Channel overview

  • The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Potters beat Bargain Brits


    BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down returned with 1.8 million beating C4’s The Secret Life Of 5 Year-Olds and C5’s Bargain Loving Brits In The Sun.

  • Ratings

    BBC2 freezes out rivals


    BBC2’s best Winterwatch was Monday’s 8pm edition with 3.2 million beating C4’s Dispatches and Food Unwrapped, as well as Channel 5’s Police Interceptors repeat.

  • 24 hours in AE

    A+E to the rescue for C4


    C4’s hospital factual drew 2 million viewers last Tuesday, defeating CBB’s 1.8 million.

  • CBB 2017

    CBB Hell is heaven for C5


    Each winter brings, with increasing savagery, an NHS crisis, and with one currently blowing a hard chill, BBC2 fast-tracked a fly-on-the-medic doc series. Elsewhere, Channel 5 sent its inmates to hell.

  • No Offence

    Arresting start for No Offence


    The second series of Paul Abbott’s C4 comedy drama No Offence debuted on Wednesday at 9pm with 1.9 million/8% (320,000 +1), its second best overnight after series one’s opener: 2.2 million/ 10% (323,000 +1) on 5 May 2015.

  • David Blaine

    David Blaine magics up 1.2m


    This week as Channel 4 reminded us that David Blaine is still out there doing something or other BBC2’s intrepid traveller stayed home to fix lives.

  • Kirstie's Handmade Christmas

    C4 finds a festive jewel


    It must be nearly Christmas since Kirstie has started knitting her own festive jewellery. But before anyone gets carried away, BBC2 alliteratively reminded us of a disaster.

  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

    Antiques bring value to BBC2


    As if it’s not quite thrilling enough seeing long-haired lover Donny Osmond and Amarillo-dreamin’ Tony Christie rummaging around the Midlands for bric-a-brac, this week, BBC2’s antiques ramble went berserk and put Donny in a De Lorean – the automotive equivalent of bric-a-brac.

  • Masterchef The Professionals

    Top table for BBC2's chefs


    Forty years ago, it fell to West Bromwich of all places to promote black footballers and take on racists. On Sunday, BBC2’s doc about a strange but significant football match in 1979 defeated Channel 4’s Humans, as it did quite a few low-watt humans at the time.

  • Tori Herridge

    C4 washed out at low tide


    Beyond the shouty entertainment shows elsewhere, Channel 4 went all beachcombery on Saturday night — while BBC2,s arts strand was like Bargain Hunt on acid.