If you're going no further than the sofa, here are some tips on what's worth watching on the box over the weekend - and there's loads to see!

Pick of the weekend

The X Factor, 8.00pm, Saturday, TV3

Back for another spin around the block, Dermot O'Leary presents the UK's biggest singing talent contest, with the search including good oul' Ireland.

Simon Cowell's show sees the music mogul continue as a judge, along with Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, with all four eager to unearth some new dynamic talent.

Anyone who's ever set eyes on a TV set knows exactly what you'll get here, so either love it or leave it. What's undeniable is that it's a Saturday TV juggernaut.

New and returning shows

The Late Late Show, 9.35pm, Friday, RTÉ One

It's season 56 for the telly world's second-longest-running chat show, hosted once again by Ryan Tubridy.

The opening lineup is pretty impressive and includes Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin, band of the moment Picture This, outspoken obesity expert Dr Eva Orsmond, and Megan Halvey-Ryan, whose wait for surgery shocked the country when she was last on the show.

There will be music from The Waterboys (yep – they're still going), while one lucky viewer is going to win a car.

Rock and Roll, 9.00pm, Friday, Sky Arts

This new ten-part series offers outrageous stories and tales, starting off with death. There's been a lot of that in rock and roll.

Celebability, 9.00pm, Friday, 3e

Iain Stirling and Marek Larwood gets five friends together to out-think a team of celebrities.

Comedy Playhouse: Tim Vine Travels Through Time, 10.35pm, Friday, BBC One

Tim Vine – who you might remember from Not Going Out – seeks a golden arrow in the time of Robin Hood.

The NFL Show, 11.40pm, Friday, BBC One

Yep, it's American Football season time again. You're welcome to it.

Up for the Match, 9.50pm, Saturday, RTÉ One

Gráinne Seoige and Des Cahill are back for a night of entertainment centred on Sunday's All Ireland Hurling Final between Galway and Waterford.

They'll be chatting to fans from both sides, as well as GAA legends from the past and present, with the odd tune or two for good measure. And the winner of this:

The Jonathan Ross Show, 9.00pm, Sunday, 3e

Then man who inadvertently gave Graham Norton the gig of his life is back with his ITV chat show. Opening guests include singer Harry Styles, Olympic runner Mo Farah, Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones and comic John Bishop.

An Ril Deal, 8.15pm, Sunday, TG4

It's the second season of this Irish dancing competition, hosted by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill.

Celtic Connections, 9.30pm, TG4

Dónal O'Connor hosts with acts such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Darlingside and Four Men and a Dog performing.

Ending this weekend

Strike – The Cuckoo's Calling, 9.00pm, Sunday, BBC One

In the final part of JK Rowling's crime drama Robin gets key information from a salesgirl at the boutique Lula visited.

Later, Strike unravels Tony’s alibi and finds Lula’s will before explaining the truth about Lula’s death.

Ill Behaviour, 10.00pm, Sunday, BBC Two

This so-so dramedy about a guy with cancer who gets kidnapped by his mates and forced to have chemo sees the group run out of drugs for Charlie, then make a critical error that puts their plan in jeopardy.

New to Download

Narcos, from Friday, Netflix

All ten episodes of the third season are now available to watch and the burning question is: can Narcos survive without its villain-in-chief Pablo Escabor?

Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) returns to take down the new gang in town which scoop up what remains of Escobar’s narcotic empire.

He's working solo this time, as Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) returned to America after his nemesis Escobar was finally killed.

With Escobar gone, an equally brutal and cunning gang called The Cali Cartel exploit the power vacuum.

Don't Miss

The Sunday Game Live, 2.00pm, Sunday, RTÉ2

Galway v Waterford, live from Croke Park, contesting for the honour of lifting the McCarthy Cup.

Michael Lyster – a Galway man – hosts live coverage as both counties seek to lift their first hurling All Ireland in a long time.

May the best team win!

Live World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 4.00pm, Saturday, RTÉ2

It's a long way to Tblisi, but that's where the Republic of Ireland's World Cup hopes are hinging this weekend as Martin O'Neill's men face Georgia with three precious points on their minds.

Live SSE Airtricity League, 7.25pm, Friday, RTÉ2

Shamrock Rovers host Cork City in a game that's vital for both sides, with the Hoops aiming to secure a Europa League spot, while the Leesiders could finally wrap up this season's Premier Division title.

Whitney: Can I Be Me, 9.00pm, Saturday, BBC TWO

This looks superb. Acclaimed director Nick Broomfield uses largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings to tell Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

The Electric Picnic, 8.00pm, Saturday, RTÉ2

Bláthnaid Treacy, Eoghan McDermott and Soraiya Ryan bring Stradbally into your front room with live coverage and highlights from this year's Electric Picnic.

Check out our full coverage of Electric Picnic here 

Weekend Box Set

The Strain, Sky Box Sets, from Friday

This high-concept drama from Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan tells the story of Dr Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll, House of Cards and Ant Man), a leading epidemiologist in New York City who is called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Season one is great, but the show gradually gets a bit bogged down with detail as New York sinks under the grip of pure evil.

Weekend movies

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 8.00pm, Fri-Sun, Sky Cinema Premiere, and Sky Cinema on demand

Harry Potter veteran David Yates takes the reins for this hugely enjoyable fantasy adventure prequel set in 1920s, Prohibition-era New York.

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander, the author of the titular Hogwarts textbook who arrives in America with a battered and seemingly bottomless suitcase containing all manner of extraordinary creatures.

Naturally they escape, so Newt finds himself teaming up with out-of-favour Magical Congress worker Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and Muggle/No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler).


The Sons of Katie Elder, 9.45pm, Friday, TG4

One of the last classic westerns, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin

Madagascar, 7.05pm, Saturday, RTÉ One

Great animated family fun as four New York zoo animals end up in the wilds of Madagascar

Goldeneye, 5.50pm, Sunday, RTÉ2

Pierce Brosnan gives a flagging 007 a lift in this cracking actioner from 1995

About a Boy, 9.30pm, Sunday, RTÉ One

Hugh Grant is great in this adaptation of Nick Hornby's book about a lonely man who 'adopts' a young lad