TV Guide 2022-05-28

The late-May traditions are back. It's the Fighting Talk series final (Radio 5, Sat), and Got Talent live semi-finals (VM1 and ITV, from Monday). All Day Popmaster returns on Bank Holiday Monday (Radio 2, Thursday). A new series of Five Dates a Week is stripped across, er, three nights (C4, Sun-Tue).

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Saturday 28 May

  • Best Young Artist (BBC2, 7.25am) Two episodes.
  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.35am) Ye Olde Piratey Butlaarrrs.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am) The series finale.
  • Top Takeaway (BBC2, 11.25) Repeated from earlier in the month.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).


  • In for a Penny (ITV, 6.30) Great Yarmouth.
  • The Weakest Link (BBC1, 6.45) Journalists and "journalists".
  • Romeo & Duet (VM1 and ITV, 7pm).
  • Catchpoint (BBC1, 7.30) Remi Burgz and DJ Target play Karen Hauer and JJ Chalmers.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 8pm) More sports: Steve Backley, Roger Black, Kelly Sotherton, Sally Gunnell, Ashia Hansen, Jo Pavey, Martin Offiah, Garet Chilcott.
  • Got Talent (VM1 and ITV, 8pm) Unusually in Europe, the big football match isn't on free-to-air television. Last of the heats.
  • Home Advantage (RTÉ1, 8.20).
  • Oci Oci Oci! (S4C, 9pm) "They could win £753! That would break our budget!!".
  • The 1% Club (ITV, 9.05).
  • Beat the Chasers (VM1, 9.05) Shown on ITV earlier in the month.

Weekend repeats


  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 9.55am).
  • The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected (Radio Scotland, 11.30) From Friday.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 12.27) From Friday.
  • Survivor (TG4, 6pm) From Wednesday. Ireland only.
  • Glow Up (BBC3, 8pm) From Wednesday.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) From Thursday.
  • Round the Islands Quiz (Radio 4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 12.04) From Monday.
  • In for a Penny (ITV, 6pm; VM1, 7.30) From last evening.

Sunday 29 May

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.35am) "The Big Book of Pirate World Records".
  • Top Takeaway (BBC2, 11.30am) Shown earlier in the month.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • Lego Masters Usa (E4, 2.25) "Day and Night".


  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • Hunted (C4, 9pm).
  • Five Dates a Week (C4, 10pm) A revised version of Five Guys a Week, last seen in 2020.
  • Richard Hammond's Crazy Contraptions (C4, 11pm) Second semi-final - cook sausages in the kitchen without leaving the study.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Couples Come Dine with Me (C4, 11.30am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; not Th, Fr 12.30).
  • Ready Steady Cook (BBC2, 1pm; not Fri); Eggheads (BBC2, 1.45; not Fri; Wales 2.35 Tue); Mastermind (BBC2, 2.15; not Fri) Repeats from the 2019-20 series. They could have completed the 2008-9 reruns they left half-way through in 2013, but no.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm; not Th, Fr); Tenable (ITV, 3pm; Th 3.35, not Fr) Repeats.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Robert Hardman (Mo-We), Tanni Grey-Thompson (Th-Fr).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm; Th 4.35, Fr 5pm) New episodes.
  • The Great House Giveaway (C4, 4pm).
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 4.30) Repeats.
  • The Block Colon Big Renovation Challenge (More4, 4.50).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) Sheffield.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm; Th 5.35, Fr 5.30) New episodes.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New episodes.
  • Drawers Off (C4, 5.30) More life drawing.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Raj Bisram, Josie Lawrence, Mark Watson, Laura Whitmore. From February 2020.
  • Eggheads (C5, 6.30) Repeats.
  • Masterchef Canada (W, 7pm).

Monday 30 May - Perfectly Normal Monday

The Late May bank holiday has gone missing. Anyone seen it?

  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Last of the 2011 heats.
  • Round the Islands Quiz (Radio 4, 3pm) Wales against Scotland.
  • Just a Minute (Radio 4, 6.30) Dane Baptiste, Jayde Adams, Jan Ravens, Paul Merton.
  • Got Talent Semi-Final (VM1 and ITV, 8pm) Actually live!
  • Scotland's Home of the Year (BBC1 Scotland, 8.30) The East.
  • Hunted (C4, 9pm).
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9.45; not NI) Sensational, with Aisling Bea, Roisin Conaty, Jessica Fostekew.
  • Five Dates a Week (C4, 10pm).
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1 England, 10.40; NI 11.20, Wales, Scot 11.40) Extended repeat from Friday.

Tuesday 31 May

  • Bake Off The Professionals (C4, 8pm) Savoury slices.
  • Got Talent Semi-Final (VM1 and ITV, 8pm).
  • Growing Pains (Comedy Central, 9pm) Rhod Gilbert talks with Laura Whitmore, Robert Peston, and Jamali Maddix.
  • Five Dates a Week (C4, 10pm).

Wednesday 1 June

  • Booked (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Glow Up (BBC3, 8pm) Beauty social.
  • Got Talent Semi-Final (VM1 and ITV, 8pm).
  • Sewing Bee (BBC1, 9pm) Music week.
  • Flipping Fast (C4, 9pm) A stylish home in Blackpool.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (BBC3, 9.55) Repeat of the first BBC series from the black-and-white days. Two episodes.
  • Hypothetical (Dave, 10pm) Bill Bailey, Jo Brand, Harriet Kemsley, Darren Harriott.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.35) "Out for blood".

Thursday 2 June - Late May Bank Holiday Monday

Ah! Here it is! Not in late May, and not on a Monday.

  • All Day Popmaster (Radio 2, from 7.30am) Ken Bruce gets lots of overtime on this Bank Holiday Monday tradition.
  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Adam Hart-Davis, a clear pass.
  • Got Talent Semi-Final (VM1 and ITV, 8pm).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) "You Tuper Super".

Friday 3 June - Bank Holiday to Avoid Captain Captain's Training Day

Or something like that

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) The radio show from 1988.
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4, 6.30) The podcast of this topical show follows on 1 July.
  • Got Talent Semi-Final (VM1 and ITV, 8pm).
  • Would I Lie to You? Unseen 2 (BBC1, 9pm) Highlights from the last series.

Sign language interpretation

  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3am Sat).
  • Love Bites (ITV2, 9.05am Sat, 6.30am Mon-Fri).
  • Caru Siopa (S4C, 12.30 Sat).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Fri).
  • Taskmaster (C4, 12.55am Wed).
  • Sewing Bee (BBC2, 2.30am Wed).
  • The Switch (ITV, 3am Thu).
  • Home of the Year (RTÉ1, 5am Thu).
  • Hunted (C4, 12.35am Fri, two episodes).
  • Top Takeaway (BBC2, 1.50am Fri).


Some changes on 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; Tenable 4pm; The Chase 5pm; Bullseye 11pm; The Chase 4am.


  • The Chase 7am; Wheel of Fortune 9am; The Price is Right 11.30am; Family Fortunes 12.30; Play Your Cards Right 1.30; Blankety Blank 3pm; The Chase 5pm.

Mon-Wed, also Fri

  • The Chase 7am; Play Your Cards Right 10am; Supermarket Sweep 11am; Wheel of Fortune 12 noon; Catchphrase 1pm; Family Fortunes 2pm; Play Your Cards Right 3pm; The Price is Right 4pm; Bullseye 5pm; Family Fortunes 6pm; Pointless 7pm; The Chase 8pm; Who Wants to be a Millionaire 10pm; Bullseye 11pm; The Chase 12 midnight; Bullseye 5am.


As Mon-Wed except

  • The Chase 1pm-5pm


Another week, another massive football match on Deutsche-sprachen telly. The men's Champions League final is free to watch on ZDF, so none of the other major broadcasters bother - RTL puts out a glorified clip show to mark their 38th anniversary. NDR hosts Quiz ohne Grenzen - "Quiz without Borders" - with pop star Rea Garvey playing for Ireland.

A new run of Jauch gegen Lichter, featuring Bares für Rares host Horst Lichter and his hand-picked team against quiz giant Günther Jauch (RTL, Mon). Pro7 kicks off a new series of Beauty and the Nerd (Thu).

Football fills Saturday night on TF1 as well, so Francophone channels don't bother with big games. F2's usual games continue to be pre-empted by live tennis. We do have a new series of Burger Quiz (TMC, Wed).

For Dutch viewers, Domino challenge is back on RTL4 (Sat), and Vier is te veel (SBS6, Sun) requires unanimity amongst the contestants, but two will be voted off. Sounds very 2002!

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