBC2, 1.35am and 8.30am Wed, 8am Thu)
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 12.05am Wed; NI 12.35am)
  • Brightest Celebrity Family (ITV, 3.25am Fri) From last year.


Lineup for the game show specialist channel


  • The Chase 7am; Wheel of Fortune 9am; Family Fortunes 11.30; All Star Family Fortunes 1.30; Strike it Lucky 3pm; The Cube 4pm; The Chase 5pm; Bullseye 11pm; The Chase 4am.


  • The Chase 7am; Wheel of Fortune 9am; Bruce's Price is Right 11.30am; Blockbusters 12.30; Family Fortunes 2pm; Catchphrase 3pm; The Chase 5pm.


  • The Chase 7am; Play Your Cards Right 10am; Bruce's Price is Right 11am (with Joe Pasquale from Thu); Wheel of Fortune 12 noon; Catchphrase 1pm; Family Fortunes 2pm; Bruce's Price is Right 3pm (with Joe Pasquale from Wed); Play Your Cards Right 4pm; Bullseye 5pm; Tenable 6pm; Pointless 7pm; The Chase 8pm; Bullseye 11pm; The Chase 12 midnight; Wheel of Fortune 4am; Bullseye 5am.


Deutsche: Wer weiß denn sowas XXL is on ARD this Saturday night: it's a quiz, and a comedy, and a musical entertainment, it's got everything except an animatronic dustbin. Over on RTL, the big guns are out - Deutschland sucht den Superstar (... Got Talent) begins on Saturday and Tuesday, Ich bin ein Star - holt mich hier raus! (I'm a Celebrity...) continues all week. VOX has a new series of Das perfekte Dinner (Come Dine with Me), every weeknight. The Masked Dancer comes to an end (Pro7, Wednesday).

Français: Another edition of La chanson secrète on TF1 Saturday, celebrities are asked to sing a song with no rehearsal. Ninja Warrior continues on Friday evening.

Nederlands: I Can See Your Voice replaces the suspended Voice of Holland on RTL4's Friday schedule.

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