This week's UK TV & radio

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Listings for Channel 4 on Thursday, August 16 2018

06:00Countdown Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley host as contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. Griff Rhys Jones is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent. 
06:45The King of Queens Damned Yanky Under sedation in hospital to have his appendix removed, Doug starts to fantasise about other women... out loud. 
07:10The King of Queens Multiple Plots Doug is freaked out by a customer who answers the door semi-naked, and Carrie hates her new job as a dog-walker. 
07:35Everybody Loves Raymond Ping Pong Ray seeks revenge when he finds out that Frank let him win a game of table tennis when he was 12 years old. 
08:00Everybody Loves Raymond Pants on Fire When Marie finds out that Ray held a party in her house 20 years ago, she spurns him in favour of Robert. 
08:30Everybody Loves Raymond Robert's Date The Barones think that Robert is going too far in his efforts to fit in with his new group of friends. 
09:00Frasier The Maris Counselor Niles, under the care of his and Maris's therapist, is convinced their marriage can be saved - until a surprise rendezvous with his ice princess leaves him devastated. 
09:35Frasier Ski Lodge Frasier's plans for a family holiday end in a romantic farce involving the Cranes, Daphne, her friend and a ski instructor. 
10:05Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA Gordon Ramsay travels to Austin, Texas, home to struggling Greek restaurant El Greco, where the owners have secretly recruited 'Chef Mike' the microwave to help them out on a daily basis. 
11:00The Simpsons Burns' Heir: Mr Burns decides he wants an heir and auditions Springfield's children for the position. When Bart wins, he must choose between his boring family and the rich Mr Burns. 
11:30The Simpsons Last Tap Dance in Springfield Lisa takes up dancing but discovers that she's not very good at it. Bart and Milhouse duck out of their camping trip and decide to hide out in the mall. 
12:00Channel 4 News Summary Channel 4's midday news summary. 
12:05Couples Come Dine with Me South London Amateur-dramatics enthusiasts Hilary and Rowan get things started in a competition that includes Portuguese and Jamaican flavours and some daring honesty between the couples. 
12:50The Great British Bake Off It's the semi-final and the last four bakers are three patisserie challenges away from the biggest day in their baking lives. But first up, there's no business like choux business. (Ep9/10) 
14:10Countdown Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley host as contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. Julia Bradbury is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent. 
15:00A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun Neil Masey and Affy Wajid are looking for a holiday home on Ibiza where they can escape from their busy lives in Brighton. Scarlette Douglas looks for their dream property for 150,000. 
16:00Sun, Sea and Selling Houses Sharon and Steve are helping Lindsay and Gary find a holiday home. But it has to be on the beach. Damon's clients are childhood sweethearts Lana and Pete from Edinburgh. (S2 Ep14/25) 
17:00Come Dine with Me In and around Essex, fourth to host is 25-year-old recruitment consultant Adam who is hoping to exceed expectations with a menu of posh nosh at his dad's house. 
17:30The Simpsons Lady Bouvier's Lover Grampa and Mr Burns compete for the affections of Marge's mother. Can she resist Mr Burns' marriage proposal? 
18:00The Simpsons Simpson Christmas Stories Homer gives his version of Jesus's birth, Grampa tells a Yuletide war story, and the residents of Springfield prepare for Christmas. 
18:30Hollyoaks It's Dirk's funeral and Milo is trying to get his hands on the camcorder footage before Cindy plays it at the wake. At the Osbornes', Tom is putting off opening his A-level exam results. 
19:00Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 
20:00Trains from Hell: Caught on Camera From shocking near misses and derailments to rush-hour rage and unique on-board entertainment, and from the funny to the dramatic, this programme reveals what can go wrong on the rails. 
21:00Meet the Drug Lords: Inside the... ...Real Narcos: Jason Fox travels to Peru and the remote Cocaine Valley. He looks at both sides - meeting a cocaine chef and joining an elite police helicopter raid on a jungle lab. (Ep3/3) 
22:00Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back Gordon is in Los Angeles to save family-owned Mexican restaurant La Serenata, giving the dining room an inviting new turquoise interior and planning a smaller but more dynamic menu. (Ep5/8) 
23:00Sacha Baron Cohen: Who Is America? Brand new satirical series in which comedian Sacha Baron Cohen explores the diverse individuals across the political and cultural spectrum who populate a unique nation. (Ep5/7) 
23:35Saving Poundstretcher Retail guru Chris Edwards tries to save the discount store. In this episode he tackles theft, and discovers that some staff members are partly to blame for Poundstretcher's losses. (Ep2/3) 
00:35My Family and the Galapagos Biologist, broadcaster and conservationist Monty Halls moves to the Galapagos Islands with his family to experience the wonders and challenges of this awe-inspiring jewel of nature. (Ep1/3) [SL] 
01:30The Supervet A young family rush to the clinic with their chihuahua that's been hit by a car and has a crushed pelvis. And Banjo, a much-loved spaniel is brought in with problem hips. (S6 Ep4/10) 
02:25How to Get Rich Quick Dave Fishwick meet two sisters hoping to double their money with arts and crafts. There's also a trip to the London Stock Exchange to invest in some 'blue chip' share options. (Ep4/7) [SL] 
02:55Building the Dream Charlie Luxton returns to East Sussex to catch up with Steve and an eco-efficient, straw-baled, self-built home set in a woodland glade. (S7 Ep4/10) 
03:50Vet on the Hill Scott has to deliver some devastating news to his sister-in-law Maz about her puppy Branston. A baby budgerigar needs help. And a cat has a weird growth on its head. (S2 Ep12/12) 
04:45Lost and Found Rescued with 90 other dogs, a pregnant terrier is rushed in for a caesarean. Will her five puppies make it? And three smuggled dachshund puppies are rescued at the Port of Dover. 
05:40Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free Kirstie Allsopp and the team help Jasbinder, a single mother from west London, with a new bedroom for two of her kids and a refurb for the bathroom and front garden. 
06:00Countdown Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley host as contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. Julia Bradbury is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent.