TV Guide 2023-12-09

Another week, another final: Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream (ITV, Sun) asks the public to choose between identikit finalists. There's a new run of Counterpoint (Radio 4, Mon), and a mid-Advent edition of A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, Wed).

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


Saturday 9 December

  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Masterchef 2020 (RTÉ1, 12.10) New to RTÉ.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 1.15).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 1.05) Five episodes.


  • The Weakest Link (BBC1, 5.45) Kimberley Wyatt, Ellie Taylor, Rhys James, Sinitta, Darren Harriott, Gegg Wallace, Hannah Byczkowski, Lesley Garrett. Repeated early on Friday morning.
  • House of Games (BBC2 Wales, 6pm; NI 6.30) Double points Friday is shown twice this week.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2 Wales and NI, 7pm) Wales have Tricia Penrose and Dean Sullivan, which premiered last Tuesday. NI get Eshaan Akbar and Tez Ilyas, first on I-player last Friday.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.35) Semi-finals night. Audio described on BBC Red Button and Super Ceefax. Signed repeat on BBC2 early Friday morning.
  • The Voice of Holland of ITV (ITV, 8pm) The spinning concludes.
  • Survivor (BBC1, 9pm) A mysterious item washes up on shore. Repeated early on Thursday morning.
  • The 1% Club (ITV, 10.55) Repeated from earlier this year.
  • Holiday Baking Championship (Food Network, 11pm) A new series concludes.

Bonus feature

  • Wellington vs Napoleon: Aftermath of Waterloo (PBS America, 9.55) What inspired ABBA to write their hit song?

Sunday 10 December

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.30).
  • Tipping Point Best Ever Finals (ITV, 3.25).
  • MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream (ITV, 6.30) The live final. Repeated next Saturday on ITV network, and through the week on ITV2.
  • The Big Bake (ITVB, 7pm) Two new episodes with a festive theme.
  • Strictly Come Dancing Results (BBC1, 7.20) With a song and a tax payment from Take That. 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) Who has burned all their bridges? And who gave them matches in episode one? Time for Joel to go. Repeated early on Friday morning.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV, 9pm) Now go away.
  • Sorry, I Didn't Know (ITV, 10.55).

Bonus feature

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (BBC2, 10pm) Richard O'Brien had fame before The Crystal Maze.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scotland 11.15am Thu).
  • Catchpoint (BBC2, 1pm; Wales 2.45 Tue); The Boss (BBC2, 1.30; 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) Marcus Brigstocke in the corner, and Finals Week begins on Thursday. 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) Christmas episodes from last year, with Clare Balding, Ivo Graham, Ugo Monye, and Su Pollard.
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 6pm) Repeats.
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • Love Island Down Under (ITVBe, 10pm).

Monday 11 December

  • Elephant in the Room (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm).
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) A new series starts now. Repeated next Saturday at 11pm.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) From Dorking Halls, with Fred Macaulay, Milton jones, Jo Brand, and Omid Djalili. The guest host is Jack Dee.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Specialist subjects: Bridget Riley, Winter Olympics 2002-2022, Peter Kay, St Albans.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) Quarter-final 2: Thrifters vs Stitchers.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Elimination 6: York vs Birkbeck.
  • The Rap Game (BBC3, 9pm) The final. Repeated on BBC1 late Saturday evening.

Tuesday 12 December

  • The Motion Show (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; Wales 7pm Wed) Michelle Hardwick and Amy Robbins.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.10; Scotland 11.55). The Monday repeat is on Tuesday for … reasons?

Wednesday 13 December

Friday the 13th is on a Wednesday this month

  • A League of Their Own (Sky Max, 2am) Patrice Evra and Rob Beckett guest on the mid-Advent special. Repeated on The Satellite Channel and Sky Max at 9pm.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm) Last heat from the repeated 2012 series.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm; Wales 6.05 Sat) Julie Graham and Tamzin Outhwaite. Cancelled for football.
  • Dinner Date (ITVB, 8pm) A festive special with the lovely Mimi.
  • QI XS (BBC2, 10.20) Filler.
  • Survivor (TG4, 11.40) "Snap some necks and cash some cheques". Last in the present series. Repeated next Saturday.

Bonus feature

  • Mary Berry's Highland Christmas (BBC1, 9pm) You could be watching the worst people in the world on ITV, or you could be watching Andy Murray, Emeli Sande, and The Fabulous Iain Stirling with the queen of cakes.

Thursday 14 December

  • Guess What? (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm) Twenty Questions revived, from 1998.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm, not NI) A classic episode from November 2021.

Friday 15 December

  • The Food Quiz (Radio 4 Extra, 9am, 2pm, 7pm) From Christmas 2005.
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, 7.30; NI 8pm) Nick Pickard (Star Trek The Next Generation), Karen Bardsley (Will Ferrell), Harpz Kaur (Diljit Dosanjh), Terry Christian (Tommy Docherty at Manchester United).
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1 England, 8pm) Christmas 2022, repeated.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm) Kirsty Young hosts, with Armando Iannucci and Phil Wang.
  • Canada's Drag Race (BBC3, 9pm) Jaida Essence Hall joins for the snatch game.
  • Beat the Chasers (ITV, 9pm; not HTV Wales) A classic episode.
  • QI (BBC2, 10pm) Toys, Tinsel, and Turkeys; repeat from 2022.

Sign language interpretation

  • Deal or No Deal (ITV, 3am Sat, Tue, Wed, 5.10am Thu, 3am Fri)
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri)
  • Celebrity Bake Off (E4, 11.55am Sat).
  • Gigglequiz (Cbeebies, 3.40pm Sat, Sun).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 2.30am Mon, 2.35am Tue, 2.45am Wed) Semi-finals week.
  • Loggerheads (BBC Scotland, 2.30pm Mon).
  • Takeaway Titans (RTÉ2, 1.40am Wed).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC2, 2am and 3.25am 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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