TV Guide 2022-01-15

Saturday night welcomes The Wall Versus Celebrities, and another edition of The Weakest Link (both BBC1). On Sunday, Dancing on Ice begins a new series (VM1 and ITV): let's hope for smoother ice than last year.

An old friend returns, Watercolour Challenge has been picked up by Channel 5 (weekdays), and we think it could prove a gentle hit. S4C finds something new to do with a successful walking show - turn it into a dating format. Am Dro Cariadon (Thu) is just about the only way for people to meet in Wales right now.

And it's our Poll of the Year 2021 big reveal show (Mon). Have the voters returned Victoria Coren Mitchell, or will the massed ranks of Bradley Walsh or Richard Osman win? You decided, now you find out!

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The Wheel


Saturday 15 January

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30).
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Lingo (ITV, 2.30); Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 3.30) with Robert Rinder; The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 4.30) with Anita Rani.


  • A Question of Sport (BBC2 Wales, 5.30) Seen elsewhere last night on BBC1.
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6pm) Mark Bonnar, Alexandra Burke, Claire Sweeney join Stephen Mulhern.
  • The Weakest Link (BBC1, 6.10) Tamzin Outhwaite, Jax Jones, Lucy Beaumont, Rav Wilding, Dianne Buswell, Matt Edmondson, Bianca Walkden, Jay Rayner.
  • The Wall Versus Celebrities (BBC1, 6.55) Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney.
  • The Masked Singer (VM1 and ITV, 7pm) Five more perform.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.45) Sitcoms: Robert Llewellyn, Nigel Planer, Helen Monks, Steven Woodcock, Isy Suttie, Martin Trenaman, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30) In an episode postponed from last week, Richard E Grant, Saffron Barker, David Haye, Anneka Rice, Danny Jones, Jo Brand, Melvin Odoom.
  • Limitless Win (ITV, 8.30) Ant and Dec offer a big cash prize.
  • The Cabins (ITV2, 9.30) What happened after the daters checked out?

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.

Dancing on Ice

Sunday 16 January

  • Swashbuckle (Cbeebies, 10.30).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15).
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 5pm) Su Pollard.
  • Lego Masters Down Under (E4, 5.20) "Tall Tower and One Hanging Brick".


  • Dancing with the Stars (RTÉ1, 6.30) The remaining six take the floor.
  • Dancing on Ice (VM1 and ITV, 6.30) This year's contestants: Sally Dynevor, Bez, Stef Reid, Liberty Poole, Ben Foden, Kimberly Wyatt, Regan Gascoigne, Rachel Stevens, Brendan Cole, Ria Hebden, Kye Whyte, Connor Ball.
  • Y Talwrn (R Cymru, 7pm).
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (C4, 7.45) Inanimate objects. Which reminds us, the Arsenal defence is on Match of the Day tonight.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot 11.15 Thu).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm; Mon 2.40) New.
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Prue Leith (Mo), then Beth Rigby (Tu-Fr) is in Dictionary Corner, one of those bookings we're not familiar with.
  • Lingo (ITV, 3pm) New.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm) New.
  • Watercolour Challenge (C5, 4pm) Fern Britton hosts as four amateur painters compete against the clock.
  • Junior Bake Off (C4, 5pm) Week 2.
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm) New.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) New until Thursday, then we're back in repeats already.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) A repeat week: Jayde Adams, Josie d'Arby, Rufus Hound, Scott Mills.
Poll of the Year 2021

Monday 17 January

  • Jest a Minute (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 2008.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 4.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4, 6.30) The fun sponge edition: Geoff Norcott and Simon Evans suck the life out of Pippa Evans and Fern Brady. Sara Cox is on Radio 2.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30) Specialist subjects: Line of Duty, pre-Raphelite brotherhood, Rebecca riots, gin.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 8pm) The third-place playoff.
  • Yn y Ffram (S4C, 8pm) More taste, the best of Welsh produce.
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 8pm) A twist nobody saw coming.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) The second group phase match.
  • Poll of the Year 2021 Results Site editor David Bodycombe, swingometer expert Nick Gates, and other guests look at the most and least popular shows of the year gone by.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).
  • Guessable (Comedy Central, 9pm) With Rosie Jones, Roisin Conaty, Ed Byrne (comedian), Archie Maddocks.

Tuesday 18 January

  • The 3rd Degree (Radio 4 Extra, 4pm) Leeds; repeat from 2013.
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 8pm) Parasailing.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm) One dater hopes an Elvis Presley impersonation will impress.
  • Glór Tíre (TG4, 9.30) The next two contestants arrive.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 11.30; Scot 12.45am, not NI); The Wall Versus Celebrities (BBC1, 12.30; not Scot, NI) Repeats from the weekend.

Wednesday 19 January

  • The Write Stuff (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Tom Stoppard.
  • The Bidding Room (BBC1 England, 7.30) Covers variations elsewhere.
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 8pm) Dog training.
  • Landscape Artist of the Year (Artsworld and The Satellite Channel, 8pm) Compton Verney.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm) Kite-flying.
  • Richard Bacon's I Literally Just Told You with Jimmy Carr (C4, 10pm) Last in the present series.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 11.50; Scot 12.35am, not NI); A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.20am; Scot 1.05am) Repeats from last Friday.

Am Dro!

Thursday 20 January

  • Many a Slip (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) From 1978, as David Nixon, Eleanor Summerfield, Tim Rice, Gillian Reynolds spot the goofs.
  • Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm) Homemade soups and stews.
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 8pm) Lawn bowls.
  • Am Dro Cariadon! (S4C, 9pm) Four boys vie to impress a single girl with their walk - the views, the company, and the cooking skills.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm).

Friday 21 January

  • Funny You Should Ask (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Peter Jones (1) asks about comedy. With Leslie Crowther, Barry Cryer, Dick Vosburgh.
  • 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) Rebecca Adlington, James Toseland, Shaunagh Brown, Will Mellor.
  • Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8pm) Sophie Ellis Bextor, Briony May Williams, Loyslo Gola, Jason Manford.
  • Celebrity Coach Trip (E4, 8pm) End of the road.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 9pm) Saints and Sinners, with Bridget Christie, Mark Watson, Johnny Vegas.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 9pm) Roisin Conaty and Asim Chaudhry play Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe. Bill Bailey helps to referee.
  • The Cabins (VM2 and ITV2, 9pm) End of the season.
  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 9.30) A classic celebrity edition.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4, 10pm) Repeat.

Sign language interpretation

  • Moneyball (ITV, 3am Sat).
  • Lingo (ITV, 5.05am Sat, Sun).
  • Yn y Ffram (S4C, 12.30 Sat).
  • Sitting on a Fortune (ITV, 3am Sun).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 5.05am Mon-Fri).
  • Take a Hike (BBC2, 2.15am Tue, 1.05am and 8.30am Wed, 2.15am Fri)
  • Dragons' Den (BBC2, 12.05am Wed; NI 12 midnight Wed-into-Thu)


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; Wheel of Fortune 12 noon; Catchphrase 1pm; Family Fortunes 2pm; Bruce's Price is Right 3pm; 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.


Francophone telly. Le grand concours is Saturday night's big deal on TF1, eighteen celebrities play a pub quiz for charity. Over in Belgium, The Voice Belgique has crept up on us, that's running on Tuesdays on La Une.

German-speaking shows include Denn sie wissen nicht, was passiert, the Saturday night RTL show where anything can happen and frequently does. Monday sees Gipfel der Quizgiganten on RTL - big quiz show winners take on a panel of experts in multiple-choice questions. Those who beat the experts go on to the final round, where Winners and Experts play as teams on the buzzers. Less explanation needed for RTL's Friday night double: marbles roll on Murmel Mania, and celebrities in the jungle on Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus!.

Dutch speakers? If you're not interested in Wie is de Mol? (NPO1 and, Sat), then RTL4's Weet ik veel asks fifty difficult questions of famous people. The occasional Nationale Reistest returns, famous people are asked topical general knowledge questions (NPO3, Mon). Van je familie moet je het hebben starts on SBS6 (Sun) - a main guest is lured to the studio where family members and friends play a quiz together. We'll pop this in the "to be reviewed" pile. And the beloved Nikkie de Jager has a new show: Make-Up Cup seeks a new make-up artist (NPO3, Sat).

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