Pointless (S2)Weekdays at 17:45
Pointless is a game show in which teams of two contestants have to score as few points as possible by finding obscure but correct answers to questions.
Before the show, each question is posed to 100 people who have 100 seconds to give as many correct answers as they can think of. The less commonly known answers are the ones the contestants are looking for as they are worth the least points, whereas incorrect answers are awarded the full 100 points. An eponymous ‘pointless’ answer is one which none of the 100 people said. The couple that makes it through to the third and final round has the chance to win the jackpot of £1000, which rolls over each episode if the finalists don’t find a ‘pointless’ answer.
Dragons' Den (S8)Mondays at 21:10
The Dragons are back and hungry to secure themselves the best deal. These are challenging times economically, but that hasn't deterred the nation's entrepreneurs from pitting their wits against the multimillionaire investors.
Some of the business propositions include a frozen pudding business, a new spin on the humble washing line and a portable mini gym for fitness fanatics who are always on the go.
Also hoping to impress the Dragons are a Northern Irish mum who demonstrates a suitcase that transforms into a cot, and a couple – flanked by a giant banana and tomato – who have a range of books designed to encourage children to eat healthily.
Fresh Meat (S3)Wednesdays at 22:10
It’s a brand new term, and the Fresh Meat housemates are now in their second years of university life.
JP is promptly throwing himself, head first, into a second year ceremonial mission to ‘bag’ a fresher. He’s accompanied somewhat willingly, but not altogether skilfully, by his faithful wingman, Howard. Vod brings back more than everyone bargained for from her travels – Mexican beefcake lover Javier, which may explain why she and Oregon returned from their jaunt separately. Kingsley is experiencing life as an unlikely lothario, which bring us to Josie. She’s transferred to Southampton – but for how long?
And there’s a brand new housemate – genuine fresher and smoking fine filly, Candice.
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (S12)Thursdays at 22:00
Loved by both the public and his guests for his irrepressible, warm and witty approach, celebrated comedian Alan Carr returns a new series of his BAFTA-winning chat show.
True to form, he welcomes a glittering array of celebrity from the world of entertainment to his sofa for some hilarious high jinks and showbiz gossip.
Peep Show (S7)Fridays at 22:30
Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb) return for more comic capers.
Mark, the inhibited, obsessive white-collar drone, is forced to rethink his life after becoming a father. Whilst wannabe musician Jeremy, a lazy man with big ideas, finally finds himself in possession of money, power and – finally – responsibility.
We also meet Mark's parents for the first time when the boys attempt to celebrate a traditional family Christmas. And a disastrous New Year's Eve party crawl culminates with Mark and Jeremy facing choices that could end their friendship – forever!