TV Guide 2023-12-02

Lots of finals this week, for some reason. BBC Brain crowns its 2023 champion (Radio 4, Mon), Wales' Home of the Year is named (BBC1 Wales, Fri), and Masterchef The Professionals concludes (BBC1, Fri).

Be careful if you're expecting Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on BBC2, as regional variations make this week exceptionally confusing.

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


Saturday 2 December

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Masterchef 2020 (RTÉ1, 11.40am) New to RTÉ.
  • Celebrity Lego Masters at Christmas (C4, 1.25) Last Christmas, I stepped on Lego. I hobbled around and stubbed my big toe. This year, to save me from tears, I'm gonna wear my cast iron slippers. Nish Kumar and friends make stuff in an episode first shown last year.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 2.25) Five episodes.
  • Pen/Campwyr (S4C, 5pm) Repeat.


  • The Weakest Link (BBC1, 5.45) Penny Lancaster, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Kitty Scott-Claus, Josie Long, Kate Thornton, Hal Cruttenden, Roisin Conaty, Catherine Tyldesley. Repeated after midnight on Wednesday night.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.25) Musicals night. Audio described on BBC Red Button and Super Ceefax. Signed repeat on BBC2 early Friday morning.
  • The Voice of Holland of ITV (ITV, 7.55) The spinning continues.
  • Survivor (BBC1, 8.25) One castaway feels the heat. Repeated early on Thursday morning.
  • The 1% Club (ITV, 10.50) Repeated from earlier this year.
  • Holiday Baking Championship (Food Network, 11pm) A new series.

Bonus feature

  • Die Hard (Film4, 9pm) Don't watch fascists smashing up the planet, let Bruce Willis do it.

Sunday 3 December

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Songs of Praise (BBC1, 1.30) Junior Chorister of the Year finals.
  • MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream (ITV, 6.10) Cher makes an appearance. Repeated next Saturday on ITV network, and through the week on ITV2.
  • The Great Pottery Throwdown (C4, 6.45) Repeated from last Christmas.
  • Strictly Come Dancing Results (BBC1, 7.20) With a performance from A Chorus Line, and a song from Joss Stone. Audio described on BBC Red Button and Super Ceefax. Signed repeat on BBC2 early Friday morning.
  • The Money List (RTÉ1, 7.30) Repeated next Saturday afternoon.
  • Survivor (BBC1, 8pm) The tribe is divided. That's the whole chiffin' point! Repeated early on Friday morning.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; NI 11.30) Season's Greetings, the 2021 festive special with Dame Bonnie Langford, Joe Lycett, and Sally Phillips. Subject to delay or cancellation if there's more snooker than expected.
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 10.45).
  • Holiday Baking Championships (Food Network, 11pm) Getting ready for Thanksgiving, which usually involves deciphering incomprehensible notes and studiously avoiding any mention of Junior Eurovision.

Bonus feature

  • Clive Myrie's Christmas (Radio 3, 1pm). What other great game show hosts would play classical music on the radio?
  • Musicals night (BBC4, from 8pm) After the greatest hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber (and enough filler to make a 90 minute show), a tribute to Stephen Sondheim's marvellous career.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scotland 11.15am Thu).
  • !mpossible Celebrities (BBC2, 1pm; Wales not Tue); The Boss (BBC2, 1.45; Wales 1pm Tue) Repeats.
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm) New. Signed repeat of some episodes in the early hours next morning.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Bob Harris whispers in the corner. Repeated about 6am one-and-a-half working days later.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1, 2.15) Repeats.
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm; not Mon) Repeats.
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 3.45) New episodes. Repeated on BBC2 about 6.30 next morning.
  • Deal or No Deal (ITV, 4pm). Signed repeat in the early hours next morning.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New episodes.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm; Wales, NI not Tue and the rest of the week follows a day later finishing next Sat) Malorie Blackman, Matt Dawson, Chris McCausland, Ranvir Singh.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 6pm; also 5pm Mon) Repeats.
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Wales 10pm Tue, NI not Tue).
  • Love Island Down Under (ITVBe, 10pm).
  • Holiday Baking Championships (Food Network, 11pm) More cake and sugar challenges.

Monday 4 December

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm).
  • BBC Brain (Radio 4, 3pm) The grand final. Repeated next Saturday at 11pm.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) Pippa Evans, Andy Hamilton, Tony Hawks, Rev Richard Coles. The guest host is Jack Dee.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Specialist subjects: Carol Ann Duffy, The League of Gentlemen, Nigel Mansell, René Magritte.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Quarter-final 1: Gunners vs Suncatchers.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Elimination 5: Manchester The Team Everyone Wants To Beat vs Edinburgh.
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1 Wales, 8.30) Shown elsewhere last Friday.
  • The Rap Game (BBC3, 9pm) Keys and Crowds, and beats ITV hands down. Repeated on BBC1 late Saturday evening.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 10.40; Wales, NI 11.10).

Bonus feature

  • Alexander Armstrong's Mid Morning Selection (Classic "FM", 9am) Fair point.

Tuesday 5 December

  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; NI 7pm Wed, Wales next Sat) Tricia Penrose and Dean Sullivan.
  • Celebrity Bake Off (C4, 8pm) A classic episode with Ruby Wax, Gareth Malone, Laura Whitmore, and Yung Filly
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1 Wales, 9.30) A classic episode, while network shows the Scotland vs England football match.

Bonus feature

  • Hunting the Rolex Ripoffs (BBC3, 9pm) A gang of thieves is known for stalking celebrity media and targeting those with expensive watches.

Wednesday 6 December

  • A League of Their Own (Sky Max, 2am) Jimmy Carr and Maisie Adam guest. Repeated on The Satellite Channel and Sky Max at 9pm.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm) The 2012 series repeated.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; NI 7pm Fri) David Blunkett and Lesley Garrett.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 8pm) Finals week begins at the St Pancras Renaissance, as invaded by the Spice Girls.
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) The finalists paint Joan Bakewell. The Winners' Commission follows on Artsworld at 9pm.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.40) "Telenovela". Repeated next Saturday.

Bonus feature

  • How to See a Black Hole (BBC4, 9pm) Look into the heart of an ITV commissioner?

Thursday 7 December

  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 8pm) Off to Copenhagen, suburb of Malmö.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm, not NI) A classic episode.

Bonus feature

  • Sewing Bee (Really, 9pm) Another chance to see a series final.

Friday 8 December

  • The Food Quiz (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm) From 2005.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Wales' Home of the Year (BBC1 Wales, 7pm) The grand final.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2 7pm; NI next Sat, Wales next Tue) Eshaan Akbar vs Tex Ilyas.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 8pm) The final.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm; NI 12 midnight) Naga Munchetty hosts, with Richard Osman and Maisie Adam.
  • Canada's Drag Race (BBC3, 9pm) Christian Allaire judges a second-hand clothes challenge.

Bonus feature

  • Burt Bacharach at the BBC (BBC4, 9pm) Far nicer than whatever guff ITV are showing.

Sign language interpretation

  • Deal or No Deal (ITV, 3am Sat, Tue, 3.30am Wed, 5.05am Thu, 3am Fri)
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri)
  • Gigglequiz (Cbeebies, 3.40pm Sat, Sun).
  • Bake Off An Extra Slice (C4, 4.15am Mon).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 2.20am Tue, 1.15am and 2.15am Thu) Two weeks behind BBC1.
  • Takeaway Titans (RTÉ2, 1.55am Wed).
  • The Great Pottery Throwdown (C4, 3.50am Wed).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC2, 2am and 3am Fri).



7am The Chase 9am Through the Keyhole 10am Supermarket Sweep 11am Famous Family Fortunes 1pm Cash Trapped 2pm Tenable 6pm The Chase 11pm Bullseye 4am The Chase


7am Scrapheap Challenge 10am Bullseye 12 noon Family Fortunes 1pm Dickinson's Real Deal 2pm Catchphrase 3pm Cash Trapped 5pm Tenable 7pm The Chase

Monday - Friday

7am The Chase 10am Cash in the Attic 11am Bargain Hunt 12 noon Wheel of Fortune 1pm Tenable 2pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire 3pm Cash in the Attic 4pm Bargain Hunt 5pm Bullseye 6pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire? 7pm The Weakest Link 8pm The Chase 10pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire 11pm Tenable 12 midnight The Weakest Link 1am Cash Trapped 2am The Chase 4am Who Wants to be a Millionaire 5am Bullseye

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